Waiheke Island Travel Guide
Waiheke looking back to Auckland.
Waiheke Golf Course
Lots of bays, gorgeous views, Warmer climate.
The worst thing about it is the grey winters, which seem cold to me after living 18 years in Hawaii
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...
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.
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...
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...
Te Whau Vineyard: 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...
nourish: 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.
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:
Ferries leave for Waiheke Island...
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...
Although infrequent, there is a great bus network serving part of the island (note that in much of the eastern part not all the roads have been sealed, hence no bus service). All buses converge on the foot passenger ferry at Matiatia and pass through Oneroa. From there, points served are basically...
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.
True Blue.: Great little gift shop with a difference.
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...
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...
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...
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
Camping is available on the island so bring your equipment if you wish to do this.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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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