Auckland, New Zealand
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Approximately 5½ -6 hours
Leaving the ship, board a high-speed ferry for the journey along the Waitemata Harbour to arrive at Matiatia wharf on beautiful Waiheke Island.
Travel by coach through Oneroa Village, past the many picturesque bays and beaches on the northern coast and through the main residential and holiday home areas.
Beautiful views of the coastline and rolling inland pastures accompany you during this drive to Onetangi Beach. This sweeping strand is regarded as one of the finest in New Zealand. Here you will enjoy a delicious morning snack at a beach café close to where the island's annual horse race is held.
Head to two local wineries. With hot, dry summers and stony soils, Waiheke is a perfect growing ground for a variety of grapes. Boutique wineries produce high quality wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and, more recently, Chardonnay. The gorgeous wine estates you will visit are true gems, and best of all, you will have the opportunity to taste the wines that are produced here.
You will return by ferry to Auckland and the ship.
Minimum age is 18 years. To participate in the wine tasting, persons under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or over. Travel on the ferry is unguided. The walk between the ferry terminal and the wharf is approximately 150 meters each way. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.