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Finding Flavour: Mt Eden Village Foodie Walking Tour and Gourmet Lunch – Auckland, New Zealand

We take to the streets to explore our home neighbourhood.  On our Mt Eden Village Foodie Walking Tour and Gourmet Lunch you will meet the many interesting food suppliers and food makers in this historic, bustling village.  Tour gathering point is the iconic Fraser’s cafe, located on the corner of Mt Eden Road and Stokes Road.

You will meet the wonderful people who own the businesses – many family-owned.  Artisan bakeries, family-run fruit shop, tea shop, packed delicatessen, old-fashioned butchery, boutique cake shops are all visited on the tour – with lots of tastings along the way! The Tour concludes with a two-course gourmet lunch with glass of wine at the award-winning Molten Restaurant.

About Mt Eden Village:
Mt Eden Village is conveniently located in the central urban Auckland area.  It is only a short 15-minute bus ride on #274 or #277 bus from the Britomart transportation area in Downtown Auckland.  The Village itself is very compact and many of the shops that we visit are located next door to each other.  There are many other interesting shops to browse in the Village after the tour.

A minimum of two people is required to run the tour.   Available Tuesday-Saturday by prior arrangement.

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Zest Food Tours: Chocolate Espresso – Wellington, New Zealand

Indulge the senses and have fun with two favourite food groups: coffee and chocolate. Great for families and groups of 4+, you will explore the adventurous edge of contemporary chocolates with flavour combinations and tastes you’ve never dreamed of before, and involve yourself in the art and science of coffee roasting and tasting. Youngsters love the hot chocolate! The programme may vary and could include a behind the scenes look at a bakery where delicious cakes are made by hand or a simply stylish coffeehouse packed with nostalgia.

Walking Time: Approx. 45 minutes, at a casual wandering pace.

Tour Details

Monday to Friday by arrangement, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, starts and finishes at i-SITE Visitor Centre, Civic Square, corner Victoria and Wakefield Streets, Wellington.

View map of Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre

Available year round except for public holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Rate NZ $128 per adult and $95 per child under 12 years (minimum 4)

All inclusive from 4 to 10 guests. (Min of 4 guests per booking – we are unable to take a booking for smaller groups for this tour sorry, but can recommend our Capital Tastes Tour as an excellent alternative as it incorporates coffee and chocolate tastings).

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Zest Food Tours: Walking Gourmet – Wellington, New Zealand

Our flagship tour, this mouth-watering culinary experience concludes with a delicious, light, three course tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at top Wellington restaurant, Logan Brown* (2009 Cuisine Magazine NZ Restaurant of the Year Winner). Over a relaxed four and a half hour walking gourmet tour around Wellington’s best food places, your personal guide will introduce you to new and favourite flavours. Tour content can vary seasonally, and you may visit a boutique coffee roaster* and stylish cafe, renowned specialist fresh produce and gourmet food stores, and a unique contemporary chocolatier.

And during the day, your guide can also introduce you to many other aspects of the Capital, ranging from iconic city architecture, sculptures and fantastic places to shop and eat.

Walking Time: approx 45 minutes, at a casual wandering pace.

“Zest food tour was a great adventure. A simple concept well executed, it is an insight into the best food the city has to offer ranging from coffee to chocolate. This was a fine introduction to New Zealand food.” (Sydney Morning Herald travel blog)

Additional Notes:
* Logan Brown is open for lunch from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
* Coffee Roasting is available during weekdays.  For our Saturday bookings, we will still enjoy some of the great Wellington coffee this foodie capital is renowned for at one of our favourite cafes.

Tour Details

Leaves Monday to Saturday

Departs from i-SITE Visitor Centre, Civic Square, corner Victoria and Wakefield Streets, Wellington,
9.30am – 2pm.

View map of Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre

Available year round except for public holidays and Sundays.

Rate NZ $255 per person (minimum 2)
All inclusive for up to 8 guests.

As our tour minimum is 2 guests, if you wish to make a single booking please click here to enquire before going further. We will reply by email within 12 hours.

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Zest Food Tours: Capital Tastes – Wellington, New Zealand

The perfect morning walking tour: enjoy three hours of Wellington culinary experiences. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand’s cafe and culinary capital, as we introduce you to local tastes, products and people. With a personal guide to tell the local stories, you will taste gourmet products including coffee, chocolate, cheeses and other specialties in top food places the locals know. As an added bonus, you’ll receive a 25 percent discount voucher at one of Wellington’s best fine dining restaurants (Logan-Brown) or buzzy cafe (Floriditas) to enjoy in your own time. Some conditions apply.

Walking Time: approx. 45 minutes, at a casual wandering pace.

Tour Details

Leaves daily
Departs from i-SITE Visitor Centre, Civic Square, corner Victoria and Wakefield Streets, Wellington
9.30 am – 12.30 pm

View map of Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre

Available year round except for public holidays and in Summer this tour is replaced by Sunday Gourmet on Sundays (Nov-March).

Rate NZ $169 per person (minimum 2)
All inclusive for up to 8 guests.

As our tour minimum is 2 guests, if you wish to make a single booking please click here to enquire before going further. We will reply by email within 12 hours.

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Zest Food Tours: Auckland City Tastes – New Zealand

We introduce you to three of the city’s most vibrant inner city foodie locations. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, the Britomart precinct is full of eclectic cafes, restaurants, cool bars and a fantastic city farmers market (Saturdays only), making it the hippest new district in town. The beautiful Viaduct Harbour features many award winning restaurants and the revitalized Wynyard Quarter shows off its new eateries and bars, open picnic spaces and Auckland’s Seafood Market. Tastings include exceptional coffee, baking treats, chocolates, cheeses, ice cream, seafood and produce.

For: 2-10 guests

When: 9.30 am – 12.30pm Mon to Sat inclusive

Price: $NZ 149 per person, which includes guiding and all tastings

Departs from: i-SITE Visitor Centre, 137 Quay Street, Princes Wharf, Auckland City

Walking Time: Approx 30 mins, all weather

Travelling Solo? As our tour minimum is 2 guests, if you wish to make a single booking please click here to enquire before going further. We will reply by email within 12 hours.

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Zest Food Tours: Urban Village Delights – Auckland, New Zealand

A gourmet walking tour of Ponsonby, a local favourite

Experience the cafe culture and gourmet delights of the charming urban village of historic Ponsonby. Well known for its delicious eateries, 19th century wooden buildings, arts and crafts, it’s also a great place to shop.

Within easy walking distance, your gourmet tour of Ponsonby will include tastings of fine produce, chocolates, exceptional coffee at an award winning café and classic baking treats. Meet some of the culinary and creative personalities who make up the diverse and original mix that attracts locals and visitors to this part of the city. A light two course lunch matched with a glass of premium New Zealand wine is also included.

Guests: 2-10 guests per tour

When: 9.30 am – 1.30pm, Mon to Sat

Price: $189 per person, which includes all guiding, all tastings and a light two course lunch with a glass of wine

Departs from:
The old Post Office building (now called The Ponsonby Belgian Beer Cafe), cnr of Ponsonby Rd, College Hill & St Mary’s Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland.

Optional Taxi Transfer: We offer a taxi transfer service to the start of the tour from your central Auckland accommodation for $10 per person one way or $20 per person return.  Please let us know where you are staying when you make your booking by noting this in the Special Requests box on the booking form and we will pick you up.

Travelling solo? As our tour minimum is 2 guests, if you wish to make a single booking please click here to enquire before going further. We will reply by email within 12 hours.

Walking time during tour:
Approx 30 mins, all weather

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