5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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

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 May 2014

Tour provided a good overview of island and what to see and do. Hop on and off pass worked well and bus service was timely. Should have booked an earlier tour time so I had more time to see other areas of the island and visit a few other wineries, most closed by 4 or 5 PM. Would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

The bus driver was very informative and took us to many beautiful sights on Waiheke Island. He was very helpful in showing us where we should get the bus back to the ferry after we were on our own. The ferry trip was also very enjoyable. The driver also suggested a great place for us to have some oysters. It was a great tour.

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