We booked this Tour with Steve for 4 of us. Steve met us at the ferry pier With his 4WD to tour the island to places where the buses and normal transportation would not go. Steve was very friendly and was able to provide a very flexible and relaxing day. We visited beautiful beaches and great scenery and visited two wineries and we had lunch at Man A War winery. A private tour is the way to go if you really want to see the island at your own pace. Thank you Steve for a lovely day
I organized a 5 hour tour for my parents to help them celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They had a thoroughly enjoyable day with Steve. They were able to personalize the tour to their fitness and interests. Waiheke Freedom Tours were a pleasure to interact with, and had clear communication as I made the booking. An excellent way to see Waiheke with insight from a local.
We had visited Waiheke Island on a wine tasting and dinner tour during our last trip to Auckland and it had been enjoyable. But the island looked to be so lovely we had wanted to see more of it, especially it’s natural beauty. This tour was perfect for that. Steve provides a small, personalised and flexible experience and takes you off road to places not accessible to other tours. He was friendly and knowledgeable and an excellent guide.
Thank you for a lovely day. This tour takes you all over Waiheke in a comfy SUV rather than a bus. Steve is friendly and knowledgeable about the island and gives you plenty of picture taking opportunities and time at each spot. We did some wine tasting as well as time on the beautiful beaches. Would recommend this tour.
We planned a day trip to Waiheke Island with Steve, and had a wonderful time. Our desire was to have an individualized itinerary, and to not just visit the wineries or stay on the bus route during our daytrip to Waiheke. We wanted to see as much of the beautiful island as possible, as well as visit several sites along the way. Steve customized the day for exactly what we wanted to see. We loved traveling the road less traveled and learning a locals point of view about the island. I would highly recommend booking a tour with Steve as he diligent and flexible to work with, and will make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Thankyou Steve for a great day today. Our first visit to your island . Comfortable ride, great places visited in a friendly , relaxed and informative tour. We enjoyed our day with you immensely, Cheers, Elizabeth
My husband and I had a wonderful day on Waiheke Island with Steve from Waiheke Freedom Tours . Steve was a knowledgeable and interesting guide , and was very flexible with our itinerary. Being in a very comfortable 4 wheel drive SUV made it possible to go off road and visit sites inaccessible to larger vehicles . We enjoyed stunning ocean views , walks along beautiful beaches , visits to vineyards with wine tastings , a visit to a honey farm where we stopped for coffee and cake , and a lunch at a vineyard looking back across the bay to Auckland . we would highly recommend this tour to anyone who appreciates a more personal approach .
Found Freedom Tours and Steve on line. Contacted him and worked via email to set up our all day excursion to Waiheke. Steve put together an itinerary that worked perfect for us. He was at the pier holding up a card with our name as we got off the ferry at 9:00AM. We spent the whole day with Steve seeing several beaches on the island and visited 2 wineries (Man of War and Mudbrick). We had a wonderful lunch at Mudbrick and then Steve dropped us off at the ferry just in time to get the 4:00PM to Auckland. Steve was great. The weather cooperated and both wineries were wonderful. Lunch at Mudbrick was very good and lives up to it’s reputation as a 1st class restaurant. All and all we had a wonderful day. Thank you Steve!
The island is wonderful and the guide let us see so many beautiful places, which we wouldn't have seen if we booked a tour by bus. Very pleasant guide.
My husband and I had already been to Waiheke Island for a day trip, so we were uncertain if a tour was what we needed. We had come off of a cruise ship and were feeling toured out. All I can say is we are so glad we found Steve's company. We saw a whole different side of the island compared to when we went on our own. Steve took us to out of the way places, but still managed to fit in the "must see" places on the island as well. His personal service made sure we saw the things that were of interest to us. When we were not certain what we wanted, he took us to his favourite places which were amazing. The tour was the perfect mixture of nature, sandy beaches, wineries, backroads, scenic views and great conversation. The value for the money was incredible. Rather than being on a packed tour bus, we were taken in Steve's beautiful, air-conditioned vehicle over backroads as well as the main roads. Steve shared his local knowledge and was open to any thing that was of interest to us. This tour made the absolute most of the time we had on the island. Its timing fit perfectly with our cruise schedule as well.
If you are looking for a great day tour of Waiheke Island, I would highly recommend this tour! My husband and I were touring New Zealand for 2-weeks and were at the end of our trip after driving the North and South Island. We were staying in Auckland for a few days and wanted to see the Waiheke Island but not deal with more driving or a larger tour group. We were lucky to find Waiheke Island Experience tour! Booking was easy and Steve, our friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, was very responsive and even accommodated us for a pick-up in Oneroa versus the Waiheke ferry/Matiatia Wharf the morning of our tour (we decided to take the 8:15am ferry from Auckland to Waiheke the morning of our tour and have breakfast in Oneroa). Steve was very responsive, flexible, and punctual; we really appreciated the thoughtful tour and highlights of the island. Steve has lived on the island for a few years with his family (his wife grew up in Auckland with family who lived in Waiheke as well as other parts of NZ) and we felt we had “the locals” tour experience of the island. We enjoyed our two wine tastings and olive oil tastings as well as the many lookouts and excursions on some of Waiheke’s most beautiful beaches. Thank you again to Steve and we would recommend this for those that want something a bit more special for a day tour of Waiheke Island.