About Ananda

Our history


Our name, Ananda, is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning bliss, pleasure and happiness ... And that's what we strive to give to all our visitors.

Proudly New Zealand owned and operated, Ananda Tours is a family business that began in a modest way in October 1999 with a single 9-seater Hiace, specialising in art tours. Then, as the vineyards began opening their cellar doors to the public, we began to offer small, personalised wine tours to showcase the growing local wine industry.

 


 

Our fleet


Our vehicles range in size to best suit your needs and all have seatbelts and air conditioning for safety and comfort. Currently the fleet consists of 4 Toyota Coasters, 4 Toyota Hiaces and a late model Hyundai iMax.

 

Ananda Tours fleet

Our services


Seventeen years later, we have a fleet of nine late-model vehicles and can accommodate up to 200 people. We offer tours every day of the year (except Christmas Day) with a 24-hour personalised booking service, and a dedicated team of guides who are all long-time residents with an intimate knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the Island and its attractions. We can provide wheelchairs for disabled clients where required. We can also provide interpreters for non-English speaking clients (Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German).

 


 

Our commitment to excellence


As market leaders on Waiheke, we are well placed to create personalised itineraries and organise logistics for small private tours, large incentive groups, and everything in between. We pride ourselves on being able to fulfil almost any request: vineyards, olive oil mills, scenic tours, adventure tours, visits to local artists and galleries, even special interest tours (for instance, the World War II underground tunnels at Stony Batter).

We continue to hold true to our original inspiration: to show visitors the very best of Waiheke with passion and enthusiasm. Our efficient booking system, close relationships with local providers and highly knowledgeable local guides ensure that visitors to the Island enjoy a memorable experience.

Our commitment was recognised in 2014, 2015 and again in 2016 by a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, and it has gained us "honourable mentions" in a number of tourism and travel publications, including Lonely Planet's Discover New Zealand and work regularly with Tourism New Zealand and ATEED.