Reviews of Walking By Nature
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We had a beautiful walk [Double Headland] on Waiheke Island. Our guide Justine was like an old friend by the time we reached the end – very personable and interesting to talk to – full of local knowledge of the island and it’s people. She was wise enough to realise we’d never finish the full walk because of our speed (or lack of it) and adapted the distance. But we still so much more than we would have on our own. Thank you Justine.
I did the Art Walk on Waiheke last weekend and really enjoyed it. Michael and Justine, our guides, were friendly and enthusiastic about the island and its many artists. We visited the art gallery and other art storefronts, but they also brought us to the homes of various artists who I would not have known to visit on my own, and we had lunch at the beautiful home of artist Gabriella Lewenz. On top of all this we did quite a bit of walking. Michael also gave me lots of ideas for other activities while on the island, which I really appreciated.
If you are in Auckland for 2-3 days, you need to experience Waiheke Island. We booked a hiking tour [Vineyards & Bush Walk] 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.
Our family group of 8 adults met Gabrielle and Michael at the Waiheke dock for our tour. Breathtaking views around ever turn. We learned about flora and fauna, island history, Maori culture—Gabby and Michael shared their extensive knowledge and great love of their island. For that afternoon, we received the gift of local connection to an extraordinary place. We highly recommend Walking by Nature tours.
What a wonderful day. The Bush & Beach Walk was fantastic and Louis was a great guide, with A LOT of interesting information about Waiheke in general and specifically about the bush flora and fauna. I was blown away when we actually saw a Kaka (tearing up the bark on a tree). I will definitely need to come back and see more of Waiheke Island.