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.