Accompanying persons tours

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Waiheke Island 
Jewel in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf 
Full day tour

Just 35 minutes by fast ferry from downtown Auckland is the beautiful island of Waiheke – home to wineries, olive groves, artists and beautiful beaches.  People do things a little differently on the island, and this tour delights in giving you a truly unique experience with an emphasis on Waiheke’s olives, wine and native flora.


Your adventure starts immediately off the ferry – an easy walk with Naturopath Helen Elscot of Herbal Health Waiheke to the main village of Oneroa to learn about the regeneration of native plants on Waiheke and their uses for food and medicinal purposes. In Oneroa we visit the still of Jill Mulvaney of Alembics to learn about the distillation of herbs and see a demonstration.  During this time we will have morning coffee/tea. 


A visit to Waiheke would not be complete without a visit to a winery.  At Goldie Wines we visit the site of Waiheke’s first vineyard created by Kim and Jeanette Goldwater, who produced iconic wines here.  The vineyard is now operated by the University of Auckland as the Goldwater Wine Science Centre, a premium wine education facility.  We will tour the winery,enjoy a wine tasting and have a light shared platter lunch.


A drive further along the island brings us to Rangihoua Estate, producer of award-winning olive oil.  Our tour includes a walk in the olive grove and an explanation of the olive oil making process followed by tastings. All too soon it is time to catch the return ferry to Auckland.  We know that you will want to return again!


Tour includes:

- return ferry ticket
- all sights, entry and tasting fees
- morning tea
- light lunch
- transportation on Waiheke Island
- personal guiding by Finding Flavour


Tour departs: 8:15am ferry from downtown Ferry Terminal
Tour returns: 4:00pm ferry from Waiheke Island (arriving Auckland 4:40pm)


Departure 0800 hours ferry departs from downtown Ferry Terminal
Return 1640 hours ferry returns to downtown Ferry Terminal
Cost NZD 195



Wednesday 25 June 2014


Kia Ora Auckland
See collaboration in action on a school visit which highlights the successful Fruit In Schools programme, then stroll amongst New Zealand flora at the Auckland Botanic gardens before ending your day with an Award-winning Winery
Half day tour

Visit a local South Auckland school to learn more about the government funded free Fruit in Schools programme, see native New Zealand flora in the Botanic Gardens and taste award-winning wines, all in the southern suburbs of Auckland.


Located in the heart of one of Auckland’s Maori and Pacific Island suburbs, just 20 minutes from the heart of the city,  you’ll find East Tamaki Primary School, a school where fruit and vegetables take centre stage.  Tour this friendly school and see how industry and government have joined together to deliver a free fruit and vegetable programme that is turning young lives around. Hear about the changes in learning that have occurred, see the extensive vegetable garden project that has come out of this initiative and visit the kitchen where children prepare and share the food. You will not only be visiting but also contributing to this initiative, as part of the tour cost includes a donation to the school that will be used to help fund the valuable work they do in raising the awareness of the importance of fruit and vegetables in well-being and health.

Enjoy morning coffee/tea in the school grounds.


At the Auckland Botanic Gardens, a park guide will take us to view the range of diverse and unique New Zealand flora.  Due to New Zealand’s isolation, most of our plant species are unique to this country.


Taste award-winning New Zealand wines at the beautiful Villa Maria winery. Villa Maria is one of the pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry and they make a wide range of wines from varieties of grapes grown in various locations in the country.

Tour includes:
- Guided tour of local school vegetable garden project
- Morning tea
- Guided tour of New Zealand flora at botanic gardens
- Wine tasting and lunch at Villa Maria winery


0900 hours departs from Viaduct Events Centre


1430 hours return to Viaduct Events Centre

Cost NZD 135

Walking tour of downtown Auckland

Viaduct, Waterfront and Britomart
Half day tour

The Auckland waterfront area has undergone an amazing redevelopment and revival.  This walking tour takes in the Viaduct area near the conference venue, which is the traditional home of the Auckland-based fishing fleet. We even visit an urban vegetable garden with an educational purpose.  We make our way around the waterfront and conclude at the popular Britomart precinct, with its leading fashion shops, restaurants and bars.

Just a short walk from the conference venue is the Auckland Fish Market.  We visit the market to see the range of fish and seafood on offer and enjoy a tasting. Near the Fish Market is the newly developed urban garden by the Garden to Table Trust.  This garden is visited by nearby school children to learn about growing vegetables by caring for the garden.  A member of the Trust will meet us there to tell us about the programme they offer and the garden.  If we are lucky we will also meet some of the children working in the garden on the day.

Our walk moves “inland” to a popular French bakery where we visit behind the scenes to see the bakery in action, and then we relax with morning coffee/tea and freshly baked French pastries. We continue our walk towards the Viaduct and main downtown waterfront areas, passing the Maritime Museum and the iconic historic Ferry Building.  Along the way learn a little about the early history of Auckland and the evolving plans for the waterfront.

We arrive at the Britomart precinct, where the historic buildings have been sensitively redeveloped to create a major transportation hub, fashion shopping, restaurant and bar area. Our tour will give you an overview of the area so that you can spend the afternoon enjoying lunch and doing some shopping on your own.


Tour includes
- donation to Garden to Table Trust for group visit
- tasting at Auckland Fish Market
- morning tea with pastries at French bakery


0930 hours departs from Viaduct Events Centre


1245 hours departs from Viaduct Events Centre

Cost NZD 55



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