Omata Estate Vineyard - Walk 5

Where: Russell Bowling Club, 5 Church Street, Russell, Russell, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

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The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend
Omata Estate Vineyard - Walk 5

Omata Estate is a boutique vineyard situated in a stunning location on a sheltered hilltop with wonderful views across the vines to the bay. Their lovely old wooden hexagonal restaurant, brick paths, terraced and sunny garden are reminiscent of an old French vineyard, which creates a perfect atmosphere to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine with a gourmet platter or delicious wood fired pizza.

There are two Omata Vineyard Walks to choose from. Both include wine tasting and beautiful food.
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 (read a few glasses of wine and some good food in a perfect setting!)

Gather at the Russell Bowling Club for what is normally a very light hearted walk. Your 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 that 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 stunning 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 then 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 round Orongo Bay taking in the extensive oyster farm operations. One more steep climb up and over, through 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 talk talk walk walk, you come to the beautiful grounds of Omata Estate Vineyard. Your host will skilfully present a taster of all the wines Omata Estate have in their stable. Noting that everyone is famished. Delicious homemade pizzas fired up in the Pizza Oven or platters depending on which walk you choose –which you can wash down with a lovely glass of wine.

There is nothing more rewarding than doing some good old fashioned exercise before settling down to a glass of wine and some beautiful food.

Friday 12th October
3pm. Arrive about 5pm at Omata Vineyard for wood fired pizza and wine tasting.
Sat 13th October
11am - Arrive about 1pm. For gourmet platters and wine tasting

Duration – 2 Hours plus 1.5 hours at the vineyard, before taking the bus home
Distance 5 kms
Cost $70 – includes food, wine tasting and transport back
Grade: medium to hard. A couple of steep hills
Max. Walkers: 20

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 Colette from Russell Information Centre: 0800 633 255 or (09) 403 8020 (Russell Office).

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