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Waiheke: discover more about Waiheke Island  About Waiheke Island 

About Waiheke Island

Don't be deceived by the 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland CBD: whilst Waiheke is very accessible, the pace of life is slower and more relaxed. You don't even need to contend with traffic to get here. Instead, you can sip on a glass of bubbles on the ferry and enjoy the views of Hauraki Gulf islands as they speed past you.

You'll notice Waiheke Island's chilled holiday vibe as soon as the ferry pulls into Matiatia Bay: you'll see moored boats bobbing around, ready for an adventure. Matiatia Bay itself is framed by rolling green hills. You may even notice a sculpture or two on the hillside, in the grounds of a luxurious, architectural home. You'll know then that Waiheke is a rather exceptional, special place.

Just up the hill from Matiatia Bay is the bustling village of Oneroa, complete with shops, cafés, restaurants and galleries , as well as the island's most popular beach.

Beyond Oneroa, the rest of the island awaits your discovery. Vast white sand beaches are fringed with pohutukawa trees. Wineries and restaurants nestle in green, vine-clad valleys.

Whether you want to surround yourself in luxury; dine on the finest food; celebrate a special occasion with loved ones; relax on a deck with stunning sea views; sip on the finest island-produced wine; visit one of the island's many art studios; or simply spend your time on the beach. Waiheke Island is the place where you can enjoy what's important to you.

What are Waiheke holiday houses like?

There's a wide range of Waiheke holiday houses available to rent from Visit Waiheke. Some of our most popular requests are for:

Beach accommodation: Waiheke holiday houses that are near the beach.

Pet friendly accommodation: Your pet's part of the family, so you could bring them along on your holiday.

Romantic getaways: Accommodation that's perfect for two.

Group accommodation: For groups of 10 or more people.

Wedding venues: Waiheke is the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Winter breaks: Whilst Waiheke is stunning in summer, it's a great place for a winter break. These Waiheke holiday houses have heating, so you can be warm and cosy.

Luxury Waiheke accommodation: Properties with the "wow" factor for the ultimate in indulgence.

Waiheke Island accommodation: You can see all here, or if you need any help, do contact us.

Waiheke Island weather and climate

Waiheke Island is blessed with a microclimate that is usually a few degrees warmer than Auckland; has less humidity; and lower rainfall.
Waiheke Tide Spy

Getting to and from Waiheke Island

Car and passenger ferry services are available from:
Sealink Ferries and Fullers Ferries

 

Useful Links

What's Happening on Waiheke

visitwaiheke.org.nz

Car Rentals

Fun Rentals
If you're looking for Waiheke Island car or scooter hire - look no further! We specialise in car and scooter hire on Waiheke! Our cheap Waiheke vehicle hire is not only fun, but cool - with dedicated support staff to ensure your trip is awesome!

Offshore Rentals
For budget car rentals and Waiheke Island Tours

Waiheke Auto Rentals
For all your rental car needs

Waiheke Rental Cars
Offer a comprehensive range of vehicle, motor bikes and scooter rentals.

Ferries

Fullers Ferries
Auckland passenger ferries and charter-cruise company.

SeaLink Passenger and Vehicular Ferries
Vehicle and passenger ferry service to Waiheke Island from Half Moon Bay in East Auckland.

Music

Real Entertainment
Real Entertainment provides professional musicians for corporate functions, weddings and private parties on Waiheke Island – classical, jazz and cover bands.

Olive Groves

Azzuro Groves
The eight groves are scattered across the property, each with olive cultivars of predominantly Tuscan varieties of Frantoio, Leccino, and Pendolino. These produce good yields of quality fruit for pressing extra virgin olive oil as does the Spanish cultivar Picual, providing late season fruit with big flavours and copious oil.

Matiatia Olive Estate
Matiatia Olive estate is a boutique grove of 120 mature olive trees that produces 2 kinds of extra virgin olive oil being Koroneiki and a blend, that is 100% waiheke Pure and has been selected by Chef Peter Gordon for use at his award winning restaurant, "Dine".

Number 29
The olive trees at n u m b e r 29 are a mixture of Mediterranean varietals that have all been acclimatised to New Zealand conditions. They have been selected for their good growth and cropping yields. Most of the olives are grown on the grassy slopes of Waiheke Island.

Rangihoua Estate
Rangihoua produces the most prolific award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils in New Zealand.

Outdoor Activities

E-bike Rentals. See 2x as much Waiheke in one day!
Our e-bikes take the sweat out of biking. Rent one of our bikes for $50 per day. We provide helmets, baskets, carriers, map of the island, and lots of ideas to make your day the best ever!

EcoZip Flying Fox
EcoZip Adventures offers state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers aged 8 to 88. You'll enjoy the full Waiheke experience with a complimentary pick up from the island ferry and a range of drop-off locations afterward.

Guided Walks on Waiheke
Walking By Nature: Waiheke guided walks - see the best of Waiheke Island. Phone +6421669722 http://walkingbynature.nz/

Keelyacht Instructor
For those wanting to learn how to sail up to those who want to fine tune their yacht racing skills, Steve is the professional for you.

Sea Kayaking
Guided Sea Kayaking Tours and Hire

Stand Up Paddle Board Waiheke
We're on the beach for all of January, on weekends in February and March or by happy appointment at any other time.

Wild on Waiheke
We offer a diverse and ever-changing range of fun and challenging activities set within the magic of Top Knot Hill Vineyard and Waiheke Island Brewery. Hidden amongst the vines are archery, laser claybird shooting, as well as many other activities, all suitable for families, corporate groups and visitors to the island. Insync, our corporate team building division can design specific packages to suit your requirements, timeframes and budget. Our ‘Taste Waiheke’ room is a first for Waiheke. You can sample and purchase locally produced food; olive oils; preserves; art and craft as well as our own wine and beer made on the premises.

Real Estate

Real Estate in New Zealand
Real Estate for everyone, anywhere in New Zealand

Real Estate on Waiheke Island
Your personalised Sales Consultant at Bayleys Real Estate, Waiheke Island

Restaurants and Chefs

CHEERS for private coctail parties. Hire of private bar
Cheers is Waiheke's hospitality business that specialises in providing high quality and unique cocktail packages, catering to private residences, holiday homes, venues and events. They offer great custom menu options with expert advice and tips on how to make your occasion a special one!!

ChefDeb Waiheke
Want to dine inhouse - then call Chef Deb. Check out her extensive menu on line.

Taxis

Island Taxis
Enjoy our beautiful Island and all it has to offer with a range of world class vineyards, restaurants and beaches, with the team at Island Taxis.

Tours

Ananda Tours
For Wine, Art and Vineyard Tours, Silver Service Tours on Waiheke, please enquire!

Enjoi Waiheke- Premium Tours
Enjoying Waiheke is easier when you book with Enjoi Waiheke. We will show you around the island in style, taking in top wineries, extraordinary outdoor adventures and amazing scenery. We know how to make Waiheke shine.

Flight Hauraki
Flight Hauraki offers passenger transfer and scenic flights. We typically operate between Waiheke and Auckland Airport, Great Barrier and North Shore, 7 days a week.

Horse Treks on Waiheke
Horse adventures for the experienced equestrian, wine tours to a farm visit for the holiday-maker beginner.

Island Hopper
Hop-on, hop-off - it's as simple as that, and it's the best way to see all the best spots on Waiheke Island.

Waiheke Executive Transport
We are the transport specialists on Waiheke Island! Whether you are after a taxi, transfers to accommodation, coach and bus transportation for wedding and corporate groups, or want to take a tour of the island - we can help!

Vineyards

Cable Bay Vineyard and restaurant
Restaurant, Tasting Room & Bar set in a spectacular Waiheke Island setting.

Man O War Vineyards
Man O’ War has 150 acres of vines planted in almost 90 individual hillside blocks, each with a distinct soil profile and microclimate helping to create worldclass wines.

Miro Vineyard
Bond Estate is in the Onetangi winegrowing region and comprises the 4.2 hectare Miro Vineyard and the outstanding Tapas restaurant called Casita Miro. Red wines grow best here, but pinot gris and chardonnay also produce excellent wines .

Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant
For Superb dining and Wedding Functions

Obsidian Vineyard
Obsidian Vineyard nestles in the coastal hills of the Onetangi viticultural area on the northern coast of Waiheke Island. The flagship wine, simply labeled The Obsidian, is the blend of the very best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.

Passage Rock Vineyard
Passage Rock vineyard, and restaurant is located in the beautiful eastern end of Waiheke island. It offers a fantastic location for Weddings and functions and our family friendly restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Passage Rock wines is the holder of more awards and medals than any other Waiheke Island Winery.

Peacock Sky Vineyard
Located in the centre of Waiheke island with views across the Hauraki Gulf to Auckland. Wine tasting with complimentary food pairing, lunch platters, antique gallery, wine related gift range for purchase

Poderi Cresci Vineyard
Poderi vineyard and winery lies on 7.7 hectares in a north facing slope set in a shelter amphitheatre-fashion like valley on a narrow rocky strip believed to be 30 million years older than the rest of the Island with soil often criss-crossed with a mineralised vein and stained with iron and manganese oxides. Hence creating the award wining wines that Poderi Cresci is famous for.

Stony Ridge Vineyard
One of the best Waiheke restaurants is Stonyridge Café and Vineyard. Where you'll get excellent Pacific Rim cuisine in a glorious romantic setting"

Tantalus Estate
Large groups welcome, indoor/outdoor dining, kids menu, dog friendly, wine tastings, wine sales, beer tastings, beer sales, liquor tasings, liquor sales.

Te Whau Vineyard
Award winning wine!

The Hay Paddock Vineyard
It took 30 years for Bryan Mogridge and Chris Canning to agree... that the grape was Syrah... and the place was Waiheke Island.

Weddings

Waiheke Island Wedding and Portrait Photographer
Creative, natural and fun photography by award winning photographer Emma Hughes. Emma is also available for portrait commissions so why not enquire about getting a family portrait while you are all together on your fabulous Waiheke holiday? See Emma’s portrait work at www.emmahughes.co.nz

Wedding Videography
Capture Productions are Waiheke's only local wedding videography specialists. Our creative team will help bring your vision into reality with the advantage of local knowledge and experience.

Weddings on Waiheke
Tie the knot with Waiheke Island Wedding Co-Ordinators