Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Tour


The best way to get around Waiheke is to combine your ferry travel with the Waiheke Explorer Hop-on Hop-off tour bus. This NEW double-decker and single level bus experience is designed to let you see more of the island for less and see it in a whole new way, at your own pace!

It’s the most flexible and cost effective tour option on the island. Introducing you to the island’s top spots; hop on and off as much as you like at any of its 15 convenient stops which include vineyards, beaches and restaurants. If you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a 1½ hour scenic tour of the island.

The buses stop at some of the island’s iconic spots including Oneroa Village, Onetangi Beach, Batch Winery, the new Tantalus winery/brewery, Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay Vineyard and more.

Our knowledgeable tour drivers, and the addition of an on-board host, ensure you’ll receive the most informative commentary as you travel around and you can get all the local tips and tricks for how best to enjoy Waiheke!

The Explorer Hop on Hop off is available with or without a return ferry ticket, and departs from each hop on hop off location approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day.

This exciting new product will change the way you see and get around the island.

Click here to download the Waiheke Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Map timetable & map.

Availability: Ferries to meet this tour depart Auckland on the hour from 9am - 4pm daily. 
Tours start at 9.45am from Matiatia Wharf and run every 30 minutes until the last drop off at Matiatia at 7.30pm
Time: Approximately 1.5 hours to complete one circuit.
Tour Price: One Day Pass: Adult $60  Child $30 Family $162*^ (ferry fare, plus explorer pass is included).
Two Day Pass: Adult $90  Child $45 Family $167*^ (ferry fare, plus explorer pass is included)
Fitness: Easy

 *Family is 2 Adults and up to 2 Children.
^Tour operates daily. Excludes Christmas Day and Anzac Day.
Please note this tour is operated by single level and double-decker buses.

 

Tour Includes:

  • Return ferry to Waiheke Island from downtown Auckland
  • Pick up from Matiatia Wharf on arrival at Waiheke Island
  • All day access to the Explorer Hop on Hop off tour coach
  • Tours start at 9.45am from Matiatia Wharf and run every 30 minutes until the last drop off at Matiatia at 7.30pm
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Travel Alerts

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


FULLERS CUSTOMER UPDATE – FARE CHANGE 25.9.17

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.