Just 40 minutes from the relative 'bustle' of Auckland, Waiheke Island is an oasis of calm, and who better to show us around than Natalie and her little dog, Shanti. We arrived in Auckland on a cruise ship and only had one day to experience it. We are so glad that we took the trip to Waiheke. Natalie had said that the ship would dock right next to the ferry that we needed to take - she was right, we could see the ferry from our cabin! The ferry ride itself is worth it,. Good photo opportunities as Auckland recedes, and Waiheke appears.
Natalie met us at ferry terminal on Waiheke and gave us the best day. She showed us the beautiful island, the beaches, the views, the wineries (esp. the wineries), and gave us a running commentary on history, culture, geography and life on the island. She was a wonderful host, her air conditioned mini-van was very comfortable and she got us back for the ferry in good time.
We are in our 50's/60's and we would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get away from the madding crowd and step back in time to a more relaxed time. A really great day.More