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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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Lovely day!
Debbie_M, Jan 2023
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Nikki, (hope I spelled your name correctly), was excellent. She was personable, accommodating and gave us a beautiful tour of the island and wineries. It was all quite breathtaking! We truly enjoyed our day.
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Good way to explore Waiheke
Andrew_W, Jan 2023
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
3 wineries with tastings. Beautiful locations and a good day. Lunch at one of the wineries (at our own expense) was also very good.
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Wonderful way to see Waiheke!
Maura_L, Dec 2022
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
We had a wonderful time on our tour! It was so well done and thoughtful with amazing stops to see beautiful wineries and knowledgable soms! The views were absolutely breathtaking - especially our Lunch at Batch wineries! Highly recommend this small, intimate and fun tour!
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Very nice tour seeing the...
Christine_A, Nov 2022
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Very nice tour seeing the beaches and the wineries. We had a great lunch at a winery which was on our own.
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Touring Waiheke Island Wineries
Cheryl_R, Nov 2022
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
A very enjoyable day touring three wineries with personal attention. We were able to see much of the island’s beauty and enjoyed a wonderful lunch in a beautiful setting. Thank you to Nicky for everything.
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Summer_M, Aug 2022
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Nikki was very accommodating and informative throughout the tour. We were able to wine taste at a variety of wineries and see beautiful views of Waiheke.
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A unique wine tasting experience from a small family owned operator.
William_R, Jan 2023
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Our first visit to Waiheke Island and once we got to the island it was fantastic. One strong word of caution that is not reflective of this tour but the ferry service to get to the tour. In high season the ferry service is chaotic so get your tickets before you go to get in line. Second get to the line at least an hour ahead of time but I would suggest 75-90 minutes. Based on the ticket agent suggesting we get in line 40 minutes ahead of time we got there 55 minutes early and we missed our 10am ferry. The line was LONG and it is not reserved times. It’s first come first serve. Fortunately the ferry service added a ferry and we left around 1030 otherwise we would have been on the 11 and they even cautioned we might be on the 12. With that said the tour operator was fantastic. They are a small family owned operation and are good at what they do. We called and they adjusted the pickup twice to fit the situation. This made a frustrating situation bearable and ensured we got the full tour in without feeling rushed. Thanks much for being so flexible. They picked three fabulous wineries but Stony Ridge and Thomas were really outstanding. Bought a lot of wine. Also had lunch at Thomas. The island is beautiful and we might consider staying on the island next time for a different experience. Ferry ride home had no drama. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a nice day tasting good wine in a relaxed environment.
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A must do on Waiheke
Bradley_P, Dec 2022
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
This is definitely a must do for people staying in Auckland and want to see the island of Waiheke in a day! Our tour guide was very lovely and full of information from start to finish, Nicki had lots of recommendations for things to do and see and was a joy to talk to during the tour. We were taken to three distinct wineries that all had something to offer for a wine lover. We only had so much time in Auckland so it was nice to be able to see everything Waiheke had to offer in a day, would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to visit the island!
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Waiheke Wine Tour
James_F, Apr 2022
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Myself and my partner booked this tour for a weekend away and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was just the two of us on the tour so it was very personal. Nicky was accommodating and an entertaining tour guide. We stopped at the local Saturday market in the morning, visited 3 unique vineyards for tastings and stopped at a number of popular spots on the island.
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Enjoyed the chance to see...
Matthew_F, Apr 2022
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Enjoyed the chance to see a little more of the island than on the typical big tour. A great way to spend a day away from the little one.
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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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The best tour of Waiheke
Janel_R, Mar 2020
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Had such a great day in Waiheke with Nicky! Very thorough instructions regarding the Ferry and where to find her. Nicky was very knowledgeable on the island and the sweetest person. We made several stops at local beaches, three lovely boutique wineries, and even had some time to shop a bit. We were a group of four and had the tour all to ourselves as the maximum number is six. I chose this tour after reading the reviews of others. I don’t like to be shuttled around in large tourist groups. The best way to see the island in my opinion. Couldn’t recommend more.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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