Check out the houseboats.
If you can find the Causeway, deep into Putiki Bay, near to Ostend, take some time to view the various houseboats moored there along from the children's playground.
They offer an insight into another way of island life, and are usually great subjects of phototaking.
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Stoney Batter - history and walks
The rock formations on Stony Batter are large andesite boulders deposited as a result of volcanic activity 8 million years ago probably from the Waitakere volcano that ran down underwater slopes as a lahar and settled out in isolated sites of the ancient sunken Waitemata basin. The boulders might have got their shape through weathering by water getting into the cracks over hundreds of thousands of years and breaking and rounding them. Most likely the boulders are smooth and round because they came from a lahar. A lahar is a raging river of mud, melted snow, and ice that flows down the unstable steep slopes of a volcano usually in direct response to heavy rainfall. The rolling and turning in this rapid downward flow smoothes the edges of the rock.
You can get here by car only. There are a few walks around the area - check with the local i-site for a brochure on Waiheke walks.
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Waiheke Wild - Olive Grove
Waiheke Wild is a business on Waiheke that specialises in the making of Olive Oil and Dukkah which it sells. They also run tours of the Olive Mill and Grove.
You can find Waiheke Wild on the road that leads out to Stoney Batter on your right.
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