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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

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Just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island has great beaches, some of New Zealand’s best boutique wineries, a number of art galleries, scenic walking trails, and acres of olive groves, making it the ideal getaway. The island’s calm waters—perfect for watersports like snorkeling, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding—and the relaxed bohemian atmosphere in Oneroa Village draw a steady stream of visitors year-round.

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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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Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
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Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
US$147.13 per adult
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Very nice tour seeing the...
Very nice tour seeing the beaches and the wineries. We had a great lunch at a winery which was on our own.
Christine_A, Nov 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Auckland

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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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A great day out
Katrina_R, Sep 2022
Waiheke Island Bush & Beach Walk
Justin was really accommodating and very knowledgeable and brought the walk to life and even managed to slip in a wine tasting and a side trip to art museum. Thank you
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Waiheke
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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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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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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Nice introduction to the island
Leon_D, 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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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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Amazing trip
dmt06d, Nov 2019
Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings
Overall the tour was really well done. The guide knows a lot about the island and took a couple of extra stops where I did not see a lot of other tour groups. We went to the local market and were allowed to shop, we also stopped on a popular lookout and drove down to the beach. The wineries were very friendly with our guide and the tour. The only issue we had was that the van broke down at our first location. This forced the group to split up and go into two separate cars as her husband was able to bring a car down to us and one of the workers at the winery let our guide borrow her car! The guide then bought us a bottle of wine for the table and also was willing to drop us off at individual locations as opposed to taking us back to the ferry. Overall great experience!
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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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