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 COASTAL PACIFIC Operating days: 29 SEPT 2022 – 30 APRIL 2023 Thursday to Sunday | 21 SEPT 2023 - 30 JUNE 2024
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Taste of Waiheke Tour - Auckland to Waiheke

Taste the best of Waiheke Island in one day on this popular best-value tour. You’ll visit some of the island’s most iconic destinations, including three wineries and artisanal producers.

What's included

Light lunch & wine tasting at Stonyridge Vineyard - Nestled in a beautiful valley of olive trees and vines, Stonyridge is one of the most romantic and exotic venues in the greater Auckland area. Known for their Cabernet blends, Stonyridge also has a wonderful cafe menu, featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Wine tasting at Casita Miro - A sprawling Spanish-style vineyard is home to Casita Miro restaurant, renowned for its delightful tapas-inspired food and fine wines. Enjoy a wine and food pairing in the beautiful art deco style pavilion.

Beer Tasting tasting at The Heke Kitchen Brewery and Distillery - Four acres of sun-soaked gardens,home to New Zealand craft beer and award winning whiskey.

Wine tasting at Mudbrick Vineyard - Learn about Mudbrick's varietals during a special cellar door tasting. Relax on the terrace or wander the garden, enjoying sweeping sea views all the way to Auckland City.

Ferry & coach transfers - The tour includes return ferry fare from Downtown Auckland, as well as all coach transfers on Waiheke Island. Your local tour driver will meet the ferry at Matiatia Wharf, sharing the island's unique story on the scenic drive.

Tour overview

  • Best-selling culinary experience visiting four iconic vineyards and artisanal producers
  • Relaxed light lunch outdoors and wine tastings and craft beer tasting
  • Return ferry to Waiheke Island from downtown Auckland, and scenic coach transfers to each location
  • Complimentary All Day pass on the Hop-On Hop-OFF Explorer Bus to further explore
  • Bookings are essential

Details

Duration: At least 6 hours, including ferry travel
Availability: Tour operates daily, except for Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and ANZAC Day.
Departure time: Tour departs at 11.00am from downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal.

*Tour not available for children.

Please note: Vineyards on this tour may change without notice. People must be 18 or over to attend this tour. Children 16 or above may also attend, so long as they are accompanied by their parent or guardian. Adult prices will apply. A passport, HANZ 18+ Card, or NZ Driver’s License is required as proof of ID to purchase or consume alcohol.

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