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The island is home to over 50 wineries with vineyards that thrive in the warmer, drier, microclimate. Treat yourself to a tasting and a vineyard tour with views out to sea. If you prefer a cold beer, you’ll be pleased to find plenty of craft breweries on the island. Additionally, for those who enjoy spirits, there are several distilleries to explore. Foodies will also be delighted by the island’s culinary offerings, with a range of award-winning restaurants and cafes serving locally sourced cuisine. Long lunch, anyone?
With 100km of coastline, Waiheke Island boasts 25 stunning beaches, each lapping with glistening turquoise waters. Oneroa, Little Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi are some of the most popular, while lesser-known spots include Enclosure Bay, Rocky Bay, Woodside Bay, and Picnic Bay. Make the most of the island's mild climate and picturesque bays by enjoying one of the island’s many hiking trails or water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, or snorkelling.
The largest suburb on the island is Oneroa, graced with one kilometre of sprawling sandy beach at its base. The bustling village is filled with lively bars and restaurants, boutique shopping experiences, and a host of art galleries for you to explore. At low tide, walk next door to Little Oneroa beach, or head up the track over the hill for access.
Palm Beach is another popular spot for visitors, with idyllic white sand and calm waters that are perfect for swimming. The much-loved beach has a large playground for the kids (or big kids), barbecues, and picnic tables, so you can grab an ice cream from the Palm Beach Store, get the barbie on, and settle in for a relaxing day listening to the soothing sounds of the sea.
Along the north coast, you’ll find Onetangi Beach – the island’s longest, stretching two kilometres. Lounge under the dappled shade of a pōhutukawa tree, play a relaxing round at Waiheke Golf Club, or spot dolphins and orcas at the Onetangi Forest and Bird Reserve. For the thrill-seekers, head to EcoZip Adventures zipline where you can fly through the treetops of an ancient forest.
It’s hard not to feel inspired as you wander the streets of Waiheke Island. Explore the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, which features a range of contemporary art and craft, or visit Sculpture on the Gulf, a biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition which transforms the Matiatia Coastal Walkway into a showcase of leading New Zealand artists’ work.
Waiheke Island offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors. With stunning beaches, world-renowned vineyards, a thriving art scene, and a range of outdoor activities, there is something for everyone. Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a taste of island life, Waiheke Island is the perfect place to play and stay.
Location Te wāhi
Waiheke IslandPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Head to downtown Auckland to catch a quick 40-minute ferry across the emerald waters of the Hauraki Gulf.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Go treasure hunting for locally-made, artisan goodies at the Waiheke Ostend Market, held every Saturday, 8am – 1pm.