Day & Night Tours
Offering a unique range of day and night tours to suit all budgets and tastesSee our handpicked guides to the HunterValley
BY ALICIA POOLE
Looking to explore the Hunter Valley but not sure where to start?
Whether you’re after a private group tour or want to find a way of seeing all the best in the region without having to think about booking cabs or waiting for one of your mates to volunteer to be sober, iHop Hunter Valley should be right at the top of your list.
Starting in 2015, husband and wife team, Tim and Kirsty Burness brought Australia’s 1st Wine Region Hop-On Hop-Off service to our very own Hunter Valley and have continuously been making visitor experiences memorable.
Offering a unique range of day and night tours, iHop aims to suit all budgets, tastes, and even groups! Pick from their popular hop-on-hop-off service, Taste ‘n’ Graze food and drink pairing or a progressive night dining experience.
“We aim to provide tours that are affordable, flexible and unlike any other in the area, offering our guests a unique and memorable experience for years to come.
“Our passion was always related to food and wine and wanting to have a business together in tourism or hospitality. After researching many opportunities over the years, we just never seemed to find the right one! So, after 8 years of frequently visiting the Hunter as tourists ourselves, we felt there was a need for an affordable transport option that allowed guests to pick and choose what they wanted to do in their time.”
The hop-on-hop-off bus tour allows you to pick and choose from over 50 venues to visit, and guess what? You can do it all at your own pace. Unlimited access to the bus routes over the duration of the day, you could be hopping from winery to winery in no time!
If you’re after something with a bit more guidance, Taste ‘n’ Graze your way around the Hunter. On this tour, you’ll uncover the art of food and drink pairing in a progressive range of tasting experiences matched with local produce, award-winning wines, and aged whiskies and rums.
The guided tour allows you and your mates to sit back, relax and take in the best of the Hunter Valley. Enjoy local cheeses, wines, seasonal produce, hand-crafted chocolates across four different locations.
Learn the art of cheese and wine pairing at Calais Estate's boutique winery, next is to Wandin for their tantalising Chef's tasting plate paired with premium Wandin wines. Follow-up with a discovery of the adventurous and complex world of food pairing with your choice of whiskey or rum at Goldfish Bar & Restaurant before finishing off with a chocolate and wine pairing at Tulloch Wines.
Night time more your thing? iHop still have you covered with two after dark tours to choose from!
The Hunter Valley is surrounded by stunning and constantly changing scenery and landscapes, filled with world-renowned wines, quality produce and an array of casual as well as fine dining options.
“It really is a bucket list item for most visitors and is a real honour to share that with them…We are proud locals, love what we do and feel so very fortunate to be in such an amazing part of the world.”
The pair continue to bring amazing service to the Hunter Valley region, with plans to launch a new half day tour and another hop-on hop-off timetable.