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It was absolutely beautiful seeing the birds! The guide was very knowledgable. It was somewhat difficult to walk the steep inclines with my bad knees but the views were spectacular!
This was a fantastic trip from leaving the quay side on the ferry. The skipper of the boat was brilliant provided commentary whilst going along the coast and coming in to dock. Our guide Gill was amazing! the guided walk should have been 1hr 30mins, however, she spent about 3 hours with us as we walked from the beach to the top of the hill to the lighthouse. She pointed out birds, told us which birds we could hear and showed us some penguin nesting boxes one of which actually had a penguin in it. Be sure to take a packed lunch in a backpack because you do not get back to Auckland until about 5pm. Although complimentary tea and coffee are provided when you get to the lighthouse and visitor centre and there is a shop here too, proceeds go directly to the upkeep of the island. Loved our day there thank you again Gill.
This was a very fun and informative tour. We enjoyed tasting the wines, olive oils, and beer. It gave us a good overview of the island. We stayed behind for a while and used the bus service to return to the ferry.
Overall, I thought the tour was good but I am not sure I would book it again. There were a lot of people on the tour and I think I would have preferred a smaller group experience. We had to wait for a second ferry which delayed our departure so we felt rushed through lunch and had to play catch up the rest of the day. My hands down favorite was Wild on Waiheke - the owner was lovely, great samples of beer and wine and would have preferred to have lunch there. The Mudbrick vineyard was nice as well but a bit rushed. I just didn't feel the overall value for the ticket cost was very good. Our tour host was very knowledgeable, funny and pleasant but overall, if you have done previous wine tours - you might be disappointed with the tastings, pace and large group.
The tour was great, however one could not use the e-ticket feature a paper ticket must be presented
at the time of travel to the island. Fortunately the young lady at the booking counter in Aukland was able to get us tickets. Disaster avoided.
Great wine, beer, and olive oil and the views are spectacular!
Each of the wineries as well as the olive oil facility were fabulous. The wines were delicious I just wish I could get them in Texas. The staff were generous and accommodating and we had a great time.
The volunteers have done an amazing job of preserving this island, and our volunteer tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Saw birds we had never seen before. REally great trip for eco-conscious travelers, bird watchers, hikers, just plain fun seekers!
Fabulous island, but our volunteer guide was not willing to modify her set routine to cater for three birdwatchers who clearly were focused on locating rare beautiful endemic birdlife. Sadly, this wasted valuable time, and we lucked out on potential opportunities to spot birdlife seen nowhere else. The island is deserving of its reputation and status as a must visit location. It is wonderful to see so many volunteers keen to preserve and nurture endemic NZ flora and fauna. And, I managed to buy a coveted hand made kakapo beanie at the very reasonably priced shop - where purchases all contribute to ongoing work with endangered birds and work on the island. Overall, highly recommended, but be careful to select a guide compatible with your area/s of interest, as the day goes fast and before you know it, you are back in Auckland! Don't forget to pack a lunch, and have a rain poncho handy just in case the weather turns.
It was a rainy day when we went on this tour so that affected it. This would have been way better if it was a nice sunny day out. Some of the things we weren't able to do because of the weather which of course isn't their fault but was a bit of a bummer. We were also a bit rushed at each spot and I am not sure if that is because we were running behind or if that's just how it usually is. All in all I don't regret doing this tour and would still recommend and wish you the best for a nice sunny day. The lunch was also great and the island is beautiful.
Louis S Australia
What a wonderful day. The ferry trip to the island was great and a nice way to see Auckland from the water. The properties we visited were varied and showed off the produce of the island extremely well. The lunch supplied at the first vineyard was very tasty. It was a great day out and we were back in Auckland by 4.45pm after another great ferry ride
Just an incredible experience !
Great boat trip, visit and tour to Tiritiri Matangi Island. Saw and identified lots of birds.
It was a full day and well worth it.
Excellent vineyards and a beautiful tour of the island. Most places only let you taste about 2 wines though, it would be nice if you got to try more wines for the price of this tour.
If you like bird watching this is a great place to go. We took the guided walk for the first part. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and plants. We saw some rare birds and had a super day. I would recommend buying the map of the island with the trails on it. Also keep track of your time to get back to the ferry.
Wineries were a little disappoining was really looking forward but only the last stop was worth the time. Tour driver was very informative
Loved it! had to use our imagination because it wasn't sunny! also wish there was a few more places to visit, wouldn't really call it food and wine tasting tour, more wine tasting with some lunch : our Tour lady was lovely!!!
Very nice tour. Wine and food were good.
Very nice tour. Wine and food were good.
Amazing! Did the guided walk and it was spectacular.
The tour was great and the guide was very funny and informed, however it felt very rushed as one of the wineries was having a wedding so we finished early.
Excellent. Amazing lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard. Wild on Waiheke was superb!
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