The beach here at Onetangi is picture perfect. Nice sand, some shade at the road side. The bus makes a full turn at the end of the beach road ("seventh avenue"). There are toilets at two places - perfectly clean. We changed in the one at the end.
we rented two electrical bikes from Ecycles NZ, located in Ostend, to explore the island. The island has been build for electrical cycles: it is too big to do on foot, too small to hire a car, to hilly for normal bike and busses do take bikes with them for free - if you might run out of juice. we were met at the ferry by an ever so friendly Rob - after calling with Wayne. Rob brought us by car to the location, showed how thebikes operated - in our case, no need for, we own two - and gave us a numberto call in case of emergeny. With a small map - the only point for improvement, a better map with a standard - and on opur way we went. We travelled about 35 km, visiting several places on the west coast of the island, at an average speed of about 17 km/h. Breaking down hill - isn't there a system top recover the energy? - and supported uphill. We had about 20% of the energy left in the battery, but the last part ios relative flat.
A One Day Self Drive Tour of Waiheke Island - Waiheke is an Island that has awesome coastal scenery, numerous north-facing sandy beaches, historic defence installation with inter-connecting tunnels, many boutique vineyards, fine cafe-restaurants in superb locations, and leading artists whose work is renowned.
Drive the great coastal route to ten destinations, meeting friendly people who will provide you with experiences and everlasting memories.
Stoney Batter got is name through a combination of the andesite boulders scattered in the area and the Gun Battery that was located here during World War Two. Today tourists come here by car to explore the tunnels and old gunnery, look at the stunning views and take a walk in the hills.
Waiheke Golf Course is open to the general public for a round of golf for $20. The golf course is quite natural and probably not the best of standards but nevertheless a fun activity if you like golf! It was my first effort playing in about 8 years and I had a blast hitting 127off a par 72.
The course is a 9 hole course. Clubs and trundlers are available for hire.
Waiheke has a large number of vineyards that offer wine tasting. You could come across for the annual Waiheke Wine Festival or you could take one of the set ferry and wine tours or make it up yourself! Whatever way you choose, a trip to Waiheke would not be complete without sampling some of the delicious wines on offer!
The eastern end of Waiheke Island is where you can find Stony Batter - it gots its name from some unusual rock formations deposited as a result of volcanic activity more than 8 million years ago.
During WWII the New Zealand army built three large concrete gun emplacements and dug mazes of tunnels at the eastern end on the hill at Stony Batter.
The area and tunnels are open to the public and offer wonderful views of the southern end of the Hauraki Gulf. There is a charge to enter the tunnels ($5 per person) and you need to take a flashlight.
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Visit Stony Batter as part of the Drive the Loop tour of the island. There is a car park at the end of the road with a walk from there which is approximately 1.2 kms
Waiheke Island is full of tracks or trails through the native bush, above the coast, or on the beaches. The best thing to do here is relax and tune in to the natural beauty on a walk. The energy of the land is healing and rejuvenating. Waiheke Island is a great place to take a break from Auckland, sleep late, listen to the birds, have a massage, and re-charge your inner batteries. It is amazing that such a relaxing place is so close to Auckland. You feel like you've entered another world when you get off the ferry on Waiheke.
Follow the coastal path (not the signposted one) towards Sandy Bay - the name speaks for itself and explains why few people bother with Hekerua (thankfully!). After Sandy Bay you walk along a road for a short period on to Isolation Bay and then through forested McKenzie Reserve (steep!) and on to the main road. Five -ten minutes of road walking and you reach a fantastic viewpoint over Palm Beach. 2 hours will do this walk.
Onetangi Beach is one of the main beaches on Waiheke Island. It is quite a nice beach and is safe for children to swim in. It can also be good for snorkeling and kayaking.
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