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Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour provided by Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises

Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Tour snapshot
Waiheke Island Explorer hop-on hop-off tour
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    6h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
The hop-on hop-off tour aboard the Waiheke Island Explorer lets you explore the beauty of Waiheke at your own pace, with departures every half-hour (summer) or hour (winter). Step into the double-decker bus from Matiatia when your ferry arrives from Auckland, and explore any of 16 stops on the route. A host on board offers recommendations, from vineyards, eateries, and galleries to beaches and bush walks.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Flexibility for budget-minded travelers
  • Host on board offers tips for wineries and beach walks
  • Frequent departures from the Matiatia ferry terminal
What to expect
  • Make your way to the Matiatia ferry terminal, where this island explorer departs every 30 minutes from 9am until 7:15pm. Take a spin around the island as the driver shares a running commentary on Waiheke history and culture, or hop off at stops along the way. The 8 stops on the island explorer route are carefully selected, so you can see the best of the island in a single day. Tour some of the 30 vineyards on Waiheke Island to taste locally-made wines, then visit one of the island restaurants for a gourmet lunch or dinner. There are picture-perfect beaches along the way, and trails that lead to sweeping views of the Coromandel Peninsula. Ask for tips on where to stop for the best shopping and galleries, then loop back to Matiatia, where you can finish the tour—or hop back on the bus for another trip around scenic Waiheke Island.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Highlights
  • Flexibility for budget-minded travelers
  • Host on board offers tips for wineries and beach walks
  • Frequent departures from the Matiatia ferry terminal
What to expect
  • Make your way to the Matiatia ferry terminal, where this island explorer departs every 30 minutes from 9am until 7:15pm. Take a spin around the island as the driver shares a running commentary on Waiheke history and culture, or hop off at stops along the way. The 8 stops on the island explorer route are carefully selected, so you can see the best of the island in a single day. Tour some of the 30 vineyards on Waiheke Island to taste locally-made wines, then visit one of the island restaurants for a gourmet lunch or dinner. There are picture-perfect beaches along the way, and trails that lead to sweeping views of the Coromandel Peninsula. Ask for tips on where to stop for the best shopping and galleries, then loop back to Matiatia, where you can finish the tour—or hop back on the bus for another trip around scenic Waiheke Island.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6194P6
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Tour escort/host
  • All Fees and Taxes
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Location Name: 'Tour + Ferry' option departs by ferry from the Auckland Wharf building, customer join the bus once they arrive at Matiatia Wharf.  'Tour Only' option departs from Matiatia ferry terminal and stops at 16 locations around Waiheke. Location Address: Ferry Building, 99 Quay Street, Auckland CBD Matiatia ferry terminal, Waiheke Island Return Location: Same as start location
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Tour escort/host
  • All Fees and Taxes
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Location Name: 'Tour + Ferry' option departs by ferry from the Auckland Wharf building, customer join the bus once they arrive at Matiatia Wharf.  'Tour Only' option departs from Matiatia ferry terminal and stops at 16 locations around Waiheke. Location Address: Ferry Building, 99 Quay Street, Auckland CBD Matiatia ferry terminal, Waiheke Island Return Location: Same as start location
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: May 7, 2021
A note from Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Our increased cleaning regimes and regular disinfecting of vessels, including fogging, are continuing.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

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UpToSpeed
Auckland, New Zealand74 contributions
Sold the tour by the ticket desk at the Auckland Ferry Station as a hop on hop off tour. True, it was. But at $48 a pop it was expensive.

Much better advise would have been to hop on hop off the local buses using an AT Hop Card.

These local buses run at 15 minute intervals (tour buses are once an hour) and all they cost is $2 a trip - and if the interval between "hops" is less than 30 mins, the second trip is free.

True, they don't go to the more remote vinyard gates, but there's only so much wine one can drink
Written January 6, 2022
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nzp0ppy
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand14,892 contributions
Jul 2021
We felt that this was overpriced at over $90 for the two of us. The problem being the hour delay at each stop so we essentially went on a 25km bus trip for $90. We were really disappointed as well as we did stop at oneroa. We then waited and got back on another bus. Travelling along to surfside and the driver gets a call up to go back to the wharf to pick up two people who wanted to go to stoneyridge. So driver did a 3 point turn and went all the way back to the wharf to get these two people - who were totally oblivious to the fact that we were going to get off the bus in five minutes at a stop for an icecream, but then had over a 15-20 minute detour back past oneroa and to the wharf and then back.

We felt waiting one hour at each stop was too much. we would have liked to buy some fish but didnt want to wait an hour to get back on. Or if we wanted to sample wines at any of the wineries it was then another hour.

I think our money would have been better spent on a wine tour, the very efficient buses or a taxi.
Written July 1, 2021
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Dee
2 contributions
May 2021
Thank you for running a great service on the Island. Skippy and Vee, Ruth and her mate (sorry, forgotten her name) were so much fun, friendly, informative and were on time! By far the best way to visit the Vineyards . Thank you all. We'll be back.
Written May 23, 2021
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pato70296
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Awesome experience, friendly staff and reliable schedule! Would recommend booking with fullers, great value.
Written April 3, 2021
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PaulaMM
6 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
This is a great trip.
Our drivers & tour guides on both buses were so friendly & helpful. And lots of fun!!
Skippy & Vee & Jason & Augustina were awesome!!!
Written March 10, 2021
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Anita K
Auckland Central, New Zealand83 contributions
Went for a lunch at a winery and this was a great way of seeing some of Waiheke dropped off and hopped on again after lunch. Very well organised and our lovely Maori Guide was very knowledgeable and beautifully spoken. Driver very amiable and careful on the windy roads Well worth the $$ and really enjoyed the experience
Written January 13, 2021
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GentlemanTourist
Whanganui, New Zealand22 contributions
Really enjoyed the comprehensive and friendly tour across the island with Ruth and and Luka. Thoroughly recommended.
Written December 30, 2020
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Danielle S
6 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
Ashley and the Argentinian girl were our hosts on the bus for the day. The bus experience was great. Always on time. Very informative and a good laugh. Getting the ferry and bus package was money well spent. Also a good way to see around the island as you travel around for the day.
Written December 29, 2020
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Y6257PIclaireh
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
Loved the explorer experience, great with kids. Ruth and “Karen” were very entertaining and we loved the extra mile they took communicating which each other so our kids could have turns up the front. Thanks to Vee and Dennis too for being accommodating . Take care Explorer Whanau.
Written December 27, 2020
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K-Dogg
4 contributions
We decided to take the kids to Waiheke the day. We used the Explorer hop on hop off for transport. Never have to wait long as there are multiple buses running and seem to come past about every half hour. You get some information about the island while traveling. Ruth the driver was awesome with a few funny jokes and got the kids up the front of the bus. Vee was also awesome with the kids and made bus riding fun. Would definitely do this again.
Written December 27, 2020
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Bad ferry experience
Very poor service. Ferry was late to arrive and late to depart and no one informed us. Worst still they couldn't ac
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Overcrowded- potential super spreader!
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Commute
If Fullers ran their tourist service like their commuter service, the risk of transferring pests to our wonderful o
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Great First Day Overview of the Harbor
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A great start to our holiday.
An excellent start to our holiday in NZ. The whole day was filled with fabulous food and wine and we enjoyed the co
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Wonderful day on Rangitoto
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Nice Cruise
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Nice cruise with great views of Auckland
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Enjoying Cruise
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Terrible and disorganised
This tour needs a lot of work. From the ticket printed that's so ambiguous we ended up on waiheke at 10.40am ready
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Mark was great!
We enjoyed the tram driver, Mark. He was very funny and engaging (but I'm sure his jokes have been practiced many t
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Fabulous day
Our local guide and driver for the day, Jocelyn, was knowledgeable and entertaining. The wineries offered generous
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Waiheke wine tasting
Ruth was terrific a guide. She managed the outing professionally and was very clear with the descriptions. Would r
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A nice boat trip
My 80 year old Mum and I had a very nice relaxing morning on the harbour cruise the staff were very nice to mum
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Today we boarded Fullers 360 ferry to Rangitoto Island before boarding the 4WD transport. The trip up was a little
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