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Waiheke Island

Known for good food, better wine and beautiful beaches, this little island appeals to those who are fond of the finer things in life.

At just 19 kilometres in length, and populated by gourmet restaurants, vineyards and quirky little art galleries, Waiheke Island is a great destination for an indulgent day trip or short break away from Auckland.

More than 100 artists live and work full-time on the island, displaying their creations in the island's many galleries and studios. For people who are more interested in the ancient than the contemporary, there is the Woolshed Museum in Onetangi which charts Waiheke's history through historical artefacts and photographs. Alternatively, there is the music museum in Oneroa which houses instruments dating right back to the 1500s.

It's extremely easy to get around Waiheke by simply hopping on one of the plentiful buses departing from the ferry terminal. An all-day bus pass is probably the best value for those intending to travel around the island.

There are many beautiful vineyards scattered all over the island, producing Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux-type wines. Many of these vineyards also grow their own olives, which can be sampled along with the wine and other delicacies in the vineyards' cafés and restaurants.

When you arrive at the ferry port, it might be a good idea to take a look at the tours on offer at the on-site kiosk. There are plenty of kayaking and boat tours offering a chance to get to know the island's waters and maybe even meet some of the orca whales that inhabit them. Some of these tours offer packages including gourmet meals accompanied by local Waiheke wines.

Head to Whakanewha Regional Park for a wander amidst taraire, kohekohe and kanuka forest, as well as wetlands teeming with some of the country's most elusive birdlife. The regional park is also home to the only camping area on the island.

It's quick and easy to get to Waiheke from the mainland, with regular car and passenger ferries leaving Viaduct Harbour daily. For something a bit more dramatic, you could charter a small plane or luxurious sailboat to make the short journey instead.


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Waiheke Island Resort NZ$370
Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2019
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Waiheke Island Resort

Waiheke Island Resort

4 Bay Road, Palm Beach, Waiheke Island
     
    3.9 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    It was the perfect place for a weekend away with friends. Great restaurant close by. Lovely views and very peaceful

    Onetangi Beach Apartments NZ$232
    Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2019
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    Onetangi Beach Apartments

    Onetangi Beach Apartments

    5-7 Fourth Avenue, Onetangi, Waiheke Island
       
      4.5 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Overall enjoyed every moment during our stay. Lovely place & people. Great tasting food & exceptional Waiheke wine. Look forward to returning in the near future with my family. Thank you.

      Te Whau Lodge NZ$645
      Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2019
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      Te Whau Lodge

      Te Whau Lodge

      36 Vintage Lane, Waiheke Island, Waiheke Island
         
        4.9 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Our hosts, Marg and Rob, were exemplary - personable, professional and very attentive to our needs. Delicious canapes with a glass of wine each night, refreshingly-healthy breakfasts and beautifully comfortable rooms and bed - what more could you need?? A view - they've got that covered too - perfect ...

        Waiheke Island Motel NZ$180
        Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2019
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        Waiheke Island Motel

        Waiheke Island Motel

        1 Whakarite Road, Ostend, Waiheke Island, Auckland
           
          4.2 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice quiet motel and cool layout, with many of the units hidden in amongst the surrounding trees and bush.

          Enclosure Bay NZ$475
          Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2019
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          Enclosure Bay

          Enclosure Bay

          9 Great Barrier Road, Palm Beach, Waiheke Island
             
            4.9 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Stunning property with magnificent views. Service was excellent

            Delamore Lodge NZ$1,570
            Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2019
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            Delamore Lodge

            Delamore Lodge

            83 Delamore Drive, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
               
              4.7 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Outstanding...a truly exceptional retreat just a short ferry away from Auckland

              Wild Thyme
              Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2019
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              Wild Thyme

              Wild Thyme

              18 Tawa Street, Waiheke Island
                 
                4.8 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The place is clean, new, tasteful, modern with all the comforts and amenities you can ask for. The owner came by to ensure we have everything we need. It was private and in a quiet neighborhood. The beds were super comfy, the bathroom was large and sparkling clean, WiFi worked great, TV's had good ...

                Villas Waiheke NZ$600
                Reviewed on 29 Oct. 2019
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                Villas Waiheke

                Villas Waiheke

                1 Musson Drive, Onetangi, Waiheke Island
                   
                  4.9 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Loved the interior design and landscape design. Also the location is amazing, very peaceful and relaxing

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