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Several small coastal villages make up 12-mile (19-kilometer) long Waiheke Island, where you’ll find gourmet restaurants and beaches. Over 100 artists live and work on the island; they display their wares in the community gallery at Oneroa near the ferry stop and in studios around the island. A woolshed museum and two restored cottages at Onetangi display photos and textiles, while a musical museum at Oneroa gives visitors a chance to play instruments dating as far back as the 1500s.
The island is easy to navigate by buses, which leave regularly from the ferry terminal. An all-day bus pass is the best value for money for those wanting to tour the island’s beaches and vineyards.
Sample the Bordeaux-type, Syrah and Chardonnay wines grown in more than thirty vineyards on the island. Some vineyards also grow their own olives, which you can try along with lunch in on-site cafés and restaurants.
Fly above the island on a zip line at Onetangi, a beach in the north of the island. Take a chartered sailing tour to get your bearings around Waiheke and its neighboring islands, and to see some of the marine life that inhabits the pristine waters, including orca whales. Some sailing tours offer gourmet meals with Waiheke wines, or bushwalking and kayaking tours. Sign up for a tour from kiosks near the main ferry terminal.
Catch a bus or drive to Whakanewha Regional Park on the south coast of Waiheke Island. Here, you can walk through taraire, kohekohe and kanuka forest, and wetlands inhabited by some of New Zealand’s rare bird species, such as the dotterel and the banded rail. Whakanewha Park provides the only camping area on the island.
There are a number of ways to get to Waiheke Island from Auckland, from small charter planes and luxurious sailing boats, to a short ferry ride. Three companies operate ferries that leave from the mainland several times a day. Book in advance or turn up to the ferry terminal at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on the day.
Located in Onetangi, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eco Zip Adventures and Onetangi Beach. Waiheke Golf Club and Saratoga Estate Winery are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This bed & breakfast is located in Waiheke Island (Omiha), close to the beach, Dead Dog Bay, Wild on Waiheke, and Te Motu Vineyard. Also nearby are Saratoga Estate Winery and Tantalus Estate.
Situated in Waiheke Island, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Palm Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oneroa Beach and Onetangi Beach. Little Oneroa Beach and Obsidian Waiheke Island Vineyard are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Ostend, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Wild on Waiheke and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Onetangi Beach. Te Motu Vineyard and Saratoga Estate Winery are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Oneroa, this luxury inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Art Gallery and Oneroa Beach. Whittaker’s Musical Museum and Little Oneroa Beach are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Ostend, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Palm Beach, Wild on Waiheke, and Te Motu Vineyard. Stonyridge and Onetangi Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Blackpool, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Little Oneroa Beach and Oneroa Beach. Art Gallery and Whittaker’s Musical Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Omiha, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Whakanewha Regional Park, Wild on Waiheke, and Te Motu Vineyard. Saratoga Estate Winery and Stonyridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).