6 Amazing Food & Wine Tours on Waiheke Island, Auckland

Waiheke Island is a short ferry trip from Auckland’s CBD, and is host to the city’s most prestigious wineries. Many Waiheke wines are not available in retail, and ship exclusively to restaurants around the world… as well as tasting and selling at the cellar door.

So here’s your chance to try some delectable wines while enjoying a day (or more!) exploring the Hauraki Gulf.

We’ve split this into pure wine-tasting, food and wine tours, and wine and walking tours, so you can focus on wine tasting, combine the best of Waiheke Island food and wine, or wine and walk to connect with the motu.

Wine Tasting on Waiheke? Don’t mind if I do

These tours are focused exclusively on wine tasting.

Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience on Waiheke Island

Discover the wine scene of Waiheke Island on a wine-tasting tour that introduces you to some of the island’s best spots. With a small group and guide, taste world-class boutique wines and meet local producers who provide the chance to get to know the island’s culture a little better. Along the way, admire the native bush and vineyard scenery.

  • Enjoy several wine tastings on Waiheke Island to compare varietals and vintages
  • Learn about winemaking on the island from a guide and local winemakers
  • Discover Waiheke Island’s top boutique wineries
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personal experience

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Waiheke Wine and Food Tours

These tours combine the best of Waiheke’s food and wine options.

Waiheke Island Gourmet Food and Wine Tour

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.

  • Enjoy wine tastings at boutique vineyards Sample Waiheke oysters, artisan cheese and olive oil
  • Hear live commentary from a knowledgeable guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from Waiheke hotels or wharf included

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The Afternoon Artisan Food and Wine Tour

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.

  • Receive personalized attention on a small-group tour
  • Includes lunch and tastings at vineyards and a microbrewery
  • A hassle-free and safe way to tour Waiheke Island’s vineyards
  • Transfers from accommodation on the island are included

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Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island with Wine Tastings

Explore pretty Waiheke Island’s beaches, vineyards, and rolling scenery on a full-day, small-group tour that includes tastings at three boutique vineyards. You’ll get an overview and orientation of the island, stopping for great views and sandy beaches, and learn about local wine production as you sip Waiheke vintages.

  • Group size is limited to six people to ensure personal service, with pickup and drop-off at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal or island hotels.
  • Explore Waiheke Island with a local guide
  • Visit three boutique wineries for tastings
  • See some of the island’s pristine beaches
  • Chance to try island products in season
  • Pickup and drop-off at the ferry terminal or island hotels
  • Great relaxing escape from bustling Auckland

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Wine and Walking Waiheke Tours

Connect with the land, and enjoy the wines it creates with these active wine and walking tours.

Private Maori Walking Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch

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.
  • Hike along Waiheke Island’s trails with a Maori guide
  • Enjoy panoramic coastal and forest views from the headlands
  • Gain insight into the island’s Maori culture and heritage
  • Sample locally-made wine at a vineyard on the island

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Waiheke Island Vineyards and Bush Walk

Hike across Waiheke Island, stopping at vineyards on the way, without the risk of getting lost on this half-day guided walk. Your guide will help you spot native wildlife—which is notoriously shy in New Zealand—and lead you to the best lookout points on the island. Sample some of Waiheke Island’s famous wines and have lunch at a vineyard.

  • Enjoy a vineyard tour with a difference, on this walking tour
  • Admire the valley, vineyard, and sea views
  • Spend an active half-day amid nature
  • Taste some of New Zealand’s finest wines

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