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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

Sample the bounty of local produce on a 4-hour Waiheke Island wine tour from Auckland. A ferry delivers you to Waikeke, nestled in the Hauraki Gulf, with its ideal micro-climate producing acclaimed artisan wines. A driver-guide accompanies you by coach to Stonyridge Vineyard for wine tasting and lunch, before you visit Rangihoua Estate to sample olive oil. Taste wine and micro-brews at Wild On Waiheke before finishing at Mudbrick Vineyard. Use the included all-day bus pass to explore Waiheke Island further on your own.

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

Start your Waiheke Island wine tour from the Auckland Ferry Terminal and board the ferry for a 40-minute crossing over the Hauraki Gulf. Upon arrival in the bucolic setting of Waiheke Island, you’ll discover why the forest- and vineyard-clad isle produces some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed artisan wines.

Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and be greeted by your driver-guide who takes you to the first of several stops: Stonyridge Vineyard, one of Waiheke Island’s first wineries, which specializes in Bordeaux-style red wines.

After a vineyard tour, followed by a wine tasting and light lunch, continue on to the award-winning Rangihoua Estate where you’re treated to a demonstration of harvesting techniques in the olive orchards. Then head to the estate’s tasting room to sample an array of olive oils and learn about their production.

At Wild On Waiheke, taste wine, micro-brewed beers, locally produced olive oils and preserves, then savor magnificent views of Hauraki Gulf from Mudbrick Vineyard as you sample wine amid lush gardens and vineyards.

You have the option to return to the wharf for a late-afternoon ferry ride back to Auckland. Alternatively, use your complimentary All Day Bus Pass if you’d prefer to stay on the island and explore further by public bus, returning at your leisure. Ferries to Auckland run until late in the evening; check the schedule for details.

Customer Reviews

Christopher C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our group really enjoyed the tour! Our driver, Al, did a wonderful job in narrating the Waiheke Island history, and we loved his humor! Can't wait to visit again.

Dawn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour was excellent. Good guide. Easy to get to Island by ferry. Only downside is the booking information does not tell you to report to the Fuller's kiosk dockside to collect your ferry and tour ticket. You need to be there at least 20 minutes early so they can look up the reservation and issue the tickets. There is usually a lineup at the booth to book excursions.

PLMcG

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent day on Waiheke Island with Allen, our tour guide. He lives on the island and knew everything about everybody. His creative and clever one-liners and comments were hysterical and complimented the short ride between winery visits. Lunch at Stonyridge was worth the price of the tour itself. MudBrick was also beautiful and I'm sure lunch there would have been equally good. Fantastic views, beautiful scenery and a delicious lunch we all devoured. I would not hesitate to take this tour again, and will definitely visit these two wineries again on our next visit.

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a wonderful guide, wonderful day. Everything was on time and well chosen and organized. My only complaint has to do with the wineries themselves and not the tours: spend less time yapping and let guests have more time to taste and BUY. We ran out of time at a couple places because of overly-long sales pitches.

Michelle S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour, for the vineyards we went to-a great deal for the money. It was also nice to be able to explore Waiheke afterwards.

Andy1968

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This wine tasting tour was one of the best tours we did on our entire trip. The bus driver was a 20 yr native of the island and extremely well informed about every part of it. The 3 wineries we visited all greeted our bus when we arrived with glasses of wine ready to serve and a special presentation about the winery for our tour group. The lunch at Stonyridge was excellent and right on time. David, the tour driver and guide even arranged for us to stop at the Annual Oyster Festival as an extra bonus and still kept everything efficient and running on time! All was very well done and we highly recommend this for a fun day and beautiful sites to see on Waiheke.

Josie1054

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Perfect in every way! Very comfy coach, upbeat, hilarious, informative driver, outstanding wineries, delicious olive oil stop, scenery out of this world....just wasn't long enough!!

Joanne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

had a great time , met new friends that will last a life time

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had the best experience on this trip. Captain Mike and crew were outstanding! We also had the best time with other visitors. Highly recommend this tour!

Steve E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We loved it! the day was beautiful, the drinks were good, and the scenery was fantastic!

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