Auckland and Waiheke Island - no driving required

3 Days


Auckland Central to Auckland Central


  • Car-free travel
  • City sights
  • Vineyards

Best time of year

All year

Over the course of three days you’ll find out why Auckland consistently rates as one of the world's most liveable cities.

Depart the city for Waiheke Island on a ferry that will have you at your destination in just 35 minutes. Efficient local transport on the island makes it easy to visit vineyards, beaches and artists’ studios. Excellent restaurants are part of Waiheke’s charm.

Spend a day exploring the sights and sounds of central Auckland – from thrills and spills, to art and culture, to getting out on Auckland's sparkling harbour.

Complete your visit with a guided tour of your choice - there are options to suit all tastes and budgets. 

Best of all, you don't need a car to get around using this itinerary!

Day 1 / 3

Waiheke Island

1 hr

54 mins

54 km

34 mi


Auckland is set on three beautiful harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. It’s regularly named one of the best places in the world to live; Lonely Planet named Auckland as one of the world's Top 10 Cities for 2014 in its 'Best in Travel' guide.

In the Hauraki Gulf, to the east of the city, there are several beautiful islands for travellers to visit. Waiheke, known as the Island of Wine, is a year-round favourite.

Fast passenger ferries travel from Auckland’s central business district to Waiheke Island's Matiatia Bay in just 35 minutes - see the Fullers and Explore websites for more information.

Waiheke is a picturesque blend of vineyards and olive groves, beaches, farmland and forest. Visits to vineyards, art studios and cafes will keep you busy, or you could simply find a perfect beach and make relaxation your top priority. Wine tours make sampling the island's fare easy; check out Fullers Wine on Waiheke, Ananda Tours or Waiheke Island Wine Tours.

Waiheke’s also a great place for zip lining, archery, clay pigeon shooting, sea kayaking, horse riding and golf.

There's a good choice of accommodation - from luxury retreats to backpacker hostels. Transport options on Waiheke Island include bus (visit the Auckland Transport site for timetables), taxi, and scooter.

Skyline view from Devonport

Start in Auckland Central

This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed coastal living vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surrounds it.

Enjoy over 20 unique wineries on a paradise island just 35mins by ferry from Auckland's CBD.

End in Waiheke Island

Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.

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