Waiheke Island: Full Day Guided History and Heritage Tour

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Spend a day exploring Waiheke from a Māori perspective. Visit the focal point of the Māori community on Waiheke, learn about carving, tattooing, Māori language and the impact of colonisation.

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  • Discover the stunning scenic views on Waiheke Island
  • Learn about Māori history and culture on the island
  • Explore an archaeological site
  • Visit a vineyard with optional tastings of wine and olive oil
  • Keep an eye out for native bird species


Discover Waiheke Island from a Māori perspective. Visit the focal point of the Māori community on Waiheke, learn about the significance and importance of carving and traditional tattooing, the revitalization of the Māori language, and the impact of colonization on Māori people. Be greeted by your local guide at the wharf upon your arrival. Stroll around Waiheke taking in stunning sea views of the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland City, and the Pacific Ocean. Purchase lunch at a local cafe where you will have an opportunity to mix with the locals and experience delicious food and coffee. The sub-tropical Waiheke climate has allowed for award-winning wine and olive oil industries to be established on the island. You will be able to taste both as an option when visiting a local vineyard. During a guided walk through native bush, your guide will explain the traditional and medicinal Māori uses of native plants and take you to the summit of a historical pa site with archaeological remains of kumara pits, shell middens, and defensive terraces. You may spot native birds like the tui, kereru, and piwakawaka. Your guide will drop you back at the wharf in time for the return 4:00 PM ferry. Or, if you wish to stay on the island longer you can be dropped in Oneroa, the main village, and make your own way back to the ferry by either a 15-minute walk or a short bus ride.


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