Waiheke Island is a haven for many local and international visitors who are looking for a laid-back escape close to the hustle and bustle of Auckland City. Make your way to Waiheke via a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland; alternatively, you can fly to the island taking only 10 minutes to reach the popular gulf isle.
Waiheke is a magical little island where you will find world-class wineries, art tours, vineyards, wine tours, Olive Groves, Diving, sea kayaking, Horse-riding, Scenic flights, Golf, Mountain biking, fishing, sandy beaches, Waiheke Easter Jazz Festival (which attracts artists from around the world), sightseeing, restaurants, cafes, accommodation for guests seeking luxury lodgings to backpackers, Walking Tours, Matiatia/Owhanake Loop – where side trips will offer historical highlights, Harley Davidson rides, Whakanewha Regional Park – ideal for children at high tide where the water is shallow and warm. Waiheke revolves around a relaxed, casual atmosphere with a wealth of activities to compliment this delightful island.
What Lonely Planet says about Waiheke Island “Waiheke Island attracts artistic types who exhibit their work in local galleries and craft shops. It is a fashionable seaside retreat that deserves more than one day.”