Discover Auckland’s island of wine
World-class wines, pristine beaches, olive groves, walking tracks and art galleries, it’s easy to see why Waiheke Island is considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulf’s crown. Although just a 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland, you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Come for a day or stay longer with accommodation to suit all budgets. Glide over native bush on a zipline, play archery and laser clay bird shooting, walk along coastal clifftop tracks, laze on the beach, sip wine, or eat your way around many of the award-winning restaurants, Waiheke is the dream!
Hey syrah, syrah!
Waiheke is home to more than 30 wineries and vineyards nestled into the landscape. More sophisticated than this intro, Syrah is an intense, aromatic and elegant wine with some award-winning drops coming from Waiheke Island. Partial to a bold red? Another common wine throughout the region is stylish red blends - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Delicious! Check out the endless list of wineries that are a must-visit while you're on the island here.
Wander along the white sand at Oneroa and Onetangi beaches – two of the island’s best – and take a dip in the sheltered waters. There are loads of activities to enjoy too - try horse riding, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting, go on a walking tour, hire a scooter, take a scenic flight or zoom across the tree tops on a flying fox zip line. Waiheke also has a thriving arts scene, from local galleries and studios to an inspiring sculpture park, as well as regular art events.
This is the ultimate holiday retreat, so if you’re keen to stay longer, book accommodation in advance, particularly in the summer months. As well as the regular passenger ferry, you can also take a car ferry, a scenic flight, a helicopter or even a seaplane.