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Overview

Embark on a Waiheke Island wine tour including a round-trip ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland. You’ll visit three vineyards on the picturesque island with a driver-guide who is knowledgeable about Waiheke’s acclaimed artisan wines. Enjoy tastings at Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay and Te Whau Vineyard, with complimentary light snacks at one venue. Use the included all-day bus pass to explore Waiheke Island further on your own.
  • Wine tour of three vineyards on Waiheke Island with round-trip ferry service from Auckland
  • Enjoy premium wine tastings at Mudbrick Vineyard and enjoy stunning views overlooking Hauraki Gulf
  • Taste 5-star quality wines at Te Whau Vineyard
  • Receive an all-day bus pass to use at your leisure for further exploration of Waiheke Island
  • Includes round-trip ferry tickets from Auckland
With an ideal micro-climate for producing some of New Zealand’s most celebrated artisan wines, Waiheke Island boats plentiful vineyards among seaside villages and beaches surrounded by lavender fields, family farms and forests. 

After making your way to the Auckland ferry terminal, take in the idyllic views as you cross the Hauraki Gulf on a 40-minute ride to Waiheke Island, located less than 12 miles (19 km) away. On arrival, you’re picked up by coach for a half-day tour of three vineyards. 

Be escorted to Mudbrick Vineyard for your first wine tasting among lovely gardens overlooking the gulf. Cable Bay is your next stop. Savor a selection of their premium estate wines accompanied by light appetizers. Then taste an award-winning selection at Te Whau Vineyard, where you’ll get an overview of winemaking from the experts.

When your wine-tasting tour ends, you can either return to the wharf via your coach for the late-afternoon ferry back to Auckland, or linger on to explore Waiheke further on your own, using your complimentary All Day Bus Pass. Ferries to Auckland run until late in the evening; check the schedule for details.

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S
, Sep 2018

We were at the end of our trip and time was limited. The island is beautiful, the guide quite knowledgeable and witty. If we had made better plans we could have explored the island and stayed for dinner st one of the wineries. Go early and spend the whole day. Browsing in the shops is also great!

S
, Mar 2018

We loved it! Waiheke is a must-visit. Our guide, Glen, was entertaining.

W
, Mar 2018

Excellent wineries, beautiful country side. Relatively short and pleasant ferry ride from Auckland to Waiheke Island. Not so enthusiastic about our guide. Good in front of the large group on the coach, not so much one-on-one. The guide also apparently did not spend much time at the ferry dock on Waiheke Island meeting folks coming from Auckland for the tour. My wife and I had to ask around the ferry terminal to hunt down and find the tour bus, where our guide was comfortably seated.

L
, Mar 2018

An enjoyable afternoon, nice ferry ride to the island and our driver had lots of information to share. The wineries were all good with some amazing views.

R
, Mar 2018

Great tour, but the bus was not air conditioned and the windows would not open. The air outside was cooler than in a hot tin can bus. Bus driver was not what I would call very nice, but maybe it was his kiwi sense of humor. Strange.

R
, Feb 2018

The wineries were great to look at but the wines were not so hot. I found only two wines that were half way decent. The bus around the island was fun and informative. The driver even dropped us off at a beach to go swimming and get dinner and let us know how to catch the local bus back to the ferry terminal. If I had this to do over I would have just caught the ferry over early in the morning and ridden the local bus to some of the wineries.

L
, Feb 2018

False advertising. The tour was listed as a small group tour of 20 or less. It was on a large bus with 31 people. The bus AC on a warm day did not work well, plus the guide who also drove had to close up the bus while with us which made getting on and touring a nightmare.

t
, Jan 2018

This tour exceeded expectations. The wineries we visited were welcoming and very informative about the wine producing challenges on the island. There are several different micro climates that not only affect how the grapes are grown but also the variety of grapes that are grown in each micro climate. In addition, the ferry ride to the island was very scenic and an additional reason for taking the tour.

A
, Jan 2018

While the wineries and the wines were quite nice, and the talks given by the wineries particularly at Mud Brick and Cable Bay were very informative, the group which should have been limited to 20 was actually 32 and the bus did not have functioning air conditioning on an 89 degree day. Unfortunately this created a crowded and uncomfortable experience.

A
, Jan 2018

Generous amounts of wine given and some great information re wine making and history of vineyards, very pleasant afternoon.


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