Excursion

Waiheke Island Sculpture Walk & Vineyard Lunch

Aficionados of art, wine and the simple beauty of the great outdoors will want to join this outing to the private Connell’s Bay Sculpture Garden, followed by lunch and wine tasting at award-winning Passage Rock Vineyard.

  • Code
    AUC-QW
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
    18 & above
  • Duration
    8½ hours

From your Crystal ship, walk to public ferry terminal to check in at Pier 2, from where you will depart on the 45-minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island.

On arrival at Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island, commence your privately guided island experience, accompanied by local guide. As you make your travels, discover stunning scenery around every corner and be entertained by your guide’s commentary on the history, geography, culture, people and produce of Waiheke.

Soon you will reach Connell’s Bay Sculpture Garden, located on the eastern end of the island. Hosts John and Jo Gow’s vision is to unite art and nature by planting sweeps of native trees and creating special spaces for site-specific commissioned New Zealand sculpture.

View these awe-inspiring artworks during your guided walk. The collection currently features 25 sculptures in various mediums and a temporary sculpture installation project. Other highlights include the sculpture library and Gowshed gallery, not to mention commanding views of the Hauraki Gulf. Your leisurely, two-hour walk will take you through bush and over farmland along a path about one mile in length. Indeed, the setting for the works of art is a work of art unto itself.

Concluding your sculpture park stroll, rejoin your vehicle and head to Passage Rock Vineyard for your lunch and wine tasting. The winery’s award-winning vintages include Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Rosé, Merlot, Cabernet and a particularly delicious Syrah, considered one of the finest wines produced on Waiheke. The winery’s Reserve Syrah was awarded the silver medal in the 2016 AirNZ wine awards.

Raise a glass to an exceptionally enjoyable day of art and wine before transferring to the ferry terminal for your return cruise to Auckland.

Important Notes:

Guests must be a minimum of 18 years of age in order to participate. As this excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. The leisurely walk in the sculpture garden will take about two hours and traverses a path about one mile in length. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring along a light jacket or sweater. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary. Ferry transfer is public and not exclusive to Crystal guests. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Availability: Extremely limited