BEST Auckland Tour Trip Advisor Review

“Simply the BEST”

Why is this tour the best? Here’s why….Trip Advisor review from Gracie T:

Auckland is known by locals and visitors alike for unpredictable weather patterns and it was for this reason that I was nervous going into our Unique Tours experience. Yes, the skies were grey and ominous that day but that didn’t stop the flow nor change our experience for the negative. My fears were quickly laid to rest upon meeting our incredible tour guide, Mimi, at the Ferry building located on Aucklands waterfront. With an upbeat and cheerful demeanour, Mimi started off with a bang by sharing an unfathomable amount of information about Aucklands rich architecture, cultural and culinary history!

My partner and I were two of four on the tour, keeping our experience intimate and setting the perfect platform for meeting friendly strangers who also shared a passion for food and wine.

Up until this point, I had actually spent a fair amount of time in the Auckland downtown area but was still consistently shocked with the “off the beaten path” selections Mimi had hand picked. Each restaurant was immaculate and well prepared for our arrivals. Seeing as the tour is scheduled just before dinner service, we frequently had each place to ourselves, not only allowing us to converse with one another but also to speak with the various owners, executive chefs and maitre de. The wine was consistently flowing and the small plates of delight never seemed to end! All courses were gorgeous both in flavour and aesthetic!

In essence, this is a tour opportunity that those visiting Auckland CANNOT pass up. It is organised, informative, delicious and fun! I highly recommend doing Mimis tour when you first arrive (as opposed to the end of your trip) as it will help you get your bearings around the city not to mention present you with about a million options for dining out.

Thanks for an incredible tour, Mimi! I will certainly seek you out on future trips to Auckland and make sure that I recommend you and your fantastic tours to my family and friends back home in the states.

5 star Gourmet Wine & Food tasting Viator Review

We are so lucky here at Unique Tours to be able to offer our visitors to downtown Auckland such a wonderful product “The Gourmet Wine & Food Tasting Tour” and lucky for us our visitors get the idea behind it and ultimately love the experience, as this visitor so aptly describes:

Date of Travel: 15 January 2018
“Mimi’s Gourmet Wine and Food Tour was ridiculously enjoyable! My husband and I really felt that we had won some kind of lottery. Imagine sitting at 4 acclaimed Auckland restaurants, basically one on one with chefs and assistants, enjoying pairings of delectable appetizer portions of some of the most creative and eclectic dishes, along with wine tastings to match. Because the tour meets late afternoon you seem to have the full commitment of the staff. Most memorable, if I had to pick, were the mussels dripping in butter and ginger sauce, followed by he/she cocktails made by the Auckland famous bartender, Jesus. The Wine Chambers reminded us of Paris, but the delightful Martina described it was really inspired by a German restaurant. We loved it all so much, we were inspired to continue in the evening at another one of Martina’s restaurants, Number 5, where we continued to delight in fabulous Auckland food heaven.  We could go on… but Mimi made it all such a wonderful continuous pleasure with her knowledge of Auckland’s history and her clear connection and relationship with the restaurants on her tour. If you are in Auckland.. this is a must and will provide you with eating out ideas for the rest of your time in Auckland.”

We are sincerely pleased this lovely couple had the best of times and is taking full advantage of their newfound knowledge of the hidden gems in terms of eateries around this downtown area.

Do this tour when you arrive – Central Auckland Foodies

Tasting Gourmet food and fine New Zealand wines – central Auckland
Summer is here with an early heat wave! Stunning, still warm days with the water temperature up as well – so fantastic swimming too at Mission Bay, but don’t forget your sunblock! A great way to enjoy the day and then later in the afternoon why not try a bit of local food and New Zealand wine tasting in downtown Auckland. Come join us for three hours on one of Auckland City’s Trip Advisor top 10 food and wine activities.
A relaxing stroll of the streets in the older part of town. Learn about the history and geography of this area and sip and taste your way from establishment to establishment. All this in small groups (maximum 10 people) with a local guide.
Meet the people behind Auckland’s restaurant scene. Experience Auckland’s cultural diversity through food. Go where the locals in the know go off the touristy beaten track, often hard to find establishments.
Get to know where to go for great coffee and where to pick up sweet treats.
Do this tour early in your stay so you know your way around like a local.


Best Tour….EVER! Auckland Top 10 five star Trip Advisor reviews

An email from a lovely Texas couple who also reviewed us on Trip Advisor today (a great big thank you to them):

Just back from the food and wine tour in Auckland. Mimi at Unique Tours was amazing. Her commentary on city history was great, and the food and wine sampling was amazing. She even arranged for us to have dinner at one of our stops, despite the fact that it was “fully booked.” We would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone else traveling to Auckland.

Another great big thank you to Trip Advisor. Without you we would not have anywhere to post these reviews, sharing with the world what we are doing from a visitor’s perspective. Our aim was to reach central Auckland City’s top 10 wine and food things to do, and here we are at number 10. Our tours are small group tours with a local guide. All will tickle your taste buds and wet your palate. If you’d like to know about fine dining, hidden bars, casual eating or the best gelato in the downtown area – this is the tour for you! Go where the locals go to shop eat and drink. The tours are relaxed and easy walking. Tour duration about 3 hours. A great way to familiarise yourself with this part of town whilst learing a bit about Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland). Commentary on Auckland’s history and geography from the newest volcano to oldest hotel. Join this tour and you will see what Auckland has to offer. Meet the people behind the bar and/or restaurant scene. Find out about our cultural diversity through NZ wine, food, NZ craft beer and hand-made cocktails.

Do read our 21 five star Trip Advisor Reviews to give you an idea of what our tours are all about to see if this is something that you might be interested in. Perfect if you are staying in town and even better if you book this tour at the beginning of your stay so you know where to go, that way you can make your entire Auckland experience the best it can be.

You can book directly through the website or if you prefer through Viator or Expedia.

I look forward to meeting you!

New release Rose



Micro Brewing Tasting Tours Downtown Auckland

The weather is now really fining up – perfect for a stroll around downtown Auckland and tasting New Zealand wine, local seasonal food, seasonal cocktails and New Zealand Craft Beer or New Zealand Micro Brewing as it’s known in the USA.

I want to talk about New Zealand Craft beer’s new statistics just released. Our local craft beer industry has sky rocketed with 200 craft brewers (only 60 in 2011) nationwide producing over 1600 unique beers. We won’t be tasting that many beers but we will be trying quite a few on the Original Craft Beer walking tour in the downtown area with your local knowledgeable guide. New Zealand is not really known for its craft beers (not yet) – more it’s delicious wines, because the revival of this industry is quite recent. However it is increasing tremendously fast with a beer lovingly produced for each and every palate. If you join this tour you will become familiar with New Zealand’s great beer history which was much bigger than the wine industry for many years. In small groups you will also meet the people behind the beer scene and recognise their diversity reflecting Auckland’s many cultures, tastes and aromas.

At last spring is really here….



Original Cocktail Tour downtown Auckland “I will do that tour again when I come back”

This lovely email from a happy group visiting Auckland. Stefanie was here with her parents and adult son. They wanted to do a small group walking tour with a local guide and learn a bit about our colonial culture in a fun and relaxed fashion. They chose the cocktail tour because one of the group disliked wine (Gourmet Wine and Food tasting tour) and another disliked beer (Original NZ Craft Beer Tasting Tour) – so the Original Cocktail Tour was the best option to keep everyone happy.

Dear Mimi,

Thank you so much again for that great experience. We had so much fun and the places you took us were amazing. My parents and Lukas told me the whole night what a good idea that tour was….

I will do that tour again when I come back and will contact you…

I wish you lots of success with your tours, it was wonderful….

The highlights of the tour apart from drinking cocktails, is meeting the people behind the bar scene here in Auckland and going to places where the locals go off the touristy beaten track. Having a local guide is perfect as you get that personal and super memorable experience, especially since the groups are small.

There is a good variety of often seasonal cocktails to be sampled all made by hand with local and imported ingredients. Meet the bar tender and the people behind the places visited. Familiarise yourself with the downtown area and know where to go for not only cocktails, but also food and sweet treats!

Three excellent tours to choose from, to suit every palate. You can book direct via the website or viator or expedia.

Go to Trip Advisor for more reviews:

afternoon cocktails

Taste Downtown Auckland local Food, Wine, Craft Beer, Cocktails

The emphasis is firmly on local Auckland food, NZ wine, NZ craft beer and cocktails.

Thanks again to all the lovely visitors to Auckland who have booked and taken a Unique Tour and especially for taking the time to comment on their experience. Bellow’s comment from Trip Advisor just a week old and shows more satisfied customers.

Tour not to be missed!
Taking this tour with Mimi is like an old friend showing you around their home town. From the moment we met Mimi we felt very comfortable and at ease. The tour is certainly a collection of Auckland history and the wonderful food and wine it has to offer. While visiting four restaurants, Mimi pointed out other restaurant and bar recommendations along the way. This tour is a must and as other reviewers have mentioned, a great way to get an insider knowledge to “off the tourist track” quality restaurants. Previous reviews sum up our experience to a tee.

If you like small groups and want to meet a local, with a little walking off the touristy beaten track and you are not averse to a taste of New Zealand wine, New Zealand craft beer or cocktails – these tours are perfect for you. There are three tours to choose from and we do still have space to accommodate you and your travel companions. For cocktail lovers we have the Original Cocktail Tour, taking you to hidden bars showcasing what is now known as Mixology! For the foodies out there we have the Gourmet Food & Wine tasting tour, taking you to a selection of supberb restaurants showcasing Auckland’s cultural diversity. For beer lovers we have the Original New Zealand Craft Beer tour, meeting the people behind the bar – hip hops! This is a fun way to see what downtown Auckland has to offer and also to get to know your way around this area. Your guide will show you what makes Auckland and Aucklanders special. The tours also include a brief commentary on colonial history and the geography of Auckland.

New release Rose

Praws, Watermelon, NZ Salmon seasonal deliciousness

Another rave review from Trip Advisor Unique Tours

We’re almost there! The aim is to get into Trip Advisor’s top 10 for food and wine in Auckland. How do we do that? By giving our visitors the best experience we possible can. Each review gets us closer there and the last one did not disappoint. A great big thank you to the Pino family for their rave review on Trip Advisor:

Culinary Delight in Auckland, New Zealand “

yesterdayReviewed by WEPINO
A totally unexpected surprise!!! Mimi is not only knowledgeable in Culinary Art, but a tremendous source for the best restaurants in New Zealand. We loved the experience. The food and wine in the four restaurants we visited were amazing. Plus the history lessons were priceless. Thank you Mimi from the Pinos for a wonderful evening.
Also we have exciting news – we now have three tours on offer to suit every palate. We have the Gourmet Wine and Food Tasting Tour and the Original Cocktail Tour for lovers of hand-made traditional cocktails. And now the new tour….Want to taste our very own New Zealand craft beers and find out what you like to consume for the rest of your stay in New Zealand? Want to have some fun walking around downtown Auckland snacking on pub snacks to accompany your beer tastings and learn a bit about our history, architecture and geography? Then look no further and book yourself and a friend on the Original NZ Craft Beer Tour. Go where the locals go with a local guide and find out what downtown Auckland has to offer. This tour is all about relaxation with easy walking.


5 star reviews for Unique Tours tasting walking food and wine

5 star reviews continue the trend for Unique Tours – Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Tour of downtown Auckland. But don’t take it from us let Trip Advisor show you our latest review from just the other day…..


Reviewed 5 days ago


This tour is a must-see for all who go to Auckland. It is absolutely awesome! Mimi takes you around the city, showing you not only all of the sights but also finding great restaurants of all sorts of different cuisines to try foods. She also tells great stories from her childhood and life about food. These restaurants that you try are not your run-of-the-mill shops; they are gourmet locations with great food and excellent wine. A highly recommended trip for all!

Visited May 2017
So you want to do the best things possible in Auckland – the gourmet Food & Wine walking tour is definitely one of them. Enhance your stay to make it the best it can possibly be and get the most out of downtown Auckland’s food scene. Take a few minutes to book your tour now.
Also just to let the world know, eventhough it’s winter down here, it’s 16 degrees celsius, the sun is shining, the weather calm and the sparkling waters of the Waitemata enticing. Heres what today looks like.

Best activites in Auckland 2017

UK Lions 2017 Tour traveller information for Auckland New Zealand

best activities Auckland Lions Tour 2017

lifestyle; unique tours experiencing downtown Auckland wine gourmet food craft beer & cocktail tastings

So what are the best activites during the Auckland Lions Tour 2017, besides the exciting Lions and New Zeland rugby games? There will be time to enjoy making the most of being – downunder. Don’t go home without seeing and expereiencing as much as you possibly can. The flights to the bottom of the earth are long and arduous – you may not be back. Not in a hurry anyway. So in your spare time have a think about what you’d like to do here and check out the best activites during the Auckland Lions Tour 2017. For instance, did you know that one of the best things to do in downtown Auckland is to experience our delicious food,  NZ wine, cocktails and NZ craft beer? It’s not the most commonly known fact about Auckland – but we are experiencing a fantastic foodie scene which is growing every week. It’s competative and therefore very delicious with many award winning restaurants and hidden away cocktail and craft beer bars. Consider a food, wine, craft beer or cocktail tour in small groups. This does include a geographical and historical narrative as well as the “famous” food and beverage tastings – all guided by a local with local knowledge. In two and a half hours you will be whisked around this old part of town showcasing what this area has to offer in terms of fresh seasonal food, cocktails as well as New Zealand wine and New Zealand craft beer. Go where the locals go and experience multi-cultural Auckland through its food. There are three different tours available depending on your taste. Book early in your trip and make use of your knowledge. The lovely Karen Wright from the Mirror group has just uploaded this interesting and informative article. Click on link to read this: