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 60 minutes throughout the day.

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

Availability: Ferries to meet this tour depart Auckland on the hour from 9am - 4pm daily.
Tour departs from Matiatia hourly from 9.55am - 4.55pm daily, starting and ending at Matiaia Ferry Terminal. Last drop off to Matiatia is 6.15pm.
Time: Approximately 1.5 hours to complete one circuit.
Tour Price: Adult $55 Children $30 Family $145*^ (ferry fare, plus explorer pass is included).
Fitness: Easy

 *Family is 2 Adults and up to 2 Children.
^Tour operates from 1 May 2017 - 30th September 2017. Excludes Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day.
From 1 May 2017, this tour will operate hourly.
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 9.50am from Matiatia Wharf and run every 60 minutes until the last drop off at Matiatia at 6.15pm
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Travel Alerts

Coromandel - Orapiu - Rotoroa ferry cancelled for 19th August 2017

Please be advised the Ferry for Coromandel - Orapiu - Rotoroa Ex AKL is cancelled for 19th August 2017 due to adverse weather conditions.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please call on 09 3078005 for further travel arrangements.

Kind Regards,

360 Discovery Team


Please be advised that the following services will be operated by bus due to low tides:

Tuesday 22 August 2017

1.30pm Auckland – HMB
2.15pm HMB – Auckland

Wednesday 23 August 2017

1.30pm Auckland – HMB
2.15pm HMB – Auckland
2.30pm Auckland to HMB
3.15pm HMB to Auckland

Thursday 24 August 2017

1.30pm Auckland to HMB
2.15pm HMB to Auckland
2.30pm Auckland to HMB
3.15pm HMB to Auckland

Pier 1, Downtown Ferry Terminal – New Ticket Office Development

Building works starting Tuesday 22 August 2017

A new ticket office is being built on Pier 1 at Downtown Ferry Terminal. Work starts on Tuesday 22 August and it’s expected that work will be completed by late September.

The new ticket office will be shared by both Fullers and Auckland Transport, transforming it into both an AT Metro Customer Service Centre and a Fullers Ticket Office. Until it’s built, our ticket office will be temporarily be moved to a new site inside Pier 1 (directly opposite its current location) and it’ll be business as usual for our customers.

During this time we strongly recommend that ferry tickets are pre-purchased in advance to avoid any disruption to your day. You can also purchase Fullers paper tickets online at fullers.co.nz, via the MyFerry App and on board most vessels. We’ll also be extending our ticket office hours at Devonport until 8.30pm Monday to Sunday while work is being carried out.

Auckland Transport are working with the contractors to minimise any impact to customers and we appreciate your understanding during this time.

Devonport Customer Communications - Kea Out Of Service

In July, Kea was taken out of service for urgent repairs which have required her to remain out of operation. Access to a slipway has proven extremely difficult resulting in further delays. A slipway has now become available enabling us to undertake the repairs whilst at the same time allowing us to carry out her annual survey. During this time Cap Surfer and TiriKat will be the main vessels for the Devonport service until Kea returns in mid to late September.