Waiheke Island

The feather in the hat of the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland’s island paradise ticks all the boxes.

With its dramatic coastline, emerald waters and delicious wines, Waiheke Island might sound more like the playground of a Greek god than an Auckland getaway. Explore the coastline of the island’s southern side or treat yourself to the sandy beaches on the north shore. Hiking trails weave across cliff tops and drop into cool forests. Brush the sand from your feet, because there’s more: Waiheke’s climate has made it a haven for boutique wineries and artisans making mouthwatering goods.