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From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine Tour w/ Tastings & Picnic

1. From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine Tour w/ Tastings & Picnic

You will travel over to Waiheke from Auckland City on a ferry, ferries can be paid for from the machine at the Auckland Ferry Terminal, and you will be required to be on the 10 am ferry over to Waiheke Island. Your Tour will meet you at Matiatia Wharf with a welcome board with your name on it. The Tour will leave Matiatia at 1050am First stop is Cable Bay Vineyards Boutique Vineyard. Sample around 4 boutique wines grown on the island, this vineyard has incredible views that sprawl back to Auckland City. We will travel up to our lunch stop with lots of commentary and views, sights and sounds to the highest point on the Island for our picnic lunch at Thomas Batch. After lunch we will then travel to either Te Motu Vineyard or Stonyridge depending on availability for more wine tastings Our last stop is the grande finale Mudbrick Vineyard On the tour you will 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.

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

2. 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: Double Headland Guided Coastal Walk

3. Waiheke Island: Double Headland Guided Coastal Walk

Experience the twin headlands of Matiatia and Church Bay on Waiheke Island, starting from and returning to the ferry terminal. Once you meet your guide at the terminal, begin the hike along the headland track around the Matiatia Headland and past Owhanake Bay. The hike will take approximately 2 hours. On your way around the headland, enjoy beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island, and the Coromandel. Spot sea birds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, orcas or dolphins. Learn about the history and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke Island, its conservation projects and island life. Stop for lunch at Oneroa Village or enjoy a picnic on the beach. After lunch, walk to the Pio Rehutai Reserve and around the Church Bay headland through a sculpture park and a stunning bush reserve. Stroll past amazing homes, and picturesque ocean views. After approximately 2 hours, you will have returned to the starting point at the ferry terminal.

Waiheke Island: Forest and Beach Guided Walk

4. Waiheke Island: Forest and Beach Guided Walk

Meet your guide at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal. Explore the scenic Te Whau Peninsula and Rocky Bay of Waiheke Island, and discover unique features of the surrounding environment. Learn about birdlife on the island, including the protected dotterel nesting grounds. Chat with your fellow walkers and stop for a break on the beach. Explore the beautiful forest reserves, including the magnificent Pohutukawa trees and Nikau Palms of the Whakanewha Regional Park.

Waiheke Island: Private Personalized Walk

5. Waiheke Island: Private Personalized Walk

Enjoy a small group tour of Waiheke Island with your experienced local guide. The tour covers all areas of Waiheke Island and the itinerary can be designed to best suit your interests and requirements. Connect with nature and learn how you can contribute to local conservation efforts, either here or close to your home. You're sure to learn something new, either about the New Zealand environment, Waiheke Island or the Hauraki Gulf. Let the local partner help introduce you to these amazing surroundings as you explore coastal tracks and art walks. If there are any other outdoor activities that you wish to try while you are on the island, the local partner will be happy to help arrange these.

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What people are saying about Waiheke Island

On arrival, the tour guide is ready to welcome us and, having had the tour by ourselves was a bonus. I am sure it would’ve been nice having others too. Though, it will be a different experience, of course. Stone Ridge is beautiful! An amazing experience where we were very well looked after. There’s enough time to enjoy the view, the atmosphere and the food with the wine. A great combination for a treat day. Topped with two more wineries where the customer service was excellent and the wine tasting, delicious. The views are breathtaking and towards the end, you get an afternoon view of the sun, setting behind the hills from the last stop. Overall, we had a relaxing and an enjoyable afternoon.

Beautiful walk around Waiheke Island. My guide was great. She quickly assessed my fitness level and tailored the walk to what was just right for me. She pointed out the native plants and told me the history and some of the medicinal purposes. We stopped in at a few shops and galleries meeting artists and some of the local islanders. Lunch was purchased at one of the shops which was healthy and perfect for the day.