When Aucklander's talk of an island paradise they are referring to Waiheke Island which is 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. Waiheke Island is home to over 30 wineries, along with olive groves and dozens of local and internationally renowned artists. With hot, dry summers and stony soils, Waiheke wineries produce unique, high quality wines based on cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and the recent move into chardonnay grape varieties.
Sunday 8 and Tuesday 10 November
Depart 8:00am, Return 5:45pm
Guests to supply meeting organisers with any dietary requirements they may have.
8:00am: Guests to meet at the Registration Desk at Aotea Centre.
8:15am: Depart Aotea Centre bound for Auckland ferry terminal.
Morning: This morning we will visit several artists/crafts people (such as a jeweler, glass artist, shoe maker), enjoy free time in Oneroa and a group lunch at a local vineyard.
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon enjoying an Olive oil tasting at Rangihoua Olive Estate and wine tasting at two wineries.
5:45pm: Arrival back at Auckland ferry terminal. Guests to make their own way to their accommodation.
Per person prices include transfer from Aotea Centre to Auckland ferry terminal, tour manager, round trip ferry tickets, transport and driver on Waiheke Island, visits to artists/crafts people, lunch (mains and desserts), glass of wine or beer with lunch (or non alcoholic drink), wine tasting at two wineries, olive oil tasting, bottled water and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.
Guests to pay directly on the day for all other beverages, over and above the glass of wine (or a non alcoholic drink) included with lunch.