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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.
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.
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.
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.
We highly recommend this tour - it was great being shown the island by a friendly bus driver who gave us a lot of information. For our first visit to the island this was the best way to learn about the island and the best places to go for meals, swimming, etc. It was so easy being able to access the ferry, tour bus and hop in, hop off island bus all with one ticket. Thank you.
lovely few hours sightseeing good trip on ferry and coach tour
we had a very pleasant trip to the island and that continued with the the very comical and knowing driver that told us about the isle,and the lovely plants that grow there,we had a most enjoyable trip,Thank you
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.
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.
New Zealand is beautiful! This trip was worth it! Lots of activities on the island including the zip line adventure!
This proved to be an excellent way to explore this beautiful island. The driver was very enthusiastic, informative and helpful. The chance to use the free hop on-hop off public bus services should not be missed, as it gives you the flexibility to visit a wider area of the island. The timings of the buses are also geared to meet specific ferries back to Auckland which is extremely useful.
It was our first full day in Auckland, feeling very lost as we negotiated the busy city with our maps. Fortunately the Ferry Building was large and inside there were plenty of signs pointing to the different ferries. Good thing I asked one of the employees about my Viator booking printout - she sent me back to the Fullers Ferry office to get REAL tickets! Boarding was orderly, disembarking was mob-style with no lines for safety.
The ferry ride was quite comfortable, bumpy only with the waves of passing vessels. On Waiheke we followed the guy with the Waiheke Island Tour sign to his comfortable bus. Before he started he had us introduce ourselves by country of origin then proceeded with a running commentary of the various parts of the island. Sometimes his Australian accent was abit puzzling but we loved his sardonic comments. I wish there were more stopping points for picture-taking but the roads were narrow and hilly. We spent several hours after the tour stopping at mini-towns to shop and have lunch, riding any bus back to the Ferry. A lovely island worth visiting. Interestingly, all the buses plied designated routes, some to/from wineries - meaning there really was no need to ride the special Wine Tasting bus if one did not want to go to all the wineries
Excellent trip. Driver very knowledgeable. Very enjoyable day and very good value for money
I enjoyed it very much. I did not realise how big Waiheke island is. I went again with my niece and we had a nice long walk on the island and took a longer bus ride on the island.
Basically it introduces one to the island but it would be even better if a short wine tasting session is included as travelling around on hop on hop off is too time consuming.
Although the weather was not great we enjoyed our trip to Waiheke Island. We had pre-booked the tour and had no difficulty finding or getting our tickets at the terminal in Auckland. The boat trip was pleasant, left on time and arrived on time. We were met at the wharf and boarded an old rattler for a one and a half hour tour which took us to all the most interesting places. The driver was a character and gave us a good commentary. There were several photo opportunities and time for coffee and toilet stops. We later had plenty of time to explore the township of Ostend and have a relaxed lunch before catching the ferry back to the mainland.
This was a nice easy tour to fill in the half day we had available on a very short stopover in Auckland. The ferry trip was nice and relaxing and the tour of the island informative and interesting. Our only disappointment was that we couldn't stay longer to explore on our own after the tour finished. Great value for money.