A Wonderful Island Retreat In The Hauraki Gulf

Waiheke Island

 Waiheke Island

Rated by Lonely Planet as the fifth-best region in the world to visit (2016)

By popular demand - Waiheke Island is back!

This time of year is a perfect time to visit this special island with pristine beaches, world class wines, and fantastic cuisine. It's easy to see why Waiheke Island is considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulf’s crown.

You will see so much of the island as you get well off the beaten track visiting the homes of the very talented locals who open up their homes as we explore their gardens. We also visit all the highlights as well as giving you some time to yourself to take in the peaceful way of life. Back on the mainland we spend a great day in Matakana with the Sculpeturum sure to be a highlight for most.

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What’s included?
4 nights accommodation
All activities stated in itinerary
Comfortable tour coach
Expert tour guide
Delicious meals provided (exclusions apply)
Moderate level of fitness

Tour highlights

Itinerary

Day 1

Whanganui / Home – Waiheke Island

Whanganui / Home (November 4th)

If departing from Wanganui meet at the Wanganui Racecourse for a 7.30am departure and travel north to National Park for some lovely morning tea. We carry on enjoying the scenery with a great lunch stop in Te Kuiti. 

Our next destination is Halfmoon Bay to catch our ferry over to Waiheke Island. Then it is straight to our great beach front accommodation for the next three nights before enjoying our first scrumptious group dinner.

*For those departing from another destination you have your own personal itinerary to get you to join the group. All details will be provided in your personal information pack, sent  prior to travel.



Waiheke Island

Our next destination is Halfmoon Bay to catch our ferry over to Waiheke Island. Then it is straight to our great beach front accommodation for the next three nights before enjoying our first scrumptious group dinner.

Accommodation: Onetangi Beach Apartments

Day 2

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island (November 5th)

After a relaxed start to the day we board the coach for our first day of exploring the island. We head west with the first stop just down the road where we experience a slice of Old Waiheke at the Waiheke Museum and Historic Village.

From here it's just a short drive into the main township, Oneroa. You will be given free time to enjoy this delightful seaside village with magnificent views over the Hauraki Gulf which has an abundance of interesting and eclectic shops, cafes and restaurants to entertain you.

Back on board we head out for a scenic drive before arriving at one of the most highly rated wineries on Waiheke, Mudbrick Restaurant and Vineyard. We will enjoy a delicious lunch and a wine tasting if you choose.

This afternoon we head to Whittaker's Music Museum for a guided tour where we will be introduced to some of the quirkier characteristics of the more unusual instruments.  There are over 100 antique instruments carefully restored including concertinas, bandonions, harpsichord, dulcitone, pianolas, theatre organ and Paderewski’s 1897 9ft Bechstein concert grand piano.

Then we head out to the spectacular Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens, located in Enclosure Bay on the northern side of the island. This two acre garden is an oasis of plant diversity to experience including a private collection of sculptures.

We then head back to our accommodation for some time to yourself  to maybe enjoy Onetangi beach before getting ready for another great dinner at one of the highly rated restaurants on the island.

Accommodation: Onetangi Beach Apartments

Day 3

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island (November 6th)

Another relaxed start to the day before we head out where the first stop  will be the vibrant and diverse Waiheke Ostend markets held every Saturday. You will be  given  time to explore the many stalls and meet the friendly locals. 

From here we head out to the unknown but excellent Dead Dog Bay Wetland Garden And Sculpture park. We will be guided through this contemporary NZ art and sculpture park in extensive parkland gardens of NZ natives, exotic trees, shrubs and flowers.

It is then just a short drive to our great lunch stop for the day before heading out on the afternoon adventures. For those who are keen and able you have the chance to experience the Stoney Batter tunnels. The WWII Coastal Defence Fortress was commissioned in 1942 under absolute secrecy, the complex comprises 1.2km’s of subterranean passages, chambers and stairwells all tunnelled by hand. Due to the physical requirements this is an optional activity (own expense). 


For those not wishing to visit this site we will continue on the eastern path to the exceptional Man O War winery. For an unparalleled wine experience you literally can’t go past Man O’ War – New Zealand’s only beachfront tasting experience.

You will be invited for a wine tasting and you will have time to simply sit back and relax in this idyllic setting. Once the others have joined the group and enjoyed a glass of wine we make our way back to Onetangi for some R & R before gathering for our last dinner on Waiheke at another highly rated restaurant. 

Accommodation: Onetangi Beach Apartments

Day 4

Waiheke Island – Auckland

Waiheke Island (November 7th)

Today we leave this beautiful island and head back to the mainland. We then travel north to Matakana to experience the world class attraction of Sculpeturum. With three sculpture-filled gardens, six art galleries, a vineyard, an events space and Rothko restaurant and bar, there is something for everyone. After a great lunch you will have free time to roam at your own pace.


Auckland

We then call in to the Morris & James pottery and showroom to browse the entire range of pots and ceramicware, including their special one-off pottery creations only available in store.

From here we make our way back to our excellent central Auckland viaduct accommodation for the final group dinner a toast to this wonderful long weekend away.

Accommodation: The Hotel Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 5

Auckland – Home

Auckland (November 8th)

After a scrumptious breakfast we head south to Te Rapa where we’ll stop at The Base shopping center to hunt out some bargains or to grab yourself some morning tea. 

We then continue south towards Taupo with another great lunch stop at the award winning Lava Glass complex which offers a unique window into the art of glassblowing and original New Zealand inspired glass art. You will be given time to view the glassblowing studio and to wander the sculpture garden.

We then follow the great lake south and make our way back home with a final rest stop in Raetihi. 


Home

Arrive home.

*If you are travelling to another destination, your travel arrangements will be made for you in your customised itinerary.


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Meet your tour guides

Jason Granville

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. This has meant he can still pick up the microphone to inform travellers and encourage friendly banter while on tour.

Jimmy Elliott

Jimmy has a wealth of experience and uses this to ensure all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.

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Frequently asked questions

Can you collect me from my door?

Yes, it would be our pleasure. We can arrange for you to be picked up and returned to your front door at the conclusion of any tour.

How about travel insurance?

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.

How active are your tours?

We are called Take it Easy for a reason as we like to do just that. Do as much or as little as you like - after all it's your holiday! However, there is walking and various activities on each tour that require various levels of fitness. Please check with us if you are unsure about anything and relax knowing that there's always another option for you if you would rather miss out on any activity. We always have a back up plan.

I have some dietary requirements?

Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.

What happens if I have to cancel?

Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.

What kind of accommodation do we stay in?

Having a good night's rest after a day out touring is very important so we personally choose all of our accommodation. Generally, four star accommodation when available - with all the comforts you need for a relaxed night.

What types of transport do we use?

Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.

Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.

Can I earn Air New Zealanad airpoints on my flights?

Yes, you can earn airpoints with Take It Easy Tours when we are using Air New Zealand flights. All you need to do is get in contact with us and let us know your airpoints number for each time you wish to earn points.

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