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  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:  5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 4-hour food and wine tour that visits Stonyridge Vineyard, Wild On Waiheke, Mudbrick Vineyard and the Rangihoua Estate. Hop off your ferry from Auckland for lunch, followed by a sampling of wine, beer and olive oils. Nestled in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke has the ideal micro-climate for growing grapes and olives. Discover for yourself why Waiheke is renowned for producing some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed artisan wines!

Highlights

  • 4-hour food and wine tour of Waiheke Island with round-trip ferry service from Auckland
  • Guided tour and tasting at three of Waiheke Island's vineyards: Stonyridge, Wild on Waiheke and Mudbrick
  • Visit Stonyridge Vineyard for a tour, tasting and lunch
  • Taste olives and award-winning olive oil at Rangihoua Estate
  • Explore Waiheke Island at your leisure with a complimentary all-day bus pass provided to you at the end of your tour
  • Includes round-trip ferry tickets from Auckland

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What You Can Expect

Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

Taste olive oil at Rangihoua Estate

Board your ferry at Auckland’s Ferry Terminal for a relaxing 40-minute cruise to Waiheke Island, a bucolic combination of farmland, forest, beaches and seaside villages. You might think you’re in France when you see the vineyards, olive trees, and lavender fields!

Upon arrival at the island, you’ll be greeted by your tour driver and taken by air-conditioned coach to Stonyridge Vineyard, one of Waiheke’s first wineries and a specialist in Bordeaux-style red wines. Enjoy a tour of the vineyard followed by a wine tasting and light lunch.

After lunch, you’ll head to the award-winning Rangihoua Estate for a tasting of their olive oils. See the olive orchards and a demonstration of harvesting techniques, then learn about the process of making extra virgin olive oil. Finally you’ll sample a variety of olive oils in the estate’s tasting room.

Next you’ll move on to Wild On Waiheke, a vineyard that also makes micro-brewed beers and showcases locally produced olive oils and preserves. You’ll be offered samples of their wines, beers, olive oil and preserves during your visit.

The last stop on your tour takes you to Mudbrick Vineyard, a winery and restaurant with stunning views overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. Savor the final wine sampling amid lush gardens and vineyards.

At the end of the tour you’ll have the option to return with the tour bus to the wharf for a late-afternoon ferry ride back to Auckland. Alternatively, you can choose to stay on the island and return at your leisure. You’ll be provided with a complimentary All Day Bus Pass that allows you to further explore Waiheke Island on the public bus. Ferries to Auckland run until late in the evening; check the schedule for details. You may not want to leave after you get a taste of the fine food and wine of Waiheke!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

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!

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