24 April Craft Beer Daytrip to 8 wired and Sawmill Breweries

Craft Beer Tour – Full Day – Beer, Cider, Eats and Axes… plus BBQ Lunch

Bryce Read Tours

A Matakana Craft Beer coach tour from Auckland across 2 venues. 8 Wired Brewery with Bohemian Cider too, and Sawmill Brewery. Iconic breweries and beer/cider tasting paddles are included, plus some fun hurling axes, and you'll not go hungry - local legendary eats, and slow cooked all you can eat BBQ! Perfect for those keen to explore craft beer and organic cider and support local in Matakana - from novice to connoisseur there will be something to please. And hey - We'll drive.

We were born during the infancy of the NZ craft brewer revolution when brewers sculpted a unique identity that is rich in Kiwi spirit and adventure. Fired on by this brewer break-away, 8 Wired has always stood for innovation and ingenuity.
8 Wired Brewing

Your craft beer tour includes:

Artisan Craft beer, Organic cider & BBQ ALL-In Lunch

  • Coach
  • Local speciality meaty snack!
  • Axe Hurling!
  • 8 Wired Brewery tastings
  • Bohemian Organic Cider tastings
  • All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Lunch
  • Sawmill Brewery tour & tastings
  • Coach back to Auckland

Get a $20 discount on a Craft Beer Box
when you take the tour!

12 Craft beers delivered to your door!


Sample some of New Zealand's finest beer as our Thank You for coming on the trip! Cheers



Sample some of New Zealand's finest beer as our Thank You for coming on the trip! Cheers

8 Wired Brewing.
Soren Eriksen is an icon in the beer scene, NZ and Worldwide. Flavoursome innovative beers from hyper hoppy IPAs, to 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

Bohemian Cidery.
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.

Action Matakana.
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.

Sawmill Brewery.
Late 2019 a devastating fire destroyed this Matakana icon. The beer industry rallied to their support, they are BACK! Sawmill focus on making the best possible beer served in the best condition. With 14 on tap you can try the range in an awesome setting and soak up the landscape and atmosphere at your own pace. Enjoy!

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 premium craft beer, and then tutored tastings of the Bohemian Organic Cider range. Next it's a All-You-Can-Eat slow cooked BBQ lunch, with a drink - of course! Margarita?  We then travel to Sawmill Brewery for a tour and sampling of their awesome range! Finally the coach home James!  

The Matakana Crafternoon 10am to 7 pm - $249 per person

Axe Throwing, Craft Beer 8 Wired Brewery with Bohemian Cider + BBQ lunch & Sawmill Brewery

Call me on (09) 4102697 with any questions

Saturday 24th of April - Let's break it down -

  • 10 am Depart Auckland

    Travel on our luxury coach from Auckland central via Albany bus station to Matakana

  • 11 am 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

  • 12.15 pm Visit 8 Wired Brewery for a tour & tutored tasting

    Sample the incredible range including some barrel aged beers opened especially for us.

  • 1.15 pm Bohemian Cidery

    Enjoy this organic cider range and insights from the brewer

  • 2.15 pm All you can eat BBQ lunch

    Enjoy unlimited US style slow cooked meat and sides - all you want, and a drink of your choice beer, wine, margarita...

  • 4.00 pm Travel to Sawmill Brewery for a tour and brews

    Taste their range - you choose what you fancy, and relax for the afternoon

  • 6.30 pm Board the bus to journey back to Auckland CBD

    Arrival back to Auckland approximately 7.15 pm

  • 7.30 pm Optional stop at Behemoth Brewing Company

    Check out the awesome beers at this new bar - Chur!

Send your details to book on:

  • This is just in case we need to get in touch in a hurry when spots are limited.
  • Which day are you getting crafty?
  • Do you intend to board the coach in Auckland CBD or Albany bus station?

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, axe chucking, a tasting platter of beer or cider at each venue, eats and BBQ lunch with drink. 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.