Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island New Zealand

Located in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand, Waiheke Island is the second most populated island of New Zealand. A captivating destination known for its stunning natural beauty, vineyards, beaches, and relaxed island atmosphere.; perfect for swimming, kayaking or just enjoying the sun.

Facts about Waiheke

  • Waiheke is just a ferry away from Auckland, a 35 minutes ride.
  • Its Maori name is “Motu-Wai-Heke”, which means “The island of trickling water”.
  • The island is worldwide recognized as a top destination, and has been voted one of the world’s top islands in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in 2016.
  • The island has a thriving art scene, with numerous artists, galleries, and studios. The Waiheke Community Art Gallery showcases a diverse range of contemporary art, while the island’s annual “Headland Sculpture on the Gulf” exhibition displays unique outdoor sculptures against the backdrop of stunning coastal landscapes.
  • Waiheke Island has a permanent population of around 9,000 residents, but this number significantly increases during the summer months due to tourism.
  • Waiheke Island is often referred to as the “Island of Wine” due to its numerous vineyards and wineries. It is home to over 30 boutique wineries, producing a wide variety of world-class wines, including Chardonnay, Syrah, Bordeaux blends, and more.
  • It is 12 miles (19.3 km) long from west to east.
  • The island hast 25 miles (40 km) of beaches.
  • Several WWII fortifications can be found along the island.
Waiheke Island New Zealand

Things to do

There isn’t a shortage of things to do in Waiheke, with its world class wines, mouth watering cuisine and pristine beaches:

  • Wine Tours: Take a wine tour and visit some of the island’s renowned vineyards and wineries.
  • Beaches: The island has 25 miles (40 km) of beaches, perfect to do some kayaking and sailing. Onetangi Beach, Oneroa Beach, Palm Beach, and Little Oneroa Beach are a must visit.
  • Walking Tracks: There are plenty of native tracks in the island, with amazing views of the landscape. Enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride along the scenic trails, such as the Te Ara Hura Walkway.
  • Indulge in delicious cuisine at the island’s cafes and restaurants, many of which offer stunning ocean views.
  • Discover the natural beauty of the island’s parks and reserves, such as Whakanewha Regional Park.
  • Visit the Waiheke Community Art Gallery to admire contemporary artworks.
  • Explore local markets and shops for unique handmade crafts and souvenirs.
  • Scenic Flights: Enjoy the view from the top!

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