Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Escape to a warmer climate and clear airs of Waiheke Island, only 40 minutes ferry journey from the city of Auckland. This is the most cost effective way to have a good day out!

Board the ferry at the Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal and enjoy a pleasant 40 minute scenic cruise through the Hauraki Gulf. On arrival, you'll be greeted at the wharf by your tour driver and directed to your double decker bus which departs from each hop on hop off location approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day, (9 Apr to 15 Oct – every hour).

Introducing you to the islands top spots; hop on and off as much as you like at any of its 8 convenient stops which include some of the island's most iconic spots - Oneroa Village, Onetangi Beach, Batch Winery, the new Tantalus winery/brewery, Mudbrick Vineyard and Cable Bay Vineyard to name a few, or if you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a 1 1/2 hour scenic tour of the island.

Throughout your tour, your driver will talk to you about the island’s history and culture. You'll see Waiheke’s most stunning coastal vistas, as well some of the island's hottest properties; you'll pass beautiful hillside vineyards, look down on sweeping sandy beaches and get a real insider view of island life.

When the tour is over, you can either board the next ferry or take advantage of the complimentary All Day Bus Pass allowing you to further explore the island.

The name Waiheke means "cascading waters" in Maori, but today it is the soil which is highly acclaimed; being the perfect mix of clay and volcanic rock suited to growing grapes of a "wonderful consistency" and "particularly smooth tannins of Cabernet, Sauvignon & Merlot", according to Time magazine. People living on the island are from diverse nationalities and are colourful, creative and passionate about their community and well being”.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Scenic Coach Day Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Price: From (NZD) $64 per person
Duration: 1/2 Day
Tour Code: FUWE


Ferry to Waiheke Island
All Day Bus Pass on Waiheke Island
Luxury Coach Transport

Tour Highlights

  • Glorious return ferry trip through the Gulf to Waiheke Island
  • Informative and friendly tour of the entire island
  • Fabulous views with seagulls “squawking” overhead
  • All Day Bus Pass to further explore

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal
  • Departure Time: Ferry departures from Auckland depart every half hour from 9.00am – first tour departure is 9.50am from Matiatia Whaf on Waiheke Island. The ferries will depart every hour during winter (9 Apr to 15 Oct).
  • Duration: 4 hours (or longer with open return ticket)
  • Return Details: Tour concludes at Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal
  • Closed: Christmas Day

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

  • Child ages are 5-15 years inclusive (0-5 years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • On sunny days bring sunscreen, hat & sun glasses, as Auckland can get surprisingly hot
  • Experienced driver-guides providing full commentary
  • New modern Double decker buses

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There are 25 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.4 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Overall Tour Rating

Thanks the prompt communication when I had queries it gives me the peace of mind and the ability to plan the day's itinerary (we had a plane to catch that night!). The island is beautiful and the hop on/hop off bus ran on time and was easy to get to the main attractions :)
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We had a great time on Waiheke Island, and Astrid was very knowledgeable and super friendly on the hop on hop off bus. I recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get the best out of the many island attractions.
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All went very smoothly. The buses were on time. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. A good experience all round.
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It was a very relaxing day where there was the freedom to do you your own thing. You could do as much or as little as you wanted. The ferry back at the time we set did not operate because of a mechanical fault. The issuing of $5 vouchers to be spent on board was a great PR exercise and created a calm acceptance of the delay.
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We had a great time on the Waiheke Island using the hop on hop off bus. The trail to the cascades was fun.
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Lovely weather great ferry ride and then a hop on hop off bus trip across a beautiful island. Great food at the beach at the limit of the bus trip great day with good value for money.
Overall Tour Rating

It was easy to convert our voucher at Fuller's ticket office to obtain tickets for the Waiheke ferry and the Island Explorer hop on - hop off bus. All transportation was comfortable and ran on time. It was a great way to see the island and to do some wine tasting on our own. We enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend it to others.
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Well organized and clearly explained. Bit of false info about oysters being available at The Boatshed restaurant but had great ones at Batch Winery.
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The guide and driver on Waiheke Island were absolutely brilliant. The girls who took the bookings and at the Pier could do with a dose of learning how to understand what it is a customer needs - they were woeful. On that basis I would never recommend to anyone else.
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Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Tour Code: FUWE
From (NZD) $64 per person
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