Vineyards and Bush Walk (4 hours)

This spectacular walk takes you from vineyard to vineyard in some of the prettiest scenery on Waiheke Island – walking from Poderi Crisci, a famous Italian vineyard restaurant in Awaawaroa Valley, to Passage Rock Wines and back through lush bush tracks and overlooking beautiful valley, vineyard and sea views.

Lunch can be purchased at Passage Rock Wines.


  • Starts and finishes at Awaawaroa Valley – pick up available 30 mins before in Oneroa
  • Start: 10am. Finish 2 pm
  • Enjoy views of Poderi Crisci vineyard to a lookout point over the beautiful Awaawaroa valley, Te Matuku Bay, the eco village, oyster farm and marine reserve
  • Enjoy spectacular views, lush bush and old mining sites as you walk
  • Visit Passage Rock Vineyard to enjoy a coffee and a bite or sample their award winning wines before walking back to Poderi Crisci


Outstanding guide!

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Mike was an outstanding guide! He was there at the wharf when I arrived at Waiheke and we immediately took off on a hike. He was quite knowledgeable about the cultural activities and history of the island and about the plants. He was also an excellent conversationalist, and we found quite a bit to chat about as we walked. At the vineyard, he did an excellent job of getting a good table with a stunning view. The vineyard wasn't up to the quality of the rest of the day's experience, but this was my fault. I had a prior injury and was ready for the first vineyard in sight! The company, Walking by Nature, was superb. They were very helpful answering questions prior to the trip, and with resolving a snafu that occurred in the booking. I'm eager to take another hike with Walking By Nature when I'm next in Auckland.

Beautiful island memories!

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Michael is a passionate and nice guide,who showed me such a beautiful island. We see the beautiful bushes and beaches and had a wonderful lunch and wine. Very nice memories there. Thanks.

Vineyards & Bush Walk

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If you are in Auckland for 2-3 days, you need to experience Waiheke Island. We booked a hiking tour with Gabrielle of Walking by Nature tours. The website was easy to navigate and booking the tour was easy. Gabrielle was very responsive to my email question confirming the pick-up location after arriving at Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island. She told us to take the 9 am ferry which arrives on the island at 9:35. Gabrielle also sent us a reminder email the day before the hike. On the day of the tour, Michael had a sign with my name on it to greet us. He was friendly and showed us our hike route on the map. We then headed off to the bush trails towards a headland area. Michael was knowledgeable about the fauna and flora of the area as well as the Mâori people. He also told us about the annual Headland Sculpture Walk in Waiheke. He was passionate about the island and provided us with a lot of interesting facts and history. We visited two wineries (Mudbrick and Cable Bay). The lunch at Cable Bay was delicious. Since we are going to visit Akaroa, he informed us of The Giants House. I told him that the opening hours of the house were not conducive to when we are going to be there (scheduled swim with the Hector Dolphins). He told us that he knew the artist, Josie, well and to tell her that Michael sent us....and maybe she would open her house to us outside her normal operating hours. We sure hope she will....will find out in a few days. Our tour was only scheduled for 5 hours. Michael spent 6 hours with us as we took his suggestion to visit a Mâori site at Black Pool Beach and then on to Oneroa. We had an amazing day with Michael on this tour. We were lucky with the weather as well getting a personalized private tour.

Fantastic guided walk with a local

5 5 1
I recently did the bush and vineyards walking tour on Waiheke. A fabulous experience made really memorable with a 'born and bred' local - Louis. Well thought out itinerary and a great day out.


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. 🙂

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  • Fantastic scenic walk with expert guiding and interpretation
  • Transfers to the beginning of the walk and back to Oneroa at the end


  • Ferry fares


  • Walking shoes
  • Water
  • Raincoat
  • Day pack
  • Money for wine tasting or food purchases



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