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.
Your craft beer tour includes:
Artisan Craft beer, Organic cider & BBQ ALL-In Lunch
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! 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.
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!
Saturday 20th of February – Let’s break it down –
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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!
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.