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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 Motel NZ$180
Reviewed on 10 May 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

    We were there overnight for work so just a bed for the night, but quiet and clean.

    Waiheke Island Resort NZ$280
    Reviewed on 15 Jan. 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

      Perez on the front desk was amazing, he couldn’t have been more helpful!! Staff were excellent, property was ok

      Cable Bay Views NZ$223
      Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2019
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      Cable Bay Views

      Cable Bay Views

      103 Church Bay Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
         
        4.7 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Checking in/out was straight forward, the room was spacious, modern and clean, and the views from our deck were stunning. Such a quiet spot to stay for some rest and relaxation. Close to mudbrick, cable bay and the main town of Oneroa. Beautiful property, full of wildlife ...

        Te Whau Lodge NZ$503
        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 ...

          Onetangi Beach Apartments NZ$204
          Reviewed on 25 May 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

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            The Oyster Inn NZ$259
            Reviewed on 8 May 2019
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            The Oyster Inn

            The Oyster Inn

            124 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
               
              4.8 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Fantastic location made even easier with ferry terminal transfers to and from, extremely comfortable bed, wonderful Aesop products, the iron made my husband happy to prep his suit for the wedding we were attending. Fabulous breakfast the next morning. Thank you Rebecca and her team for making up ...

              Delamore Lodge NZ$990
              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

                Enclosure Bay NZ$450
                Reviewed on 21 May 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

                  Great views, great accommodation, great hosts. Wonderful place to stay.

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