Today, we fully explore Auckland and environs! Start with a cruise to nearby Waiheke Island for a private tour. This will be followed by a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, an ascent of Auckland’s Sky Tower to enjoy panoramic views of the city and surrounding area, and your day will be capped off with a lovely dinner cruise in the harbor!
Waiheke Island is just beautiful. Its 92 square kilometers of sandy beaches, vineyards, native bush settings, pristine coastline, olive groves and laid-back seaside villages, are all only a 40 minutes cruise away from Downtown Auckland. There is so much to see, do and explore. On the island you will visit Rangihoua Estate where the first olive oil in the North Island was produced. Rangihoua’s award-winning olive oils have won many accolades since the first pressings. Here you will learn how the oil is produced and taste a range of different oils. Then you will visit Stonyridge Vineyard for wine tasting. Founded in 1982, Stonyridge is a world-class producer of Cabernet blends and is the home of one of New Zealand’s cult wines, Larose. Here you can taste a flight of their four premium estate wines, which includes Larose, with the winemaker. Enjoy a Platter Style lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard. Sit out in the courtyard amongst their beautiful potager gardens and enjoy a vineyard platter-style lunch from the Mudbrick Bistro, with great views across the Waitemata Harbour to Auckland.
After lunch, head to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand’s first museum. Established in 1852 in a two-room farm cottage in the central Auckland suburb of Grafton, Auckland Museum is recognized as holding nationally and internationally significant collections. The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand’s top three heritage libraries. It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections. The Museum is home to millions of objects provides educational services to over 60,000 school children annually and is one of New Zealand’s most popular man-made tourist attractions with around half a million visitors every year.
Next up is the Sky Tower – A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland’s Sky Tower. At 328 meters, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometers in every direction.
Finally, enjoy a dinner cruise. Motor to Westhaven Marina and tie up at Pride sheltered anchorage within the largest yacht marina in the southern hemisphere where you will invited to your table below decks and served your Four Course Seafood Dinner (alternative menus confirmed upon booking) along with an offering from the ship’s bar. After Dinner the sails are set for a sail up under the Harbour Bridge and past the City’s waterfront with its fairy tale lights. Guests are welcome to participate in sailing the yacht or just sitting back and taking it all in.