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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.

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Waiheke Island Zipline & Native Forest Adventure

2. Waiheke Island Zipline & Native Forest Adventure

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.

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Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

3. 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.

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From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

4. 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.

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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. 

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Waiheke Island: Afternoon Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch

6. 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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Waiheke Island: 30-Minute Scenic Flight

7. Waiheke Island: 30-Minute Scenic Flight

Takeoff from Waiheke Aerodrome for an exclusive sightseeing tour to one of the very best locations in the North Island of New Zealand. Enjoy incredible vistas of the beaches, ocean and coastline. The flight path follows the shoreline of the island for the best views of its magical beaches and the surrounding islands. See the wineries and secret coves from the sky, and get a real feel for the island's charm. For 30 minutes, forget about the real world and marvel at the beautiful lush, green and volcanic landscapes formed centuries ago by moving tectonic plates. Immerse yourself into the beauty of the world from a bird's eye view.

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Auckland: Scenic Flight over Auckland and Waikeke

8. Auckland: Scenic Flight over Auckland and Waikeke

Soar over beautiful Auckland City and Waiheke Island on this scenic flight. Your pilot/guide will provide you with interesting commentary on the surrounding countryside while you sit comfortably in the aircraft. Your flight will last approximately 55 minutes. You will be able to see the following points of interest: Harbour Bridge, Central City, Sky Tower, Mt. Eden, Devon Port, and Whitford Forrest. You will also fly over Half Moon Bay, St. Heliers Cliff, Browns Island, and Rangitoto Island.  Be sure to take lots of photos of all the great landmarks you see. Later in the flight your pilot will fly you to Waiheke Island, where you will have the chance to observe the beauty of the island and its wineries from above.  Listen to your expert guide throughout the flight for detailed information and commentary about what you see below. Touch down back at Ardmore Airport.

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Waiheke Island: Private Art Walk with Lunch

9. Waiheke Island: Private Art Walk with Lunch

Meet your private guide on Waiheke at either at the Ferry Terminal or the Community Art Gallery to start your tour. Customize your itinerary to best suit your interests and requirements.  Enjoy both the art and scenery around you at a leisurely pace, suitable for a variety of fitness levels. Explore the Atawhai-Whenua Forest and Bird Reserve, visit art galleries in Oneroa including an artist's collective, the Community Art Gallery, and a goldsmith artist. As well as visiting sculptors and painters in their studios, get to meet an artisan shoemaker. Walk through the local sculpture park where you will learn about an intriguing array of outdoor art. Along the way, break for lunch at the spectacular home and studio of painter Gabriella Lewenz.

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Waiheke Island: 3 Vineyards Winery Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 894 reviews

Tam was an amazing guide, and all the wineries were absolutely beautiful. Even though it's winter it wasn't too cold and the views were still stunning. We took some great photos, found some new favourite wine, tried oyster shots, and learned a lot about wine and Waiheke (but not so much that it was overwhelming, just the right amount of lighthearted storytelling). If you're not looking to take photos of the vines (they're dormant in winter) then winter is a great time to visit and feel like you have the wineries all to yourself, it's a real experience! Thanks again to Tam and Enjoi, we had a great time

We had a fabulous time with Jenny on the tour. The stops were all fantastic and all of the staff at the vineyards were so genuine and friendly. Not to mention the food and wine itself was worth the trip. We will definitely be looking to book with them for all of our future Waiheke trips!

Great way to explore the island, convenient hop-on and hop-off and informative guide, beautiful island to explore

All staff on our tour were friendly and very knowlegable of their surroundings.

Casual, informative and a lot of laughs. Our guide was very helpful.