Welcome to Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Blessed with its own warm, dry microclimate, Waiheke Island has long been a favourite escape for city dwellers and visitors alike. On the island’s landward side, emerald waters lap at rocky bays, while its ocean flank has excellent sandy beaches. While beaches are Waiheke’s biggest drawcard, wine is a close second. There are around 30 boutique wineries scattered about, many with tasting rooms, swanky restaurants and breathtaking views. The island also boasts plenty of quirky galleries and craft stores, a lasting legacy of its hippyish past.
Getting around is easy, catch one of the regular ferries that run to Waiheke from downtown Auckland. Once on the island, there are public buses and taxis, or you can hire a mountain bike, motor scooter or car. And if you’ve already got a car or bike, you can bring it over with you on the car ferry. You can also take a scenic flight, a helicopter or even a seaplane. Wander along the white sand at Oneroa and Onetangi beaches – two of the island’s best – and take a dip in the sheltered waters. There are loads of activities for adventure seekers too – try horse riding, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting, hire a scooter, take a scenic flight or zoom across the tree tops on a flying fox zip line. Waiheke also has a thriving arts scene, from local galleries and studios to an inspiring sculpture park, as well as regular art events.
In landscape, lifestyle and experience, Waiheke is a world away, This is the ultimate holiday retreat, so if you’re keen to stay longer, book accommodation in advance, particularly in the summer months. So whether you’re wanting to walk around the stunning coastal headlands, tour your way through the many vineyards or simply relax and do nothing at all, we truly hope you enjoy your time on this magical island.