I knew I was in for a look see around a winery which was a bit awkward seeing as I don’t drink wine but this place is wonderful: an oasis of viticulture in a desert of industrialisation.
This was a fairly quick stop that didn’t involve much effort on my part, it was basically my afternoon tea break my 4th volcano for the day to be followed by Mt Eden. I started by taking photos from Oruarangi road on the northwest side of the tuff ring. But first I turned my camera northwest to Puketutu Island across the Manukau Harbour.
Obviously I respected the No Entry sign and didn’t go any further but I took some photos of the tuff ring from here. Oh yeah, there used to be 3 rather large (~30m high) scoria cones and you shall see a little later what is left of them.
Now around to the front of the Estate.
I didn’t take a photo of them but just along from the barrels here were the best toilets I’ve encountered on my whole volcanic journey and not just because I was well in need of a rest stop. They’re quality AND clean.
Fortified by my hot drink I braved the drizzle and chill to follow this dead-end road up to the top of the tuff ring.
After that I drove back out and along Montgomerie road and spotted a few things I’d missed in my haste to enter the winery.
This would be a great volcano to visit if you didn’t want to get sweaty from walking but just want to bask in volcanic ambience. Villa Maria run guided tours of the winery at 11am and 3pm each day.