I’ve been wanting to visit Waiheke Island for the longest time as it’s only a 40-minute ferry trip away from Auckland. Never got the chance to until last Sunday. We were supposed to visit Queenstown with my friends on my birthday but our travel plans were cancelled because of the pandemic.
The restrictions in New Zealand eased out so we went ahead and boarded a ferry going to Waiheke Island. Ferry fare is $4 cheaper when bought online. The fare is $42/person return. We were supposed to leave early but we woke up late so we boarded the 11am ferry trip which sailed via Devonport.
|From Auckland City to Waiheke Island (Adult)||Fare|
|Waiheke – One Way||$27|
|Waiheke Hop-On Hop-Off||$68|
|All Day Bus Pass||$10|
We can get the Waiheke Hop-On Hop-Off for $68 but we thought of just getting the All Day Bus Pass for $10 in the Matiatia Wharf, unfortunately we learned upon arrival that it was no longer offered. The Hop-on Hop-off includes both the ferry and the Explorer bus in Waiheke Island. It has more touristy stops compared to the public bus, which is more limited to bus stops for island residents. TIP: Plan the places you’d like to visit so you could decide which to go to. For us, we spent less than $10 on the bus rides so it was good thing that we were not able to purchase the All Day Bus Pass.
We boarded the bus outside the terminal going to Little Oneroa because we were supposed to eat at Dragonfired which also unfortunately was not available when we got there. We settled for burger and wedges from Little Oneroa Takeaways which set us back by $15 for the both of us. Cheapo. We ate at one of the benches by the beach.
We headed to StonyRidge Vineyard, hailed as one of the top ten must visit wineries in the world by Guardian UK. There weren’t too many people in the yoga deck where they do the wine tasting, Most people were indoors in the veranda cafe. Maybe because it was so cold that day. The view is amazing.
We paid $15/3 wines for standard tasting; the premium wine tasting is priced $28.
Wild on Waiheke
Wild on Waiheke offers claybird shooting, archery and wine tasting. We just went to have a look, but did not do any of their activities nor wine tasting. Maybe next time.
Cable Bay Vineyards
This one’s located near the ferry terminal. We were planning to drop by Mudbrick Vineyard but it was already 4pm so chose to skip that and head to Cable Bay Vineyards which is much closer from the bus stop than Mudbrick. Cable Bay looks fancy and modern.
The wine tasting is usually done in the bar, but we decided to dine in so the wine was served to our table. View from the restaurant is amazing. Wine tasting is only $10/4 wines.
TIP: There is a shorter route going to the ferry terminal just few steps away from Cable Bay.
It’s a weird but great feeling to be able to travel again. We’d surely be back in Waiheke Island for more wine tasting, beach, and bush walk. I’m looking forward to staying the night too.