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Omata Estate Vineyard - Walk 5


Fri 29 Sep 2017, 3:00pm–7:00pm
Sat 30 Sep 2017, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Russell Bowling Club, 15 Church St, Russell, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $73.00 ($70.00 + $3.00 fees)
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Listed by: steph9

Two Omata Vineyard Walks to choose from.

Friday afternoon/evening we have a walk that takes you to the vineyard for wine tasting and delicious wood fired homemade pizza.

Saturday walk to the vineyard for a daytime experience of wine tasting and sumptuous platters. It's a hard choice.

This is a walk for those who like a small reward at the end (a few glasses of wine and some good food).

Gather at the Russell Bowling Club for what is normally a very light-hearted walk. Alex and Donna as the guides, always notice the enthusiasm start to build. Fair enough too, the walk is by no means a stroll in the park, but the destination we are all heading for is well worth it.

Head through the township, past some significant heritage buildings, then up ‘that hill’ which signifies the real start of the walk. From there it is an easy pleasant walk down to sea level and through the mangrove boardwalk, stopping briefly to learn about the fascinating history of Tikitikioure and its mining heritage. The stories of manual labour hardship and a hillside village that was, at its time, larger than Russell township. (Russell was not all about whalers and wenches).

Walkers carry on, thankful that we live in a day and age where manually chipping away at the mineshaft is behind us, and stroll around Orongo Bay taking in the extensive oyster farm operations. One more steep climb up and over, through the well-established native bush. Plenty of bird life and a rather cheery atmosphere to keep you well entertained, but still, your glass of wine will be well appreciated.

After a couple of hours of the walk, you come to the beautiful grounds of Omata Vineyard. Met by Bruce the resident viticulturist who humorously and skilfully presents a taster of all the wines Omata Estate have in their stable. Noting that everyone is famished, Bruce lays on homemade pizzas fired up in his Pizza Oven or platters depending on which walk you choose, then you can wash it down with a lovely glass of wine.

– 2 Hours, 1.5 hours at the vineyard, before taking the bus home.

- 5 km.

- Medium to hard (a couple of steep hills).

Friday 29th September - 3 pm. Arrive about 5 pm at Omata Vineyard for pizza and wine tasting.
Sat 30th September - 11 am - Arrive about 1 pm. For platters and wine tasting.

All walks depart from the Russell Bowling Club in Russell. There are many walks to book on - so look at all the walks you can do over the 3 days. The walks are all guided and the guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the region.

Visit our website to see all the walks you can do.
For more on accommodation and what is on in the region - speak to Collette from Russell Information Centre: 0800 633 255 or (09) 403 8020 (Russell Office).