Getting to Man O’ War Vineyard can be tricky as it’s on the far side of the island and situated at the end of a bumpy dirt road. The drive takes around 50 mins from Matiatia Wharf and takes in some of the most spectacular scenery on the island.
There are no public buses and most tour companies do not run standard tours to the far side of the island due to the distance and terrain.
As we are the only tour company to provide a dedicated service to Man O’ War, why not spend the day with Waiheke Freedom Tours in comfort and luxury. All of our tours take in a full loop of the island and stop at Man O’ War for lunch or wine tasting. Unlike the winery bus, we also return via the winding south coast road where you can stop to take in the spectacular views across Awakiriapa Bay, Cowes Bay and Te Matuku Bay.
Man O’ War Winery and beachfront Tasting Rooms are situated at a beautiful bay on the far east side of Waiheke Island nestled amongst Pohutukawa trees. It’s a long drive on a dirt road however, it’s worth it and is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon with family and friends.
The bay gets its name from early european navigators in the 1700s who noted that the giant Kauri trees would make excellent masts for the Man O’ War warships. The wide sweeping cove is a great place to anchor up for lunch and a swim and has lovely views of Pakatoa and Rotoroa with the Coromandel Peninsula beyond.
Man O’ War Winery is a 4,500-acre family farm and planted their first vines in 1993. Since then they have become one of the main winemakers on the island. They produce a wide range of superb wines including Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé.
The cellar door restaurant set on the beachfront is a beautiful place for lunch. Their menu features delicious shared platters and pizzas with a farm-to-table ethos.
Getting to Man O’ War:
Waiheke Freedom Tours – We are a small local family business focused on providing memorable experiences on Waiheke Island. Our luxury 4WD vehicle is ideal for couples or small groups (max 4 person).
As our name suggests we specialise in tailored private tours, so just let us know if there are particular places that you would like to visit and we will craft a tour just for you! Simply book one of our suggested itineraries or contact us to find out more.
Man O’ War Bus
Man O’ War Winery has recently introduced their own private bus service to and from Matiatia Wharf. This makes it easier than ever to get to the bay, especially good for larger groups and weddings. Buses are currently available Sat & Sun during winter and Thurs to Sun during school holidays. Buses depart Matiatia twice a day. Bus Timetable
Hiring a car is a good choice and gives you complete freedom to explore the island. It would be worth going for a 4×4 to avoid the chance of damage on the dirt road. Remember whoever is driving won’t get to sample the delicious wine.
If you really want to travel in style, how about flying in? Scenic flights from Auckland, across the harbour to Waiheke Island are available from:
Inflite Experiences – Scenic helicopter flights
Auckland Seaplanes – Fly and dine packages
Heletranz – Helicopter packages
Man O’ War Winery
725 Man O’War Bay Road, Waiheke, Auckland