Waiheke is now voted as Auckland’s best day out. Many visitors find there is just so much to see and do in one day. So, if you choose to stay over, there is accommodation to suit all budgets and preferences.
With pristine beaches, world class wines, and fantastic cuisine, it’s easy to see why Waiheke Island is considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulf’s crown. Although only 35 minutes from Auckland, you’ll feel like you’re a world away as your browse through art galleries, sample award-winning olive oils and soak in stunning sea views.
With regular ferry sailings, Waiheke is the perfect place to escape to for the day, or even just the afternoon. Once Waiheke was a sleepy summer vacation retreat, and hippie haven, with beach houses dotting its edges. Now you’ll find some 35 vineyards, many the passion projects of their owners, architectural holiday homes owned by the well-heeled, and old-school tiny weekend escapes, side by side. The island is earning a reputation for its vineyards, and many local cafés stock wines unavailable elsewhere.
The annual Waiheke Jazz Festival at Easter attracts renowned overseas performers.
From the ferry landing at Matiatia Wharf you can walk five minutes to the small town of Oneroa, the island’s hub, with its shops, cafés, bars, and real estate agents. Another minute’s walk gets you to Oneroa Beach, one of the most accessible beaches. The north-facing beaches—sheltered bays with little surf—are the best for swimming. The most popular is Palm Beach, 10 minutes by bus from Oneroa.
With so much to do, there’s truly something for everyone on Waiheke Island and they’re very proud to have been voted one of the world’s Top 20 islands by Conde Nast Traveller in 2016, and included on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 travel regions in 2015.
Whether you’re wanting to walk around the stunning coastal headlands, tour your way through the many vineyards, hire scooters for the day to explore or simply relax and do nothing at all, it is guaranteed you will enjoy your time on this magical island.
For more details and information on activities, locations to visit as well as ferry schedule, check out https://www.tourismwaiheke.co.nz/.