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How to Spend 1 Day on Waiheke Island

How to Spend 1 Day on Waiheke Island

Known for its vineyards and nature, Waiheke Island is just a short ferry ride from central Auckland. From nature walks to evening swims, here’s how to make the most of a single day on this island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Morning: Go on a nature walk

Get off the ferry, and work up an appetite on a guided nature walk. The terrain is hilly but not too strenuous, and you’ll discover secluded bays, spot local birdlife, and even visit art galleries along the way. If you’d rather not walk, opt for a cycle or Jet Ski tour, to cover more ground and take in some impressive views of the island.

Afternoon: Visit vineyards

Home to a lot of vineyards for such a small island, Waiheke is famous throughout New Zealand for its Bordeaux-style reds, as well as its syrah and chardonnay. Head to a vineyard restaurant for a leisurely lunch and tasting. Or if you’re really enthusiastic about wine, join a tour that stops by several wineries.

Night: Have an evening swim

If you’re there in the summer, cool off in the water at one of Waiheke’s gorgeous beaches. It doesn’t get dark until around 9pm, and ferries return to Auckland well into the evening—so chill out and relax a bit longer in this island paradise.

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Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Explore Waiheke Island at your own pace, with all-day tickets for a hop-on, hop-off island explorer bus. Plan the perfect day with help from the onboard host, then see the things that interest you most, choosing from 8 stops near vineyards, galleries, beaches, and trailheads. This full-day Waiheke Island experience offers a personalized combination of nature, culture, and food, and departs from Matiatia every 30 minutes throughout the day.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.95
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$34.95
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Waiheke Island: Zipline And Forest Walk

Waiheke Island: Zipline And Forest Walk

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Soar through the treetops of Waiheke Island on a zipline tour with aerial views of the Hauraki Gulf. After a quick ferry from Auckland, your half-day tour of Waiheke Island starts with a brief overview of the idyllic island by minivan and ends with an interpretive bushland walk. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensure a more personalized experience in a small group.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.10
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Full-Day Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tour

Full-Day Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tour

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Indulge in the succulent tastes of Waiheke Island on a 5.5-hour food and wine tour. An informative guide picks you up from your island accommodation or the wharf — if you’ve taken the ferry from Auckland — and takes you to boutique wineries. Taste wine accompanied by locally produced specialties such as award-winning olive oil, fresh-shucked oysters and artisan cheese. Then settle in for a platter lunch at a vineyard restaurant. If you like, stay longer and make your own way back to Auckland at your leisure.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$167.07
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The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour

The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour

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Take an in-depth tour of the wine-growing region on Waiheke Island with a guide on this full-day excursion. You'll learn about what makes the vineyards so successful and the characteristics of the local wine through guided commentary and visits to three top vineyards. With round-trip transportation provided, you can take full advantage of the tastings without worrying about who will drive.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.22
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$159.22
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The Afternoon Artisan Food and Wine Tour

The Afternoon Artisan Food and Wine Tour

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Indulge at some of Waiheke Island’s most appealing eating and drinking spots without worrying about how to get around after enjoying a few wines. On this small-group tour, listen to informative commentary as you visit scenic spots, vineyards, and restaurants. Your local guide is a wine enthusiast, so you can learn about (and taste) the finest local drops.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.50
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Off-road Segway Tour at the Bay and Beach

Off-road Segway Tour at the Bay and Beach

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Take a unique approach to exploring Waiheke Island during a small-group off-road Segway tour and cover more ground than you could on foot. Ideal for travelers with limited time in the region, visit places you might otherwise have missed—such as Oneroa Village and Blackpool Beach—while making the most of the scenery from your personal Segway.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.68
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Waiheke Island Bush & Beach Walk

Waiheke Island Bush & Beach Walk

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Take a guided walk through the beautiful nature of Waiheke Island so you don’t get lost exploring the beaches and forests on your own. Your guide will point out native wildlife and birds, and tell you all about the unique plant life of New Zealand and the island. This is an ideal day out for active travelers who enjoy being outdoors, plus you can go swimming or relax afterwards, as the tour ends at a beach.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.96
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Private Maori Walking Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch

Private Maori Walking Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch

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Explore Waiheke Island on foot and gain insight into the region’s rich Maori heritage on a walking tour. Hike along winding trails and enjoy sweeping views over the beaches and Hauraki Gulf from the soaring coastal headlands. Along the way, listen as your Maori guide sheds light on the region’s deep roots and shares stories about the island’s past. Stop at a local vineyard and learn of the diverse grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils, then finish with a wine tasting.
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  • 5 hours
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