10am Ferry Ex-Auckland – Return 4pm Ferry
White Sand Beaches, Stunning Landscapes, Guided Native Bush Walk, Traditional Maori Musical Instruments, Local Cafe Culture, Local Vineyard, Weaving Demonstration, Indigenous Maori Perspective.
Spend a day with your local guide exploring Waiheke Island from a Maori perspective. You will be greeted by your guide at the wharf on your arrival.
First is an orientation around Waiheke taking in stunning sea views of the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland City and the Pacific Ocean. You will visit pristine white sand beaches and hear stories relating to Tangaroa the god of the sea.
During a guided walk through native bush your guide will explain the traditional and medicinal Maori uses of native plants. The walk will take you to the summit of a historical paa site where you will see archaeological remains of kumara pits, shell middens and defensive terraces. Our native birds tui, kereru and tirairaka can also be seen.
You will be introduced to a variety of traditional Maori musical instruments (taonga puoro) and be given an opportunity to play them yourself. Lunch is at a local cafe where you will have an opportunity to mix with the locals and experience delicious food and coffee.
The sub-tropical Waiheke climate has allowed for an award winning wine industry to be established on the island. You will visit a top Waiheke vineyard for an optional tasting of premium wine.
To end the day you will be shown the harakeke (flax) plant and hear about its many uses. You will be given a weaving demonstration and the opportunity to weave your own souvenir to take home with you.
Finally your guide will drop you back to the wharf in time for the return 4pm ferry. Alternatively if you wish to stay on the island your guide will drop you to Oneroa, the main village.
What you need to bring:
Wind proof jacket. Walking shoes. Swimming gear and towel (Summer). Bottle of water. Money to purchase your lunch from a cafe. Sun screen. Camera.
Duration: 10.00am Ferry departs Auckland City – 4.00pm Ferry departs Waiheke Island
Distance from Auckland City: 35 minute ferry ride
Lunch: Purchase your own when we stop at the cafe
Exertion level: Minimal
Bookings accepted: Until 9am on the morning of the tour
Price: NZD $150 per adult, $80 per child (under 15 years). Ferry ticket additional and to be purchased at the Auckland Ferry Terminal. Details upon booking
Minimum number: 1 person
For more information and to make a booking please contact us.