Waiheke Island Nature & adventure

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Waiheke Island: Zipline and Native Forest Adventure Trip

1. 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: 30-Minute Scenic Flight

2. 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.

Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine and Food Tasting with Flights

3. Auckland: Waiheke Island Wine and Food Tasting with Flights

Board your flight from Ardmore Aerodrome and enjoy views of the beautiful scenery and local landmarks before arriving at Waiheke Island. Adjacent to the airfield is the Batch Winery, where you can sit back, unwind and enjoy the luxurious surroundings. A fabulous 3-course meal and premium wine tasting will be served while overlooking the vineyards and views of Auckland from the highest point on the Island. Your driver will show you the beautiful island landscape while driving back to the ferry terminal, on your way back to downtown Auckland. With lots of tranquil waters and white sandy beaches surrounding you, this unique experience will surpass your expectations.

Auckland: Auckland City & Hauraki Gulf Scenic Flight

4. 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: 5-Hour Guided Art Exploration Walk

5. Waiheke Island: 5-Hour Guided Art Exploration Walk

Join a guided art walking tour on the beautiful Waiheke Island. The island is home to a wonderful range of artists as the island supports a lively creative community. Take a ferry from Downtown Auckland to Matiatia Ferry Wharf on Waiheke Island. Your guide will be meeting you at the pier, or if you are already on Waiheke Islands, meet your guide at the Community Art Gallery.   The community is committed to conserving the unique environment of the island by minimizing its carbon footprint. Be inspired by the surrounding creativity and beauty of nature on Waiheke island as you visit art galleries in Oneroa, including an artist collective, the Community Art Gallery, and an artist goldsmith. Make a stop at a local sculpture park and learn about this intriguing array of outdoor art. Meet glass artists and painters in their studios and even an artisan shoemaker. In the afternoon, savor lunch at the Church Bay Studio, the spectacular home of artist Gabriella Lewenz. After lunch, walk through the Atawhai-Whenua Forest and Bird Reserve and admire its native flora and fauna. The tour ends back at the Community Gallery, where your guide bids you farewell.

Waiheke Island: Vineyards and Bush Walk

6. 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 97 reviews

Fantastic tour with the team. From pick-up to drop-off totally professional, fun and knowledgeable. Ziplines were great fun, good speed and high. And 3 rides meant you really got to experience the ride and got good value for money. The views were amazing. The forest walk was also great, very NZ and educational. We had an awesome time.

Great way to see all the amazing Waiheke areas. Jacob was a friendly pilot who made the experience very enjoyable.

It was the first time we had done zip lining and it was a fabulous experience. Fantastic views and lovely guides.

Was awesome guides were professional and knowledgeable, great fun

Fantastic experience and value. Highly recommended.