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Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus

Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus

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icon6 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Explore Waiheke Island at your own pace, with all-day tickets for a hop-on, hop-off island explorer bus. Plan the perfect day with help from the onboard host, then see the things that interest you most, choosing from 8 stops near vineyards, galleries, beaches, and trailheads. This full-day Waiheke Island experience offers a personalized combination of nature, culture, and food, and departs from Matiatia every 30 minutes throughout the day.
  • Hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Waiheke Island
  • See the island on your own
  • Get tips from the onboard host
  • Choose from 8 stops around Waiheke
  • Departs from the Matiatia ferry terminal
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Live commentary on board
Tour escort/host
All Fees and Taxes
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
12:00 AM

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Make your way to the Matiatia ferry terminal, where this island explorer departs every 30 minutes from 9am until 7:15pm.

Take a spin around the island as the driver shares a running commentary on Waiheke history and culture, or hop off at stops along the way. The 8 stops on the island explorer route are carefully selected, so you can see the best of the island in a single day.

Tour some of the 30 vineyards on Waiheke Island to taste locally-made wines, then visit one of the island restaurants for a gourmet lunch or dinner. There are picture-perfect beaches along the way, and trails that lead to sweeping views of the Coromandel Peninsula. Ask for tips on where to stop for the best shopping and galleries, then loop back to Matiatia, where you can finish the tour—or hop back on the bus for another trip around scenic Waiheke Island.
6 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  Departs every 60mins. First departure from Matiatia off the 9am ferry. Last loop in time for the 7.00pm return ferry.
34 Mako Street
Waiheke Community Art Gallery
14 Makora Avenue
Oneroa Village - Ocean View Road at Tui Street
39-43 Causeway Road
Goldie & Kennedy Point Vineyards - Main Road Stop
22 Calais Terrace
Ostend Shopping - 22 Belgium Street
165 Onetangi Road
Stonyridge/Te Motu/Wild Estate
60 Onetangi Road
Tantalus Vineyard/Waiheke Museum
11 Waiheke Road
Onetangi Beach - 3rd Avenue, Charlie's, Three Seven Two
Unnamed Road
Tantalus Vineyard/Waiheke Museum
88 Onetangi Road
Stonyridge Vineyard - Main Road Stop
171 Carsons Road
Batch winery/Waiheke Wings
98-100 Musson Drive
Rangihoua Estate
Lush Beauty
Ostend Shopping - by RSA
8A Donald Bruce Road
Goldie & Kennedy Point Vineyards - Main Road Stop
7 Matai Road
Oneroa Village - Ocean View Road at Tui Street
126 Church Bay Road
Mudbrick Vineyard
61 Church Bay Road
Cable Bay Vineyard
Points of interest passed by on this route
Mudbrick Vineyard
Oneroa Beach
Stonyridge Vineyard
Batch Winery
Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery
Rangihoua Estate
Wild on Waiheke
Waiheke Wine Centre
Waiheke Museum and Historic Village
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Fullers360 Experiences & Cruises
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus.
What is the policy on sanitization during Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus.
What is the social distancing policy during Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus.

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Traveler Tips

  • "This bus is a great way to learn about the island, lots of info about this beautiful place." See review
  • "Waiheke Island is a recommended and Interesting place to visit if you like nature side seeing." See review
  • "It was very relaxed with good scenery but obviously if you get off at places like the beach, for lunch or the village, it is better." See review


123 Reviews

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Good trip overall but..
, Feb 2022
Great trip, but needs to be more flexible with booking modifications. We got this for my parents as a Christmas present and there was no option to reschedule despite gale force winds and extremely rough seas.
Great day, highly recommend!
, Mar 2021
This was a super stress free way to see the vineyards and hand pick which ones we wanted to go to. Tantalas was by far our favourite vineyard with tasty wines and a great atmosphere. I'd recommend not getting the bus until 10am as the vineyards don't open until 11am, so the bus at 10am drops you off in town for a coffee / breakfast. Also get to the stop a few minutes early, as we missed ours so ended up hitch hiking to the next one! Being just the driver ordinarily, Jason had no first hand knowledge of the vineyards, so we recommend that he is given a complimentary wine tour so that he can give better advice to the customers on board :) We'd definitely do this wine tour again.
Excellent way to see Waiheke
, Feb 2021
Friendly staff, loved the Mudbrick Winery the most. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff, thank goodness for aircon too, very much appreciated with the heat we had on the day.
Lovely relaxing tour
, Apr 2020
The Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on-Hop-off Tour was excellent. It was very relaxing, riding the bus and deciding which wineries you personally wish to visit. The driver gave some helpful information to aid you in your decision. It was also a beautiful ride through the island. I would recommend this way to visit Waiheke Island.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We earned our wine!
, Feb 2020
There was a lot of walking involved for the wineries we chose. Otherwise, the commentary was informative.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Kia Ora Star, thanks for getting in touch. I'm glad to hear you found the commentary informative! All of our drivers are locals who know the island really well, so I'm happy that they were able to pass some of that knowledge on!
Beautiful island
, Feb 2020
Most beautiful destination. We found a fabulous beach covered with shells. Ferry was fine and bus was good with good commentary. Buses only ran every 30 minutes so there was some waiting around. Definitely worth a visit.
First visit to Waiheke Island.
, Jan 2020
It was our first time and very enjoyable. We had a wonderful time and the island is beautiful. The tour guides are very friendly and made you feel welcome. They are accommodating as well. I think that more busses are needed closer to going home time. We waited for more than an hour at stop 13, because the bus was full. This was a bit frustrating. In conclusion our first trip to the island was amazing.
Waiheke hop on hop off
, Dec 2019
Great concept. Very congested at the port. Needed two buses there. Not easy to find the stops along the way. Not well signposted. Generally very good guides. Stops are well organised. Not a necessity in the island. We only took it four times and walked the rest. Could have used public transport.
Lovely trip to the Milford Sound with a friendly and informative tour guide
, Nov 2019
I really enjoyed my trip to the Milford Sound with a friendly and informative tour guide, a must see place when you visit the South Island
I hope you like wine.
, Nov 2019
This bus is a great way to learn about the island, lots of info about this beautiful place. I imagine if you like wine this is an amazing day out as the majority of the stops are at wineries. Despite not liking wine at all i'm still glad we did this tour as there are also some lovely viewpoints included in the stops. The staff were also lovely :)
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Kia ora! Thanks so much for your review of our Waiheke Hop On Hop Off bus service. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your time on the island and that you were able to see some of the beautiful sights Waiheke has to offer. As Waiheke Island is known for it's vineyards and beaches we do focus on these a lot but I'm happy to hear you were still able to enjoy the tour and our staff. We hope you'll choose to travel with us again in the future!

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