Catch a comfortable and relaxing 40 minutes ferry cruise to the Waiheke Island, which is less than 12 miles (19 KM) from downtown Auckland. A Mediterranean climate with pleasant combination of farmlands, forest, seaside villages and beaches serves as the perfect get-away location from a busy city life. As you arrive at the island which offers you an amazing sights of vineyards, olive trees, and lavender fields; you will receive a warm welcome from your tour driver who will drive you in a comfortable shuttle through the island to Mudbrick Vineyard, a winery and restaurant which offers incredible views overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. During the1.5 hours drive, your driver will share lively and informative commentary on the culture and history of Waiheke which was once a sleepy backwater and has gained a reputation in the 1960s for being a hippie haven. After the establishment of the first vineyard in the late 1970s, the island is now home of a bustling wine industry and a home to millionaires and hippies alike, one of the top-destination for tourists to enjoy the magnificent scenery, laid-back atmosphere, protected environment and the beautiful beaches; a warm hospitality in the abundant wineries, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and small shops. As your tour ends, you can return to Auckland on a tour bus to the wharf for a late-afternoon ferry ride. You can also choose to further explore the island and return at your own pace. You’ll get a complimentary ‘All Day Bus Pass’ which can be used on the Island’s public buses. Return ferries are available untill late on most evenings. Check the schedule for exact details.