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Waiheke Island Tours

Just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island has great beaches, some of New Zealand’s best boutique wineries, a number of art galleries, scenic walking trails, and acres of olive groves, making it the ideal getaway. The island’s calm waters—perfect for watersports like snorkeling, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding—and the relaxed bohemian atmosphere in Oneroa Village draw a steady stream of visitors year-round.

The Basics
Waiheke Island is most often visited on day tours from Auckland. The most popular experiences include food tours, wine tasting excursions, adventure tours—and simply spending time on one of the many sandy ocean beaches. Wine enthusiasts should choose a wine-tasting tour to visit some of the nearly 30 wineries, many of which have locavore restaurants attached and make for the perfect way to enjoy a vineyard lunch. Adventure and culture also abound, with ziplining, hiking, and eco tours available for exploring the island’s lush forests and nature preserves, plus ancient Maori terraces and cooking pits to be discovered on cultural bike tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Waiheke Island is an outdoor- and food-lover’s destination for travelers and locals alike.
  • The island’s beaches are some of the safest and cleanest in the world, prime for swimming.
  • Excellent restaurants and cafes dot the island, with many offering food that complements the local wines.
  • Private tours offer travelers personal attention from a tour guide and the ability to customize their experience.
  • Sunbathers can choose between popular Onetangi Beach, secluded Palm Beach, clothing-optional Little Palm Beach, and Blackpool Beach (popular among windsurfers).

How to Get There
Waiheke Island lies in the Hauraki Gulf, 13 miles (21.5 kilometers) from Auckland on New Zealand's North Island. Fullers Ferries provides fast transport from the downtown Auckland ferry terminal (35 minutes), and Sealink has car ferries from Half Moon Bay and Wynyard Quarter in Auckland (45 minutes). Waiheke tours offer one of the most convenient ways to travel from Auckland, although it’s easy to hail a taxi or find a bus on the island. Rental cars, bikes, and motorbikes are also available for rent.

When to Get There
Aucklanders flock to Waiheke in droves in summer (December to February), the best time to hit the beach. During the less crowded month of March, some wineries offer additional experiences like the chance to stomp grapes or sample special vintages in honor of harvest time. Each Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm, a popular art and farmers market pops up in Ostend.

Waiheke Island Wine Tasting
Island wine tours often feature expert guides, combine visits and tastings at several wineries and boutique vineyards into one excursion, and leave the driving up to someone else. Some popular stops include Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay, Stonyridge, Jurassic Ridge, Batch, and Casita Miro. Winery tours highlight the production process and unique terroir of Waiheke Island wine, while offering the chance to try the delicious wines.

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Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, null
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Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 70 Reviews

A day of excitement and nature awaits on Waiheke Island, with three zipline flights above the forest, an interpretive walk through native bushland, and a ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $83.46
Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Eco Tours
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Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland

4 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Discover why Waiheke Island is renowned for producing some of New Zealand’s most celebrated artisan wines on this premium tour of three vineyards. You’ll ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.18
Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland, Auckland, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

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Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 5-hour food and wine tour that visits Casita Miro, Mudbrick Winery and the Rangihoua Estate. Hop off your ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $105.20
The Best of Waiheke: Ziplining, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Lunch, Auckland, Wine Tasting & Winery ... 
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The Best of Waiheke: Ziplining, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Lunch

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Experience the best of Waiheke on a full-day tour that combines a morning of high-flying zipline adventure with an afternoon sampling the delicious wines and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $188.66
Maori Cultural Bike Tour on Waiheke Island, Waiheke Island, Eco Tours
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Maori Cultural Bike Tour on Waiheke Island

This private tour is Maori-led on electric bicycles. The tour starts from Oneroa village and is a great way to explore the stunning landscapes of ...  Read more

Location: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $279.83
Auckland Helicopter Tour and Waiheke Island Winery Lunch, Auckland, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Auckland Helicopter Tour and Waiheke Island Winery Lunch

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Combine a helicopter tour over Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf with a sensational lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant. Your flight takes you over ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $420.09

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