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Just 20 kilometres wide, Waiheke Island is a stunning location popular with day-trippers from Auckland who come to relax on its stunning beaches, tuck in to delicious food at its gourmet restaurants and sample the wine from its vineyards.
Home to over 100 artists, the island is a popular creative haven. Visit the community gallery near at Oneroa, as well as the studios dotted across the island, to discover why. Oneroa is also home to a popular musical museum, where you can try your hand at playing instruments dating back to the 16th century. At Onetangi, you can explore a woolshed museum as well as two restored cottages with photos and textiles on show.
With more than 30 vineyards on the island, it’s a popular place to come and sample the wines on offer. Some vineyards also grow their own olives, which you can try if you decide to stay for lunch at their on-site cafés and restaurants.
For something a little more adventurous on the island, you can hang above Onetangi on its zip lines or take a sailing tour on the surrounding waters, where you may get the chance to see orca whales. Ask about available sailing tours from the kiosks near the island’s main ferry terminal.
Whakanewha Regional Park, located on the island’s southern tip is a great place to visit. Enjoy a walk through the forests and wetlands, looking out for some of the region’s rare bird species including the dotterel and the banded rail. It is also a good camping spot.
It’s only a short ferry ride from Auckland to Waiheke, but small charter planes and sailing boats are also available. Ferries depart from the mainland throughout the day and you can either book your ticket in advance or turn up at the terminal at Viaduct Harbour when you want to board. The island itself has a bus service which runs from the ferry terminal, but it pays to buy an all-day bus pass, which will give you more flexibility.
Beautiful architecture in the courtyard, amazing location right by the beach
Amazing hotel! Staff went above and beyond. We loved the mini golf and pool. Plus the views are to die for. The hotel breakfast (an additional $25pp) was AMAZING! We also treated ourselves to dessert at the bar, which was lovely and highly recommended. The beds were very comfy. Whole hotel was conveniently ...
Bruce is a wonderful host and went out of his way to assure we were comfortable, including pick-up and drop-off at the ferry, which really is a fantastic plus! The property itself is very nice, exceptionally clean and well-cared for, while its location in Little Oneroa is a great base for Waiheke. ...
Awesome stay! Super cool amenities including pool and jacuzzi. Lovely hosts, super comfortable bed and great overall accommodation. Would stay again!
We really can't say enough about what an amazing experience we had at Enclosure Bay. Andy, the owner of the hotel, offered to pick us up from the Ferry Terminal and welcomed us into the hotel with a quick with and gracious hospitality. If that weren't enough, the views are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. You ...