Your visit to Waiheke has to start with one of the ferries. Most people will take Fuller’s(www.fullers.co.nz), from the Harbour Building, but there is another company sailing to the island, called Subritzky (www.subritzky.co.nz), which has also vehicle ferries.
Enjoy the view on Auckland’s skyline, suburbs and a couple of small islands in the Hauraki Gulf during your trip to Waiheke. It will take about 30 minutes.
With Fuller’s you arrive at Matiatia. Just after the wharf are some car rental companies. In my opinion the best way to explore the island. But you can take a taxi or a (tour) bus.
Although the whole island is a HIGHLIGHT, I will mention some:
- Oneroa: the ‘capital’ of the island with café’s and shops
- bays, beaches and coves: everywhere and always with white sand and very remote
- lots of vineyards, most of them are open for visitors (www.waihekewine.co.nz)
- try to find the old boat sheds near Rock Bay
- (Fort) Stony Batter: a World War II coastal defence battery, with 1,3 km of tunnels, gunpits and an engine room. It is open for the public, also with guided tours (www.stonybatter.org)
I'm sure when you are sailing back to Auckland, you have had a wonderful day on this 'little paradise'.
A great little get away form the city. Just hop on a ferry at the ferry terminal on Quay St, City Center. It takes about an hour to get there, so enjoy the views of the Hauraki Gulf and it's many islands. When you arrive at Waiheke you can catch a bus to which ever location you like on the island and explore from there.