Waiheke Island boasts 92 square kilometres of pristine beaches, stunning coastal headlands, vineyards, olive groves and seaside villages – and is approximately a 40-minute cruise from Downtown Auckland. One of our most popular destinations, Waiheke Island was recently rated one of the top island escapes in the world.
For an indulgent culinary experience, taste the fresh local cuisine, sip your way through wineries, and sample fresh pressed olive oils. Or if you're feeling adventurous, explore the network of coastal walking and cycle trails or go ziplining – perfect for breathtaking cliff-top views.
Travelling to Waiheke, Rangitoto or Motutapu? Buy your ticket online and access the discounted online rate. With your pre-purchased e-ticket you'll be able to skip the on-wharf ticket queue.
The fare saving applies when purchasing a ticket from fullers.co.nz.
*Pricing is inclusive of GST and may change without notice. All pricing and travel on Fullers360 services and tours are subject to our full terms and conditions of travel, available online here.
Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is approximately a 40-minute ferry ride from the Downtown Auckland ferry terminal. You'll cruise past Auckland's stunning coastlines and beautiful islands as you journey towards your destination. You can also catch the ferry from Devonport Wharf.
There are plenty of options for travel once you get to Waiheke, from a convenient Hop-on Hop-off bus to public buses to car/scooter hire to taxis to bikes. You can...
Waiheke Island makes for a perfect half or full day trip from Auckland. But with so much to see, it's also a superb weekend getaway or extended holiday destination.
Your safety is important to us. To ensure that your journey is smooth sailing please follow our On-Board Safety Guidelines.
If you have pre-purchased tickets from our website or MyFerry app, please make sure you have printed or downloaded your e-ticket BEFORE you leave home. This option allows you to go straight to boarding.
If you are travelling from the Downtown ferry terminal please allow AT LEAST 45 minutes before your ferry departure to navigate the terminal and board your ferry. Please note the time provided is estimated and does not include car parking and walk time to terminal. Click here to learn more.
Please use the current Ferry Terminal Pier Map below as a guide - the red dotted lines show where pedestrian access is available:
Choose the destination or tour (and date of travel if applicable) and click ‘buy now’ and follow the transaction instructions to complete your purchase online. You’ll receive a confirmation email and your e-ticket to either print at home or download BEFORE you leave home so you can go straight to your boarding pier [indicated on the ticket].
Click here to learn more.
We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance of travel and arrival at the ferry terminal, especially during the peak of summer and public holidays.
A trial is currently in place for a new departure point for all tour operators on the island, and this carpark is an easy five minute walk away.
Once you exit the ferry terminal, turn right and follow the yellow penguin footprints to your tour transport/operator.
Click here to view the map and familiarise yourself with the walk before you arrive. If you’re unsure of where to go, please feel free to talk to one of the Auckland Transport staff on the wharf area or the Fullers Ticket Office Team within the terminal.
If you're travelling to Waiheke on Christmas Day please be aware that, due to it being a public holiday, businesses will be closed for the day. It's still a great place to visit, so unless you're packing a picnic it might pay to call ahead before you travel.
Waiheke is an easy trip from Auckland City – perfect for a special meal, a full day adventure or even a weekend getaway. We recommend dedicating at least half a day to experience the island.
No you can't take a car on a Fullers ferry, as we operate a passenger service only, however you can hire a car or scooter – check out our Drive Waiheke package for a cost-effective option.
The Waiheke Island Fullers360 ferry service arrives at Matiatia Wharf, located on the western side of the island. This is the main wharf, where most tours, bus services and taxis originate from.
Fullers360 operates services to Orapiu which is at the remote south-eastern end of the island. Here you can also catch a ferry to Rotoroa Island and the Coromandel Peninsula.
There are plenty of options for travel once you get to Waiheke, from a convenient Hop-on Hop-off bus to public buses to car/scooter hire to taxis. Fullers operates the Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Bus which meets the ferries on arrival every 30 minutes during Summer (operating between 9.50am and 7.15pm). Read more about the flexible tour here. You can also hire a car or scooter – check out our Drive Waiheke package for a cost-effective option.
Yes, Waiheke Bus Company operates a network of public bus service to transport you to key parts of the island. Most services connect with the ferry arrivals and departures. For more information and timetables visit our section on the Waiheke Bus Company.
This varies depending on how long you plan to stay and which activities you plan on doing. If you’re planning to explore the beaches and walking trails, wear good walking shoes, plus bring sun block and a sun hat, swimming gear and a towel during summer. We’d also recommend bringing a rain jacket and warm clothing, depending on the time of year and conditions. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants on the island, so there’s no need to bring your own food.
Yes, Waiheke is a perfect place for a family day out.
Yes, but please be aware that access to some walking trails will be difficult, as well as the buses.
Yes, Matiatia Wharf is wheelchair accessible, however the buses on Waiheke Island are not. Orapiu Wharf is not wheelchair accessible.
Yes, there are dedicated bike racks on all our Waiheke Island ferries. Using these storage options reduces the risk of your bike falling and causing damage or injury.
E-bikes and e-scooters need to be stored on the back deck of the vessel. For safety reasons, they can’t be stored inside the cabin because of their lithium batteries. Please ensure you position your e-bike or e-scooter safely and out of the way of other passengers.
Yes, dogs travel free with any fare-paying passenger. Dogs can travel inside the cabin but we ask they are kept inside a suitable crate, cage or pet carrier. Official service dogs can travel inside the cabin and do not have to be kept in a crate, cage or pet carrier. There is also allocated seating on the external decks for those travelling with pets.
Yes, mobile coverage is available on Waiheke Island.
Yes, there are plenty of accommodation options across the island. We recommend booking in advance, especially in the peak summer season. As most of our ferry tickets to Waiheke are open return, meaning you can return to Auckland City on any day of your choosing, on any sailing – as long as it hasn't reached capacity.
IMPORTANT: A same day return ticket does not allow an overnight stay at any of our destinations. Avoid disappointment on the day and check you book the correct return ferry trip!
Select sailings may travel via Devonport to pick up or drop off customers.
Unless specified otherwise, Waiheke Island ferry tickets are valid for one year of the purchase date. These open tickets don’t specify a time or date you must travel, so you may take any sailing that suits your schedule - as long as it hasn't reached capacity.
The situation with COVID-19 and New Zealand’s ongoing response is changing daily. As a business and public transport operator, we are working hard to make some proactive and practical decisions considering the evolving situation, whilst also responding to new information and advice as it comes in.
It’s a priority to keep our customers informed. We have set up a new COVID-19 response page and will be updating this page regularly as changes are made.
For the latest Covid-19 information and advice for our customers please visit: https://fullers.co.nz/covid-19-updates/
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work together and respond to the evolving situation.
Covid19 Alert 4 - Service Update
We will continue to operate some services with an alternative timetable to support those who need essential travel with us during the Covid19 level 4 lockdown.
For the new alternative timetable for Waiheke, Devonport, Hobsonville and Half Moon Bay, please visit https://fullers.co.nz/covid-19-updates/covid-19-timetables/
We are really pleased to let our customers know we will be providing free services for the destination services listed above. During Alert Level 4 – Bayswater, Birkenhead, Gulf Harbour and Stanley Bay services have been cancelled until further notice.
Please use your hop card as normal and for those using passes, you will not need to scan your ticket.
Following the latest guidance received from the Government, Fullers360 is required to limit the freight it receives and transports. Freight will only be accepted if it has arrived via a courier company. This change is effective immediately. Crew are not able to accept packages that are not delivered via a courier company.
This is in line with government guidance and will be a service that is monitored by New Zealand police.
For further information please visit: https://transport.govt.nz/about/covid-19-alert-level-4-transport-essential-services/
The guidance is subject to change as the response to COVID-19 evolves. Please keep checking back here for additional updates.
Thanks for your understanding.