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Take a round-trip ferry from Auckland to the must-see destination of Waiheke Island for a guided sightseeing tour by coach. You’ll cross the Hauraki Gulf on a 40-minute ride, then meet your driver-guide for a 1.5-hour tour around the island. Hear informative commentary on Waiheke’s splendid beaches, local food and seaside villages, and stop at scenic lookouts for breathtaking city views. A complimentary all-day bus pass on the island’s public buses lets you explore Waiheke further on your own.


  • 1.5-hour coach tour of Waiheke Island with round-trip ferry service from Auckland
  • Hear lively commentary on the history and culture of Waiheke from your local driver
  • Stop for photos at scenic lookouts and beaches
  • Admire Waiheke’s stunning coastal vistas and beautiful hillside vineyards
  • Receive an all-day bus pass to use at your leisure for further exploration of Waiheke Island

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What You Can Expect

Waiheke Island Tour from Auckland

Ferry from Auckland

Make your way to downtown Auckland’s ferry terminal for the 40-minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island, located less than 12 miles (19 km) across the Hauraki Gulf. On arrival, you’re greeted by a local driver-guide before embarking on a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour around the island by coach. 

Teeming with farms, forests, vineyards, olive groves, beaches and seaside villages, this popular destination provides a great escape from the bustling city. Hear informative commentary about Waiheke Island culture, including its history as a hippie haven in the 1960s. Learn of the burgeoning artisan wine industry and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and protected natural environment as you stop at scenic lookouts and beaches with stunning coastal vistas.

Catch the ferry back to Auckland at the end of your tour, or opt to spend more time on Waiheke with a provided all-day bus pass to use on the island’s public buses. You can explore an abundance of wineries, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and small shops, and return at your leisure. Ferries run until late on most evenings; check the schedule for exact details.

Customer Reviews

Sandee H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The ferry and bus tour around the island were great with options to be dropped off anywhere and picked up later. I would like to have been dropped off for wine tasting but it was raining so I chose to stay on the bus.

Alex J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Awesome tour! A lot of good information and some nice places to stop. Definitely recommended if you only have half a day or day too see as much of the island as possible :

Rellim001 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful day out. The tour driver was knowledgeable. Plenty of time, and quite easy, to visit some wineries using your all day bus pass.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A wonderful full day out. Lovely ferry ride and able to explore the island at own leisure. A true highlight of Auckland

Peter M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Well organized. The boat trip was quick, about 35 minutes. The wind on the water is chilly during late March - dress warmly.. The coach tour also went very well - the driver was native to the island and very knowledgeable and courteous. The cafe where we stopped was not prepared to serve most dishes within our time limit of 30 minutes. We tried to order the seafood chowder, but it was not ready at 11:45 am. Not the fault of the tour company, but they may wish to find another stop.



5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016


Martin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

great tour

Susan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent value. The tour was conveniently located. Our tour driver, Pete, was informative and entertaining. We would highly recommend this tour.

Derek J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The coach driver was excellent and made the day so interesting and fun.

Marie-Therese B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Beautiful island and the tour guide was excellent with a wide knowledge of the island.

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