Waiheke Garden Festival

11 - 12 November 2017

Waiheke Garden Festival gives you access to private Waiheke Island gardens not normally open to the public.  Run from 10am-4pm Sat 11th and Sun 12th November, visitors can wander through these selected gardens and locations, get ideas, meet other avid gardeners or just enjoy the diversity. This year's Safari includes 6 spectacular gardens including gardener's gardens, lush, landscaped sites all guaranteed to fuel your imagination. To purchase your tickets, click on the 'Buy Tickets' option at the bottom of the page.

Choose from the following package options: 

Waiheke Garden Festival Event Only

Cost: $30
Includes: Festival ticket only, which can be used on both days of the festival.

Fullers Garden Festival Tour

Cost: $140 (Super Gold Card $110)
Includes: Ferry Ticket + Festival ticket + Bus transfer + Lunch.
Please note: You must be on the 9.00am ferry ex Auckland to meet the tour on Waiheke.

Lynda Hallinan Garden Party 

Lynda Hallinan, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated gardeners and writers, will be holding a Garden Party at Sacred Blessings Sanctuary on Sunday 12 November from 2-5pm. Enjoy canapes, a glass of bubbles and an informative and entertaining talk from Lynda. 

Lynda Hallinan Garden Party Event Ticket:

Cost: $60
Includes: Garden party ticket only.

Lynda Hallinan Garden Party Combo 1:

Cost: $115 
Includes: Ferry Ticket + Garden party ticket + Bus transfer
Please note: You must be on the 12.30pm ferry ex Auckland to meet the tour on Waiheke.

Lynda Hallinan Garden Party Combo 2:

Cost: $140
Includes: Ferry Ticket + Garden party ticket + Festival ticket + Bus transfer.
Please note: You must be on the 12.30pm ferry ex Auckland to meet the tour on Waiheke.

Lynda Hallinan Garden Party Combo 3:

Cost: $85
Includes: Garden party ticket + Festival ticket
Please note: This combo does not include ferry or bus transport.

Waiheke Garden Festival Art Auction:

Bid for celebrated Waiheke and New Zealand artworks at the Waiheke Art Auction being held at Pie Melon Bay. Enjoy oysters, canapes, a welcome drink and live music until sunset in a stunning setting on the beach.

Cost: 65.00
Date: Friday 10 November

For a full description of the gardens, workshops and events, please click here.

Waiheke Garden Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust, and 100% of all the proceeds go to this organization which supports sick children and their families on Waiheke Island. Fullers is one of the Jassy Dean Trust’s key sponsors and supports the trust by offering free ferry travel to and from Waiheke.

You need to be on the 9am ferry to Waiheke in order to join the Fullers Waiheke Garden Tour on Saturday 11 November.  The Fullers Garden Tour will arrive at the Sundowner garden at 4pm and leave at 5:30pm for the 6pm Fullers ferry to Auckland. Should you wish to stay on, you are more than welcome, but you will need to find alternative transportation to the ferry.

If you are going to the Lynda Hallinan Garden Party with our Fullers ferry and bus package, you need to be on the 12:30pm ferry to Waiheke.

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Customer Update - Labour Weekend Travel

Labour Weekend is one of our busiest weekends in the lead up to summer. If you're planning on travelling to/from our island destinations, especially Waiheke, we recommend you plan ahead and arrive for your preferred sailing at least 40 minutes prior to departure.

We've put together some helpful tips to help make your trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible - these can be found on our website. 

Changes to Ferry Terminal Departure Points, starting 9 October 2017

Due to repairs needed to be made to the seawall below the Downtown Ferry Terminal, Pier 1A will be closed while work’s are carried out. It’s expected the repairs will take up to 6 - 10 weeks to complete and during this time, your usual ferry departure point may change:

The new departure points are listed below:

  • Pier 1B - Devonport and Stanley Bay (no change),
  • Pier 1C - Bayswater, Birkenhead and Half Moon Bay,
  • Pier 2B & 2C - Waiheke (no change),
  • Pier 2B - Half Moon Bay services departing at 4.15pm, 5.15pm and 5.45pm (all other Half Moon Bay services will remain at pier 1C),
  • there will be no change to the use of piers 3 and 4.

For more information, please visit at.govt.nz


On 2 October 2017, some of our fares on our Waiheke Island, Devonport and Rangitoto services will be changing. You can read more about this here.

Please note: Passes and multi-trip ticket prices remain unchanged.