Hōpara is Māori for ‘explorer’. And in our view every moment exploring Waiheke Island, should be exemplary.

Regarded as one of the best destination islands in the world, Waiheke Island boasts a number of New Zealand’s finest vineyards, restaurants, private villas, coastal landscapes and beaches. This is all less than 15 minutes by helicopter from Auckland city.

Explore Waiheke Island

I created Hōpara for one reason. I wanted to share the best parts of the island that I call home, with guests who are looking for something a little bit special. Often visitors only get to enjoy the sights of the more populated areas of the island. Most of the magical sights, however, are at the rural end. Hōpara offers experiences focusing on this end of the island. With exclusive access to Man O' War Farm, we provide tours of areas not open to the general public. We believe that guests visiting this island should be able to explore the island in private and with flexibility. This should not determined by someone else's schedule or having to share the experience in a bus or van with others. It's important to us that guests are able to change their itinerary on the go. This is achievable with Hōpara as you will have the vehicle and private guide to yourself. It is the down-to-earth, relaxed Kiwi way that make our guests feel like they are exploring with a new friend, rather than with a guide. With a long history in music artist & event management, we also get that it is the small details that matter. We understand that discretion is paramount. I'm excited to show you this little island at the bottom of the world, and hope you take a little bit of Waiheke home with you. Best wishes, Tim Groenendaal Hōpara Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Why us

Explore Waiheke Island

Access to private properties not often open to the general public
Explore Waiheke Island

I focus on the small details and personal touches
Hopara Maori

I'm the business owner, and will always be the host -providing full discretion and privacy
Explore Waiheke Island

I review our partners to ensure they are providing the best experiences possible for our guests
Hopara Māori

Luxurious, safe and comfortable travel in the finest SUV available on-island
Explore Waiheke Island

Use of the vehicle to be used at our guests' discretion