From world class vineyards to unique eco-tours, Waiheke Island offers something for everyone
In addition to the many beautiful beaches and award-winning vineyards and restaurants, Waiheke Island has many other attractions, experiences and activities that are guaranteed to keep you entertained regardless of whether you’re staying for the weekend or for a long, relaxing holiday.
Zip along Waiheke Island on the Ecozip, have a go at archery or clay-bird shooting at Wild on Waiheke, visit the Waiheke Community Art Gallery in Oneroa or jump on a horse and trek around the island with a Horse Tour. There are many scenic walks on Waiheke, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging walks that require a reasonable level of fitness.
On a Saturday head over to the Ostend's market it's a great place to see the island's colourful characters and buy local food, produce and art.
Little Oneroa beach offers a great place for the children to swim and play in the playground and if you get hungry head across the street for fish and chips or an ice-cream. There really is something for everyone.
Vineyards and restaurants of Waiheke
Try a relaxed lunch from a world class vineyard and some wine tasting during your visit
In addition to the many beautiful beaches and exciting activities on the island there is a large number of top award winning vineyards and restaurants to visit.
Waiheke is a renowned wine region that produces critically acclaimed artisan wines and provides distinctive wine and cuisine experiences. Predominantly a red wine region, over half of all wine produced on the island are red varietals. Many of the wines have won awards both internationally and domestically. Check out some of the more significant awards that our vineyards have won.
Find out more about the Vineyards and Wineries around the island using the Waiheke Island of Wine map & wine guide.
Many vineyards also provide delicious food at their own cafe or restaurant.
Have the freedom of exploring at your own pace when you travel with your car on the ferry to Waiheke Island
Arriving at Kennedy Point
Drive off the ferry and head up Donald Bruce road to start your adventure. The Eastern end of the island is not as extensively serviced by public transport, this means the roads are quiet and ideal for you to drive.
The loop road is a 55km round trip from Oneroa village so allow a minimum of 2.5 - 4 hours for a trip with stops. We also have a selection of five suggested Waiheke Island Roadtrips for you or help you to make your own.
Island maps can be picked up at our ferry terminals or onboard the ferry.
Read about Kiwi fashion designer, Karen Walker's journey around Waiheke with her car here.
Waiheke is a well serviced island and have everything you need for a short or long break
On the island, you will find all the facilities you would expect when travelling, including:
- Petrol station
- Medical Centre/Pharmacy
- Public toilets
- Liquor stores
- Ferry terminal
- Visitor Information Centre
There are so many great events on Waiheke Island
- Waiheke Wine and Food Festival - May 14 - 16
- Sculpt Oneroa - 11 Dec to 14 Feb - Oneroa Village
- Ostend Saturday Markets - every Saturday from 8.30am to 1pm inside the Ostend War Memorial Hall.
- Oneroa Market Day - first Sunday of every month
See more upcoming events on Waiheke here!