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Water To Wine Small Group Off Piste Waiheke Island Tasting Tour
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Water To Wine Small Group Off Piste Waiheke Island Tasting Tour

By Waivino Wine Tours
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About
Go wine tasting with a small group of like-minded visitors to Waiheke Island for a unique experience in a scenic setting. Your guide introduces up to 15 world-class boutique wines and creates an intimate atmosphere with a maximum of eight participants. Pickup and drop-off occur at Matiatia Wharf, easily reached by ferry from Auckland.
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Ages 18-108, max of 9 per group
Duration: 5h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Waiheke Island wine-tasting tour at boutique wineries
  • Food pairing included plus gourmet lunches available to purchase
  • Phone charging port on board air-conditioned vehicle
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures an intimate experience

  • Taste up to 15 Waiheke Island boutique wines. Reserves and Estate.
  • Small food pairings where possible
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • A lunch stop at Passage Rock winery bistro or Three Seven Two seaside restaurant.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
What's not included
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip Ferry from Auckland


Start:
  • Matiatia Ferry Terminal, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
    Please take the 9am Fullers ferry or 9:15 Island Direct Ferry to Waiheke from downtown Auckland. We will greet you as you step onto Waiheke Island with a "Waivino Tours" sign and take you up to Oneroa Village where you can relax and grab a lovely cup of coffee before we head off to the first winery.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 51225P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • A maximum of 10 people per booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • Waivino Wine Tours
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      Joined in November 2015
    • FarAway693434
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent wine tasting tour to 3 vineyards
      Grant was a superb tour guide who met us from the Auckland ferry. He has a quick witted sense of humour and was very knowledgeable about Waiheke Island and its vineyards. It was great to be taken to vineyards off the beaten track. The organic wines we tasted were outstanding.
      Written 2 February 2024
    • M3343UUjuliem
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Decadent Lunch Tour - great experience!
      Grant was a great guide and we visited a range of boutique vineyards. The wine and the food choices were excellent. We would highly recommend this tour.
      Written 28 January 2024
    • rachocon
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing day wine tasting on Waiheke!
      We booked Grant for a private tour on Christmas Eve. Honestly was the best wine tour experience that I have ever had. We went to four wineries that Grant carefully curated based on our preferences. We loved every single one of them - they were all different! We had generous pours, quick seating and spoke to some of the winemakers. These were not the wine tours that were accessible via the hop on hop off bus or public transit. Grant did an excellent job of facilitating the tour. He bussed tables, helped us get menus when we had lunch and ensured our wine glasses were always full. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a private tour or group tour. Thank you Grant for making our Christmas Eve on Waiheke so special.
      Written 29 December 2023
    • Erik W
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Wine Tour on Waiheke
      First class. Grant was so accommodating picking us up at our hotel and the vineyards he took our group to were outstanding. Particularly enjoyed Jurassic Ridge where the founder, Lance, was one of the most fascinating persons I’ve ever met. Highly recommend this tour. Loved our group. 5/5.
      Written 28 December 2023
    • helle berg... H
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Looking for the best ? 👌🏽☀️
      If you want a completely special and personal wine tour on Waiheke Island, we can warmly recommend Waivino and Gant. We had the most enchanting day and got to see the most amazing places on the island. Gant is super pleasant and a great guide. Gant primarily makes small intimate groups, which we clearly prefer to huge groups in large buses. If you're lucky enough to get a place on one of their small, intimate group tours, you've won the lottery 😄
      Written 11 October 2023
    • AndreaHStewart
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best day out on Waiheke Island
      Best experience, we really loved our day tour with Grant around Waiheke. He picked us up at the Ferry and looked after us for the day. Grant has a good knowledge of the island’s features and history. He was always interesting and fun, and kept us all entertained. He has a great relationship with all the wineries which meant we were really well looked after. Definitely worth the 5 star rating. I would definitely tour with Wavino again and would have no hesitation in recommending it to friends and family.
      Written 23 December 2022
    • hannahp630
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing fun!
      Grant was an absolute legend. The winery tour was a highlight of our trip. The vendors were a delight, and the wines even more so. 10/10 for fun and a great way to see a truly beautiful part of the world. Even if it is full of kiwis. 🤪😂
      Written 16 March 2020
    • GazBet
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cool visit
      Really fun day with Grant, was very informative, went out above and beyond! Wineries we’re super....would definitely recommend.
      Written 26 January 2020
    • VikkiBPerth
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly Recommend
      Grant is a local and a wonderful host. Small group tour and there was only 5 of us which was perfect. Visited some amazing boutique wineries and had a lovely lunch at Peacock Sky Vineyard. Highly recommend
      Written 23 January 2020
    • 459reginak
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful day on Waiheke
      Great tour along several of the smaller, (but certainly not lesser!), wineries on Waiheke. Grant is an easy-going guide, flexible and adapts to his group. We very much enjoyed our day and highly recommend. Also, the food at Passage Rock vineyard is an excellent lunch option!
      Written 8 January 2020
    • sarushi22
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thank you Grant!
      The tour is fun , beautiful and very much informative. I travelled 3 wineries for tasting and one restaurant to have lunch with 11 people. I can say I never enjoyed Waiheke island without this tour. Grant is kind gentleman and he is very professional and responsible.I really recommend if you love wines and think about wine tour in NZ. ツアーは美しいワイヘケ島を巡るとても楽しいものです。3つのワイナリーでの試飲とイタリアレストランでのランチを11人の同乗者とともに楽しみました。このツアーがなかったらワイヘケ島の素晴らしさを理解できなかったと断言できます。ツアー主催者のグラントは親切な紳士です。責任感のあるプロフェッショナルでもあります。もし貴方がワインが好きでニュージーランドのワイナリー巡りを考えているのならとてもオススメです。
      Written 9 November 2019
    • ktpie29
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Memorable Experience
      Grant offered a fantastic tour of Waiheke Island. He was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make it an experience we will never forget. Thanks so much Grant! Will recommend to all my friends and family :)
      Written 1 October 2019
    • jmkf98
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      A day on Waiheke with Wine-Great Food and an Art Gallery tour!
      We were taken around the island by Grant who acted as driver and tour guide. He kept us informed of all we saw and visited - wineries(Mudbrick and Thomas Bach), Onetangi Beach and the Gabrielle Lewenz Art Gallery . He stopped at scenic spots so we could soak in the views , and allowed us to linger wherever we chose to - the advantages of a private tour. He recommended Podere Crisci for lunch - and the food was superb and as Italian as the finest I have eaten in Italy! We could have spent many more hours exploring the island - and will be back!
      Written 6 September 2019
    • debbiebY3275JL
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Degustation Tour
      11 middle aged ladies, one poor wine tour guide! Safe to say we had a brilliant time on Grant’s tour. We were lucky to get the whole van to ourselves and be taken to some gorgeous boutique vineyards and stop off at some lovely views. Grant wasn’t 100% well but made sure we had a good time packed with a lot of laughing to go with the wine and food. Food at Peacock Sky was delicious, as was our entree at Passage Rock. Would definitely recommend as a great way to spend the day.
      Written 19 February 2019
    • kellygJ8264DX
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      40th birthday
      We had an amazing day out with waivino for my sisters surprise 40th birthday. Grant was informative and friendly. He was very accommodating when organising as we had a vegan guest so organised a tour that suited us perfectly! Could not recommend him more! Look forward to doing it again soon and visiting some more waiheke wineries! 😍🥂
      Written 9 November 2018
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    Patrick C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    The trip was super informative and gave you an opportunity to see the wineries that are too big for the bus tours. You get to experience more of the island and meet some incredibly wonderful people who have put their hearts and souls into those bottles. Highly recommend the smaller group trip here, so much more personal!
    Written 8 January 2020
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    Thank you very much for taking time to write these kind thoughts. I am so glad you enjoyed Waiheke and the wine she provides. You have been apparently been bitten by the Waiheke happy bug so I am sure you will be back. All the best for 2020. 2020 vision
    Written 9 January 2020
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    Cmcc
    Remuera, New Zealand37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020 • Couples
    Our experience with Grant from Waivino was one of the best tours we have ever been on. While providing a laid back and enjoyable experience, he managed to anticipate our every need and make us feel like we were on a tour run by a 5 star resort.
    If you want to experience Waiheke and it’s wines I would definitely recommend Waivino
    Written 30 December 2020
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    Sorry I didn't respond earlier, this is the best review. I can't take credit for the magical power of Waiheke but when it works it works really well. Thank you so much Lucy.
    Written 28 June 2021
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    KerrynRux
    New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020 • Friends
    Can’t recommend this wine tour enough - we had the best day with Grant, he gave the most personalized experience and it was just a relaxing and fun day. All the vineyards we visited were incredible and we loved Grant’s knowledgeable and entertaining chat on the drives in between. We’ll definitely be booking with Waivino again, and if you want a fun small group wine tour I would 100% recommend booking with them. You won’t regret it!
    Written 25 July 2020
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    Thank you Kerryn. It was an absolute pleasure. Such a beautiful group. Cheers
    Written 27 July 2020
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    Jeff G
    Cincinnati, OH8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a fabulous trip. Not only was the wine superb, but the stops to see the beauty of the whole island are a bonus. The van took us to wineries and roads the megabuses can’t really hit. 4 lovely wineries with an amazing lunch option. Grant shared his passion for the wine and the island. It was great as a solo traveler to be able to book a smaller tour. I was looking at the western region for the following day, but all required at least 2 per booking (not the trip minimum). Highly recommended.
    Written 7 March 2020
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    Jeff, the 2 metre tall man. It was an absolute pleasure sir. You are a true gentleman. I look forward to your return with your wife. Cheers, Grant
    Written 8 March 2020
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    Mike D
    London, UK20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Couples
    As a starter for 10 all wine tours seem absurdly overpriced. This is no exception!
    However having undertaken a number around the country this was clearly the best. An entertaining animated host who took us off the beaten track to equally engaged proprietors.
    Sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day!
    Written 5 March 2020
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    Thank you for your review Mike and your kind words. In terms of pricing we do offer better value and really for the price of a 2 minute Bungy jump you get a transformative day in paradise. Thanks again for your support. Cheers
    Written 12 March 2020
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    Lyonsaj
    Philadelphia, PA51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    My wife and I did the half day wine tour with Grant and it was amazing. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Grant was knowledgeable, funny, and really went out of his way to provide a unique and enjoyable experience. The three wineries we went to were great, and passage rock was especially enjoyable and very much off the beaten path. What it comes down to is you want a great guide, good wines, and a memorable day...all of which were delivered on this tour. I cannot recommend this tour with Grant high enough. When someone has almost every review as 5/5 stars there is a reason...do not miss out on this if you get the chance.
    Written 8 February 2020
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    Wow, just when I thought the reviews couldn't get better, I get this beautiful heartfelt outpouring of kindness! Thank you so much for this. It really means a lot. With all the big companies operating over here now it is more difficult for people to find little old Waivino so this will help to get the message out there to other winos who want the real tours. All the best for the rest of 2020. I hope to see you again. Cheers. Grant
    Written 9 February 2020
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    Merideth T
    Seattle, WA16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Friends
    Grant met our 9:30am ferry at the Waiheke terminal, introduced us to the other three ( very compatible and international) couples on our trip. We all had a lot of fun and laughter throughout the day together, opting to have a fabulous lunch together as well as four OTHER wine tastings around the island. It was a perfect day, arriving back at the ferry terminal in time for the 5:30pm return to Auckland. Grant was friendly, knowledgeable, humorous and kind. It was a day we would gladly repeat and highly recommend to anyone wanting a fun and relaxing day on a beautiful island full of beaches, green forests and pastures and vineyards galore.
    Written 6 March 2020
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    You have totally made my day with this, thank you. You have knocked it out of the park with this very sweet description of a perfect Waivino Tour. Everyone drops the ball from time to time but for the most part we get it right and all credit to the beautiful humans who gravitate to Waivino. Cheers, Grant
    Written 6 March 2020
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    Jim P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    This was an amazing tour. Small size (7 of us) allowed for very personalized and flexible tour. Grant was an amazing guide, fun and very knowledgeable about both the wineries and the island itself. The focus is on smaller boutique wineries, which we very much enjoyed. Wines were nice and the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. It felt like we were drinking wine with friends. Grant also drives you out to the less populated parts of Waiheke, stopping at scenic overlooks and providing a nice history along the way. The island itself is spectacular. We had tastings at three vineyards, followed by lunch and a food / wine pairing tasting at a fourth. (Lunch was not included, but was well worth it). We had a fantastic day and would recommend Grant highly.
    Written 17 January 2020
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    Wow, what a beautiful review. Thank you. It was a great day and yes 7 people is a perfect number just to hang out like friends and admire this blessing that pushes all the good buttons in the human brain. All the best and thanks for spreading word. Cheers
    Written 22 January 2020
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    WinnievanDijk71
    Auckland Central, New Zealand50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked a wine tour with Waivino for a friends birthday, we arrived early in Waiheke and our guide Grant was already there, it was only the 4 of us so we started our tour straight away with a scenic drive with great stories about Waiheke by Gran, our first winery Obsedian was great and we enlisted to their wine club and ordered a case of 12 with the 7 varieties we tasted. The wineries got better and better and after signing up to another Wine club at Awaroa wines which wines are organic and great we had a quick stop at Passage Rock before we got dropped off for lunch at 372 which was amazing, we got picked up around 3.30pm. Grant took us for one more tasting at Jurassic ridge which has amazing wines as well before dropping us of to the Ferry. Grant knows his game very well and we will be back to discover a few more wineries on our next tour!
    Written 31 January 2021
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    Fantastic review, thank you so much. See you next time. Cheers
    Written 28 June 2021
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    Catrina
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2022 • Friends
    Had such a great time! Myself and a group of friends were in Auckland for the weekend and had always talked about doing a winery tour on Waiheke. We had previously visited wineries in Queenstown so expectations were high. We were welcomed by Grant and had two other groups join us on the tour.
    We visited boutique wineries that were very original and rustic, while for lunch we enjoyed platters amongst the grapevines. We luckily had enough time to visit a gin distillery that Grant had mentioned made great slushy cocktails. The entire group begged Grant to take us cause it was such a hot day, we were soon sipping on gin tasting boards and slushy cocktails in front of an amazing view of the Hauraki Gulf.
    The whole experience was really amazing and fun. One downside though would have to be the very little amount of wine given for tastings. However, this is more a matter for each winery per say not Waivino.
    Written 10 February 2022
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    Thank you so much. The minimum pour is 30 mils and the staff are loosening up again now so next time you will be even happier. Cheers!
    Written 22 August 2022
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