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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

Free admission
Oneroa Village, North Island

The Basics

Waiheke Island is most often visited on day tours from Auckland. The most popular experiences include food tours, wine tasting excursions, adventure tours—and simply spending time on one of the many sandy ocean beaches. Wine enthusiasts should choose a wine-tasting tour to visit some of the nearly 30 wineries, many of which have locavore restaurants attached and make for the perfect way to enjoy a vineyard lunch. Adventure and culture also abound, with ziplining, hiking, and eco tours available for exploring the island’s lush forests and nature preserves, plus ancient Maori terraces and cooking pits to be discovered on cultural bike tours.

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Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour
Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour
US$109.23 per adult
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Superb
Absolutely superb tour on this stunning island. Graham, our hospitable and knowledgable Guide, took us to three welcoming and picturesque wineries - Kennedy Point, Casita Miro and Obsidian. The three tastings were informative, entertaining and generous. Highly recommended.
Jane_C, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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It Was all very...
Lynn_B, Mar 2021
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
It Was all very informative and our guide knew a lot about the island and enjoyed going to a boutique the batch winery.
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Best small group wine tasting
Christina_L, Feb 2020
Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour
Not only did we try some spectacular wines, we learned so much about the history of wine in Waiheke. Wayne was a thoughtful tour guide who made the day that much more special!
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Wonderful day at waiheke island
Marina_F, Feb 2020
Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour
This is a great tour! The island is magical, we went to 3 different boutique vineyards and had lunch at Casita Miro, which I highly recommend!! Great day !
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Nice introduction to the island
leond601, Jan 2020
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Nikki gave us a great trip around the island. Winery selections were outstanding. Low key pleasant drive according to desires. Would highly recommend.
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Worth every penny!
Travel59466240057, Jun 2019
Waiheke Island Double Headland Coastal Walk
Justine was absolutely fantastic and made the day so enjoyable. It ended up being just me on the walk, which was great that they still take people out despite having a small group. The hike itself was gorgeous - not too difficult, but there are definitely some areas with stairs and/or a steeper incline. Justine was personable, knowledgeable and allowed me to customize the walk slightly since it was just me. So glad I did this day trip and highly recommend it to others considering it!
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Lost handbag? Jean and team to the rescue!!
snavas021, Feb 2020
Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour
Two words: Amazing tour!! The three vineyards chosen were magnificent and the food at Casita Miro was out of this world. Each winery had a beautiful story to tell as well as a beautiful view of the island. At the end of the trip, Jean and team helped my wife and I secure a handbag that was left in the island!! Overall, team was amazing and I highly recommend this tour!
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New Zealand Adventure
Bill, Jan 2020
Waiheke Island Art Walk
The art walk was an interesting group of New Zealand artists. It was quite a bit of walking and some uphill however the tour guide really went out of her way to accommodate since it was more walking than we expected( 2 of us were over 80 years old). She obtained her boss' car, which we did not expect, and took us between some of the places and also to 3 artist's homes. We had lunch( the guide had purchased sandwiches earlier) at the third home. All in all it was a great day. We did tip, which is not necessary,because of the auto which was not part of the deal. Even then she said it was not necessary but we insisted ! EXCELLENT DAY !!!!!!
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AWESOME TOUR
haynsitter, Aug 2019
Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour
Mahalo nui loa to Jean and our EXCELLENT tour guide Graham! We thoroughly enjoyed spending our 30th wedding anniversary visiting the wineries and our tasty lunch at Casita Miro. We’d do it again!
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Great Tour!
Sunshine67470775254, May 2019
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Very knowledgeable tour guide, she knew everything about the island and we all had a great time; very tasty wines too!
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Fantastic
micheleanthony, Aug 2019
Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour
Tour guide, Graham, was very friendly and informative.and very willing to please. The 3 wineries were exceptional.
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Natalie, the guide for the day did...
Charles M, Mar 2017
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Natalie, the guide for the day did an outstanding job. I would highly recommend this tour. It was a terrific day! Truly, a great value for the cost.
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I had an amazing time on this tour...
Maria M, Apr 2017
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
I had an amazing time on this tour. Nat was a wonderful host and provided a local's guide to Waiheke. She was happy to accept me as sole traveller where other tours required minimum of two people to make a booking. Nat also personalised tour with options along the way. Highly recommend to others!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Waiheke Island is an outdoor- and food-lover’s destination for travelers and locals alike.

  • The island’s beaches are some of the safest and cleanest in the world, prime for swimming.

  • Excellent restaurants and cafes dot the island, with many offering food that complements the local wines.

  • Private tours offer travelers personal attention from a tour guide and the ability to customize their experience.

  • Sunbathers can choose between popular Onetangi Beach, secluded Palm Beach, clothing-optional Little Palm Beach, and Blackpool Beach (popular among windsurfers).

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How to Get There

Waiheke Island lies in the Hauraki Gulf, 13 miles (21.5 kilometers) from Auckland on New Zealand's North Island. Fullers Ferries provides fast transport from the downtown Auckland ferry terminal (35 minutes), and Sealink has car ferries from Half Moon Bay and Wynyard Quarter in Auckland (45 minutes). Waiheke tours offer one of the most convenient ways to travel from Auckland, although it’s easy to hail a taxi or find a bus on the island. Rental cars, bikes, and motorbikes are also available for rent.

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When to Get There

Aucklanders flock to Waiheke in droves in summer (December to February), the best time to hit the beach. During the less crowded month of March, some wineries offer additional experiences like the chance to stomp grapes or sample special vintages in honor of harvest time. Each Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm, a popular art and farmers market pops up in Ostend.

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Waiheke Island Wine Tasting

Island wine tours often feature expert guides, combine visits and tastings at several wineries and boutique vineyards into one excursion, and leave the driving up to someone else. Some popular stops include Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay, Stonyridge, Jurassic Ridge, Batch, and Casita Miro. Winery tours highlight the production process and unique terroir of Waiheke Island wine, while offering the chance to try the delicious wines.

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