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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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Onetangi Beach Apartments NZ$255
Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2020
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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

    Walking distance to 3 eateries/pubs and just off the beach

    Waiheke Island Motel NZ$180
    Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020
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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 place to stay, will stay here again parking a bit tight

      Enclosure Bay NZ$444
      Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020
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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

        Andy & Jenny are lovely people who run a great place. jenny had lots of information about local attractions at check in time.

        Wild Thyme
        Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2020
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        Wild Thyme

        Wild Thyme

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

          Great location with a pleasant 10-15 min walk to town. The host had a bottle of bubbles for us in the fridge - What a nice touch! The bed is very comfortable, the bathroom is spacious with heated floors and a beautiful shower. The outdoor seating is very relaxing with gorgeous views of the bay. Highly ...

          Cable Bay Views NZ$245
          Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2020
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          Cable Bay Views

          Cable Bay Views

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

            A top class venue in an amazing location minutes walk from top end wineries and restaurants all within walking distance to the shopping centre in Oneroa.

            Karaka Sanctuary
            Karaka Sanctuary

            Karaka Sanctuary

            26 Karaka Road, Waiheke Island
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Hekerua Bay, Sandy Bay and Palm Beach. Enclosure Bay and Oneroa Bay are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Waiheke Island Resort NZ$259
              Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020
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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

                The staff are very helpful and professional. Facilities are well maintained and the villas clean and neat. The food is magnificent!

                The Oyster Inn NZ$220
                Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2020
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                The Oyster Inn

                The Oyster Inn

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

                  The accommodation was excellent.The meal was disappointing.

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