Whether you’re an Auckland local or a visiting traveller, you can’t pass up a visit to Waiheke Island. White sand beaches with calm blue water, fantastic wineries, natural sights and a quality arts and crafts scene are just some of the things you’ll find in this destination. And it’s only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland! This place is very popular in summer, and when you book one of our Waiheke Island hotels, you’ll find out why. There’s just so much here to do!
The second biggest island in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke is 92 glorious square kilometres of beach, forest, farms, vineyards and quirky villages. About 9,000 people live here permanently, with the population swelling in summer. Now it’s your turn to join in the fun.
This place is an island, so it’s no surprise you can find beaches in any direction. Oneroa has a foreshore lined with pohutukawa trees, a calm blue bay perfect for a swim and a village with cafes, shops, restaurants and art galleries. It’s perfect for a post-swim coffee – one of the best types of coffee there is! You can also bring some food and a picnic blanket to sit in the sun or hire a kayak. Little Oneroa Beach is also close to the village, and there’s equally superb summer spots like Palm Beach, Onetangi, Church Bay, Rocky Bay and heaps more. Get even more out of being close to the ocean by going sailing or taking a scenic flight over the island. From up in the air, you’ll see it all – every beach, vineyard and rolling hill.
You may prefer to sightsee with your feet on the ground. Fair enough. Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park has cool artistic sculptures to see. Stony Batter Gun Emplacements has tunnels and guns left over from WW2. Then there’s Dead Dog Bay, which is thankfully free of actual dead dogs, and features a forest track past wildly creative sculptures instead.
Both food and wine are excellent to indulge in on Waiheke Island. There are more vineyards than you can shake an olive branch at, with hot dry summers helping to produce fantastic drops from Merlot to Chardonnay. Dine away in one of the villages such as Oneroa or Onetangi, where the delicious food often comes (no surprises here) with a side of wine.
No wonder so many people choose to live on this island and make the trip to Auckland for work every day. It’s a pleasure to be here! Book your Waiheke Island accommodation and a flight to Auckland with us and get ready for a satisfying escape.
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