My girlfriend and I recently went on this tour and what an amazing day it was! One of the best experiences of my life. Everything ran smoothly from start to finish. You can get the ferry earlier if you want to, we got the 11am ferry and got fantastic views of auckland skyline as we sped off to waiheke. All of the vineyards were beautiful and the wines were all great and normally reasonably expensive. Additional wines with lunch were at a reduced $5 as well.
The all day bus pass is great too, we stayed on the island for dinner and got the bus back for a later ferry which worked out well. Highlight of the day was the view at the top of mudbrick vineyard with horses grazing next to us and a glass of wine in hand. An all round well organised tour with a friendly knowledgable tour guide, Tracy.
This tour was probably the highlight of our trip. Fabulous wines, friendly staff and people in town. The olive oil stop was amazing as well. One good idea that we took advantage of, get your tickets early, and you can go to the island a few hours before the tour starts and have some breakfast on the island and see the town a bit before the tour starts.
Made for a very memorable day, highly recommended.
I gave this trip as a birthday present to my sister who went with her friend. They had a wonderful day and told me that the guide was great fun and really informative and the food and wine superb. I suspect that would rate it a five star experience as everything relating to their travel and the day was a very happy, seamless experience!
The tour provided a good sampling of the wineries (and wines!) of Waiheke. David was a great guide and very informative about the local wine industry and history. A great day out and good way to compare the fruits of the vine!
Glenn our tour leader was very personable, chatty and tried to be witty. Our visit to Mudbrick was lead by Tristan who was incredibly knowledgeable on growing the grapes, winemaking and the wines themselves. The views from the winery were spectacular and the wines were very good - the chardonnay was my favorite. Goldies served some wonderful cheeses and good wine. At the last winery Te Whau, the owner explained to us his philosophy of wine growing that is very different from the main stream, he was very passionate. The wines are of the Bordeaux style which are not to my taste, but were good. It was a great way to spend the afternoon on Valentines Day.
Doing what: Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland
Fantastic from start to finish!
Great wine and great food - beautiful location, excellent tour guide / coach driver would highly recommend!
The tour was perfect! Tony our guide picked us up from the hotel right on time. We visited 4 wineries all wonderful and ate the best meal we had in New Zealand. We never felt rushed or pressured to buy the wines, although they were all fantastic and presented to us by experienced winery staff. It was a great day and one that I would recommend to anyone traveling to the area.
Nice way to see Auckland. Not very many discounts on the wine, but nice experience.
OK tour, but a bit rushed. Could cut out the "wild" winery, not really a winery but a tourist trap. Lunch OK and guide interesting. Would recommend taking later ferry back and spending more time at Mudbrick winery.
A no-stress way to see Waiheke Island and sample some wines. Very friendly, informative bus driver who kept us to our timetable without detracting from the tour. All places visited were hosted by friendly and professional people. Would recommend this tour to those not wanting to organise selves.
Very nice tour- we had not been on any wine tours previously, and learned alot. One of the wineries was not open initially, so we had to go back. Note that there appears to be a presumption that a purchase will be made at each winery.
The first vineyard Stoney ridge which we had lunch, set tables up outside due to a wedding event,it rained
and the set up was poor for eating.two very small wine tastes and then told to buy wine from bar.
The person giving the tour was hard to understand,next visit to olive factory was fine but would have
been better to stay longer at the three vineyards we visited'
The tour gives a fair example of islands vineyards but is not great value for money.
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