Welcome to West Auckland


Add to the mix Croatian immigrants, earning the fertile fields at the base of the Waitakere Ranges the nickname ‘Dallie Valley’ after the Dalmatian coast where most hailed from. These pioneering families planted grapes and made wine, founding one of New Zealand’s major industries.


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West Auckland activities

$109.41 Shore Excursions

Auckland Shore Excursion: West Coast Wineries Tour

After you've docked in port, your Auckland shore excursion begins with a meet and greet at your pickup location -- Prince's Wharf or Queens Wharf - from where you'll enjoy a drive by comfortable minibus through Auckland's city center and western suburbs to the West Coast wine region. If you've selected the morning tour option, you'll stop on the way to look out over the magnificent Muriwai black-sand beach on the wild Tasman Sea coast, and then take a short walk to the popular Takapu gannet colony, where you can get an up-close look at these large sea birds and take advantage of great photo ops. If you've chosen the afternoon tour option, you'll visit an additional winery instead. At both a large established winery and a smaller boutique label, taste a range of New Zealand’s wines, from chardonnay to pinot noir to Bordeaux-style. During your guided winery visits (either two or three, depending on option selected), you'll also discover why the West Auckland region is known for its wide-ranging varieties of wines, made from grapes grown in such world-famous wine areas as the South Island’s Marlborough and Central Otago, and the North Island’s Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne. Your trip back to the Auckland port takes you along the Tasman Sea for fabulous views of this wild, rugged coastline. You'll then arrive back at the waterfront in time to re-board your ship. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$512.85 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of West Auckland's Kumeu Wine Trail

If you thought West Auckland was all about native bush and beach, then you must check out the Kumeu region's wines. From half a day to a full day it's your choice, with over 10 high vineyards, cafe's & restaurants in the area you are spoiled for choice.  We can provide an intimate professional vineyard tour visiting a few of our most recommend locations.  Kerr Farm - Starting your day with a private session in a beautiful farm house this is a great educational start to your tour.      Kumeu River -  Popular for producing high quality Pinot Gris & Chardonnay, a great second stop.Coopers Creek - Further along the trail, we visit Coopers Creek for an entertaining tasting session followed by lunch.  Lunch recommendations include Coopers Creek at the Tasting Shed provides a perfect indoor or outdoor setting. Using local seasonal ingredients the Tasting Shed provides a unique range of tapas type tasting plates. For a more private and upmarket experience we recommend Provenance Eatery and Store. With an on-site butchery, bee's and vegetable gardens, the food simply couldn't be fresher or more superb. From here the options are endless. Matua Valley, Westbrook Estate & Soljans Estate are all worth a visit.

$512.85 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of Piha and KiteKite Falls from Auckland

Journey out west to one of New Zealand's most famous surf beaches, Piha. Located about 45 minutes from the city center our journey goes through the arty township of Titirangi before a short 30 minute stop-over of at the Arataki visitor centre. Here you can learn all about the history of the Waitakere Ranges regional park which covers over 16,000 hectares of native rain forest and coastline.  The Arataki visitor centre is also a gateway to some of the 250 kilometers of hiking tracks which lead to some of West Auckland's hidden gems including waterfalls, giant Kauri trees and amazing lookout points of the city, coastline and forest. From here we continue our journey to Piha beach stopping off at a spectacular high peak lookout point over the coastline before making our way down the beach to explore the black sand surf beach and local cafe's. For a bit of extra adventure check out nearby KiteKite falls. A 1.8 kilometer, 45 minute easy walk takes you to the stunning waterfall. This is perfect for a picnic stop and a swim. You can even hide behind the sheet of water coming down from the waterfall. Upon leaving Piha we recommend the 1.4 kilometer, 1 hour Mercer Bay Loop walking track. An enjoyable scenic walk with amazing shoreline views along some of the highest sea cliffs in Auckland. As there are dozens of walking trails and activities in the area we can provide a flexible itinerary planning to suit your specific requirements.

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