• Why walk with us

You will make new friends – Walking and adventuring with Terra & Tide gives you the chance to make new friends whilst connecting to nature and replenishing yourself.

You will be supported to stretch your comfort zone – Whether you are nervous about walking four hours or doing your first multi-day hike or just want a supportive space to take time out – we will support you to achieve your goals effortlessly.

You can connect with nature – A growing number of studies suggest that spending time in green spaces can rejuvenate the mental resources that man-made environments deplete. Nature grounds us, increases our wellbeing and gives us the space we need to recharge and be inspired. We love facilitating that process.

You will learn something new – Whether you are new to hiking, want to learn about the New Zealand environment, Waiheke Island and the Hauraki Gulf, or want to explore other outdoor activities and enjoy learning new things – we love helping you to have fantastic new experiences and to be curious and open learners.

We are passionate about our environment and committed to caring for it – We love our natural landscapes and our flora and fauna. We’ll demonstrate how you can contribute to local conservation efforts, either here or close to your home. Read about our Commitment to the Environment.

About our Qualmark

Terra & Tide has achieved a Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award from Qualmark.

“A Silver Award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds visitor expectations. Proactive leadership and management ensure that a culture of high performance is evident throughout the entire business. The business will have a real focus on continuously improving their economic, social and environmental performance to ensure the tourism product they deliver is a genuine, constantly improving sustainable experience.”

About us

Terra & Tide was started in 2015 by Gabrielle Young, who believes the best way to experience ourselves and our environment is to get out in nature, unplug and connect.

Terra & Tide offers guided walks on Waiheke Island for active travellers who want to be in nature and discover the best the Hauraki Gulf and the island has to offer, and for those who want to take time out, refresh and get unstuck.

Please contact us to learn more.

  • I loved my walking tour with Justine! We visited a specially curated selection of art galleries and studios in artists homes. It was delightful to meet the various artists and see their creative spaces. After a delicious lunch at one of the studios, the tour shifted to the exploration of local nature, birds and trees along one of Waiheke’s many walking trails. Justine’s knowledge of both the art and nature of the island was so impressive, and it was a pleasure to spend a few hours with her on my visit. Two thumbs up for this experience!

    Art walk – 5 stars

  • 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.

    Art Walk – 5 stars

  • We took the Art Walk yesterday with Michael from Terra & Tide. It was such an enriching day. Michael introduced us to the artists, who were very happy to chat about their work, but were not at all pushy. We really enjoyed the stimulating conversations about creating art and the creative process. Lunch at Gabriella’s was relaxing, welcoming and delicious. We would highly recommend this unique experience.

    Art Walk – 5 stars

  • Beautiful walk around Waiheke Island. My guide was great. She quickly assessed my fitness level and tailored the walk to what was just right for me. She pointed out the native plants and told me the history and some of the medicinal purposes. We stopped in at a few shops and galleries meeting artists and some of the local islanders. Lunch was purchased at one of the shops which was healthy and perfect for the day.

    Double Headland Walk – 5 stars

  • I had the opportunity to do the Double Headland Coastal Walk – it was an amazing trek through local bush as well as opportunity to see stunning vistas, both across the coast as well as inland. My guide was a joy and made sure I got the most of the out walk and tailored it based on my interests. I would highly recommend this walk for anyone who likes hikes that are a little challenging but also offer unforgettable sights.

    Double Headland Coastal Walk – 5 stars

  • My family and I did this tour on our second day in Auckland and had an amazing time. The island is absolutely beautiful and our guide, Tracy was very knowledgeable about the island, nature, and wildlife. She was so sweet and made the experience very enjoyable. The walk itself had some hills but was very doable (I wore jeans and was fine). Nonetheless, the tour can be customized based on the needs of the group. Overall, we all had a great time and would definitely recommend!

    Double Headland Walk – 5 stars

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