Waiheke Island Travel Guide

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    Waiheke looking back to Auckland.
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Waiheke Island Things to Do

  • Oneroa

    Every Saturday morning 8.00am - 1.00pm, the Island holds a community market at the RSA in Ostend. Lots of gifts, arts and crafts, second-hand goods, and even entertainment, organic produce, books, plants, jewellery. This is a popular activity on a Saturday morning, showing typical flair of a lot of Islanders. Experience the character of Waiheke...

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  • Onetangi: sun, sand and ocean

    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.

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  • e-cycle the island

    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 -...

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  • Waiheke Island Drive The Loop

    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...

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  • Waiheke Community Market, Ostend.

    Every Saturday morning 8.00am - 1.00pm, the Island holds a community market at the RSA in Ostend.Lots of gifts, arts and crafts, second-hand goods, and even entertainment, organic produce, books, plants, jewellery.This is a popular activity on a Saturday morning, showing typical flair of a lot of Islanders.Experience the character of Waiheke Island...

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  • Stoney Batter - Old WW II Gun...

    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.

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  • Play Golf

    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...

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  • Wine Trail

    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!

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  • Onetangi Beach

    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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  • Stony Batter

    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...

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  • exploring the land

    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,...

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  • Palm Beach II

    And for all you naturists out there, Palm Beach also has a nudist part to it (the end closest to Oneroa).

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Waiheke Island Hotels

  • Delamore Lodge

    83 Delamore Drive, PO Box 572, Waiheke Island, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Boatshed

    Corner of Tawa and Huia Streets, Little Oneroa, Waiheke Island, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Breakfast on the Beach Lodge

    34 The Esplanade, Waiheke Island, 1081, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Waiheke Island Restaurants

  • You have to have the Hot Smoked Salmon...

    This has to be Waiheke's most spectacular vineyard from the point of view of the view. It looks down over the Hauraki Gulf towards Auckland and on a sunny afternoon the view can't be bettered. The menu concentrates on fresh NZ produce and they specialise in hot smoked Stewart Island salmon - you can either have this as an entree or as part of the...

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  • Great coffee, food, ambience.

    Described as a café, coffee roasters and cook's pantry, you will be very happy here. Sometimes you can catch some live music to help you relax.Open 7 days a week.Seasonal food. Great NZ wines.

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  • Snack bar at Surfdale

    Snack Planet is an informal snack bar and cafe located in the small village of Surfdale on the island of Waiheke. The cafe is located on Miami Avenue, a row of small cafes and restaurants that line a road just inland from the beach. Believe me, that description makes Surfdale sound much more exciting than it really is!! Surfdale is a tiny beachside...

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  • Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!

    okay...take my 2 favorite things...wine tasting and the ocean...and combine it...and what do you get? MudBrick Vineyard.as much as I've travelled and seen so many different things...this island is one of my top ten places in the world. it's so laid back...and easy going..and the food and wine and views are unbelievable. The website doesn't do it...

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  • The Terrace at The Mudbrick

    Outdoor dining is always difficult, but The Mudbrick Cafe has done a superb job of providing a range of outdoor tables and terraces to satisfy almost everyone. Whether you are just going for lunch, planning a wedding or special occasion, or even a conference, you would be mad to pass up this venue. We trialled the desserts on our last visit and...

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  • Spectacular Setting

    The setting here is fantastic. The property has been developed and extended over a number of years and provides a mix of indoor and outdoor eating. The terrace tables outside here give a great view of both the gardens and part of the Hauraki Gulf.Although we didn't eat a full meal here, we did indulge in both dessert and coffee and judging from the...

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Waiheke Island Transportation

  • Fullers Waiheke Ferry

    Frequent ferries connect the island of Waiheke with downtown Auckland. I caught one of these ferries, operated by "Fullers", for a daytrip to the island during my visit to Auckland in March 2006. The following information is correct as at that time: Ferry times Ferries leave for Waiheke Island approximately hourly during the day from Auckland's...

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  • SeaLink

    A car is a must if you want to see around Waiheke - although there is a good bus system and taxis as well as tourist operators, nothing beats having your own vehicle and travelling at your own pace. If you choose to take your own car - try the Subritzky Car Ferry - we caught the SeaCat ferry from Bucklands Beach and were there in no time. Its a...

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  • Waiheke Auto Rentals

    WAIHEKE AUTO RENTALS are situated on the ferry wharf at Matiatia where you arrive. They offer cars, station wagons, 4WDs convertible sports cars, coaches and minivans. Plenty of options available too, from daily rate to a One day self-drive tour with maps and info supplied.

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Waiheke Island Shopping

  • Great little gift shop with a...

    This gift shop is well worth the visit as it has quality, tasteful, New Zealand gifts. From Paua shells to Maori Flax bags, there is something for everyone here. Paua jewelry as well. The shop is situated behind the local surf shop, but has a large sign at the front, so you should find it easy enough. I bought a nice ?Guide Book? about Waiheke...

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  • Yes they do have a supermarket on the...

    Usual supermarket, this one is large and well supplied. Can almost buy anything here.Open 7 days 7am - 9pm. That's VERY handy! Food, toiletries and all sorts. It's as cheap here as anywhere.

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  • For all your liquor.

    Well it's just your perfect liquor store to get what you want to drink. Everything to please everyone. This will make your visit to the island perfect, imagine a beach/sea view, nice cheese, food and a lovely cool Sauvignon Blanc to sit and ponder.hmmmmmm Here you can try some of our reknown kiwi beers:TuiSteinlager,Mac's GoldLion Redand many...

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Waiheke Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Taxi touts

    Beware of the taxi touts at the wharf. Legally the drivers cannot solicit for business if they do under no circumstances go with them as the ones that use these tactics (usually the ones in vans) have no meters and will rip you off.They may claim to be longstanding locals with the best rates but you have been warned use a cab with a meter or catch...

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  • Respect Private Farmland and Vineyards

    This is more of a warning than a danger but a large section of the island is privately held land that has a public road running through it mainly to allow access to Stoney Batter. When you drive down this part of the island you will notice gorgeous beaches and inlets and possibly areas you might be tempted to walk across. Please refrain from doing...

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  • Mobile Police.

    If you do rent one of those racey little sports cars or go-anywhere 4WD's from Waiheke Auto Rentals, just remember the Police are well equipped on the island and you won't get away with crazy behaviour.Good luck anyway....

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Waiheke Island What to Pack

  • What to Bring?

    Backpacks are probably best. Swimsuits, walking shoes.. the usual stuff! Stores on the island but probably best to bring your own as prices might be higher As above Camping is available on the island so bring your equipment if you wish to do this.

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  • It's warmer here than the mainland.

    Good walking shoes. And a coat for possible and fast weather changes. Plenty of spare film, although you can buy on the island. Lip cream and sun protection.Insect repellent, as in summer the mudflats have lots of insects.

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Waiheke Island Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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  • 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...

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  • 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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Waiheke Island Favorites

  • City business people live on Waiheke.

    Years ago Waiheke was considered far away and less accessible than it is now. As a result of faster and more comfortable sea ferries, this perception has changed. Now more people live on the Island, and quite a few even commute to the city for work. They are delivered by ferry right to the centre of downtown Auckland, every day. Quite a large...

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  • Good roads.

    Waiheke roads are generally quite good. Often a little skinny but not too many problems. there are one or two unsealed areas only left on the Island. Lots of Islanders walk and bike around, here you can see a walkway beside the road.

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  • Internet connection, Ostend.

    Being on an island can mean a certain kind of isolation, but you don't need to be away from your friends and email for long.KLPNZ.net Café, c/- Rockgas Waiheke, 35/37 Tahi Rd, Ostend, Waiheke Island have a wonderful little internet area. tel: 09 - 372 3606.The people here were so kind and even gave me a free ground coffee for free! No I can't say...

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