The perfect way to enjoy the Waitemata Harbour is to visit Waiheke Island, a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland CBD. The trip passes the islands of the Inner Gulf, including the iconic Rangitoto Island, and some sailings make a brief stop to collect/offload passengers at Devonport. The rolling hills and vineyards of the sun-soaked island, its beaches and its proximity to Auckland City, have all made Waiheke a very popular place to live – the packed early-morning ferries smell wonderfully of fresh coffee as commuters greet the start of their working day. Over the summer holidays, the beaches can be packed with holiday-makers and the cafes overflowing, as the Island takes on its summer persona. Outside the main holiday season, it’s more laid-back, though there’s still plenty going on. Swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, mountain biking and walking on the island’s beaches and tracks are high on the list for visitors, while bus tours visit the vineyards and take in the sights. Festivals on Waiheke attract large crowds. The most popular are ‘Jazz and Blues in the Vines’, held every October, and ‘Sculpture on the Gulf’, held biennially, a large scale sculpture display along the 2 km coastal track near Matiatia Bay.
Waiheke Island Accommodation "Our Pick"
Punga Lodge & Tawa Lodge
Dyan & Rob offer a range of B&B rooms and self-contained units.
223 Ocean View Road, Oneroa +64 9 372 6675 Website
Watermark Holiday Studios
Modern self-contained studios, a short walk to beach & Oneroa.
17 Tawa Street, Little Oneroa +64 9 372 2862 Website
The Sands Waiheke Island
Luxury studios, apartments & villas right on Onetangi Beach.
141-145 The Strand, Onetangi Beach +64 9 372 4484 Website
Palm Beach Bungalows
Four original romantic bungalows, a kauri cottage, and a beach apartment. A special spot for couples.
Palm Beach +64 9 372 5146 Website
Owhanake Bay Estate
Two suites located on a working boutique vineyard overlooking the secluded Owhanake Bay, with swimming pool and spa pool for guests. Just a short walk to beaches and Onoroa village.
68 Korora Road, Oneroa -- Phone: +64 9 372 2220
Website "Environment Friendly Accommodation"
Luxury accommodation, a touch of Tuscany on a vineyard setting.
59 Church Bay Road +64-9-372 8685 Website
Te Whau Lodge
The 4 guest bedrooms have sweeping water views. Incl. gourmet breakfast and Pre-dinner canapés matched with Waiheke wine.
36 Vintage Lane, Te Whau Point +64 9 372 2288 Website
Waiheke Island Restaurants & Cafes "Our Pick"
Cable Bay Vineyards Restaurant & Winebar
Rustic, traditional European food.
12 Nick Johnstone Drive 09 372 5889
Te Whau Vineyard Cafe
Award winning New Zealand cuisine.
218 Te Whau Drive 09 372 7191
Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant
126 Church Bay Road 09 372 9050
Stonyridge Cafe & Vineyard
Cafe lunches at one of the best wineries in New Zealand.
80 Onetangi Road 09 372 8822
Boutique Vineyard restaurant at Miro Vineyard.
3 Brown Road, Onetangi 09 372 7854
Thymes Tables Restaurant
New Zealand cuisine.
8 Miami Ave, Surfdale 09 372 3400
Pizzas & Pastas
18 Hamilton Rd, Surfdale 09 372 5309
Waiheke Island Activities & Rentals "Our Selection"
Ananda Tours 09 372 7530
Olive oil and wine tasting tours.
Fullers Tours 09 367 9111
Waiheke Island Tours by bus, leaves from Matiatia Wharf.
Ross Adventures (Kayak)
Matiatia 09 372 5550
Waiheke Auto Rentals or Waiheke Rental Cars
Matiatia Wharf 09 372 8998 or 09 372 8635
Waiheke Bike Hire
Matiatia Wharf 09 372 7937