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.

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Top hotels in Waiheke Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Le Chalet Waiheke Apartments
4 out of 5
23 Calais Terrace, Waiheke Island
AU$144/night
23 Jul. - 24 Jul.
4.4/5Excellent! (23 reviews)

"Location is ideal. Lovely people who leave you to your own devices and nice clean accommodation"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2019

Le Chalet Waiheke Apartments
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Onetangi Beach Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5-7 Fourth Avenue, Waiheke Island
AU$196/night
23 Jul. - 24 Jul.
4.5/5Wonderful! (218 reviews)

"Very comfortable, peaceful. Welcoming staff. Great convenient food options. Perfect beach, of course. Not a bad word to say about our stay there."…"

Reviewed on 11 May 2019

Onetangi Beach Apartments
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Waiheke Island Motel
3 out of 5
1 Whakarite Road, Waiheke Island
AU$159/night
3 Aug. - 4 Aug.
4.2/5Very Good! (58 reviews)

"We loved the pool and trampoline for the girls, it freed them up to relax and burn off some travel build up. We even saw a tui!! The downstairs was cool and quiet, upstairs really comfortable, with the view to water and neat to hear the tree frogs all about."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2019

Waiheke Island Motel

Popular activities in Waiheke Island

Palm Beach
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Palm Beach

A quiet island beach where you can stretch out and relax on beautiful white sands while gazing across the stunning blue waters.

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

Gaze at the view across Auckland from the top of New Zealand’s tallest tower while dining in a rotating restaurant, or take a dive in a cable-controlled jump.

Mt. Eden Domain
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Mt. Eden Domain

Grab your walking boots and explore the historic buildings of the local village as well as a 19th century prison, before taking a peek into the volcano crater.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

The pygmy marmoset and the massive white rhino are among the rare wildlife you’ll find here, along with species from across New Zealand and beyond.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

A remote and idyllic beach where striking emerald cliffs and lush rainforests meet black sandy shores and clear blue waters.

Auckland Domain
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Auckland Domain

A park built on the site of what was once an active volcano, today is a beautiful spot with towering trees, sculptural works and even a museum.

Top activities in Waiheke Island

Waiheke Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Waiheke Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

AU$43

Cruise your way around Waiheke's highlights with a bus pass that makes navigating the island a snap. With the freedom to hop on and off the bus at conveniently located stops, discover the island's vineyards, restaurants, beaches, and shopping spots entirely at your own pace.

Flying Fox Ziplines at Waiheke Island
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Flying Fox Ziplines at Waiheke Island

AU$123

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Waiheke Island on this eco-adventure. Enjoy dual ziplining over vineyards and native forest, all while taking in magnificent views of the Auckland skyline and ocean vistas. Afterward, complete your adventure with a guided nature walk.

Waiheke Island Bay to Beach Segway Tour
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Waiheke Island Bay to Beach Segway Tour

AU$115

During this guided glide, get to know scenic Waiheke Island on the back of a Segway. A guide takes you past natural and manmade highlights, ranging from the Atawai Whenua Reserve to the Cable Bay Vineyard. Test your skills on a variety of terrains and experience a different side of Waiheke.

Waiheke Island Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour
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Waiheke Island Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour

AU$138

Enjoy a guided deluxe vineyard tour on stunning Waiheke Island. Take the ferry from Auckland, arrive at the island, and visit 3 top vineyards. Taste world-class wine and continue exploring the island with the All Day Bus Pass.

Waiheke Island Twilight Journey Segway Tour
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Waiheke Island Twilight Journey Segway Tour

AU$115

Witness an incredible sunset over Waiheke as you discover the island’s coastal scenery by Segway. Take in the sights like Atawhai Whenua, Blackpool Beach, and Surfdale in the spectacular evening light, and if you choose, end your outing with a scenic dinner at Mudbrick or Cable Bay Vineyards.

Taste of Waiheke Island Tour
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Taste of Waiheke Island Tour

AU$172

Combine your ferry travel to Waiheke Island with this popular tour. Enjoy a day of wine and olive tasting at 3 vineyards and an olive grove. Indulge in locally produced foods such as mouthwatering preserves and world class olive oils, and have a light lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard.