Auckland and Waiheke Island walking tour itinerary
This seven-day guided walking tour explores the trails and gourmet treats of Auckland and Waiheke Island: excellent accommodation, great walks, fine food and wine and good company!
Day 1: Saturday
You will be met at Auckland airport and transferred to a very comfortable 4-star hotel in the centre of Auckland. After an aperitivo at the hotel, we will have dinner at an excellent Italian restaurant a short walk from the hotel.
Day 2: Sunday
This morning we will go for walk following a section of the ‘Coast to Coast’ route, climbing up to Maungawhau/Mt Eden, the highest natural point in Auckland, finishing at the fascinating Auckland Museum in the attractive suburb of Parnell, unique for its collection of Maori and Pacific treasures. After a light lunch, we’ll take the ferry for Waiheke. After checking in to our gorgeous accommodation on the island (a short drive from the wharf) the rest of the afternoon will be free. Dinner will be a catered BBQ at the accommodation.
Day 3: Monday
Today’s walk is the perfect introduction to Wiaheke following a section of the Te Ara Hura trail. We walk out of our accommodation and follow a spectacular trail along the coast, passing around the western headlands, via beaches and a number of places of significant importance to the Maori people of Waiheke (12 kms, 4 hrs). We finish at Oneroa, where we’ll have a relaxed lunch at an Italian restaurant overlooking the beach. In the afternoon, you will have the option of another walk south (10 kms, 3 hrs) or explore the galleries and shops of Oneroa. The evening is free.
Day 4: Tuesday
Today we go on guided tour of the vineyards and gourmet treats of the island. The tour includes an introduction to the history of the island; visits to two boutique vineyards and an award-winning olive oil mill; as well as a sampling of the celebrated Waiheke oysters and a vineyard platter lunch. The afternoon is free. Dinner will be a nearby restaurant with sweeping views from its picturesque verandah.
Day 5: Wednesday
The walk this morning explores the southern coast of the island, following a section of the Te Ara Hura trail along the shore, passing a lovely beach (where there is the possibility of having a swim) before climbing up through forest to a family-owned vineyard where we’ll have lunch, with spectacular views across the gulf from Coromandel to Auckland (13 kms, 4 hrs). On the way back to base, we’ll visit a boutique gin distillery. The evening is free.
Day 6: Thursday
The Far (or eastern) End of Waiheke is a place apart from the rest of the island. Here, you'll get big skies, big views, and fresh air therapy. Our walk takes us from the eastern most point past beaches, through forest back to another lovely boutique vineyard, owned by an Italian family, who specialise in Italian varietals and have an excellent Italian restaurant, where we’ll enjoy a light lunch. (13 kms, 4 hrs). Back at base, the afternoon is free. We’ll have a dinner at a restaurant down at Oneroa, which has a verandah overlooking the beach.
Day 7: Friday
After breakfast, we’ll say farewell to Waiheke and catch a ferry back to Auckland. A transfer to Auckland airport will available for those you require it.
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A seven-day gourmet walking tour on Waiheke Island (NZ)
11 February to 17 February, 2023
Tour Size10 people
Unfortunately, due to limited accommodation, only double or twin rooms are available on this tour.
- 6 nights accommodation in 4-star accommodation
- All breakfasts and lunches and four dinners at excellent restuarants/vineyards
- Tastings at wineries
- All transfers(including airports) and ferry fees
- Professional guides
- Private cooking lesson
- All paid admissions/fees during the tour
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