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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

Iris B. United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Definitely recommended. We got to go on a private tour bus after our beautiful boat ride to the island. The tour was very informative and entertaining. We got to see most of the island and had time to take pictures.

Linda O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Tour was exactly as describe. The ferry ride over was beautiful. Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and funny. The island was beyond our expectations. We used the all day bus pass to visit one of the towns we saw on the tour. The beaches are beautiful and so is the scenery. So glad we did this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What a beautiful Island! The tour was very informative and very flexible. Being able to go from one end of the island to the other, find out all about the history and some other tasty insights, you can get off at the end and take your time coming back the way you came using the local transportation as many times as you like. I'd definitely lower some of the prices of food and other items on the island if I were in charge but I guess the economy warrants it.

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

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