Things to see & do on Waiheke

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 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 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.


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View of Ziplining at Ecozip Adventures on Waiheke

Vineyards & Restaurants

Try a relaxed lunch from a world class vineyard and some wine tasting during your visit

View of Putaki Bay from Te Whau vineyard and restaurant Waiheke Island

 

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.

 

Learn more about Vineyards and Restaurants

 

Getting around the island by car

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 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 suggested Waiheke Road Trips for you or you can choose to make your own.

Island maps can be picked up at our ferry terminals or onboard the ferry.

 

 

Travelling around Waiheke Island by car after sailing on SeaLink ferry

Events

There are heaps of great events on the Waiheke calendar each year

Waiheke Island walking festival event walkers on the beach

Upcoming events:

Island Facilities

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:

  • Supermarket 
  • Petrol station 
  • Medical Centre/Pharmacy 
  • Buses 
  • Taxis
  • Bank
  • Public toilets 
  • Accommodation 
  • Liquor stores
  • Ferry terminal 
  • Airfield 
  • Visitor Information Centre
Oneroa village island facilities

Getting around the island by shuttle

Kennedy Point to/from Oneroa Village

Map of Waiheke Island

 

 

The SeaLink Waiheke Shuttle service is taking a break over the winter period. 

If you do require transport on Waiheke Island we recommend getting in touch with Sam and Leona at QP Shuttles on mobile 022 636 4799 or by emailing qpshuttles@gmail.com.

All fares to be paid by cash, eftpos, visa or mastercard on the shuttle.

 

 

 

Great ways to save with our special fares

Waiheke Super Saver fares
Waiheke residents deal

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