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)

With so many beautiful 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. We ensure you discover the best of it!

We meet the fascinating people who call this island home, while viewing their spectacular gardens and properties as we explore well off the beaten track.

Waiheke Island boasts pristine beaches, stunning coastal headlands, vineyards, olive groves and picturesque seaside villages. During this five day adventure, we ensure that you see it all.

So what are you waiting for? Book now, and then sit back and take it easy because we'll take care of the rest!

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*Custom departure points available for all tours

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 5th)

If departing from Whanganui, we meet at the Whanganui Racecourse for an 8am 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.

*If departing from another location, please check your personalised itinerary for details.

Waiheke Island

It is straight to our great beach front accommodation for the next three nights before enjoying our first group dinner.

Accommodation: Onetangi Beach Apartments

Day 2

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island (November 6th)

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 the coach, we head out via Oneroa Beach 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 one hundred antique instruments carefully restored including concertinas, bandonions, harpsichord, dulcitone, pianolas, theatre organ and Paderewski’s 1897 9ft Bechstein concert grand piano.

Our final visit sees us arrive at the outstanding Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens. This two acre garden is an oasis of plant diversity to experience, including a private collection of sculptures by New Zealand sculptors. We are lucky enough to have a private tour of what will this year be the feature garden of the Waiheke Garden Safari.

We then head back to our accommodation to get ready for another great dinner at one of the highly rated restaurants on the island before resting our heads for the night.

Accommodation: Onetangi Beach Apartments

Day 3

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island (November 7th)

Another relaxed start to the day before we venture out to explore the highlights of the Waiheke Garden Safari which has been delighting since 2001, and the 20th Anniversary year is said to be the best yet! This is a must-see garden tour event with many workshops and talks to attend where you get exclusive access to some of Waiheke Island’s most interesting gardens, while also supporting the Jassy Dean Trust. The Trust has been supporting Waiheke families with sick children for the last 25 years. We have another great lunch lined up and you will get well off the beaten track today.

If you would rather have the day to yourself and explore the island at your leisure, then you are more than welcome to do so. Your tour guide can assist you with any bookings if needed.

We arrive back at our accommodation with some time for some rest and relaxation 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 8th)

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 Sculptureum.

Auckland

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 before we head back down to Auckland for our last night of the tour.

Accommodation: The Parnell Hotel and Conference Centre

Day 5

Waipuna – Whanganui / Home

Waipuna (November 9th)

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 in Acacia Bay, which was voted Lonely Planet ‘s number one cafe pick for the Central North Island and one of the top ten places to visit in New Zealand. L’Arté Cafe and Gallery are both set in a magical, art filled garden, complete with an outside mosaic living room.

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

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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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