Auckland Coach & Ferry Scenic Tour | Taste of Waiheke

Auckland Coach & Ferry Scenic Tour | Taste of Waiheke

Escape to a warmer climate and clear airs of Waiheke Island; a stunning 40 minutes ferry cruise through the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland. Your tour guide will greet you on arrival at the wharf.

On the island, two excellent wineries, featured in Time Magazine, are visited for wine tasting's. They are Stonyridge Vineyard with its 'Larose' vintage, which has "sweet blackberry, cassis and plum notes", and Mudbrick Vineyard with its 'Reserve Merlot Cabernet'.

At Stonyridge Vineyard you will enjoy a tour, tastings and a sumptuous light lunch. Next stop is Rangihoua Estate, where the annual Olive Festival is held in November. Tennis star Martina Navratilova orders her olive oil by the case direct from the owners.

A stop at Casita Miro will leave you enchanted with the tastes and feelings of the Mediterranean.

A final tastings is at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard with its famous red wines mentioned before. Once the tour is over, you have the choice of board the next ferry back home, or using your 'All Day Bus Pass' to further explore the island, with its artists, beaches and wineries.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Wine, Food & Vineyard Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Price: From (NZD) $155 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: FUTW

Inclusions

Entrance to attractions as listed above
Light lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard
Ferry to Waiheke Island
All Day Bus Pass on Waiheke Island
Luxury Coach Transport

Tour Highlights

  • 40 minute Ferry trip to Waiheke Island
  • Guided tour of 3 wineries & 1 olive growing estate on Waiheke Island
  • Light lunch included at Stonyridge Vineyard
  • Freedom to further explore the island with the All Day Bus Pass

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily
  • Departure Point: Pier 2, Ferry terminal, 99 Quay Street, Downtown Auckland
  • Departure Time: 10.30am or 11.00am during Winter (9 Apr to 15 Oct)
  • Duration: 5.5 hours
  • Return Details: Tour concludes at Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal
  • Closed: Christmas Day, Anzac Day & Easter Friday.

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • This tour is appropriate for 18 year olds and over
  • On sunny days bring sunscreen, hat & sun glasses, as Auckland can get surprisingly hot
  • Experienced driver-guides providing full commentary
  • Maximum passengers is 36
  • A modern fleet of coaches

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4.4/5.0

There are 34 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.4 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

4
03/03/2017
Wine Tour was great. Stonybridge Vineyard was my personal favourite, and the lunch was lovely. Our bus driver Horst was very informative and had a great sense of humour. I travelled with a group of 12 and every one of them enjoyed the tour. Would definitely recommend to others.
Overall Tour Rating

4
07/01/2017
Very interesting tour. Nice lunch at Stonyridge. Great views at Casita Miro and Mudbrick. Excellent commentary on Waiheke from our driver Horst.
Overall Tour Rating

5
17/01/2016
Excellent tour. Easy to find at wharf, pick up on island went smoothly. Three wineries and olive farm were excellent as was the included lunch. Couldn't have had a better day! The comment on our reservation printout --- that was to phone 24 hours in advance was unnecessary and can, in fact make one anxious as most 'old' people don't use cell phones. (RJ. Sorry Robin, but that is their official line, so we think we should pass that information on.)
Overall Tour Rating

3
30/12/2015
We had a very interesting Taste of Waiheke experience. Our tour got started late and we had a limited amount of time at our first stop. Then, as soon as we left the first vineyard the bus broke down. Luckily, we were switched to a new bus quickly. Since we were at Stoneyridge right before New Year's Eve we didn't get much of a chance to look around. They were setting up for a huge party so there were people and equipment everywhere. We only sampled two wines and then you had to pay for any extras. I was a little disappointed that we only sampled one wine at Wild on Waiheke and then 3 beers. I thought we could choose wine or beer, but there wasn't a choice. The best part was definitely Mudbrick Vineyard. The venue is beautiful and our tour guide really took the time to show us the property and provide us some information about their vineyard. Overall, the tour feels very rushed. You only have about 30-45 minutes at each vineyard with only 1-2 tastings at each location. I'm not sure this tour is really worth the money.
Overall Tour Rating

2
29/12/2015
We had to line up twice to get our tickets then line up again to board the ferry. The tour was running behind schedule from the start and were rushed at every stop. Then we ended up waiting for a ferry nearly an hour before we boarded to head back to Auckland. On the upside all the places we stopped at were amazing and the individual tours were great. Thanks, we love New Zealand.
Overall Tour Rating

4
09/02/2015
We really loved the day. The tour guide / bus driver was friendly and knowledgeable. She certainly helped make the trip very enjoyable. The group size was good, so there was no sense of being herded. The range of wineries was excellent and the views from the top of Mudbrick were fabulous. As keen photographers, we'd've liked a few more photo stops in order to take advantage of more of the beautiful scenery but we recognise that our interests have to be balanced with the interests of others. Lunch was pleasant and in a lovely environment. The only disappointment was that the gluten-free member of our group had a very limited option (a bowl of leaves) with no protein, however vegetarians were well catered for. A very worthwhile trip, which we'd fully recommend.
Overall Tour Rating

4
07/03/2014
Overall I really enjoyed the Taste of Waiheke tour. I thought that the wineries and olive mill that were visited were excellent, and each place gave ample tastings and information about their products. Also, the lunch served at Stonyridge Vineyard was very good. My only complaint would be that the tour felt a bit rushed. I would have appreciated having an extra 15 or so minutes at each stop.
Overall Tour Rating

4
06/02/2014
There were three people who missed the ferry and held up the bus. That caused all our stops to be rushed. The majority should not have been held hostage for a small minority who were late.
Overall Tour Rating

3
21/12/2013
The locations visited during the tour were great and a nice variety. However, the timing of the tour was far too rushed. We had very minimal time at each location, so there was hardly any time to do additional testings. Given that the tastings provided during the tour at each location were so skimpy (only 2-3 tastings per location), it would have been nice to have more time to break out on our own to explore each location and do further tastings. It is called a full-day tour, but it doesn't technically start until 12pm and ends at 3:45pm. In my opinion, that is not a full-day tour, and probably the reason that we felt so rushed: too many locations in too little time.
Overall Tour Rating

5
07/12/2013
Great wineries, great food for lunch and very scenic tour, thoroughly enjoyed this and anyone travelling to NZ should do this!
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