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.
Wineries, Islands and Ferries
A quiet island beach where you can stretch out and relax on beautiful white sands while gazing across the stunning blue waters.
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.
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.
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.
A remote and idyllic beach where striking emerald cliffs and lush rainforests meet black sandy shores and clear blue waters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.