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From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

1. 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 Premium Food & Wine Tour with Platter Lunch

2. 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. 

Waiheke Island: Wine Tasting Tour

3. 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: Gin, Whisky, Craft Beer, and Wine Tour

4. Waiheke Island: Gin, Whisky, Craft Beer, and Wine Tour

Taste gin, vodka, whisky, and craft beer on this tour of Waiheke Island. Be met at the ferry port, hop in the bus for a boozed-soaked tour of the island and its alcohol production facilities. Eat from a lunch platter as part of your experience. Waiheke Whisky and Gin distillery is the newest kid on the block, you will learn about the fermentation and distilling of these fabulous drinks. Set in a unique valley in Onetangi this place is rustic and boutique. 10am ferry from Downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island 1040 our tour guide will be dockside with a welcome board with your name on it 11am Cable Bay Vineyard wine tastings and incredible views back to Auckland City 12pm Heke for Gin/Whisky/Craft Beer tastings and platter for lunch 3pm Goldie Estate, Te Motu or Mudbrick Vineyards for more wine tastings

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

5. 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: Beautiful Shared Wine Tour

6. Waiheke Island: Beautiful Shared Wine Tour

Catch the 10:00 AM ferry from Auckland City to Waiheke Island where you will be greeted by your tour guide. The first stop is for a lovely wine tasting at the Cable Bay Boutique Vineyard. Sample around 4 boutique wines grown on the island and Malborough. Visit Thomas's Batch Vineyard, where you'll have the option for lunch (at your own expense) and can admire incredible views and enjoy their wonderful food and wine within a great atmosphere. After lunch, make your way to Te Motu Vineyard for classic Bordeaux wines. The last stop is The Mudbrick Vineyard for rose, pinot gris, and more. Return to the wharf at 3:40 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. Or stay at Mudbrick and enjoy more wine and views.

Waiheke Island: Vineyard Tour With Wine Tasting & Appetizers

7. Waiheke Island: Vineyard Tour With Wine Tasting & Appetizers

This tour is just fabulous not only do you get to try the gorgeous wines of Waiheke, but you will also get to taste amazing gourmet food prepared by the vineyards to match the wine. Start with Casita Miro a Spanish style Vineyard whose philosophy is sharing tapas these will, of course, be matched with their superb wine. Enjoy gourmet platters stop at Stonyridge vineyard, here you will also try the finest cabernet blends to accompany your food experience. Then on to the only true Certified Organic Vineyard on the Island Kennedy Point here you will be taken on a little tour up amongst the vines and served a gorgeous Cheese Board and Oysters (when in season) to taste with the wine, also at this Vineyard they produce their own honey and Olives and you will get a taste of this also and of course a chance to purchase

Auckland: Auckland City & Hauraki Gulf Scenic Flight

8. Auckland: Auckland City & Hauraki Gulf Scenic Flight

Delight in a 45-minute scenic flight offering the best of both worlds: the natural splendor of the Hauraki Gulf Islands and the iconic urban skyline of the city of Auckland. Take off from Waiheke Airport, nestled among the vineyards, and instantly get amazing views of Waiheke Island’s coastline, beaches, and many vineyards. Follow the coastline before breaking off to track toward Auckland. Admire fantastic views of Motuhie and Browns Islands before cruising past downtown Auckland. In the city, enjoy a half-orbit of the famous Sky Tower to take some awesome photos. Then, fly past the Harbour Bridge, Davenport Naval Base, and North Head Volcano. Next, marvel at New Zealand’s youngest volcano, Rangitoto, and peer into its crater as you are flown just 500 feet (152 meters) above its summit. Finally, head back to Waiheke to land.

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.

Waiheke Island: Vineyards and Bush Walk

10. Waiheke Island: Vineyards and Bush Walk

See the best of Waiheke Island with a guided nature walk starting from the ferry terminal. Discover the beautiful forests and vineyards of the island on a small-group tour.  Enjoy stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island, and Coromandel Peninsula. Spot sea birds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, orcas or dolphins. Explore the Atawhai Whenua Forest and Bird Reserve while learning about the various conservation projects on the island. Learn about the history and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf and walk through rolling hills to Mudbrick Vineyard and Cable Bay Vineyards. Sample some of their award-winning wines, then enjoy a coffee and a bite, at your own expense, before returning to the ferry terminal.

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What people are saying about Waiheke Island

Great tour, everything completed at a relaxing pace. Mich passed on heaps of interesting facts about Waiheke itself. A bonus was the 7 younger guests who treated us oldies with respect and were very kind and friendly to us and each other. The nationalities of the ten on the tour made it like a United Nations delegation tob4 Wineries. The Wineries were very different and the hosts were interesting and generous with their tastings. 5*

Fantastic day, Mish was a delight of a guide and ensured we got around to all of the wineries but at no time did we feel we were rushed. Highly recommended to do the tour, all of the tastings were delicious and the staff spent time explaining their wines and their processes.

The vineyards were in beautiful locations and there was a wide variety of wines to sample with delicious pairings. Our tour guide, Karen, was great! She was very accommodating and had a lot of knowledge to share about Waiheke Island. Would definitely recommend!

Great wine tour, friendly tour guide, picked up on time & given the option to stop at shops at the end of tour. Great venues with beautiful views. Would highly recommend

Simon did a great job driving and commentating on what we were seeing and describing what was coming up next. Thoroughly recommend this tour.