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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 Gourmet Food and Wine Tour with Platter Lunch

5. 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: 3 Vineyards Shared Tour with Optional Lunch

6. Waiheke Island: 3 Vineyards Shared Tour with Optional Lunch

Enjoy wine tastings at three of Waiheke Island’s world-renowned vineyards on a winery trip with an optional lunch and roundtrip transportation from the ferry terminal. Sample a wide range of artisan wines and learn about the island with a local guide leading the way. On the way to your first stop, your guide will share insight into the island’s history and its world-famous wines. Learn about the island’s unique conditions and the challenges winemakers must overcome. Arrive at Batch Winery, the highest vineyard on Waiheke Island with sweeping views and north-facing sun-soaked hillsides of vines, including terraces of traditional elegant vines. Enjoy an optional lunch at Thomas Batch, featuring wrap-around views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf for miles. The lunch includes one main dish and a drink. Next, join a wine tasting at Stonyridge Vineyards, nestled in a shimmering valley of olive trees and colorful vines. Before the end of the trip, taste wines at Mudbrick Vineyard in an idyllic setting with sea views across the Waitemata Harbour to Auckland.

Waiheke Island: The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour

7. 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

Waiheke Island: Tour with Wine Tastings and Restaurant Lunch

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

Discover the flavors of Waiheke Island, a geographical indication and wine-growing region of New Zealand, on a vineyard tour with lunch included. Get picked up from the Matiatia ferry terminal on Waiheke Island, just 40 minutes away from downtown Auckland by ferry. Catch the 10 AM ferry from Auckland City Downtown to Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island. Meet your tour guide at the dockside and travel through the scenic beauty of the Waiheke vineyards. Relax in a modern vehicle as your guide shares insight into the island’s history and wines. 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 a glass of wine to compliment your meal.

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

Waiheke Island: 30-Minute Scenic Flight

10. 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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What people are saying about Waiheke Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 97 reviews

I am a local Waihekean & have had family visiting. ZIPLINE, ARCHERY, STONY BATTER TUNNELS, BEER TASTING. Am so very impressed with every event we went to. Superb staff & the running of these events, excellent. Each place remembered out names, were totally professional AND friendly.

Awesome activity, the staff are excellent. Dave the bus driver very friendly and obliging. Our instructors/guides Olivia and Beth were fantastic. The walk out of the valley was very enjoyable and the information Beth relayed to us during the walk was very interesting.

We had the best time enjoying the beauty of Waiheke Island while ziplining! Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable and made our experience memorable- a perfect way to see the nature of the island while soaring through the air!

A load of fun and well worth doing while on the island. Guides are excellent and very professional - would definitely recommend!

The guides were wonderful and the view was amazing.