Waiheke Island Explorer
Waiheke Island Explorer
In the heart of Auckland's sparkling Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Waiheke is just a picturesque 35 to 45-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and has an international reputation for food and arts.
To begin your Waiheke excursion, you'll cruise to Waiheke through the glorious Hauraki Gulf and board a double-decker bus for a hop on, hop off tour that will offer you a taste of the people, culture, and history that make up the diverse island of Waiheke.
Waiheke Island has become known as New Zealand's "island of wine," home to a dedicated group of winegrowers who have successfully matched the maritime climate and ancient soil structures to the selection of classical grape varieties to produce red and white wines with distinctive varietal character.
Hop on and off as much as you like at any of its convenient stops, which include vineyards, beaches, and restaurants. If you prefer, stay on board and enjoy the scenic tour of the island.
The double decker 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, Matiatia Wharf, and more.
The knowledgeable tour drivers and the 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!
Please Note: This is not a transfer tour. The tour does not drop off at the airport, and the buses cannot accommodate luggage. This tour includes the ferry to Waikiki and a bus route. There are 13 stops on the bus route, and it takes approximately 90 minutes to complete the route without getting off. The bus runs every 30 minutes. The ferry takes approximately 35 to 45 minutes each way and departs every 30 minutes. First and last tour times will be detailed in your electronic ticket.
The route includes the following stops:
- Matiatia Wharf
- Oneroa - Ocean View
- Goldie Vineyard
- Stonyridge / Te Motu Vineyards
- Tantalus Vineyard / Waiheke Museum
- Stonyridge Vineyard
- Batch Winery
- Rangihoua Estate
- Oneroa - Mako Street
- Mudbrick Vineyard
- Cable Bay Vineyard
To see a map of the stops on this tour, please CLICK HERE.
A short walk to the ferry from the ship and a nice sail across Auckland Harbour. The hop on hop off bus is right at the ferry terminal on Waiheke. The hoho bus gives you a schedule and their times are pretty accurate. We picked just one Winery did the wine tasting and had a great lunch in their pub. Be aware that any of the wineries that have a restaurant are reserved for meals well in advance. We went to the Tantilus Winery and then went to the second to last stop on the return to the ferry terminal and had a short and pleasant downhill walk back from there to the ferry terminal for our return.
Reviewer: Beverley Milson
This was such a great choice as we had Visited Auckland previously. The ferry was a 5 minute walk from our ship, the 40 minute trip over was beautiful & the island was Auckland ‘s best kept secret. Quaint shops, cafes, restaurants, beautiful beaches & vineyards are all on the hop on hop off bus itinerary. Don’t miss Mudbrick Winery!
Reviewer: Royal Cruiser
Problems with this excursion were that there was not enough time to get to the meeting point to take the ferry to the island. We got off the ship right away and walked directly to the meeting point for the ferry only getting there exactly at the 10am departure time. The gentlemen working for the ferry company said we were too late and we could only get on the next ferry, 1 hour later, if there was room. Thankfully there was room, but we had to wait an hour and lose an hour of our excursion time. When getting to the island the driver was not at the ferry departure point so we went to the counter and were only told to just wait outside as that is where people will wait for the tour. There were a lot of buses outside, but no drivers outside and no one else waiting. Eventually our driver emerged with his sign under his arm, where you couldn't see it and told us what van to board. Unfortunately he kept wandering around looking for people for our tour so we departed 15-20 minutes later than the scheduled time. If he would have been waiting where people depart the ferry with his sign it would have been a lot better. Besides all of this the tour was a nice highlight of the island, but having to catch a ferry an hour later and then waiting to actually start the tour we had no time to take advantage of the all day bus pass. Very unfortunate as we wanted to attend some wineries and the beach. All we time for was to visit a nice wine store in town that offered a wide variety of local wine tastings which was nice. Only take this tour if you want a highlight of the island and maybe some time walking around the town. There wasn't time to explore more on the island or take advantage of the all day bus pass.
found it worth the money and superior to the excursions purchased on the cruise