My partner and I had planned to do some wine tasting and enjoy a nice lunch on Waiheke Island. We had seen the bus tours but that wasn't for us. So we intended to grab a taxi and just head to one of the well known wineries.
Luck intervened and Grant Kidd from Waivino Wine Tours called to us did we need a lift.
We told him what we wanted to do but wouldn't mind a quick drive to see a little more of this beautiful island. He suggested he take us to Obsidian Winery for some tasting ( very good experience) and he also drove us past some beautiful bays and beaches and explained the history of the island . He suggested Casita Miro for lunch and he rang and booked us in. After a wonderful long lunch he collected us and then drove us via some other wineries before dropping us back the the ferry, A great day spent with an interesting chap who is much more than a tour guide.
His brand new Ford Transporter Shuttle is comfortable and ideal for a small group who might want to do some wineries and lunch.
I would recommend anyone planning a day on Waiheke Island that you contact Grant to make it a very special day.
He even organized a celebrity spotting of Ritchie McCaw!