What we're about

This group is to meet people in a relaxing yet fun environment, but also to learn something new.

We'll explore Auckland's vast backyard of wineries and breweries with great destinations for wine and beer tastings and restaurant dining in stunning settings.

They are all situated so close but it will still feel like you're escaping Auckland for the day. What better way to enjoy the adventure with new friends who enjoy similar interests. We'll visit a different destination for a tasting followed by lunch and often there are other activities to add.

These Meetups do fill up fast as we're only small groups, this is to make it easier for everyone to get to know each other and to avoid those nasty forced set menu options on large groups. There will be more opportunities to visit the same destinations in the future :) So keep an eye out!
Please RSVP if you're interested to join any of the scheduled meetups and please change your RSVP one week prior to the meetup date if you can't make it, it'll give someone else a change to come along.

We can arrange car pooling or our own transport via group discussion...please be responsible when driving :)

Upcoming events (3)

North West Wine, Beer & Food Festival 2019

The Hunting Lodge Winery

NORTH WEST WINE, BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL 2019 Music lineup - Gin Wigmore, Tami Neilson and Jed Parsons You must pre-purchase your tickets for this event from Eventfinda NZ North West Wine, Beer & Food Festival is set to return to the stunning surrounds of The Hunting Lodge on Saturday 9 February, showcasing the finest offerings by local vineyards, breweries and restaurants, and the festival’s strongest music line-up yet - Gin Wigmore, Tami Neilson and Jed Parsons! Just 30 minutes North West of Auckland, the beautiful Hunting Lodge will play host to this day long event, which will showcase the amazing wine, beer and food that is on offer in the region. The music menu is paired with delicious local offerings from vineyards Coopers Creek Vineyard, The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, Kumeu River Winery, Soljans Estate Winery & West Brook Winery, and breweries Hallertau Brewery, Colab Brewing & Liberty Brewing Company and bespoke dishes from food vendors including The Riverhead & The Tasting Shed. This show will see Los Angeles based alt-rock chanteuse Gin Wigmore live at home for the first time since 2015, with a set that’s expected to feature music from break-out 2009 record Holy Smoke through to her stunning new release Ivory. North West local Tami Neilson is a country music treasure with ever-increasing international acclaim. Fresh from a 15-date European tour, Neilson has just been nominated for Best Solo Artist and Album of the Year at the upcoming Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for her outstanding 2018 release Sassafrass. Jed Parsons is an indie-pop star on the rise with his solo debut Midnight Feast garnering local and trans-Tasman attention. The festival will again feature a kids zone, making it a truly family friendly event. Children under 15 are FREE when pre-registered with a parent or legal guardian. Return bus tickets to the venue are also available at time of ticket purchase, departing from Auckland City, Muriwai, Helensville, Kumeu & Riverhead. Or free parking will also be available at The Hunting Lodge on the day. Set in the picturesque surrounds of the The Hunting Lodge Wine Estate – just 30 minutes northwest of Auckland City, the North West Wine, Beer & Food Festival is the perfect summer celebration. We'll work out where to meet a week prior to the festival, depending on who's catching a bus up or planning to drive. If you want to car-pool put a message in the notes. NOTE: You must pre-purchase your ticket to this festival on the Eventfinda site at: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2019/north-west-wine-beer-food-festival-2019/auckland/waimauku/tickets Tickets cost $68.12 pp with bus ticket from Auckland being $21.01 pp return Please Note - A range of vendors will be selling food on the day however; attendees are welcome to bring a picnic. BUT all liquids are prohibited from being brought into the venue. Free water will be available on site.

City Of Ales 2019

ponsonby cruising club

Auckland's best little beer festival is back for 2019. The Society of Beer Advocates presents City of Ales on the 16th of February 2019, from the beautiful outlook of the Ponsonby Cruising Club at Westhaven Marina. This year we are bringing some of the best regional breweries to Auckland. Over 20 beers from around New Zealand will be available alongside tasty food offerings, in our popular intimate atmosphere with a view from below the Auckland harbour bridge. You can look forward to unique and hard-to-find beers from the likes of McLeods, Brewaucracy, Craftwork, Kainui, and more. And we'll also be serving a special funky, barrel-aged festival beer made at Sweatshop Brew Kitchen, in collaboration with Outlier Cartel and SOBA members. Your ticket includes entry to the festival, and 3 beer tokens to get you started. Further tokens are available on the day at $10 for 3, and food can be bought using these tokens. City of Ales is an R20 event. Tickets are $28 pp and can be bought at: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2019/city-of-ales-2019/auckland/westhaven/tickets ***Everyone must buy their own ticket before the day - for the 12-3 session *** *Each member is responsible for their own extra food & drink costs charges on the day. We can arrange car pooling or our own transport via group discussion...please be responsible when driving :-) • Important to know Please be respectful and responsible.

Gimblett Gravels Getaway

Meadowood House

Come along for a weekend getaway to drink wine from the Gimblett Gravels in the beautiful Hawke's Bay. There's many vineyards with Cellar Doors: Stonecroft, Te Awa, Trinity Hill, Unison, Beach House, Craggy Range, Crossroads, Elephant Hill, Esk Valley, Mission Estate, Pask, Sacred Hill and Vidal Estate. And quite a number (at the Gravels or in the region) do lunch or platters: Sileni Estate, Abbey Cellars, Oak Estate Wines, Ash Ridge Wines, Trinity Hill, Te Awa Restaurant, Unison Vineyard Cafe and Hawke’s Bay Golf Club Café https://gimblettgravels.com/wineries/ I've found a Boutique Lodge that sleeps 8 people (4 rooms with 2 people in each) that is 6kms away from the Gimblett Gravels wine region. Its called Meadowood House and the entrance is across the grounds from Crossroads Winery. My suggestion is that we book the house for 2 nights - being Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd March and then head back to Auckland on Sunday the 3rd. You can either drive down which would take 5.5 hours each way, or fly down which is an hour each way. Flight costs are from $62 pp each way with Jet Star or from $94 pp each way with Air NZ. There's about 4/5 flights each day with each airline (depending on whether you take Friday off or not), and of course the sooner you book the better price you'll pay. The house has 4 glamping sites so if more than 8 people want to go we could book those too. They also have bike rental so we could tour the vineyards using those. Possible Weekend Costs: Petrol - approx $200 per car Jet Star flights - from $62 pp each way or Air NZ - from $94 pp each way Accom - $200 - $250 pp for the weekend - if there are 2 people in each room Bike Rental - from $45 per bike per day Wine Tastings - approx $20 per vineyard Vineyard Lunch - approx $40-80 pp Things to Book straight away: Flights to Napier if planning to fly Whatsapp Group - I'd like to set up a Whatsapp group for this trip as we'll want to discuss the accom arrangements, which vineyards to go to, pre-bookings, any deposit and pre-payments, etc. So once you've booked onto this trip, please download the app onto your phone and I'll be asking for your phone number as part of the booking process. If you have problems being part of a chat-group then do let me know by private message. Accommodation Meadowood House This has 4 rooms - 2 are ensuite - one x King, one x Queen and the other 2 share a bathroom - one x Queen, one x Twin It also has 2 Medium & 2 Large glamping tents - have a look at the website for more details https://meadowoodhouse.co.nz/boutique-accommodation/ If people want to book their own accommodation then that's also fine, but I thought this way would be easy and fun

Past events (14)

Beer tasting and lunch at Hallertau

Hallertau Brewery

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