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.

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Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 4-hour food and wine tour that visits Stonyridge Vineyard, Wild On Waiheke, Mudbrick Vineyard and the Rangihoua ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $107.35

Waiheke Island Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take in the scenic highlights of Waiheke Island on a 3-hour tour from Auckland. Enjoy a relaxing ferry ride to the island then meet your coach for an ...  Read more

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

From USD $43.92

Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

A day of excitement and nature awaits on Waiheke Island, with three zipline flights above the forest, an interpretive walk through native bushland, and a ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.78

The Best of Waiheke: Ziplining, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Lunch

Experience the best of Waiheke on a full-day tour that combines a morning of high-flying zipline adventure with an afternoon sampling the delicious wines and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $185.42

Auckland Helicopter Tour and Waiheke Island Winery Lunch

Combine a helicopter tour over Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf with a sensational lunch at one of three Waiheke Island wineries. Your flight takes you over ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Varies.

From USD $321.23

Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover why Waiheke Island is renowned for producing some of New Zealand’s most celebrated artisan wines on this premium tour of three vineyards. You’ll ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.22

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