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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 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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great Tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was perfect. Horst was a great tour guide and took us all over the island. He dropped you off at the wineries if you chose, or in town, or back to the ferry terminal. We stopped in town for a great lunch and walked back to the ferry. There was an all day bus pass included to use as you liked. What a great day!

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.

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