See more, do more when you take your car

Waiheke Island is full of hidden treasures and unexpected delights. Here are some classic road trips

A taste of Waiheke

Go wild on the island

Art and culture road trip

Waiheke off the beaten track

Waiheke on the water

Family fun on Waiheke Island

A taste of Waiheke

Discover the fine wines and artisan produce. Expect to drive home with some supplies in your boot!

  • Kennedy Point Vineyard is Waiheke's only certified organic vineyard, with extra virgin olive oil and local honey too
  • Head to the renowned Mudbrick Restaurant - but make sure you book ahead
  • Or turn right for the equally famous Stonyridge Vineyard. Their Veranda Café is brilliant on a sunny day
  • Walk amongst the olive groves and taste the extra virgin oils at Rangihoua Estate
  • For fine wine in a stunning setting, drive to Man ‘O War Bay and the Man ‘O War Vineyards
  • Finish the day at Oneroa’s Oyster Inn with its succulent local oysters from Te Matuku

Man O War Vineyard

Go wild on the island

Get your adrenaline pumping and immerse yourself in the wilder side of Waiheke. 

  • Soar through the sky on ziplines, then explore the native bush at Ecozip Adventures
  • Explore the Island's northern beaches by jet ski and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and orcas
  • Time to refuel? Try fish and chips on the beach from Little Oneroa Takeaways
  • Waiheke Horse Tours is based in the Island’s unspoilt eastern end, with access to the privately owned  Te Matuku peninsula
  • Not one to ride a horse, then jump on a Segway from SegWai Experiences
  • Wind up the day’s adventures with local food and brews at Wild on Waiheke

EcoZip Adventures zipline

Art and culture road trip

Waiheke is a haven for the arts. See works created by artists who draw inspiration from their surroundings.

  • Toi Gallery features artworks of leading contemporary artists and sculptors Sally Smith & Chris Bailey
  • See exhibitions from local artists at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Their wonderful gallery shop features high quality NZ ceramics, glass, jewellery and art forms.
  • Step back in time at the historic village at The Museum of Waiheke
  • Visit Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Garden & Sculpture Tour. An oasis of plant diversity including a collection of sculptures by NZ sculptor Paul Dibble. (open by appointment only, bookings required)
  • Poderi Crisci Vineyard & Restaurant gives you a taste of Tuscany in the Hauraki Gulf
  • Check out the jewellery, ceramics and glass artworks at Onetangi’s Nikau Art Gallery
  • Call in to Whittakers Music Museum to view more than 73 instruments or even see a show
  • See exhibitions from local artists at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Their wonderful gallery shop features high quality New Zealand ceramics, glass, jewellery and art forms.

Artist Sally Smith at the Toi Gallery in Oneroa Waiheke

Waiheke off the beaten track

​Small enough to drive around but big enough to escape the crowds, Waiheke is perfect for getting away from it all.

Stony Batter site with boulder rocks

Waiheke on the water

Water sports are huge on Waiheke. Strap the sea kayak to the roof and pack your boogie board too.

  • Explore the coastline with Kayak Waiheke. They offer 2-hour, half-day and full-day experiences
  • Give a stand up paddleboard (SUP) a go with freedom hires from Kayak Waiheke and paddle your way across Matiatia Bay
  • Get amongst the waves at Onetangi Beach or experience the iconic Onetangi Beach Races on Sunday 11 February 2018
  • Take your jet ski to one of the Island’s northern beaches coast. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphin and orcas
  • Waiheke is a fisherman’s paradise. Book ahead with one of the Island's fishing charters
  • Soak up the rays and feel the sand between your feet on idyllic Palm Beach

Kayak Waiheke group half day kayak tour

 Family fun on Waiheke Island

Waiheke is the ultimate family playground. With your own transport you can make the most of the attractions.

  • Load the mountain bikes in your family wagon – Waiheke has plenty of trails. Check out Rangihoua mountain bike trails
  • Relax on the sandy shores of Oneroa Beach and Palm Beach. Boogie board recommended
  • Get back to nature with a guided walking tour from iWalk Waiheke
  • Ecozip Adventures will have you all soaring through the sky on their spectacular ziplines
  • Chill out with ice creams from Island Gelato. Our tip: take them down the hill to Oneroa Beach and soak up the sunshine

Palm beach Waiheke over summer

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Feedback from island road trips...

"We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the SeaLink ferry to Waiheke Island, the service was great, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the trip was beautiful" A. Findlayson