This spectacular walk has a little bit of everything – bush, beach, headlands, and vineyards.
Beginning with a walk through restored and regenerating bush up to the headland for some spectacular views of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
We continue on through lush established bush tracks and through the rolling hills overlooking beautiful valley, vineyard and sea views where there is time available for wine tasting and/or lunch at two of Waiheke’s best-loved vineyards – Mudbrick Vineyard or Cable Bay Vineyards – there are tasting options to suit all budgets.
ABOUT THIS WALK
- Start: 9:45am / Finish: 3pm
- Starts and finishes at Matiatia ferry dock
- Walk through the Atawhai Whenua Forest & Bird Reserve while learning about our regenerating native bush and conservation projects on Waiheke
- Enjoy stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel; spot sea birds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, orcas or dolphins
- Learn about the history and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke Island
- Enjoy spectacular views, lush bush, walking past amazing homes, city and sea views as you walk
- Discover the stunning bush reserve Pio Rehutai as you come out along the ridge to a lookout above Blackpool Bay and Oneroa
- Continue on through the rolling hills to Mudbrick Vineyard and/or Cable Bay Vineyards to enjoy a coffee and a bite or sample their award-winning wines and world class venues before walking back to the ferry
As a solo traveller, this was a perfect way to explore Waiheke. The hike had amazing views and my guide Justine added lots of extra information about the plants and wildlife. Wine tasting was great fun and I particularly enjoyed visiting Mudbrick vineyard.
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.
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.
- Fantastic scenic walk with expert guiding and interpretation
- Ferry fares
- Lunch and wine tasting
WHAT TO BRING
- Walking shoes
- Day pack
- Money for wine tasting or food purchases
If there is anything at all that you need to know, please contact us – we are happy to help!