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Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour provided by Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises

Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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About
The hop-on hop-off tour aboard the Waiheke Island Explorer lets you explore the beauty of Waiheke at your own pace, with departures every half-hour (summer) or hour (winter). Step into the double-decker bus from Matiatia when your ferry arrives from Auckland, and explore any of 16 stops on the route. A host on board offers recommendations, from vineyards, eateries, and galleries to beaches and bush walks.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Highlights
Waiheke Island Explorer hop-on hop-off tour
Flexibility for budget-minded travelers
Host on board offers tips for wineries and beach walks
Frequent departures from the Matiatia ferry terminal
What to expect
Make your way to the Matiatia ferry terminal, where this island explorer departs every 30 minutes from 9am until 7:15pm. Take a spin around the island as the driver shares a running commentary on Waiheke history and culture, or hop off at stops along the way. The 8 stops on the island explorer route are carefully selected, so you can see the best of the island in a single day. Tour some of the 30 vineyards on Waiheke Island to taste locally-made wines, then visit one of the island restaurants for a gourmet lunch or dinner. There are picture-perfect beaches along the way, and trails that lead to sweeping views of the Coromandel Peninsula. Ask for tips on where to stop for the best shopping and galleries, then loop back to Matiatia, where you can finish the tour—or hop back on the bus for another trip around scenic Waiheke Island.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6194P6
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Driver/guide • Live commentary on board • Tour escort/host
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
6h
Departure details
Location Name: 'Tour + Ferry' option departs by ferry from the Auckland Wharf building, customer join the bus once they arrive at Matiatia Wharf.  'Tour Only' option departs from Matiatia ferry terminal and stops at 16 locations around Waiheke. Location Address: Ferry Building, 99 Quay Street, Auckland CBD Matiatia ferry terminal, Waiheke Island Return Location: Same as start location
Inclusions
Driver/guide • Live commentary on board • Tour escort/host
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Location Name: 'Tour + Ferry' option departs by ferry from the Auckland Wharf building, customer join the bus once they arrive at Matiatia Wharf.  'Tour Only' option departs from Matiatia ferry terminal and stops at 16 locations around Waiheke. Location Address: Ferry Building, 99 Quay Street, Auckland CBD Matiatia ferry terminal, Waiheke Island Return Location: Same as start location
Duration
6h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum drinking age is 18 years
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
Popular mentions

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pato70296
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
Well worth booking with Fullers
Apr 2021 • Friends
Awesome experience, friendly staff and reliable schedule! Would recommend booking with fullers, great value.
Written 3 April 2021
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PaulaMM
6 contributions
Great tour
Mar 2021 • Friends
This is a great trip.
Our drivers & tour guides on both buses were so friendly & helpful. And lots of fun!!
Skippy & Vee & Jason & Augustina were awesome!!!
Written 10 March 2021
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Anita K
Auckland Central, New Zealand82 contributions
Superb Tour
Went for a lunch at a winery and this was a great way of seeing some of Waiheke dropped off and hopped on again after lunch. Very well organised and our lovely Maori Guide was very knowledgeable and beautifully spoken. Driver very amiable and careful on the windy roads Well worth the $$ and really enjoyed the experience
Written 13 January 2021
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GentlemanTourist
Whanganui, New Zealand23 contributions
Great tour
Really enjoyed the comprehensive and friendly tour across the island with Ruth and and Luka. Thoroughly recommended.
Written 30 December 2020
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Danielle S
4 contributions
Fun experience
Dec 2020 • Friends
Ashley and the Argentinian girl were our hosts on the bus for the day. The bus experience was great. Always on time. Very informative and a good laugh. Getting the ferry and bus package was money well spent. Also a good way to see around the island as you travel around for the day.
Written 29 December 2020
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Y6257PIclaireh
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
Waiheke for the day
Loved the explorer experience, great with kids. Ruth and “Karen” were very entertaining and we loved the extra mile they took communicating which each other so our kids could have turns up the front. Thanks to Vee and Dennis too for being accommodating . Take care Explorer Whanau.
Written 27 December 2020
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K-Dogg
4 contributions
Beautiful day out
We decided to take the kids to Waiheke the day. We used the Explorer hop on hop off for transport. Never have to wait long as there are multiple buses running and seem to come past about every half hour. You get some information about the island while traveling. Ruth the driver was awesome with a few funny jokes and got the kids up the front of the bus. Vee was also awesome with the kids and made bus riding fun. Would definitely do this again.
Written 27 December 2020
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NapierAro
napier444 contributions
Waiheke wandering
We came to Waiheke years ago and so decided to take a return visit. It did not disappoint.
Our hop on hop off tickets were purchased online and so getting these at the ferry terminal was easy. A great fourty minute cruise saw us arrive and ready to explore. The bus was waiting for us so off we went. We did not particularly mind where we went, so in fact we only made two stops in total. We were happy to wait at the bus stop without bothering about a timetable. It was so easy and relaxing.
This was a real highlight of our trip to Auckland. Only wish we'd bought our swimming grear...
Written 6 December 2020
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Aoife K
2 contributions
Happy & energetic
Nov 2020
Oskana (South american tour guide) and Jason was Awesome, we met them and they showed and told us all about the Island. They have great confidence and build a relastionship woth everyoe on the bus and getting everyone ivolved in singing etc; very good day.
Written 29 November 2020
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Trina
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Amazing
Nov 2020 • Friends
Ruth and V were the best tour guides on the island, highly accomodated our group of 10 girls, westies on waiheke, thanks beautiful ladies for making our day fabulous.
Written 21 November 2020
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