VIP Waiheke Island Paradise Private tour


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Activity Level



Other, Shore Excursion, Food and Wine


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children may accompany adults. There is a legal 18 year old age restriction for wine tasting.

Friendly: No.
Unfortunately NOT suitable for wheelchair OR those who rely on a wheeled walker frame. Or those with significant walking disabilities.
You MUST be able to get into and out of a regular sedan style vehicle and negotiate gravel, some stairs and some sloping concrete.

Maximum travelers: 6



Italian (basic), German (basic), French (basic), English (fluent)

New Zealand's most acclaimed boutique Island region of wine & food - wine tasting and sightseeing

WAIHEKE ISLAND voted "No 5 Destination in the World" by Lonely Planet. A day not to miss. Prepare to be spoiled!
8. 25 am you meet Phil at the Downtown Ferry Terminal, where you receive a welcome pack of: mineral water, tasting notes, information kit and full itinerary. Have a complimentary tea/coffee/cold drink. Phil will run through your Waiheke wine tour itinerary and answer any questions you may have.
Then, relax and enjoy the scenic 35-minute Waiheke 'Quick Cat' Ferry, as you journey across Auckland's spectacular Waitemata Harbour.
Once at the Island, journey on Phil's premium Waiheke wine tour - to taste wines at three premium boutique Waiheke vineyards. Enjoy a private mini degustation wine & food matching.
Pause for lunch (not included in tour fee).
Soak in the stunning coastal scenery and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on New Zealand's own Treasure Island of wine and food.
Finally catch the 3. 00 p. m. ferry for a leisurely trip back to the mainland.


A Private Tour to an exclusive boutique Island.
8. 25 am meet Phil at the Ferry Terminal, where you receive a welcome info pack. Complimentary tea , coffee or cold drink.
Relax and enjoy the 35-minute Ferry ride across Auckland's spectacular Harbour with views of gulf islands and the City. Phil will run through your itinerary and answer any questions.
Taste wines at three Waiheke vineyards. Enjoy coastal scenery and the relaxed atmosphere of New Zealand's own Treasure Island of wine and food - Waiheke, rated '5th best Island to visit in the World' by Lonely Planet.
10. 15 Wine tasting at Mudbrick winery. A Premium tasting of their own wines - from Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Syrah and 'meritage' style red blends.
11. 15 Private Peacock Sky VIP wine tasting with daily food matches. Exquisite morsels prepared daily to match Peacock Sky's award-winning wines.
12. 15 Lunch break (not included in tour fee).
1. 30 Third winery tasting visit.
3. 00 A leisurely and scenic return ferry ride to the City.
3. 45 Return

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meet at Botswana Butchery restaurant - Ferry Building, on the waterfront, Auckland City.

End location: Ferry Building, on the waterfront, Auckland City. This allows time for shopping and sight-seeing around the harbor.

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.

Weather conditions.
It would be extremely rare to have to cancel because of weather. Please note NZ does not experience hurricanes etc.


Modern catamaran ferry - then a sedan car on the Island

What’s Included

My services as your friendly personal tour guide, with 17 years' experience guiding Auckland tours.
Also I am a wine writer, cartoonist and published author - 'The Mad Keen Wine Buff's Road Trip' Random House 2008)

I have been operating Auckland Fine Wine & Food Tours since 2000, and I am a NZ certified tour guide Passenger Service Vehicle driver.

Your tour includes:
Transport: Waiheke Ferry tickets and Island vehicle transport.
Plus my personal recommendations for restaurants and activities in Auckland City (if requested).
Morning Coffee/tea/soda.
Mini-Degustation food & wine matching at Peacock Sky vineyard.
ALL Wine Tasting fees
Detailed info pack per person.
Mineral water.
15% local tax included.

What’s Extra

Lunch is not included, but I can book you into renowned 5-Star Mudbrick restaurant or a local Bistro.
I have excellent contacts and can secure you a great table with spectacular views.
Lunch at Mubrick would be $USD50 approx. per person. (Main, sides, glass of wine, tea/coffee).
Simple cafe lunch e.g. bagel and coffee, approx. $USD10 per person.

PLEASE NOTE: Your tour is flexible to a certain degree. But in order to avoid traffic congestion and delays I have carefully planned an itinerary that works very well within the agreed timeframe .
In order to give you the best VIP experience in Auckland, please be aware that changes to the itinerary may result in delays and missing out on some of the highlight Auckland experiences.

A Recent Review of this tour

Great personalized tour of Waiheke Island wineries. Phil was a delightful and knowledgeable guide. Took care of all the details from ferry tickets to private winery tours for the four of us. Lunch arrangements at Mudbrick Winery was a highlight of the tour. Would definitely recommend his tour. It was a great beginning of our trip to New Zealand.
Robert Hancock

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