The Forever-Summer Lifestyle of Waiheke Island
You'll lose ten years the moment you step ashore on Waiheke Island. Considered by many to be the most magical part of the Auckland experience and easily accessed by ferry, Waiheke's beautiful beaches and native forest reserves harmonise delightfully with the cafes, vineyards and art studios.
Waiheke Island attractions include:
- Stony Batter Historic Reserve
- Matietie Historic Reserve
- Te Matuku Bay Cemetery
- Scenic Reserves
- Stunning Beaches
Waiheke Island is perfect for a day's shopping and wine tasting, or several days of indulgent relaxation.
Waiheke is renowned for its burgeoning wine industry, unique and exclusive accommodation and for the many prominent New Zealand artists who have chosen to make it their home.
Almost anything is possible on Waiheke, from horse riding and farm tours to sea kayaking and mountain biking.
Waiheke Island Conservation
The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Auckland Regional Council both manage park lands and public reserves on Waiheke Island.
If you are planning to visit Waiheke Island, remember that much of the island is a conservation area and the natural environment must be respected. Some things to remember include:
- Do not take dogs or other animals into any of the reserves or into the Stony Batter walkway
- Do not light fires
- Take your rubbish away with you
- Do not remove or disturb any artifacts or other historic remains
- Do not camp on the reserves
- If a walkway crosses private farmland, leave gates as you find them
There is a campground located in Whakanewha Regional Park for those wishing to camp.
Waiheke Island Beaches
There are many stunning beaches on Waiheke Island. Some of these include:
- Oneroa Beach
- Little Oneroa Beach
- Palm Beach
- Little Palm Beach
- Blackpool Beach
- Surfdale Beach
- Onetangi Beach
- Cactus Bay