Craft beer Daytrip matakana 8 wired

Craft Beer Tour – Full Day – Beer, Cider, Lunch, Dinner and Axes… DARK BEER FEST, or Artisan Late Lunch?

Bryce Read Tours

2 Craft Beer tours. 8 Wired Breweries DARK BEER FEST, with fresh shucked Matakana oysters, Bohemian Cider and Hallertau Brewery Dinner, or the pleasure of 8 Wired, Bohemian Cider, and a LATE ARTISAN LUNCH at Sawmill Brewery. Either way we’ll do the driving! Iconic breweries and beer/cider tasting paddles are included in both daytrips, plus some fun hurling axes, and you’ll not go hungry – lunch and dinner too! Perfect for those keen to explore craft beer and organic cider and support local – from novice to connoisseur there will be something to please.

Choose your experience – both craft beer tours include:

2nd August 11am - DARK BEER FEST Matakana
  • Coach
  • Axe Hurling!
  • 8 Wired Brewery DARK BEER FEST tastings
  • Bohemian Organic Cider tastings
  • Foodtruck Lunch
  • Hallertau core range tastings
  • Hallertau Dinner
  • Coach back to Auckland
8th August 11am - Artisan Late Long Lunch
  • Coach
  • Axe Hurling!
  • 8 Wired Brewery tastings
  • Bohemian Organic Cider tastings
  • Foodtruck Lunch
  • Sawmill Brewery tastings
  • Sawmill Artisan Late Long Lunch
  • Coach back to Auckland

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

Bohemian Cidery.
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.

Action Matakana.
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.

Sawmill Brewery.
Late 2019 a devastating fire destroyed this Matakana icon. The beer industry rallied to their support, they are BACK! The menu has a focus on sustainable produce, lots of local & often foraged ingredients. The dishes change a lot, along with the seasons, using their own smoker for meat, fish and veggies. It’s real, honest food, full of flavour designed to pass around. Enjoy!

Hallertau Brewery & Biergarten.
~ hopping good times. An Auckland institution for many years – these guys both keep it simple, numbering beers 1- 10, then really push the boundaries with things such a seasonal sour made with chardonnay barrels from the vineyard down the road … or Quentin Tarantino asks for a one off to be made for a movie. YES QT!

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 exquisite craft beer - 2nd of August is specifically a DARK BEER FEST, lunch, and then tutored tastings of the Bohemian Organic Cider range. We allow time to get along to the Matakana Market if you want. We then travel to either Hallertau in Riverhead or Sawmill Brewery for a sampling of their core range, and second lunch or dinner. Finally the coach home James!

Let’s break it down –

The Matakana Crafternoon 11am to 8 pm – $249 per person

8 Wired Dark Beer Fest + Hallertau Dinner, or 8 Wired + Sawmill Brewery Local Artisan Late Lunch

Call me on (09) 4102697 with any questions

  • 11 am Depart Auckland

    Travel on our luxury coach from Auckland central via Albany bus station to Matakana

  • 12 pm 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

  • 1 pm Visit 8 Wired Brewery for a tutored tasting and lunch

    Sample the incredible range including some barrel aged beers opened especially for us. 2nd of August departure is specifically focused on the DARK BEER FEST

  • 2 pm Bohemian Cidery

    Enjoy this organic cider range and insights from the brewer

  • 3 pm Travel to either Hallertau Brewery to enjoy their Biergarten and Dinner or Sawmill Brewery for a Local Artisan Late Long Lunch

    Taste their core range and relax over a tasty meal

  • 7.30 pm Board the bus to journey back to Auckland CBD

    Arrival back to Auckland approximately 8 pm

Send your details to book on

  • This is just in case we need to get in touch in a hurry when spots are limited.
  • Do you want to go to the Dark side? Or see the local Artisan light?
  • Do you intend to board the coach in Auckland CBD or Albany bus station?
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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, a tasting platter of beer or cider at each venue, and lunch plus dinner. 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.