Waiheke Island

Visit Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ

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  • Waiheke Island is known for its vineyards, sculpture parks, and culture of arts, music and dining. It is also a great summer holiday playground for sailing, beaches and cycling.

    Waiheke is a large island almost 20 km long and up to 6 km wide. Northern and eastern areas are well developed for housing and small-scale industry, while the southern and southwestern portions are not densely populated and have areas of bush, farmland nd vineyard.

    Waiheke’s main passenger wharf is the ferry terminal near its main shopping and entertainment area, Onetangi. There is another passenger wharf at the south of the island, connected to a road that runs the length of it.

    Accommodation at Waiheke Island, Auckland (NZ)

    Waiheke has motel and B&B style guest house accommodation available at the main towns of Onetangi and Oneroa. The island also has luxury lodges some associated with vineyards.

    There are many self contained holiday homes to rent, as well as backpacker hostel and camping ground facilities.

    Transport around Waiheke Island

    Sea travel is the most common way to reach Waiheke – a journey of only 30 minutes by fast ferry. A slower vehicular ferry also makes regular sailings.

     Waiheke Airfield caters for aircraft and helicopter flights.

     Waiheke has regular bus services that connect the main settlements of the island. Taxis are often used to travel to out-of-the-way locations, and courtesy transport may be available from your accommodation provider.

    Tourist Activities on Waiheke Island

    Waiheke’s beaches and coves are beautiful places to visit on warm sunny days, having very clean air and clear water. At main areas, it is possible to hire sailing craft, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.

    As the sea around Waiheke is relatively shallow, snorkelling and spear fishing are popular, as well as fishing and scuba diving.

    Waiheke has two sculpture parks to visit, as well as many vineyards open to the public, in some cases with restaurant dining and accommodation available.

    Waiheke hosts annual festivals based around jazz and blues music, wine and sculpture.

    Bars and restaurants at Onetangi have live music and dancing at weekends, while quiet restaurants are open most weekdays. During the day, there are art, crafts and clothing shops and a unique local museum.

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    Waiheke Island