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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland

Discover why Waiheke Island is renowned for producing some of New Zealand’s most celebrated artisan wines on this premium tour of three vineyards. You’ll sample fine wines at Mudbrick Vineyard, The Goldie Room and Te Whau Vineyard. At one of your tastings, munch on complimentary light appetizers. This small-group tour, limited to 20 people, provides an intimate experience with fellow wine lovers at Waiheke’s finest vineyards.


  • Wine tour of three vineyards on Waiheke Island with round-trip ferry service from Auckland
  • Enjoy premium wine tastings at Mudbrick Vineyard and enjoy stunning views overlooking Hauraki Gulf
  • Visit The Goldie Room, Waiheke's first vineyard and home to the Goldwater Wine Science Research Centre
  • Taste 5-star quality wines at Te Whau Vineyard
  • Receive an all-day bus pass to use at your leisure for further exploration of Waiheke Island
  • Includes round-trip ferry tickets from Auckland
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures personal attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland

Wine tasting on Waiheke Island

Board your ferry in downtown Auckland and relax on the 40-minute ride to Waiheke Island, an idyllic land of farms, forests, seaside villages and beaches that is less than 12 miles (19 km) from Auckland.

When you arrive on the island, your small group will be welcomed by your tour driver in an air-conditioned coach. From there, head to your first tasting at Mudbrick Vineyard. Sip on wines as you enjoy stunning views of the lush gardens and hillside vineyards that overlook the Hauraki Gulf.

Next you’ll head to The Goldie Room, the first and most established vineyard on Waiheke. Established in 1978, the Goldie vineyard pioneered the island’s now bustling wine industry. Enjoy a selection of their premium estate wines and light appetizers while the knowledgeable and passionate staff answers any questions you may have.

Your final stop will be at the Te Whau Vineyard, an operation that opened in the late 1990s to rave reviews. Taste their award-winning selection as you get an overview of making wine, from growing grapes to the finished bottle. Te Whau specializes in cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but also produces a limited quantity of chardonnay each year.

At the end of the tour, you can return to the wharf via your coach for the late-afternoon ferry back to Auckland. Alternatively, you can stay on Waiheke to explore the island’s wineries and restaurants with a complimentary All Day Bus Pass for the public bus. Ferries to Auckland run until late on most evenings; check the schedule for exact details. You may not want to leave once you taste the fine wines of Waiheke!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Interesting and magnificiant landscapes, good wines ;) and an very original birthday cake :D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was absolutely amazing! I loved the three wineries we visited and our tour guide was a delight. I would highly recommend this wine tour especially if they would be fortunate enough to have our tour guide. I appreciated that he had vast knowledge of all the wines, wineries and waiheke sights.
Thank you for putting together such an amazing tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Tour was very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Soooooo good!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Glenn our tour leader was very personable, chatty and tried to be witty. Our visit to Mudbrick was lead by Tristan who was incredibly knowledgeable on growing the grapes, winemaking and the wines themselves. The views from the winery were spectacular and the wines were very good - the chardonnay was my favorite. Goldies served some wonderful cheeses and good wine. At the last winery Te Whau, the owner explained to us his philosophy of wine growing that is very different from the main stream, he was very passionate. The wines are of the Bordeaux style which are not to my taste, but were good. It was a great way to spend the afternoon on Valentines Day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Beautiful island with tours and tastings at three vineyards---very nice day!

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Great tour. Awesome wineries and fantastic scenery but felt rushed. Do an entire day if you can!

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2015

great driver, vineyards good, tour nothing to write home about

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2015

Beautiful venues, scenery and wines.

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2014

The tour was really good. Great selection of wineries although we didn't have much time to stay and enjoy te scenery as much as we'd have liked to- it felt a bit rushed. The tour had 24 people on, next time it'd be better to go on a smaller tour. The guide was great, knew lots about the Island.

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