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Waiheke Island

Aucklanders swarm to Waiheke Island in summer to make the most of its stunning beaches, which are some of the safest and cleanest in the world for swimming and water sports like sea kayaking and snorkeling.

Some of the best beaches include Palm Beach, a secluded beach so named for the palms at the east end, which is not to be confused with the clothes-optional Little Palm Beach. Blackpool Beach is popular with windsurfers and the perfectly romantic Cactus Bay, which can only be accessed by boat or kayak, is popular with picnicking couples.

As well as the beaches, the 22 vineyards and numerous olive groves are popular with wine aficionados and gourmets on weekend getaways. Excellent restaurants and cafes dot the island and many offer food that complements the local wines.

Settlement on the island goes back 1,000 years to the first Maori settlement. On the island today you will still find scattered remains of Maori sites, including cooking pits and terraced areas.

Practical Info

Waiheke Island is 35 minutes by fast ferry from downtown Auckland or 45 minutes by car ferry from Half Moon Bay. Once on the island there are taxi and bus services and rental cars are available.

Tours & Tickets

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Waiheke Island Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $38.91

High Tea on Waiheke Island from Auckland

Treat yourself to a three-tier lunch to linger over. Relax and unwind savouring the stunning scenery. Enjoy a selection of tasty dishes served High tea style ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $58.03

Maori Cultural Bike Tour on Waiheke Island

Explore stunning Waiheke Island with a local Maori on Bicycle. Your professional Maori guide will give you an authentic experience of the Island. All tours are ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.59

Off the Beaten Track Waiheke Island Wine Trail from Auckland

Find out more about this burgeoning wine region while visiting some of the island's boutique wineries. Enjoy tastings along the way

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.10

Waiheke Island Wine Connoisseurs Tour from Auckland

A rare opportunity for a private tour for the aspiring red wine connoisseur. Immerse yourself in the Waiheke wine story at this world renowned winery. The ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.51

Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $81.24

Lunch on Waiheke Island from Auckland

Discover the top local produce from all over this island of plenty in one spot with lunch at the Oyster Inn. Relax and enjoy the stunning sea views as you ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $85.34

Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

From USD $88.75

Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

From USD $95.58

Discover Waiheke Island by Segway from Auckland

Reveal the beauty of Waiheke from an unusual angle as you take an off road Segway tour of the Island. This gives you a unique perspective on the native flora ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.82

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