The walk on this tour takes around 45 mins and is suitable for people with a good general level of fitness. Please make sure you have suitable sun protection including a hat and sunblock.
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.
Set amongst 13 acres of beautiful olive grove and wetland in Waiheke’s Vineyard Valley, the Honey House is a great place to taste some of the islands best honey and olive oil. Grab a coffee and treat yourself to their wonderful rosemary honey cake.
We continue the tour passing through Onetangi and then start the climb towards the eastern side of the island. The drive to 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.
Located at the far north-east of the island, Stony Batter is the site of a WWII defence installation and scenic reserve featuring huge volcanic boulders deposited over the landscape. The 15-minute walk to the gun emplacements passes rocky outcrops, taraire forests and amazing views of Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel.
This walk generally takes around 45 mins and is suitable for people with a good general level of fitness. Please make sure you have suitable sun protection including a hat and sunblock. Note: The tunnels at the Stony Batter Historic Reserve are closed to the public.
Next, we drive 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.
We will spend an hour or so here for lunch and wine tasting is also available if you wish. Their lunch menu includes delicious sharing platters and pizzas that can be enjoyed on the lawn area whilst soaking up the views over the bay to the Coromandel coastline surrounded by Pohutakawa trees.
From Man O’War Bay we head back across the island to Onetangi. 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.
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.
From Onetangi we take the main island road back to Oneroa passing through Ostend and Surfdale on the way. 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.
* 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.
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