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Waiheke Island

A delightful small island, home to picturesque coastal villages, Waiheke is famous for its vineyards and beaches, gourmet food and thriving artistic culture.

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.

Top hotels in Waiheke Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Onetangi Beach Apartments
Onetangi Beach Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5-7 Fourth Avenue, Onetangi, Waiheke Island
The price is AU$235 per night

This family-friendly Waiheke Island apartment building is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Obsidian Vineyard and Onetangi Beach. Eco Zip Adventures ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (245 reviews)

"Walking distance to 3 eateries/pubs and just off the beach"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2020

Onetangi Beach Apartments
Waiheke Island Motel
Waiheke Island Motel
3 out of 5
1 Whakarite Road, Ostend, Waiheke Island, Auckland
The price is AU$166 per night

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anzac Bay and Palm Beach. Wild on Waiheke and Te Motu Vineyard are also within 2 mi (3 km).

4.2/5Excellent! (68 reviews)

"nice place to stay, will stay here again parking a bit tight"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Waiheke Island Motel
Enclosure Bay
Enclosure Bay
4.5 out of 5
9 Great Barrier Road, Palm Beach, Waiheke Island
The price is AU$409 per night

Situated by the ocean, this luxury bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Enclosure Bay, Sandy Bay, and Palm Beach. Hekerua Bay and Oneroa Bay are also ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)

"Andy & Jenny are lovely people who run a great place. jenny had lots of information about local attractions at check in time."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020

Enclosure Bay

Popular places to visit in Waiheke Island

Palm Beach
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Palm Beach

4.5/5(47 reviews)

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

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$45
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Flying Fox Ziplines at Waiheke Island
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Flying Fox Ziplines at Waiheke Island

AU$120
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Waiheke Island Bay to Beach Segway Tour
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Waiheke Island Bay to Beach Segway Tour

AU$112
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Shore Excursion: City Highlights & Waiheke Island Wine Tour
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Shore Excursion: City Highlights & Waiheke Island Wine Tour

AU$210
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Waiheke Island Twilight Journey Segway Tour
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Waiheke Island Twilight Journey Segway Tour

AU$112
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Devonport Tiki Tour
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Devonport Tiki Tour

AU$293
Per adult

Reviews of Waiheke Island

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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1 Mar. 2020

We took a car so travelled round the island to different vinyards. Had a top rate dinner at 372 restaurant, 21 The Strand Onetangi Beach

5/5 - Excellent

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1 Dec. 2019

Love it, would prefer a few less people, but that is just being selfish!!!

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Jun. 2019

Will be back to explore more in summer/autumn. Weather was not our friend. Would advise against going to Dellows if you do a hop on hop off bus trip or wine tour

5/5 - Excellent

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26 May 2019

Love Waiheke but would not recommend this as accommodation sorry, it was tired and the kitchen cupboards and utensils were unclean and greasy.....

5/5 - Excellent

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13 Mar. 2019

Wineries are all excellent but by far the favourite was Peacock Sky.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Dec. 2018

Goldie Estate is a lovely venue for a wedding.

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