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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Waiheke Island Tour from Auckland

Take in the scenic highlights of Waiheke Island on a 3-hour tour from Auckland. Enjoy a relaxing ferry ride to the island then meet your coach for an informative and lively tour. Known for amazing beaches, delicious food, breathtaking city views, and some of New Zealand's best wines, Waiheke is a must-see destination from Auckland.


  • 1.5-hour coach tour of Waiheke Island with round-trip ferry service from Auckland
  • Hear lively commentary on the history and culture of Waiheke from your local driver
  • Stop for photos at scenic lookouts and beaches
  • Admire Waiheke’s stunning coastal vistas and beautiful hillside vineyards
  • Receive an all-day bus pass to use at your leisure for further exploration of Waiheke Island

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What You Can Expect

Waiheke Island Tour from Auckland

Ferry from Auckland

Catch your ferry at downtown Auckland’s ferry terminal and relax on the 40-minute trip to Waiheke, an idyllic island with a Mediterranean climate. Loaded with farms, forests, vineyards, olive groves, beaches and seaside villages, and located less than 12 miles (19km) from Auckland, Waiheke provides a great escape from the busy city.

When you arrive, you will be welcomed by your tour driver to embark on a scenic ride by coach around the island. Your local driver will share lively and informative commentary as you cruise along, giving you a taste of the culture and history of Waiheke. You’ll cover a lot of the island in 1.5 hours, and enjoy fantastic views over the Hauraki Gulf.

Once a sleepy backwater, Waiheke gained a reputation for being a hippie haven in the 1960s. The first vineyard was established in the late 1970s, starting what is now a bustling artisan wine industry on the island. Today, millionaires and hippies alike call the island home, enjoying the island’s laid-back atmosphere, protected environment, lovely beaches and magnificent scenery. An abundance of wineries, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and small shops provide plenty of options for visitors.

At the end of the tour, you can opt to return to the wharf to catch the ferry back to Auckland, or you can spend more time on Waiheke and return at your leisure. You’ll be able to further explore Waiheke’s charms with a complimentary all day bus pass to use on the island’s public buses. Return ferries run until late on most evenings; check the schedule for exact details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a treat this was. Nice ferry ride, a one hour van ride to the highlights. Lots of beautiful homes, views...a must.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely marvellous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Panda was a friendly and interesting guide with an amazing knowledge of the Island. Waiheke Island is a beautiful place and this was a convenient way to get around and learn a bit about it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Waiheke Island is a must to see and is a little piece of paradise in Auckland waters. The bus trip was a good way to see the island as we were short on time and the bus is also large enough and comfortable with great commentary from the driver who has lived on the island for many years. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Beautiful Island, nice tour with a fantastic kind driver.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fantastic trip. The guide/driver was informative and full of character. Being able to then spend as much time as I wished on the island as so many return ferries was a bonus. Also the day pass for the local buses enabled me some flexabilty to see more. Would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great way to see the island in a short amount of time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent. Fantastic weather and amusing and informative driver.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fun tour. Ferry ride to island was beautiful. Bus tour was good and we enjoyed wine and pizza at the vineyard during our free time.

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