Treat yourselves to a special day out on Waiheke including a wonderful ‘Trust The Chef’ menu for two at the prestigious Poderi Crisci Vineyard Restuarant. The Island Tour includes breathtaking scenic vistas and beaches, and the best experiences the island has to offer including visits to artisan olive oil producers, Man O’ War Tasting Room and Oneroa Village.
As our name suggests we specialise in tailored 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!
COVID-19 Update – For our guests continued safety and peace of mind, tours are currently limited to 2 people. See FAQs Page
Your Waiheke Island Tour will start at Matiatia Wharf when you disembark from the ferry or we can pick up from your Waiheke holiday accommodation if you wish. After a short drive through Oneroa village, we leave the main road and take a scenic route with wonderful views across the Hauraki Gulf and Palm Beach.
Taste a selection of Rangihoua’s award-winning extra virgin olive oils, set in lovely gardens surrounded by olive groves and native New Zealand Forest. Rangihoua has been recognized Four times in the Flos Olei competition which is an International Competition in Italy, created to be a guide to the world’s best olive oils.
No visit to Waiheke would be complete without a visit to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With views of Great Barrier and Little Barrier Island in the distance, Onetangi Bay has over 1.5 km of beautiful golden sand.
We continue the tour passing through Onetangi and then start the climb towards the eastern side of the island. The drive towards Stony Batter is spectacular and you will have plenty of time to stop and take in the view of the Gulf Islands and beyond to the Coromandel Peninsula.
The scenic drive continues south to the beautiful Man O’War Bay where you can take a walk along the lovely beach looking towards Pakatoa and Rotoroa Islands.
Man O’War winery tasting room is set back from the beach in beautiful shaded surroundings and offers a range of food and wine tasting experiences. Established in 1993, Man O’ War consists of 150 acres of vines planted in 76 individual hillside blocks. Man O’War’s superb wines include Syrah, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
From Man O’War Bay we head back across the island towards Poderi Crisci Vineyard. This drive follows the steep gravel road along the winding south coast with spectacular views across Awakiriapa Bay, Cowes Bay and Te Matuku Bay on the left with beautiful green valleys and farmland on the right.
Located in Awaawaroa Bay at the end of a country lane, Poderi Crisci Vineyard is set in a stunning valley surrounded by vines and olive trees. Widely recognised as one of the finest restaurants on Waiheke, Antonio Crisci and his team produce wonderful food and wine inspired by the finest traditional Italian cuisine.
Dishes change daily as the freshest ingredients are homegrown in the kitchen gardens. The Tour includes the ‘Trust the Chef Menu‘, a popular choice that encapsulates the freshest and best dishes of the daily changing menu. (If you would prefer another dining option please let us know)
Here you will have time to explore the selection of interesting stores and cafes along the main street. Enjoy a coffee with a view or cool down with a delicious Island Gelato, one of our favourites.
Each tour also has a recommended place for lunch. If you have a different lunch venue in mind, just let us know when making your booking. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange a tailor-made tour, get in touch via the contact form.
* Please note that due to variations in opening hours, alternative vineyards or restaurants may be used depending on the day of the tour. Please contact us if you have any questions.
(COVID-19 Update) For our guests continued safety and peace of mind, tours are currently limited to 2 people.
Alternatively, please send your enquiry through the contact form