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

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

The best way to get around Waiheke is to combine your ferry travel with the Waiheke Explorer Hop-on Hop-off tour bus. This newdouble-decker and single level bus experience is designed to let you see more of the island for less and see it in a whole new way, at your own pace! 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 1.5 hour 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.

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

2. 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.

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

3. From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, in one easy small-group day trip from Auckland. After pickup from your central Auckland hotel, travel south over the Bombay Hills for panoramic views of the Waikato Region and the scenic Hauraki Plains. Arrive at The Shire's Rest in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will help you skip the crowds so you can explore the Movie Set on an official 2-hour tour. Be escorted through the 10-acre site and learn fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. See Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, and The Mill. Savor a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn.  Afterwards, travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo. On the way, share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travelers. Glide silently by boat in the world famous caves and be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms. Your guide on the 45-minute tour will likely be a descendant of the Maori Chief who originally explored the Caves and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cove, famous for its acoustics. The return trip takes you through some of New Zealand's most beautiful countryside before following the majestic Waikato River northwards part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground.  The day concludes with your return to your accommodation.

Waiheke Island: Wine Tastings and Lunch Scenic Half-Day Tour

4. Waiheke Island: Wine Tastings and Lunch Scenic Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a wine and food tour around Waiheke Island, the most populated island in New Zealand. Stop and taste at three local vineyards, take in views of the Hauraki Gulf, and explore Waiheke's largest beach, Onetangi Beach. Start with a drive along the scenic northern route, taking in spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and beyond to the Coromandel Peninsula. Stop first for a tasting and casual lunch at a local vineyard. If time allows after lunch, head towards Onetangi, a 1.87 kilometer-long, north-facing beach with beautiful old Pohutukawa trees on the foreshore. For many years, the beach has been the site of the Onetangi Beach Races, a family fun adventure day that supports local causes. Leave Onetangi for a second vineyard and more wine tasting. For a final stop, visit a picturesque vineyard overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. Enjoy another wine tasting as you take in the view. At the end of the tour, return to the Waiheke Wharf with your guide in time to catch a return ferry. Alternatively, choose to stay on the island for dinner (at your own expense) and make your way back when you are ready.

Waiheke Island Premium Food & Wine Tour with Platter Lunch

5. Waiheke Island Premium Food & Wine Tour with Platter Lunch

Discover the flavors of Waiheke Island on a fully-guided gourmet food and wine tour. Journey by ferry or helicopter 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, award-winning 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, wild honey, the famous local green herb spread, or artisan cheeses. On Saturdays, your tour may also include a visit to the Waiheke Market. The tour returns you to Matiatia Wharf in time for the 3:00 PM ferry for a 3:45 arrival in Auckland. 

From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Full-Day Small-Group Trip

6. From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Full-Day Small-Group Trip

Make the most of your time in Auckland with a small-group tour to the magical and enchanting Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Movie Set. You will have the movie set almost entirely to yourself. See how this beautiful piece of farmland has been transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth. Start off your adventure with pickup from your centrally located hotel or the Auckland Sky Tower. Travel south in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz. Look out the van's extra-large windows on the scenic drive to Matamata over the Bombay Hills and through the beautiful Hauraki Plains. Listen to facts and anecdotes from your guide clearly via a hi-tech audio system. When you arrive at Hobbiton, take a 2-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take plenty of time to explore the locations you’ve seen at home. Pose for photos in front of your favorite places like the Hobbit Holes and The Mill. At the end of the tour, enjoy a specially brewed drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Afterward, visit the Shire Store, which features an extensive selection of souvenirs to remind you of your visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. On the drive back home, follow the amazing Waikato river and drive past the Taupiri Maori burial ground. Finish your fun day trip from Auckland with convenient drop-off at your hotel or back at the Sky Tower in Auckland’s city center.

Waiheke Island: Wine Tasting Tour

7. Waiheke Island: Wine Tasting 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

Waiheke Island: 3 Vineyards Winery Tour

8. Waiheke Island: 3 Vineyards Winery Tour

Catch the 10 AM ferry from Auckland City to Waiheke Island where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Then, enjoy a quick 20-minute scenic drive to your first vineyard stop. Savor wine tastings at the Cable Bay Boutique Vineyard and sample around 5 boutique wines grown on the island. Visit Thomas's Batch, where you have the option for lunch (at your own cost) and can admire incredible views. Finally, make your way to Te Motu or Kennedy Point for 3rd stop, and Mudbrick Vineyard for the grand finale. Return to the wharf at 3:30 PM for the ferry back to Auckland. If you wish to stay on the island, you can be dropped off at Oneroa Village, where you'll find beautiful shops, eclectic Kiwiana gifts, plus good bars and restaurants.

Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu Day Tour

9. Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu Day Tour

The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour trip into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear secrets and stories about the making of the movies and finish your LOTR experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub, The Green Dragon Inn. After your LOTR experience, it’s time to continue southwards towards the active geothermal area of Rotorua. During the drive, pass through the unique town of Tirau, the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world, and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade. Upon arrival in Rotorua, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s most famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, the Blue Baths, Thermal Springs and Polynesian Spa. Take some time to rest for lunch and then head to Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland considered one of the most surreal places on earth. Here, admire the Champagne Lake, Devil’s Bath, local mud-pools, geothermal craters and other geothermal wonders before a fully guided trip back to Auckland and the end of your tour.

Waiheke Island: Afternoon Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch

10. Waiheke Island: Afternoon Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch

If you're after a relaxed-pace day, with a small group of people then this afternoon tour is for you. Depart on the 12:00 PM ferry from Auckland over to Matiatia Wharf on the island where your guide will meet you. Begin with a drive along the scenic northern route, taking in spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and beyond to the Coromandel Peninsula. Enjoy engaging and informative commentary along the way from your experienced guide who is intimately familiar with Waiheke’s history, culture, people, and produce. Discover some of Waiheke's 'off the beaten track' venues located amongst the rugged and beautiful landscape found at the Eastern End of Waiheke. The tour includes a beer or wine tasting followed by a wine tasting and vineyard platter lunch. After lunch, relax with a gin tasting and a gin cocktail at Waiheke Distilling Company and take in the stunning views overlooking Ponui, Pakatoa, and Rotoroa Islands. The tour returns you to Matiatia Wharf in time for the 6:00 PM ferry. Or, if you would like to linger a little longer on the island, then chat with your friendly guide. They can help arrange a dinner booking at a venue of your choice or drop you off into Oneroa Village so that you can enjoy the evening at your leisure.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,214 reviews

We booked the tour and thought we would meet other travellers, but ended up just been the two of us. What a great experience. We received the best service. We were met by Nico with a BMW and 1:1 service. Great personalised tour with both Ananda tours and the wineries - especially Kennedy Point (Nicky) and Awaroa (Lyn). They gave great service, very knowledgeable and lots of tips. It was well worth the money spent and we had a great time. Lots of food and wine. All wines were matched with nibbles. A great morning/afternoon.

Steve was very friendly and knowledgeable. We went to a good selection of wineries and lunch at Stonyridge was excellent. There were 10 in our tour so it felt inclusive and personal

It was a wonderful tour with friendly tour guide/ driver who gave info about each site and the whole island. I'd suggest a 1.5 or 2 full days tour to enjoy every part of the island

A perfect intimate tour with four fantastic wineries and food. Our guide Nico was great, a Waiheke local with a love of the island and great knowledge of wines. Loved it!

An amazing day trip with an excellent driver and host.