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

Waiheke Island Tour from Auckland

Take a round-trip ferry from Auckland to the must-see destination of Waiheke Island for a guided sightseeing tour by coach. You’ll cross the Hauraki Gulf on a 40-minute ride, then meet your driver-guide for a 1.5-hour tour around the island. Hear informative commentary on Waiheke’s splendid beaches, local food and seaside villages, and stop at scenic lookouts for breathtaking city views. A complimentary all-day bus pass on the island’s public buses lets you explore Waiheke further on your own.


  • 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

Make your way to downtown Auckland’s ferry terminal for the 40-minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island, located less than 12 miles (19 km) across the Hauraki Gulf. On arrival, you’re greeted by a local driver-guide before embarking on a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour around the island by coach. 

Teeming with farms, forests, vineyards, olive groves, beaches and seaside villages, this popular destination provides a great escape from the bustling city. Hear informative commentary about Waiheke Island culture, including its history as a hippie haven in the 1960s. Learn of the burgeoning artisan wine industry and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and protected natural environment as you stop at scenic lookouts and beaches with stunning coastal vistas.

Catch the ferry back to Auckland at the end of your tour, or opt to spend more time on Waiheke with a provided all-day bus pass to use on the island’s public buses. You can explore an abundance of wineries, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and small shops, and return at your leisure. Ferries run until late on most evenings; check the schedule for exact details.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was a very enjoyable morning that ran smoothly. Beautiful scenery with the beaches and the wineries to look at. It was good value for money and we would use Viator again for further trips.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great from start to finish. Very knowledgeable guide and a lovely island.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Horst is a great tour host - he provides lots of useful and humorous information on his tour which goes out of the way to show a more interesting side to the island.

Kenneth J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

What a great way to spend the day if the weather is fine. The ferry ride over was comfortable and the ferry has free wifi for those who need their fix, plus has drinks and snacks at reasonable prices. The bus tour around the island was good with some spectacular scenery on offer. We chose to hop off the bus tour at Onetangi and hit the beach followed by lunch at Charlie Farley's. We then caught the local bus back to Oneroa for a look around before catching another local bus back to the ferry terminal for the ferry back to the city. The local bus service was very easy to use and runs at reasonable intervals. As we had two 17yo girls in tow the winery tour wasn't an option, but from what we saw of the island wineries, that also appears to be a good option. Fuller's also offer dining tours from Auckland and they seem to be another good possibility. All in all a day well spent.

Daniel S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was perfect for what we wanted a comprehensive overview of Waikeke Island in the limited time we had available. Arrangements were seamless apart from an early hiccup with the bus - quickly resolved and the driver was informative.

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A fantastic experience!
The guides were professional, courteous, knowledgeable and very caring.
They made you feel like you were the only person in the group. The attention and care given was beyond my expectation!
Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Robin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Everything about this tour was wonderful. Would definitely recommend.

Wendy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour is highly recommended. Everything was well organized and at a very reasonable cost. The tour guide was very informative and was happy to answer any questions. We hopped off at a winery for lunch and was able to get the local bus back to our ship.

Judith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

10 out of 10. Really great thing to do. I wish I had had more time, but will certainly come back and do it again. Thanks


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent - tour guide Horst was very informative and amusing and we loved the Island. Good value for money.

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