Welcome to Hauraki Gulf Islands
The Hauraki Gulf, stretching between Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, is dotted with motu (islands) and gives the Bay of Islands stiff competition in the beauty stakes. Some islands are only minutes from the city and make excellent day trips. Wine-soaked Waiheke and volcanic Rangitoto really shouldn’t be missed. Great Barrier requires more effort (and cash) to get to, but provides an idyllic escape from modern... Read More
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Half-Day Waiheke Wine Tour
Experiencing the magic of Waiheke Island is an absolute must for any visitor to the City of Sails. Just a 45 minute cruise from downtown Auckland, it is a favorite escape for locals too. Join us on this fantastic tour that explores the spectacular coastal scenery and award winning wineries synonymous with this unique destination with departures in the morning or afternoon available!We operate small 20 seater buses so you will never feel that you are part of a herd. We love our island and want you to enjoy your day on Waiheke.Tastings may include wines from the following leading vineyards:Te MotuKennedy PointDellowsPassage RockPeacock SkyBatch WineryThe particular tastings will depend on which tasting rooms are open on the day and operational requirements.Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any particular vineyard on any specific day. This 5 and a half hour (approximately) tour will take you to visit three leading vineyards, where you will have the opportunity to sample around 12 beautiful wines. You will be met upon your arrival at the ferry terminal and will be returned to the same terminal in time to return to Auckland. (Ferry ticket not included.)As a locally owned and operated business, we are passionate about providing you with the best experiences on offer!You may choose to enjoy Waiheke Island before or after your by catching an earlier ferry or returning on a later ferry. ferries run regularly from 6:00am to after Midnight.
Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf Overnight Cruise
Arrive at Viaduct Harbour in the afternoon to board your luxurious catamaran where your captain welcomes you and introduces you to the amenities on the 146-foot (44.5m), 4-level modern yacht equipped with restaurant and bar, large sundeck, and 30 private cabins. Your cruise includes afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast. After getting situated in your room, take in the scenery of beautiful Waitemata Harbour as your vessel motors through the water. Hear informative commentary from your captain as you pass highlights such as Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse, and the coastal suburb of Devonport. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon tea, complete with an assortment of fresh-baked goods, tea and coffee, as your vessel cruises through Waitemata Harbour and continues out to the Hauraki Gulf.Your captain details the distinct features of key Hauraki Gulf islands. Formed by a volcanic eruption about 600 years ago, the iconic Rangitoto Island neighbors Motutapu Island, considered one of the earliest places inhabited by the Māori people. Learn European history as you glide around Motuihe and Browns islands before continuing on to admire Waiheke Island's renowned golden sand beaches, lush vineyards, and impressive homes from afar.After your boat moors for the night in a sheltered cove, you have the option to try kayaking or snorkeling in the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean. All equipment is provided. Or simply relax and soak up 360-degree views from the expansive sundeck. Dine on board your boat in the evening with a choice of fresh seasonal dishes featuring local produce. Beverages, including New Zealand wines, can be purchased at the bar. After a sumptuous meal and after-dinner relaxation, head to your ocean-view cabin. All of the rooms have large picture windows that allow you to watch the sunset or sunrise from the privacy of your quarters. Your room come with a full-size ensuite bathroom and comfortable twin or king beds. In the morning, enjoy a full breakfast with hot and cold options as your boat returns to Auckland. Admire great views of the city skyline and eastern beaches as you come back into port at Viaduct Harbour to end your overnight cruise.
Half-Day Premium Waiheke Wine Tour
Waiheke was made for fine wine and if we were naming it today, we’d probably call this island Wine-heke. You’d think it was purpose-built for the growing and making of fabulous wine. It truly has the geology, soils and climate that you’d dream up if you were trying to create the perfect place to produce really extraordinary wines. For you, it means that a tasting tour of Waiheke’s wineries has the potential to be a ‘best ever’ wine adventure. Doing a wine tour of Waiheke is the icing on the cake of your Auckland holiday. And doing that tour with us will elevate the experience to another level again. We’ve put together a wine adventure that consistently gets rave reviews from our guests. It includes luxury transport and visits to three or four superb vineyards. Lunch, which isn’t included in the cost, can be at a beach-side cafe or a winery restaurant. We can also add an olive oil tour if you’re interested. From the moment we pick you up from the ferry terminal, it’s our mission to live up to your highest expectations. You’ll enjoy gorgeous scenery out the window of our luxury mini-bus, the comments of a local guide who knows everything about the island and its wines. If you want to extend your Waiheke experience, you can either stay on at the vineyards or asked to be dropped-off at The Cove, which is one of Oneroa’s best bars. Your tour guide will greet you with a "Enjoy" sign at 10:35am Matiatia Bay ferry terminal, Waiheke Island. Your tour includes three or more boutique vineyards and a 2-hour lunch at an award winning vineyard or beachfront cafe. Tastings are complimentary however lunch and additional drinks are at your expense. You will be transferred back to the ferry terminal at 4pm (or your accommodation on Waiheke). You have the option to extend your stay once the tour has finished. Just ask our tour guides for more options.
Full-Day Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tour
Take the 9:00am Fullers ferry to Matiatia Wharf at Waiheke Island where your driver will greet you there with a welcome sign.You will visit an award-winning olive oil mill, followed by two vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines. Treats may include oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey, the famous local green herb spread and artisan cheeses. Afterwards, enjoy a platter lunch at one of our top vineyard restaurants. After lunch you will be returned to your accommodation or to the ferry back to Auckland.After the completion of the tour, you will be taken back to the wharf where you can catch the 3:00 ferry or choose to be dropped off in the village if you wish to say on the Island longer.
Maori Cultural Bike Tour on Waiheke Island
Your bicycle tour of Waiheke Island begins at the Matiatia ferry terminal on arrival from Auckland (ferry ticket is your own expense). Meet your Maori guide when you disembark from the ferry and receive a comfortable bike, safety equipment, and an orientation. The 3-hour itinerary includes about 1.5 hours of actual bike riding. You'll pedal past farms with significant sea views to the island's only marae (Maori community gathering place) and learn about New Zealand natural and cultural history along the way. See beautiful beaches and stop at an award-winning vineyard to indulge in a bit of wine tasting. Continue on to the main village, Oneroa, where you'll find plenty of cafes, restaurants, unique shops, and art galleries. You may choose to end your tour here — it's a perfect place to stop for lunch (own expense) or explore the white-sand beach — or be dropped off at the Matiatia ferry terminal for the return trip to Auckland in the afternoon.
Walking and Biking Tour on Waiheke Island
Your tour of Waiheke Island begins at the Matiatia ferry terminal on arrival from Auckland (ferry ticket is your own expense). You will be met by your Maori guide as you disembark from the ferry.Start off with a gentle, scenic walk along the beach then up through a regenerating native forest. Your hike continues to a headland with views to the north of New Zealand and west to Auckland city. After this vista, continue on foot for about 45 minutes to 1 hour before hopping on a comfortable bicycle for a 10-minute bike ride to a nearby vineyard.Pass by farms with significant sea views until arrival at your destination and indulge in wine tasting with time to take in the beauty of your surroundings. Afterward, pedal onward to the island's only marae where your guide explains the features of the Maori meeting place including the pohiri (welcoming ceremony).From here, ride your bike along the southern shores of Waiheke Island before making your way to the main village, Oneroa. You'll find plenty of cafes, restaurants, unique shops, art galleries, and a beautiful white-sand beach. You may choose to end your tour here — it's a perfect place to stop for lunch (own expense) — or be dropped off at the Matiatia ferry terminal for the return trip to Auckland in the afternoon.