A scenic, 35-minute ferry from Auckland takes you from the buzzing city to to the paradise of Waiheke Island. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke is a unique blend of a laid back, slightly alternative lifestyle, verdant natural beauty and the best of food and wines. Breathtaking beaches, lush olive groves and vineyards along with a vibrant arts scene are just some of the things to enjoy here.
White Sand Beaches
Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi are gorgeous beaches that gently ease into the Hauraki Gulf. You can indulge in sailing, yachting, paddle boarding, fishing or kayaking. And the apparel-optional beaches like Little Palm Beach are great to perfect your tan.
Vineyards and Olive Groves
Waiheke Island has the flawless conditions for a variety of grapes to flourish. The boutique wineries on the island are well known for their fine Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Syrah, Roses and Bordeaux style blends. Many of these offer wine tasting with a tour of the vineyards and olive groves as well as great food.
Waiheke Island has its own sumptuous Pacific Rim cuisine. Taste some specialty, authentic foods that are matched with the fine island wines at the restaurants or wineries in Waiheke. If you visit the local Ostend Market on a Saturday morning, you’ll see the spread of local produce and the delectable chutneys, wild honey and famous herb spread.
Lively Arts and Culture
The island has an upbeat arts scene with many striking galleries, studios and craft boutiques of free-spirited artists. You can treat yourself to some exclusive souvenirs and gifts from the island. Wander through the Ostend Market and the sculpture park at Connells Bay to see more. The Wine and Food festival, the Jazz festival and the annual outdoor Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition are popular events.
For the adventure seekers, there’s mountain biking, zip lining and water sports. Explore the many wonders of Waiheke Island at your own pace. Waiheke really has something for everyone!