The Waiheke Island Guide


  • The Waiheke Island Guide : A 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland and you’re on Waiheke Island

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : This way to white sands, safe swimming, great fishing and more!

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : Waiheke is home to more than 100 beaches.

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : A jewel that has 128 km of coastline and is famous for its wineries. What more could you ask for?

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : The gelato at Island Gelato Company is out of this world.

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : Island Gelato stocks everything from salted caramel to heirloom green apple sorbet.

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : This way to wining and dining at Mudbrick Winery.

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : Outdoor seating at Mudbrick.

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : Mudbrick's Archive Wine Bar.

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : Mudbrick's ivy-covered exterior.

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : Flourishing Mudbrick vines.

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : If wine isn’t your thing, then maybe Olive Oil is!

  • The Waiheke Island Guide : Stonyridge is a great spot to enjoy a long lunch sampling award-winning blends at the Verandah Café.

How lucky are people who live in Auckland? A 40-minute ferry ride from downtown and you’re on Waiheke Island. Just 93.2 square kilometres, Waiheke is known as a little Mediterranean jewel nestled in the Hauraki Gulf. A jewel that has 128 km of coastline and is famous for its wineries. What more could you ask for? Whether you’ve got a few hours or a couple of days, here’s our guide to island life:

Getting there

Purchase your tickets at the Downtown ferry terminal in the city, where boats leave every hour. If you aren’t hiring a car over on the island, grab a hop-on, hop-off bus ticket here so that you can get around and explore easily.

Beaches

Waiheke is home to more than 100 beaches, with two of the most popular being Oneroa and Onetangi. They’re both favourite spots for city dwellers and visitors alike, with white sands, safe swimming, great fishing and coastal walking tracks.

 

Taste of Waiheke

Stop in to the town of Oneroa and cool off with a taste of Island Gelato, a company started by MasterChef New Zealand’s 2012 runner up, Ana Schwarz. The gelato is out of this world, offering everything from salted caramel to heirloom green apple sorbet in scoops and delicious waffle cones. 124 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, 1081, New Zealand

 

Waiheke wineries

With more wineries than you can possibly fit into a day, you’re spoilt for choice on Waiheke – but here are a few of my favourites:

Wild on Waiheke: the laid back vibe is perfect for families. Sample a few local wines, grab a bite to eat and check out the Waiheke Original Craft Brewery while you’re there. 82 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke Island, 1971, New Zealand

Stonyridge: right next door to Wild is this world-renowned Cabernet-blend winegrower. Nestled in a shimmering valley of olive trees, colourful vines and the aromas of the south of France, Stonyridge is a great spot to enjoy a long lunch sampling award-winning blends at the Verandah Café. 80 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke Island, 1971, New Zealand

Mudbrick Winery: Back over in Oneroa, Mudbrick Winery boasts some of the best views on the island. On a clear day you can see Auckland City in the distance. The first plantings at Mudbrick were in 1992 by Nick and Robyn Jones, who still own and operate the property today. Spend some time sampling their Gold Medal-winning wines while dining on fresh, seasonal produce straight from the incredible, aromatic gardens. 126 Church Bay Rd, Waiheke Island, Oneroa 1971, New Zealand

 

Award-winning olive oil

If wine isn’t your thing, then maybe Olive Oil is! Rangihoua Estate is a multi-award-winning producer of Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Stop by to taste their oils, all pressed within 24 hours of being picked. 1 Gordons Rd, Waiheke Island, 1971, New Zealand

 

Arts, crafts and local markets

The Ostend Village Island Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 8am-12pm. The market is a great place to pick up fresh local produce and all sorts of yummy treats, fruit and veggies, fresh bread, local honey and organic goods. 76 Ostend Rd, Ostend, Waiheke Island

If you’re looking to check out the local arts scene, you can’t go past the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Acclaimed artists from Waiheke and all around New Zealand exhibit their work here regularly. Every three weeks there is a new collection of eclectic, iconic and stimulating art, including national exhibitions of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, photography and design. 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand

You’ll also want to check out Space Art Gallery, which showcases a collective of seven Waiheke Island artists. With four distinctive exhibition areas, you’ll get to see art from using mediums – from sculptures and bronzes to ceramics, abstract and figurative paintings. Shop4, 114 Ocean view road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, 1081, New Zealand

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Sophie Chan Andreassend

About the Author Sophie Chan Andreassend

Sophie is a travel enthusiast from Auckland, New Zealand and has lived in Australia, Bali and London. She loves solo travel, getting off the beaten path and photographing it all along the way. Always seeking out the best coffee, the hidden local beaches and the most colourful markets, she loves to immerse herself in the food and culture of a new place. Sophie documents her travels & adventures on her blog, www.sophoclesblog.com