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Waiheke Island: Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets

1. Waiheke Island: Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets

Discover the magic of Waiheke with a combined ferry and hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel from Auckland harbor on a ferry and board a double-decker bus to attractions like Oneroa Village, Oneroa Beach, and several local wineries. It’s the most flexible and cost-effective tour option on the island, introducing you to the island’s top spots. Hop on and off as much as you like at any of its 16 convenient stops, which include vineyards, beaches, and restaurants. If you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a scenic tour of the island. The buses stop at some of the island’s iconic spots including Oneroa Village, Onetangi Beach, Batch Winery, the new Tantalus winery/brewery, Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay Vineyard, and more. The knowledgeable tour drivers, and the addition of an on-board host, ensure you’ll receive the most informative commentary as you travel around and you can get all the local tips and tricks for how best to enjoy Waiheke. The Explorer Hop-on Hop-off departs from each location approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day in summer and every 60 minutes throughout the day in winter.

Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

2. Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

Make your visit to Waiheke Island as easy and stress-free as possible with use of this fast, reliable and affordable ferry service. With all the comforts and necessities you could wish for, travel from the city to the island and back, while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning surrounding landscapes. With regular departures throughout the day, fitting the ferry ride into your travel schedule is no problem at all, meaning you can explore the island at your own leisure. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a popular tourist destination just a 40-minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland. During the sail, admire the view as the ferry cruises past Auckland’s stunning coastline. Upon arrival at the island, spend the day exploring and wandering through the unique landscapes of olive groves and sandy beaches before your return journey to the city.

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

3. From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

Start by hopping on a morning boat to Waiheke Island from Auckland’s Downtown Ferry Terminal, enjoying a 35-minute boat ride with views of historical Devonport and Rangitoto Island on the way.  Meet your guide once you reach the island, and head on your way to 4 of the island’s finest wineries. Savor tastings at each of the 4 wineries, with an extended lunch break for your own free time at one of them. As a bonus, see why the island is famous for its beaches and see the rolling hills of vines, with your guide’s commentary accompanying.  At the end of the tour, either choose to take a transfer back to the port for an afternoon ferry back to Auckland, or choose to remain in the village and stroll back to the ferry on a 15-minute walk.

Waiheke Island: Zipline and Native Forest Adventure Trip

4. Waiheke Island: Zipline and Native Forest Adventure Trip

Hosted on Waiheke Island, just 30 minutes by fast ferry from central Auckland, this 3-hour zipline adventure offers nature lovers a thrilling, state-of-the-art dual zipline flight over native forest. Enjoy a mini-tour of Waiheke's beaches, million-dollar properties, and boutique wineries en route to the zipline site, where you'll be geared-up for one of New Zealand’s most exciting eco activities. Soar along 3 dual ziplines, each more than 650 feet (200 meters) long. Glide smoothly, side-by-side with a partner or friend, over a working vineyard and stunning tracts of original and regenerating native New Zealand bush. Catch views of Auckland, Rangitoto, and the Hauraki Gulf, as you zip. On completion of the 3rd line, enjoy a spectacular interpretive walk back to the visitor center, while guides share stories of the local flora and fauna, and Maori and European history of Waiheke.

Waiheke Island: Tour with Wine Tastings and Restaurant Lunch

5. Waiheke Island: Tour with Wine Tastings and Restaurant Lunch

Discover the flavours of Waiheke Island, a stunning Island of wine, on a vineyard tour with lunch included at an award-winning restaurant directly on the beach Catch the 10 AM ferry from Auckland City Downtown to Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island, be early to catch this ferry before 9am, ferry not included in the price. Your specialist Tour Guide will greet you at Matiatia Ferry Terminal at 1040, your Guide will be there with a welcome board with your name on it. You will visit 3 cellar doors on this tour and sample award-winning wines. Learn about the island’s unique conditions and the challenges winemakers must overcome. Finally, tuck into a gourmet lunch at an award-winning restaurant on the white-sand beach in Onetangi, on the north coast of Waiheke Island with incredible views out toward the Hauraki Gulf with a glass of wine to compliment your meal. This venue has incredible views of the beach, you can also go down and dip your toes in the ocean after lunch. You will see a lot of the island along the way and learn a lot about Waiheke, its people and our Culture. After lunch, we will continue to Onetangi Valley where we will stop and taste more award-winning wines. We will ensure that you make it back in time to catch the 4 pm ferry to Auckland City. However, if you wish to extend your stay on the Island (which is highly recommended as there is so much to see and do), we can drop you off at Oneroa. From there, it's just an 8-minute walk back to the ferry. The ferries run every half hour (in the summer) until midnight, so even having dinner on the island is a great idea. While we finish our services at 4 pm, we are happy to guide you and answer any questions you may have. These are shared tours and you may be tasting wine with our other groups on a Saturday, in high season. These tours are shared tours with other guests, and a great way to meet new friends from all over the world.

Waiheke Island: Guided Boutique Wine Tour with Wine & Views

6. Waiheke Island: Guided Boutique Wine Tour with Wine & Views

This Tour is guaranteed to have the best views of any tour on Waiheke Island; you will Visit 3 of Waiheke Island’s world-renowned vineyards for wine tastings and one lunch stop at The Batch Winery with 360-degree views of the Hauraki Gulf, the views at this vineyard are breathtaking, you will see all of Auckland and our very own Volcano Rangitoto. Sample a wide range of artisan wines; Learn about the island from your local guide’s engaging commentary! You will visit three cellar doors on this tour and sample award-winning wines. Learn about the island’s unique wine-making conditions from the three cellar doors we will visit. Each is unique and engaging. We will start with tastings at 11 am, move on to lunch (at your own cost), then down to Onetangi Valley for more wine tasting and the grand finale at The Mudbrick Vineyard. 11am Cable Bay Vineyard wine tasting 12pm Batch Winery Lunch from A La Carte Menu at own cost 145pm Stonyridge Vineyard Wine Tastings 3pm Mudbrick Vineyard Wine Tastings 340pm back to ferry for 4pm sailing or we can drop you into the village to carry on for the day. Vineyards can change if they have large events, but generally this doesn't happen.

Waiheke Island Gourmet Food and Wine Tour with Platter Lunch

7. Waiheke Island Gourmet Food and Wine Tour with Platter Lunch

Discover the flavors of Waiheke Island on a fully-guided, gourmet food and wine tour. Journey by ferry from Auckland over to Matiatia Wharf on the island where your guide will meet you.  Your guide will provide entertaining and informative commentary throughout the day about the various delicacies you will taste. Enjoy succulent fresh oysters , olive oil, and other locally-produced specialty foods. Delight in a platter lunch, consisting of a selection of cold meats, seafood, breads, and dips, at one of the island's top vineyard restaurants. Savor wines from some of the island’s top boutique vineyards, and visit an award-winning olive oil mill and two vineyards. Each vineyard offers a range of gourmet tastings to accompany their wines.  Treats may include oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay (subject to availability), wild honey, the famous local green herb spread, or artisan cheeses.  The tour returns you to Matiatia Wharf in time for the 3:00 PM ferry for a 3:45 arrival in Auckland. If you wish to stay and enjoy the island longer, let your guide know on the day of the tour and they can drop you off in Oneroa Village. 

Waiheke Island: The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour

8. Waiheke Island: The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour

Acquaint yourself with Waiheke Island's world-renowned wine on a vineyard-focused guided tour. Discover some of Waiheke’s scenic highlights as well as visits and tastings at 3 boutique vineyards.   Catch the 10:00 AM ferry from Auckland for a cruise over to Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke island where your guide will meet you. Begin with a scenic drive, taking in spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and beyond to the Coromandel Peninsula. Marvel at stunning scenery around every corner and be entertained by your guide’s insightful commentary on the history, geography, culture, people, and produce of Waiheke. Sample a range of Waiheke wines from Rose, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, sparkling wine, and Syrah and Bordeaux blends. Encounter spectacular scenery from sun-soaked hillsides of vines to spectacular 360-degree views over the island and beyond to the gulf islands. The tour returns you to Matiatia Wharf in time for the 4:00 PM ferry for a 4:45 PM arrival in Auckland. Or, if you would like to linger a little longer on the island, you can be dropped off at Oneroa Village to explore further. Sample Itinerary: 10:00 AM Depart Auckland on a ferry to Waiheke Island 10:35 AM Arrive at Matiatia Wharf 11:00 AM Mudbrick Vineyard visit and wine tasting 12:00 PM Kennedy Point Vineyard visit and wine tasting 1:00 PM Obsidian Vineyard visit and wine tasting2:00 PM Lunch

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine Cellar Tour

9. From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine Cellar Tour

Let us take you on a journey where soil, climate and vines co-exist in perfect harmony. A perfect day trip for special celebrations, hanging out with friends or just a day to wine down. The Best Cellar Tour, includes wine tastings at three vineyards (10-15 wines tasted), with plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular views whist enjoying a delicious lunch at a vineyard or beach-side restaurant. Our local guides will share quirky island stories and show you some special scenic spots around the island. Start your day by taking the 10am ferry from Auckland - Matiatia Wharf (Waihehe Island). On arrival one of our tour guides will be waiting to welcome you to our beautiful island. Sample Itinerary: 9:15 - Arrive at Downtown ferry terminal for your 10am sailing to Waiheke 10:00 - Depart Auckland on Fullers sailing to Waiheke Island or pick up from your Waiheke accommodation 10:45 - Ferry arrives at Waiheke island 10:50 - Tour departs 11:00 - Mudbrick vineyard (wine tasting) 12:00 - The Batch vineyard (wine tastings) 13:00 - Casita Miro vineyard (wine tastings) 14:00 - Vineyard lunch stop (cost for lunch not included) 16:00 - Tour concludes – Depart Waiheke on Fullers sailing to Auckland or drop off at your Waiheke accommodation

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

10. From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Experience a tour itinerary focused on tantalizing the taste buds, with some food pairings to compliment your Waiheke wine tasting experience. Enjoy award-winning olive oil, as well as other locally produced delights whilst sipping on world-famous award-winning wines at three boutique vineyards, followed by a shared platter lunch with a glass of wine. Meeting Point: Matiatia Wharf Waiheke Island If you are staying in Auckland you will need to take the 9am Fullers ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island (ferry tickets can be purchased down on the wharf on the day). On arrival to Waiheke, one of our tour guides will be waiting with a signboard. Sample Itinerary: 8:15 AM: Arrive at Downtown Auckland ferry terminal for your 9:00 AM sailing to Waiheke 9:00 AM: Depart Auckland on Fullers ferry sailing to Waiheke Island or pickup from your Waiheke accommodation 9:45 AM: Ferry arrives at Waiheke island 9:50 AM: Embark on the start of your tour 10:00 AM: Enjoy a coffee kickstarter at one of the local hot spots 11:00 AM: Visit Mudbrick vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting 12:00 PM: Visit the Batch vineyard and enjoy a food pairing with wine tasting 1:00 PM: Visit Casita Miro vineyard and enjoy a food pairing and wine tasting 2:00 PM: Continue on your journey to Stonyridge vineyard and savour a shared platter lunch and a glass of wine 4:00 PM: Finish your tour by departing Waiheke on Fullers sailing to Auckland or drop-off at your Waiheke accommodation

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Such an easy and fun day! Our guide Michael was so passionate about what he does and even took is to a beautiful lookout on the way to the first winery as we were running a little early. It was an intimate small group which wasn’t overwhelming. While at one of the wineries we were there at the same time as another company but they had 2 large buses full of people so I’d much rather our tour with only max 10 people but we only had 7. We went to Obsidian, Postage Stamp and Mudbrick plus, Batch Winery for lunch, which were all stunning locations, I’d highly recommend this tour to all my friends.

Easy to book and show up when you want to hop on. I actually couldn’t buy a pass on their website for the day I needed it for so having this was a life saver and you just scan the voucher in the app and you’re good to go. It’s a stunning and refreshing journey, on a lovely weather day I’d highly recommend standing/sitting outside rather than sitting inside.

A very nice 30 minute Ferry ride from Auckland to the Island. Ferry entry/exit was clean easy and well organized. Buses were very regular with informative drivers. Food on the Island was excellent. No criticism on anything from me.

We had a wonderful day - my favourite was Batch winery. Spectacular food wine and scenery David our guide was great fun and knew everything about the island.

Cristie was the most amazing guide, we had a blast from start to finish