Waiheke Island Explorer

Waiheke Island Explorer Tour from Auckland (Hauraki Gulf, Waitemata Harbour)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Immerse in the diverse culture of Waiheke Island, New Zealand's "island of wine" and a blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards, and olive groves
  • Cruise through the sparkling Hauraki Gulf to embark on a hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tour of this enchanting island
  • Discover iconic spots like Oneroa Village, Batch Winery, and Onetangi Beach, hopping on and off at your leisure to explore vineyards, beaches, and restaurants
  • Benefit from the informative commentary of knowledgeable tour drivers and on-board host, getting local tips and tricks to make the most of your Waiheke experience
Price: $79.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 1 Day
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? A 5 minute walk from the cruise pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are suggested. Some guests may appreciate a light jacket.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step on and off the boat and the bus. Fold up wheelchairs can be accommodated.

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 Waiheke 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 40 to 45 minutes each way and departs every 30 minutes on weekends and peak times or every hour on weekdays. First and last tour times will be detailed in your electronic ticket.

The route includes the following stops:

  • Oneroa Village - Ocean View Road at Tui Street
  • Goldie and Kennedy Point Vineyards
  • Ostend shopping - 22 Belgium Street
  • Stonyridge/Te Motu/Wild Estate
  • Tantalus Vineyard/Waiheke Museum
  • The Heke
  • Onetangi Beach - 3rd Avenue, Charlie's, Three Seven Two
  • Tantalus Vineyard/Waiheke Museum
  • Stonyridge Vineyard
  • Batch Winery/Waiheke Wings
  • Allpress Olive Groves
  • Ostend shopping - by RSA
  • Goldie and Kennedy Point Vineyards
  • Oneroa Village - Ocean View Road at Tui Street
  • Mudbrick Vineyard

To see a map of the stops on this tour, please CLICK HERE.