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Gorgeous Great Barrier

★★★★★
5 5 1
Really enjoyed spending time at Great Barrier Thursday to Sunday. Our accommodation at Trillium Lodge was outstanding - beautiful views, so comfortable. Did a fab coastal walk (Haratonga) - 12km, easy walking. Saw a lot of the island - perhaps too much driving? Very windy roads. Each morning we had 30 mins of yoga with Katerina which was excellent. Had a 'mindful nature walk' which isn't really my cup tea but I did see the point of it. Overall would have liked more walking and less driving however Gabrielle and Katerina were full of enthusiasm and did their best to give the group a great exerience. This trip is fairly new so feel it will get better with time. Highly recommend to anyone who hasn't visited this lovely island.

Beautiful place

★★★★★
5 5 1
We walked around Waiheke during a sunny day in February and were just astonished by the beautiful scenery and the amount of vineyards and friendly people. Definitely worth a visit!

Great island hike

★★★★★
5 5 1
After few rainy days I decided to go to Waiheke Island for a short one day trip. Booked guided tour with WbN and it was worth it. I was lucky enough, that morning clouds burned, so I had great warm sunny day. Tour guide Katerina from Czech is kind, pro and informative. 5 people in our group for Sunday was perfect number. We did two loops, saw sculptures and spent a day with beautiful views and great pictures. Recommended!

Waiheke Magic

★★★★★
5 5 1
All my guests had a fantastic time. The tour guide was knowledgeable and extremely helpful. The perfect thing for all visitors and guests to Auckland.

Wonderful Way to See the Island

★★★★★
5 5 1
Skip the bad wine and enjoy the amazing beauty with a hike with someone who can tell you about the history of the people and share really interesting information about the flora and fauna. Highly recommended.

Great time in Waiheke

★★★★★
5 5 1
I spent a wonderful time in this beautiful island. I could know something about Waiheke 's history and enjoy at the same time its beaches and bush. The walk was led by Gabrielle, a really nice woman and fantastic guide. She knows pretty well everything about the Island and she will try to do your walk much enjoyable and interesting for sure. I totally recommend the walk and bush.

Double Headland Walk

★★★★★
5 5 1
Great experience and led by Gabrielle, she's very informative and sculpture festival was a bonus.

Great walk around a beautiful island!

★★★★★
5 5 1
My husband and I had a lovely 5 hour walk with Katerina on Waiheke Island. It was a warm but very windy day, and she was a great sport taking us as far as we wanted to go, and showing us great birds and entertaining us with information on the history of the island. This is a must-do tour for folks who like hiking with spectacular views!

A must-do when you like nature

★★★★★
5 5 1
After a long Business Trip I had one Day off in Auckland and was looking for something special that would fill that Day as much as possible, without spending a fortune. So Tourist Office recommended good attractions. I ended up booking a half day hiking Tour in Waiheke with "walking by nature" . This was the best choice I could have made. We had a private Tour with a colleague of mine and Kath', the very nice and well skilled guide. She loves nature and can easily encoureage you to do the same. We walked several hours through the reserve parc in the woods on small hiking tracks as if you would be on a lonley Expedition in a Rain forrest. And then change of scenery to huge Green grass hill fields down to the beach. It was absolutely amacing. Thank you Kath Summary: if you love to walk through pure nature and want to know/learn a bit about what you see, do such a trip. But do not underestimate the effort of this trail. You are going up and down the hills for several miles. Have the proper clothes and good comfortable shoes. At least outdoor sport shoes with good profile underneath. If you think of walking on flipflops on a hot day, think again or go to the zoo. Enjoy it ! I surly did.

Fantastic for our kids too

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had a fantastic hike with Katerina. She did an amazing job keeping our 3 kids engaged on the hike. She was so knowledgeable and such a fun person to be around. It felt like the hike was catered just to us! We can't wait to come back to the island and do this again! I can't say enough at how wonderful we thought our day was! 🙂

Great Walk!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
During a short stay at Waiheke Island I have had a great guided walk, the so called bush and beach walk. We walked through nature and on our way the guide told several nice, special and informative things about the trees, insects, and whatever that came along. We even had a close look to a big kind of pigeon that sat above in the tree. Nice photos, great memories, a walk to do!

A super way to see the natural beauty of Waiheke

★★★★★
5 5 1
I booked a Bush and Beach walk on Waiheke and was met at the ferry by Katerina. We followed well marked trails through a nature reserve and other parts of the island, taking in beautiful views and enjoying the birdlife and local flora, including a stand of very impressive kauri trees. Katerina was very knowledgeable and great company, and did a wonderful job of showing me this lovely island. We finished on a long sandy beach and I went on to have a very nice lunch in a local café. Although the weather was a bit damp, it was a really enjoyable outing and I highly recommend a tour with Walking by Nature as a way to see the real Waiheke.

Brilliant Day Out

★★★★★
5 5 1
The Tour was very informative and the artists were welcoming and happy to discuss their work. We hiked around vineyards and around the bay. I learned about art and nature, a perfect combination. I recommend this to anyone who loves to walk and wants to learn more about the local creative people on the Island.

Wonderful bush and beach walk

★★★★★
5 5 1
Sue was full of knowledge about Waiheke Island. The bush walk was wonderful. To see and hear the birdlife on the island was terrific.It was a very manageable walk.

Good walk

★★★★★
5 5 1
We were only two people and the guide therefore did we get an amazing experience and saw the beautiful waiheke. The guide was amazing to tell history and about the different birds and took us some amazing places in the forest.

Great

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our guide was so lovely, she knew a lot about the flora and fauna which made the trip really interesting. I would always choose it again. The only thing that could be changed is to walk a circular path, if possible. 🙂

Great Barrier Weekend

★★★★★
5 5 1
I thoroughly enjoyed our Walking By Nature adventure on Great Barrier Island. We had a wonderful place to stay, very comfortable and with the rare pateke duck visiting us at the back door and kakas in the fig tree, who could ask for more? I especially liked the conservation theme for the outings on Friday. Having the biologist there to show us the beach and the wading birds where I saw a golden pacific plover for the first time and so many dotterels – just unforgettable. Do count me in for further adventures. By the way I so enjoyed the food I went out and bought the cook book Gab was using!

Wonderful views and walks

★★★★★
5 5 1
Very special Barrier long weekend with great company and lots of unexpected little adventures along the way. Highlights - aside from the wonderful views, walks and water - centred around our planned and unplanned socialising with the locals. Specially enjoyed the Friday evening pizza and wine in the sunshine at The Hub in Port Fitzroy with yachtees, locals, dogs and kids. Oh, and the stunningly beautiful 30 minute charter flight back to Waiheke!

Thank-you Gab for a memorable experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
We were recently guided by Gabrielle on several walks at Great Barrier Island – one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Gabrielle’s expert knowledge and friendly approach meant we had a fantastic trip exploring the best the island had to offer. Thank-you Gab for a memorable few days. We look forward to another adventure with you.

Beautiful, beautiful Waiheke

★★★★★
5 5 1
I thoroughly enjoyed my walk with Walking By Nature (with Gabrielle) recently. Despite Oneroa looking like it was bursting at the seams, we did not see a soul on our walk through the trees and along a coastal path. Great to walk with a local resident and find out some of the hidden gems along the way. Thank you and sorry I can’t make Great Barrier. That sounds like a wonderful trip.

I’m free to roam!

★★★★★
5 5 1
When I set out on a seven-day hike with Gabrielle, I didn’t know that I could walk that far, carrying that much food. But quickly I was put at ease. Gabrielle let me move at my own pace, and gave me little tips which made the walking flow. Soon I had forgotten that tramping might be a struggle – instead my body found its own rhythm and my mind was freer than ever, simply observing and enjoying the huge, spectacular, ever-changing land. Gabrielle taught me to cross rivers safely too. We had quiet times and uproarious laughter, stories by firelight, and some very fine midday dozing in beautiful lunch spots. Walking with Gabrielle was huge fun and it has expanded my comfort zone forever.
 


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