This tour ran in 2020… 2 Craft Beer tours. 8 Wired Breweries DARK BEER FEST, with fresh shucked Matakana oysters, Bohemian Cider and Hallertau Brewery Dinner, or the pleasure of 8 Wired, Bohemian Cider, and a LATE ARTISAN LUNCH at Sawmill Brewery. Either way we’ll do the driving! Iconic breweries and beer/cider tasting paddles are included in both daytrips, plus some fun hurling axes, and you’ll not go hungry – lunch and dinner too! Perfect for those keen to explore craft beer and organic cider and support local – from novice to connoisseur there will be something to please.
Choose your experience – both craft beer tours include:
8 Wired Brewing.
Soren Eriksen is an icon in the beer scene, NZ and Worldwide. Flavoursome innovative beers from hyper hoppy IPAs, Saisons, Porters and Stouts, then the barrel aging programme! ALWAYS reinventing, your tastebuds will awaken. Noted on prestigious Ratebeer.com list of “100 Best Brewers in the World”, as the only Southern Hemisphere brewery. Kudos
Made from wild fermentations with Organic Apples including the skins and pulp – like a good red wine. Their natural cider making philosophy has no filtration or added sulphites. Look out for the Tamarillo Cider with Amarillo Beer hops! Their ciders have won awards and trophies, chief cider maker Justin Oliver is head judge on the New World supermarkets panel.
Fancy your skill in the Military Arts? You will be taught the technique of axe hurling from qualified instructors, then it’s time to try your hand for real ‘actively supervised’ of course! A bit of friendly competition is to be had and we’ll see who comes out on top. Note: this activity operates under very robust Health and Safety Policy and within strict guidelines.
Late 2019 a devastating fire destroyed this Matakana icon. The beer industry rallied to their support, they are BACK! The menu has a focus on sustainable produce, lots of local & often foraged ingredients. The dishes change a lot, along with the seasons, using their own smoker for meat, fish and veggies. It’s real, honest food, full of flavour designed to pass around. Enjoy!
Hallertau Brewery & Biergarten.
~ hopping good times. An Auckland institution for many years – these guys both keep it simple, numbering beers 1- 10, then really push the boundaries with things such a seasonal sour made with chardonnay barrels from the vineyard down the road … or Quentin Tarantino asks for a one off to be made for a movie. YES QT!
Travel from Auckland central on luxury coach with an optional Albany collection, we start the day in an entertaining way - axe hurling! Then it's off to legendary 8 Wired Brewery in Matakana for a tutored tasting platter of their exquisite craft beer - 2nd of August is specifically a DARK BEER FEST, lunch, and then tutored tastings of the Bohemian Organic Cider range. We allow time to get along to the Matakana Market if you want. We then travel to either Hallertau in Riverhead or Sawmill Brewery for a sampling of their core range, and second lunch or dinner. Finally the coach home James!
Let’s break it down –
11 am Depart Auckland
Travel on our luxury coach from Auckland central via Albany bus station to Matakana
12 pm Arrive at Action Matakana for some axe throwing instruction
Learn this skill from trained instructors then use your newfound knowledge in a bit of a competition
1 pm Visit 8 Wired Brewery for a tutored tasting and lunch
Sample the incredible range including some barrel aged beers opened especially for us. 2nd of August departure is specifically focused on the DARK BEER FEST
2 pm Bohemian Cidery
Enjoy this organic cider range and insights from the brewer
3 pm Travel to either Hallertau Brewery to enjoy their Biergarten and Dinner or Sawmill Brewery for a Local Artisan Late Long Lunch
Taste their core range and relax over a tasty meal
7.30 pm Board the bus to journey back to Auckland CBD
Arrival back to Auckland approximately 8 pm
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This tour is run by Bryce Read, a Travel Agent from the Travel Managers Group Limited - IATA bonded. Prices are based on minimum numbers and may have to be adjusted if these are not met. Full payment is required to book. The inclusions on this trip are luxury coach transport, a tasting platter of beer or cider at each venue, and lunch plus dinner. Any further food or drink are at your expense. Once booked a $50 cancellation fee applies, 72 hours prior to departure the trip is not refundable.