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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.

From Auckland: Waiheke Island Wineries' Tour

2. 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: Wine Tastings and Lunch Scenic Half-Day Tour

3. 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

4. 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: 30-Minute Scenic Flight

5. 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: Auckland City & Hauraki Gulf Scenic Flight

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

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

9. 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: Double Headland Guided Coastal Walk

10. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 97 reviews

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.

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

Friendly and knowledgeable team, the zip line rides were fun

Amazing people that loved there jobs loved every moment

Fantastic experience and value. Highly recommended.