Trip Advisor Recommended Unique Tours – Food and Wine Auckland Central

We have great news and are super excited, as Trip Advisor has recommended Unique Tours. This is because our Gourmet Food and Wine tour is a favorite Auckland walking tour. A huge thank you to all the people who gave their time and effort writing 5 and 4 star reviews. It is super rewarding reading all the positive comments. And as a result the Trip Advisor community can make better choices and book tours that they will truly enjoy.

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….



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.