Muriwai Gannets & winery tour from Auckland
Just a short drive west from Auckland there is one of the world's few mainland breeding colonies of gannets at Muriwai, where our day trip today begins. Next we head to a leading West Auckland winery for a tour and tasting of their award winning wines. We round out the day with a late lunch (at your cost) at one of three local operators, the Riverhead Tavern, Hallertau Brewery or Blossoms cafe, we let your group decide.
The Muriwai's gannet colony is just a one hour drive from the centre of Auckland. A short walking track leads to a viewing platform right above the main colony area and out to sea, the colony continues on two vertical-sided islands. About 1,200 pairs of gannets nest here from August to March each year. The views from the colony are very impressive, Muriwai Beach extends 60 kilometres to the north - a line of black sand between the thundering surf and the sand hills.
Our winery visit is usually at the family owned Soljans Estate Winery, this is the 3rd oldest New Zealand Winery still owned and run by the original family. Chance to sample the wines and tour the winery while hearing their fascinating story. Then we head of to our lunch venue of choice, such as the Riverhead Tavern, Hallertau Brewery or perhaps Blossoms Garden Cafe (lunch is at your cost).