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Beautiful experience. Highly recommend it

★★★★★
5 5 1
Gabrielle, our private guide, is a lovely woman who introduce my husband and I to some local interesting artists -painters, sculptors, glass workers, goldsmith, shoemaker, etc. No matter the bad weather we share a gorgeous day with all this people as well as enjoying the landscape and a nice winery and a natural reserve as well. Highly recommend this tour. Thanks Gabrielle!

Double Headland Walk

★★★★★
5 5 1
Had a fabulous day with Gabrielle. She was a great guide with so much local knowledge. A must when visiting Auckland.

Wonderful day on Waiheke

★★★★★
5 5 1
Have just returned from a fabulous day out with Gabrielle, who managed to squeeze in a superb walk, wine tasting, lunch at one her favourite cafes and some shopping. Gabrielle knows and loves her special island. Thoroughly recommend this day trip.

Excellent Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
Highly recommend! The quality of service exceeded expectations. Michael was an exceptional guide providing a thoughtful and enjoyable experience. Thank you very much.

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.

Fabulous walking trip

★★★★★
5 5 1
What a great day trip and THE way to see the island. I was greeted by Louis at the ferry terminal and we headed off on our trip around the headlands. The views were stunning and Louis was very informative throughout the walk. The walk is quite hilly but Louis adjusted the pace accordingly and stopped for plenty of water breaks. Lunch was at Oneroa with a choice of eating in a cafe or getting a takeaway and heading to the beach. There was a little flexibility on the second part of the walk as to which route we took back to the ferry, so that was nice. Really enjoyed this walk - exceeded my expectations and would definitely recommend it to others visiting Waiheke. Thanks Louis.

Wonderful day on Waiheke Island!

★★★★★
5 5 1
It was one of the best trip I've ever had! Louis is a perfect guide - so friendly and professional. His knowledge about Waiheke Island, flora, fauna, culture is really impressive. And the views - AMAZING! I really recommend that trip! I'll be back as soon as it possible!

GREAT walking tour with Walking by Nature

★★★★★
5 5 1
The double headland tour was AMAZING. I was the only one to have booked that day and Louis was completely gracious about it and made it the perfect, personalized walking tour. Views are unbeatable, walking was a great way to see the island and Louis was very knowledgeable about history/natural resources of the island. Have done a lot of traveling and this was one of the best tours I’ve ever done. A must do day trip from Auckland!

Bush and Beach Walk Wonderfulness

★★★★★
5 5 1
Nature lovers but more beach goers than bush walkers, hubby and I booked into the Bush and Beach Walk in order to see more of Waiheke and to learn more about the island we have come to love. Louis our guide was punctual for our meeting and knowledgable, friendly and informative during our walk, providing answers to the many questions we had. We walked at a good pace which enabled us to take in the views while covering good ground. We highly recommend this walk to Waiheke visitors. Thanks Louis and Walking by Nature!

A Must

★★★★★
5 5 1
What a great way to spend a summer day! On a gorgeous island and with the amazing Louis, highly knowledgeable and the nicest guide I ever met. Louis was born there and made this walk entertaining and interesting, showing pathways and artefacts that would be missed by going solo. Furthermore, the overall process and organisation was perfectly handled. In brief, that is a must and it is worth every penny.

Amazing bush walk with awesome bird sightings

★★★★★
5 5 1
What a wonderful day. The Bush 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.

More power to Walking by Nature!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Thanks much for the educational walk, Louis! Learned a lot on New Zealand's birds, trees and flowers! The pace of the walk was just right! Thanks also for the stories on Waiheke life specifically and New Zealand life in general! More power to Walking by Nature! Thanks, Reyna

Most enjoyable day on Waiheke Island!

★★★★★
5 5 1
We wanted to see the island from the perspective of the creative artists that live there and whose work is inspired by its natural beauty. Walking by Nature and especially our young local guide, Louis, delivered. We loved the mix of public and private art, sculpture, craft, and jewelry. The host artists were most gracious in showing us their studio space and work. It was a hot day and two of the artists even offered to drive us to the next stop. Although we purchased a few items, we didn't feel pressured to buy anywhere and photography was allowed (we asked at each studio). The time just flew by and finished up with a lovely coastal/bush walk back to our starting point at the public gallery. We definitely saw more, than we might have on our own. We were expected at each studio and Louis gave a great explanation of the other areas we visited. It was an easy 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland to join the tour. We recommend this tour to anyone looking for something other than the typical winery/tasting tour of Waiheke.

Your customised walk ticked all the boxes for us

★★★★★
5 5 1
My wife and I are blind and we wanted an experience of bush and forest. It was a lovely walk and Louis was fantastic. A very special part of a very special anniversary for Karen and I. We would rate this as excellent with a big thumbs up for Louis. He has a great sense of humour and a love of the Island and its many beautiful gifts. Thank-you so much for accommodating us.

Highly recommend this tour

★★★★★
5 5 1
Louis our guide was very knowledgeable about the island and the artists residing there. We were made very welcome at the artists' homes and studios. Louis extended the tour a little to cover the nature aspect of the island. Take good walking shoes as the island is very hilly but the views are outstanding.

Great day with Louis

★★★★★
5 5 1
I took the Double Headlands hike with Louis yesterday. First off, I was the only guest signed up and they still offered the hike...thanks so much for not cancelling! Louis was very knowledgeable about plants, birds, history and current events. Guests get to choose about routes of this day hike and even where they want to eat lunch. Highly recommend this hiking company.

Highly recommended

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had a great walk with Louis. He met us at the ferry dock and showed us around the island with great knowledge about the wildlife, plants, culture and local life. Highly recommended and a great way to experience beautiful Waiheke Island.

A great walk to appreciate the beauty of Waiheke

★★★★★
5 5 1
I had a refreshing and educational walk - learned a lot on New Zealand's birds, trees and flowers! The pace of the walk was just right. It took me to the mountain, vineyards, and the beaches. A great walk to see and appreciate the natural beauty of Waiheke. My guide, Louis, also shared stories on Waiheke life specifically and New Zealand life in general.

A nice getaway from my business trip

★★★★★
5 5 1
The Walking by Nature walk with Gabrielle was such an incredible experience to wander through the beautiful forests of Waiheke Island and take in the jaw-dropping views. Gabrielle was an informative guide and made the whole experience very calming and relaxing -- a nice getaway from my business trip during the week. As the weather turned after lunch, we decided to do something different and drove around the island to take in the rest of the sites. Gabrielle was so accommodating in also taking me to some beautiful art galleries (as I told her I loved art) to ensure I got my full Waiheke experience. Thanks Gabrielle for a wonderful day and highly recommend to anyone wanting to get an immersive experience in nature -- your mind and body will thank you!

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.

Great Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
Great experience led by Gabrielle. She's very informative and the 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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