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“A great way to enjoy Waiheke”

Waiheke Island Wine Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Catch the 10am ferry from downtown Auckland, cruise the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf and in 35minutes you'll arrive in paradise! Wayne (owner) is our primary guide; Graham, Christine and Geri are also passionate Waihetians! We are the original ‘Waiheke Island Wine Tours’, the first Qualmark-accredited tour operator; we offer professional, fully planned itineraries with all arrangements made on your behalf. Ten clients max in each of our comfortable vehicles with vented air-con and large windows for excellent sightseeing. Enjoy our entertaining scenic tour with full commentary on our early beginnings and island life today. Included are tasting fees for at least 14+ wines at three top vineyards, chilled bottled water, Waiheke Island of Wine Maps, transfers to lunch and then to the ferry afterwards. We operate daily (except Xmas Day, Easter Friday and the odd short break). Privately tailored tours are available by arrangement. No credit card, booking or agent fees - book and pay online - its EASY!
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“A great way to enjoy Waiheke”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

We had never been on a wine tour but felt you couldn't come to Waiheke and not - so we did at the recommendation of Andy from Enclosure Bay B&B. From the moment Wayne collected us from our accomodation he amazed us with his local knowledge - historic and recent. Being the winter we were only a small group which was great as being novices Wayne was able to help us with some of the finer points of wine tasting!! The choice of wineries was perfect and allowed us to see some of the most stunning views as we travelled around. Thank you Wayne for a memorable day.

Visited August 2012
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JeanandWayne, Owner at Waiheke Island Wine Tours, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
Hi guys, thanks very much for coming back to Trip Advisor to write your lovely review. I had a great day out with you too! Cheers Wayne.
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San Francisco, California
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“Absolutely amazing tour”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

If you have time for only one wine tour while in New Zealand, THIS is the tour you want to do. Wayne is absolutely terrific - a wonderful host, a great sense of humor, very knowledgeable about the local area, and chose excellent wineries for us to visit. The entire day was spectacular - Wayne met us at the ferry terminal, and, after picking up another couple, took us to three wineries over the next several hours where we met the owners who shared their passion for wine with us. Each winery was unique, and we had ample time to learn about the history and personalities of the wineries. We had lunch at Casita Miro - a charming restaurant serving delicious food with their own wine (so, in essence, we went to four wineries that day). At the end of the tour, Wayne dropped us off at the ferry terminal for the trip back to Auckland. This was our last day in New Zealand and it was a perfect way to end an amazing vacation.

Visited July 2012
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Jean G, Owner at Waiheke Island Wine Tours, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
Hi Rajan, thanks very much for coming back to Trip Adviser to write your review. I enjoyed spending the day with you and Natasha and its always a pleasure to see people really enjoying themselves (especially as you originally had other plans for the day!!) Cheers, Wayne.
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Sydney
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50 reviews
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“A fabulous day on the Island”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

A massive thank you to Wayne for a sensational day today. We were lucky enough to be in the fine company of him exclusively today. What a culturally and historically rich trip venturing across Waiheke and experiencing the fine wines and foods. Lovely to see someone who is so passionate about their local history and more importantly the goings-on with the flora and fauna of the Hauraki Gulf. Well worth a day with Wayne within his fabulous locale, Waiheke Island. If only I could live there! Thanks for your hospitality and knowledge. We'll be back and shall spread the good word through my travel & gourmet writings. Rebecca & Glenn Lee

Visited July 2012
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, Owner at Waiheke Island Wine Tours, responded to this review, July 13, 2012
Hi guys, thank you so much for your kind words It was a pleasure spending the day in the company of people who enjoy life as much as you two clearly do! Cheers Wayne.

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Richmond, Virginia
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“Wonderful day! Would definitely recommend to others!”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

My fiance (now-husband) and I enjoyed this tour right after the Christmas holiday. The van, which picked us up at our accomodations on the island, was comfortable, even though we had a full group that day. We weren't nearly as large of a group as those on some of the other tours, which is a particular bonus. Wayne was an excellent guide, obviously very knowledgeable about the island. We especially liked the tidbits of information he told us about the history of Whakanewha, where we were staying.

We visited Peacock Sky, Jurassic Ridge, Kennedy Point, and Casito Miro (for lunch). The trip was appropriately paced, and it was nice to receive the complementary bottle of water and postcards. We would definitely recommend this tour to others and would do it again to visit other wineries (you definitely don't want to drive yourself after tasting so many fabulous wines)!

Visited December 2011
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, Owner at Waiheke Island Wine Tours, responded to this review, July 8, 2012
Thanks so much for coming back to our site to recommend our business. Once you get back to "life" after a holiday it is easy to forget to do these things, so we really do appreciate your having made the effort.
Cheers! Jean and Wayne
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Best wine tour we did!”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

We had a WONDERFUL time on this tour. Our host was extremely knowledgable about the area and took us to a variety of great wineries. Because we had gone during their slow season, we were the only ones on the tour. The guide could have easily canceled on us, but instead showed us a great time.

The island is beautiful, the weather perfect, the food delicious and the wine superb.

It's a must!

Visited June 2012
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Jean G, Owner at Waiheke Island Wine Tours, responded to this review, June 10, 2012
Hello Kelly, thanks so much for coming back to Trip Advisor to write your review. We do appreciate your taking the time and really glad you enjoyed your Waiheke Island experience! Cheers - Wayne (and Jean)
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