|Arrive: 12/19/12 8:00 AM||Depart: 12/19/12 ---|
Please see below for a description of our exclusive Car & Driver private sightseeing. Please note that the final itinerary may vary slightly due to unforeseen weather conditions, closures or other reasons beyond control. Due to a limited number of vehicles in some ports, car and driver sightseeing tours are subject to availability.
The Matakana Wine Region- Full Day Tour
The Brick Bay Sculpture Trail near Matakana showcases contemporary sculpture by established and emerging artists. Experience Sculpture in a remarkable landscape framed by towering native trees and majestic palms, abundant birdlife, and green pastures all overlooking the celebrated Brick Bay Vineyard. This is a unique outdoor gallery experience, where an ever changing display of 25 to 30 works is sensitively sited along the 2km trail.
Your journey continues as you travel to Matakana, once the “fruitbowl of Auckland” and now home to a flourishing wine industry. These are innovative, quality-focussed wineries, small and mostly family owned. You will enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at Heron’s Flight winery as you overlook the vines. The region abounds with such a startling array of fresh produce that Chefs are spoilt for choice. Lunch will be accompanied by a glass of the local wine and you will have a chance to talk to winemaker David Hoskins an American now settled in New Zealand.
We depart this coastal paradise via the renowned Morris & James Pottery Workshop. All products are individually handcrafted by local artisans in the pottery’s workshop including pots, platters, stunning wall panels and architectural ceramics.
Your day concludes as you return to the ship approximately 4.30pm.
DURATION 8 hours (Depart the ship at 8:30am; return to the ship by 4:30pm)
**Car and Driver Shoreside Experience operated by A&K New Zealand**
Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city centre complemented by great escapes within half an hour of downtown. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. There is never a shortage of things to do in the City of Sails. Sights to see include Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo, and Museum of Transport and Technology.