Excursion - Auckland, New Zealand

In-Transit Adventure - Scenic Helicopter Flight and Lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard

Fly over Gibbs Farm, the renowned large-scale outdoor sculpture park that showcases huge, modern forms on the rolling hills of New Zealand before landing at Mudbrick Vineyard for lunch perfectly paired with local vintages.

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    7 Hours

Leaving the ship by private minivan, arrive to the helipad for your awaiting helicopter.

Once aboard, allow your expert pilot to treat you to an amazing flightseeing experience, guiding the helicopter north toward Kaipara Harbor with stellar views of vineyards, orchards and forests.

Keep your eyes trained to the verdant landscape below to witness the highlight of your flight, the Gibbs Farm open-air sculpture park. Here, across the rolling hills of North Auckland, it is all about scale. Gibbs Farm is located along Kaipara Harbor, the largest harbor in the Southern Hemisphere, and hosts the largest collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures in New Zealand. Its abstract and contemporary works are astounding from any view, and include monumental pieces by such artists as Neil Dawson, Andy Goldsworthy and Anish Kapoor, dotted across the contours of the land like a giant's playground.

Then turn inland to Waiheke Island over the Hauraki Gulf landing at Mudbrick Vineyard which boasts a beautiful rustic environment with spectacular sea views to Auckland City. Surrounded by gardens, enjoy a 3-course lunch at the boutique, family-owned winery.

Following your relaxing lunch, take a short transfer to Matiatia Wharf where you will take the scenic 45-minute ferry ride from Waiheke Island to Auckland where you will rejoin your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:

The one-way ferry transfer is on a public ferry and not exclusive to Crystal guests. This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical limitations as they will be required to maneuver steps and gaps to embark and disembark the helicopter. This excursion is not wheelchair accessible. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. Sunglasses are recommended as strong glares may be expected during your flight. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests with dietary restrictions can be accommodated with 48 hours advance notice. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. If cancellation of this Destination Discovery excursion is made within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, there will be a 100% cancellation fee charged to the guest's shipboard account.