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Waiheke Island Activities

From action-packed water sports and seaplane or helicopter tours to peaceful gardens and galleries, to tranquil seaside strolls, Waiheke Island has a full range of activities to offer. Arrive in style with Auckland Seaplanes' fantastic Beaver floatplanes - the ultimate in romantic arrivals to the island. We'll pick you up and bring you to our beautiful place. Or fly directly to Marino Ridge by one of Heletranz' luxury helicopters from another city on your tour, from the airport, or from Downtown Auckland, a wonderful way to start a Waiheke adventure.

Charter an ocean-going yacht. Use us as a base for coastal or deep-sea fishing. Electrically assisted eCycleNZ pushbikes make ambling explorations extra enjoyable. A thrilling Ecozip in beautiful natural habitat. Walk from vineyard to vineyard. Get close to nature with a kayak trip or take one of many fantastic scenic walks that some say rival those of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Ask us for details and we will help make Waiheke Island dreams come true.

It’s especially relevant that Waiheke is also the Wine Island, producing some of the world’s best red wines and featuring outstanding wineries that offer tastings. Many also have restaurants or cafes and the island’s restaurants are famed for the very best of modern New Zealand cuisine, often with outstanding views, too.

SCENIC WALKS AND ISLAND ACTIVITIES

Must Do:

  • Scenic coastal half or full day hikes around the coastal bays and beaches of Waiheke Island, via Owhanake Bay, to Oneroa Beach and the port of Matiatia and/or Church Bay displays NZ’s top architectural talent. Perhaps pause in Cable Bay or on the sweeping terraces of Mudbrick vineyards for a glass of chilled Pinot Gris. Think of it: exercise, eye-candy and wine… Life can’t get much better than that.
  • Lunch in one of Waiheke’s many cafes such as Te Motu’s The Shed – try the Penelle – brilliant, or the fish of the day – always fresh caught. Their take on Cotechino is as good as anywhere in the world.
  • For beach lovers - a swim on Onetangi or at Little Oneroa beaches, then relax poolside at Marino Ridge while the sun sets.
  • A bespoke tour with private guide with your choice of adventure; world-class red wine tasting, or an olive oil tasting at Rangihoua Estate or Number 29, a World Supreme Olive Oil Awards winner. Try fresh oysters in season from Te Matuku. En route stop at the fabulous Ringawera Bakery for fresh baking and great coffee … Whatever you choose you’ll discover spectacular views, vineyards and beaches everywhere, whether you walk, drive, cycle or hire an power-assisted eCycle.

Must Buy:

  • Explore Waiheke Art and Craft supplies and pick up a copy of ‘Wonderful Waiheke’ – a photographic discovery of Waiheke Island by photographer Cliff Schaeffer with words by Jane Parlane. Local artwork from the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Especially good is Anah Dunsheath’s amazing art and sculptures, or for mixed media works - Alex Stone or Barbara Robinson. Alison Boyce offers wonderful jewellery. We’ll arrange visits with artists in residence for you if you wish.
  • Sensational Waiheke wines, olive oils and honey - ship home to savour with friends and family. We recommend Waiheke Honey Company, and olive oils from Rangihoua and Number 29.
  • The island’s rock oysters – as good as the best anywhere in the world… They win our guests’ blind tastings at Oyster Inn!
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Spectacular views, a special scenic reserve and an area of historical significance are features of this sometimes strenuous walk. Follow the beach to the southern end, cross the stream and climb the hillside to the first track intersection.
A concrete path zig-zags down through Watters Glen to Hekerua Bay. Turn hard-right from the end of the concrete path to access Te Aroha Avenue. The incline is gentle and grassed for 250 metres, then becomes a steep track with more than 100 steps.
Onetangi is Waiheke's longest ocean beach. A particularly beautiful part of the island, Onetangi Bay has a long, white-sand beach, ideal for family outings, safe swimming and for picnics, with a choice of refreshment establishments.
Stony Batter was part of the Auckland coastal defense system but fortunately Auckland was never attacked and the guns were never fired in anger. The fortifications include an underground tunnel system (entrance fee applies).
Breathtaking coastal property with special spaces dedicated for a growing New Zealand sculptures, which are scattered throughout the park. Open by appointment only, mid-October to mid-April. Bookings are essential.
Dead Dog Bay has a beautiful garden bush walk which is open to the public. Highlights include gardens fully planted with subtropicals, perennials, palms, and natives, a moderate grade forest track through coastal broadleaf forest, and garden art and sculpture.
A colourful weekly market with a great atmosphere. The market sells hand-made crafts, ceramics, pottery, fruit, vegetables, food, clothing and plants. The market operates every Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Take off from Waiheke Airfield to buzz around the Island of Wine. From above you'll see every bay, every vineyard and every beach from Matiatia to Stony Batter. This is an exciting way to capture all of the Island's intricacies in shape and stature. Minimum 12 minutes flight time.
The Waiheke Community Art Gallery is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting visual arts and crafts. The gallery exhibits works by local, national and international artists and the shop offers a range of reasonably priced art and gifts. Admission free. Open 7 days, 10am to 4pm.
This village consists of the Woolshed Museum and two cottages, which display a collection of artifacts, including the textile gallery, photography display, wool press and whaler's cauldron.
A unique opportunity to see a well presented show featuring a variety of instruments dating back to the 1500s.Open 10am - 4pm, the show begins at 1pm.
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