Visit Waiheke Island by Ferry
Auckland, New Zealand
- A world apart: Just 45 minutes from bustling Auckland, Waiheke is a laid-back wonderland of protected natural treasures and man-made pleasures. No wonder Lonely Planet and Conde Nast both included it in their top five destinations in 2016.
- Sun and wine: Bask in the island's warm microclimate on postcard-perfect beaches like Oneroa or Onetangi. And taste what happens to that delicious sunlight when it's captured by grapes growing in Waiheke's celebrated wineries.
- Abundant adventures: Whatever you're into, it's there. From world-class sea kayaking, trail hiking, mountain biking, zip-lining, archery, and clay shooting to relaxed cafe-grazing, gallery-hopping, and shopping.
- Hit the road: At 36 square miles, there's a lot of Waiheke to love. Many visitors opt for a 90-minute, narrated "Waiheke Explorer" sightseeing tour.
About This Auckland Tour
Widely known as "the island of wine," Waiheke is really more like "the playground of wine" – sporting one of the most generous arrays of vineyards of any place its size, anywhere on the planet. There's nearly one top-notch winery for every square mile of land here, many with equally ambitious restaurants on hand to round out the tasting experience.
That kind of thing can happen when you have stellar maritime grape-growing climate and soil on an island reserve just a few miles away from New Zealand's most populous city. Upscale Aucklanders have been flocking to this offshore getaway for generations – building vacation villas, lazing on drop-dead-gorgeous coastlines, planting vineyards. And everyone else has been coming here as often as possible to share in the beauty.
Creative types – artists, musicians, writers, actors, chefs, even scientists – have been especially attracted, adding a blissfully bohemian edge to the scene, and providing yet another reason why this once little-known island now commands such outsized attention from travel reviewers around the world.
Best of all, despite its fame, Waiheke has been developed with a light environmental touch. New Zealanders have a deeply rooted respect for their natural resources, and have carefully managed the island's abundant environmental gifts like the precious treasures they are.
So you'll find plenty of shops and cafes, but no rampant overdevelopment. And that makes this place an extra-special treat. Just like the mouthwatering Syrahs and Chardonnays they bottle there.
Because of its strategic position overlooking the eastern entrance to Waitemata Harbor, gun emplacements and a tunnel system were built on Waiheke's hills during World War II. Their job was to protect Allied shipping and the Devonport naval base from Japanese. That didn't happen, and the guns never saw enemy action. A hike up to Stony Batter Historic Reserve is a great way to see what's left of them.
Please make your way to the Ferry Terminal, Quay St, Auckland to being your experience.
Tour Product is within walking distance of the ship's pier.
This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get in and out of the transport without assistance. It is not fully wheelchair accessible. Participation in any activity at any stop is at each person's discretion.
Boat Tour, Scenic, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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