The largest city of New Zealand is Waiheke (pronounced ‘wee-hee-ke’) lies on the south shores of Waiheke Harbour. Famous for its surfing beaches and mild climate, Waiheke is a popular tourist destination for international and domestic travellers alike. Waiheke is also a popular wine & food destination, attracting visitors from all over the country. Enjoyed by both locals and tourists, there are many Waiheke wine tours Waiheke available to experience the exciting and distinctive local wines of Waiheke.
Waiheke Island has a tropical wet and dry climate, making it ideal for wineery tours. Guided wine tasting at a local winery, complete with cultural & historic background information. Tasting meals will be provided by the winery staff, and you will also be expected to mingle with local locals and take part in a guided photo book tour of Waiheke. After sampling a selection of wines, you can return to the winery to enjoy a picnic, talk to the staff about local events, or book a room at one of the island’s luxurious bed and breakfasts. The rates for a guided tour are generally reasonable, especially when you consider the fun you’ll have exploring Waiheke Island.
One of the most popular Waiheke wine tours Waiheke is a two-day wine tasting adventure led by certified Waiheke chef Grant Aedy. You’ll start out in the quaint Waiheke village of Waiheke Beach, where you’ll be able to sample some Waiheke Island’s best boutique vineyards. Next you’ll head to Waiheke Mountain where you can visit three Waiheke boutique vineyards. Finally, you’ll take a leisurely stroll through the island’s Botanical Gardens and view beautiful Waiheke Bay. This tour is great for the whole family, but is also perfect for people who don’t care much for fine wines but still want to experience Waiheke’s unique culture.
Waiheke Island has a number of other wonderful guided tours as well, including guided whale and dolphin watching adventures, hiking tours, and a day trip to one of the island’s marinas. The Waiheke Island ferry ride provides an inexpensive way to experience this beautiful area on Kauai. Another guided whale watching adventure involves taking a seat in a kayak and being towed along on a two-hour journey through the vast waters of Waiheke. Or if you’re looking for a little more excitement, don’t look past the Kauai nightlife. Enjoy a bottle of wine and a meal at one of the island’s many chic dining establishments before enjoying a light snack at one of the island’s cafe bars. Many of the boutique vineyards offer wine tours in Waiheke; you can learn about the history and taste of these wines while touring the vineyards.
Two other tours include trips aboard the ferry from the mainland to Waiheke, and ones that include a helicopter ride over the Napali coastline. Both tours are excellent ways to explore the new Zealand landscape, including Mount Cook, the Waiheke Alps and the beautiful countryside of the Coromandel. You can even choose a helicopter rental from the pilot so that you get to view some of the wineries in Waiheke at the same time. As you can imagine, taking part in one or all of these fantastic tours is no small undertaking, and you can expect to put in several hours before your plane lands to tour various vineyards and meet the owners of these fabulous places.
One of the most popular Waiheke wine tours in Waiheke takes visitors on a scenic river trip that starts in Waiheke and follows the Waiheke River to its confluence with the Napali River. A kayak ride on the Waiheke River is the perfect way to witness the miracle of the Napali wine growing process firsthand. The journey continues along the Waiheke River towards the Napali wine lands, where you will see the impressive scale of the vineyards and tasting rooms. After sampling several varieties of wines from these vineyards, you can continue along the river to a lunch stop by the Kasbah at Watamu.
For an entirely different experience, one of the best Waiheke wine tasting tours in New Zealand is a helicopter ride over the countryside. You will fly over the fields and brush covered hills that are so parched that they look like permanent glaciers. As you glide over these fields, you will be able to savor a variety of wines that are made from the local grapes. While you are in the air, you can stop along the route to partake in a number of interesting wine tastings at vineyards along the way. Waiheke Wine Tours can make your experience worth it!
Whether you enjoy taking part in Waiheke wine tours in Waiheke for a day or week, there is something to please everyone. Some of the most exciting tours allow participants the choice of choosing a specific time of day to tour the land. You may choose to visit Mount Cook, which is shrouded in fog all year round, and take a tram tour down the Marlborough Sounds to see whales and dolphins. Or you can choose to tour the West Coast in a motor coach and travel through scenic highways and mountain passes. Regardless of what you love best about Waiheke, you are sure to have an adventure that you will never forget.