When you’re looking for the perfect holiday escape or even a love celebration, there are a few places in the world that could be considered secluded and unique. Waiheke Island is one of them and can be reached within a quick ferry ride or helicopter flight from Auckland.
Now you wonder: what are the best things to do in Waiheke Island? If you’re either looking for an adventure or simply fancy calmness, serenity and harmony, this is the place for you. So sit back and relax because below you’ll find a list of activities to make your stay a memorable experience.
First things first, you are probably wondering how to get to Waiheke. Even though it may feel you’re a world away once you get here, the island is only a 35-minute ferry ride or a 5-minute helicopter flight from downtown Auckland.
But no matter how you decide to come, one thing is certain. From the moment you arrive, you’ll realise you’ve come to the right place to appreciate and reconnect with life. Beautiful views all the way, stunning nature and beaches, arts, water sports, boutique wineries and so much more.
For a long stay or even if you only have a weekend to explore the island, you’ll be able to find the finest things to do in Waiheke. So let’s start with one of the main reasons why Waiheke Island is one of the best places to celebrate love.
You won’t be deceived if you hear Waiheke’s beauty can be compared to places such as Mauritius and Paros Greek Island. Especially for a sunny day, the island offers stunning beaches for you to enjoy during your – first, second and why not third – honeymoon.
One of the most recommended is Oneroa Bay and, just to name others, Sandy Bay, Onetangi Beach, Palm Beach and Enclosure Bay are hot spots as well.
If you feel like finding a more secluded or even private beach, we are proud to say we’re a walk from the beautiful protected Woodside Bay.
This is a unique experience for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
Let’s not move on from the “enjoying beaches” topic yet, because there are plenty of things to do in Waiheke that involve playing in the water. Apart from swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on the coast are two examples quite popular with our visitors, and it’s not hard to find providers.
Scuba diving and snorkelling are also great ways to explore the crystal clear waters, as well as jet skiing, which can take you to spots that may not be easy to reach on land.
One of the greatest things to do in Waiheke is definitely wine tasting. Not only does the island have a beautiful natural environment and a laid-back atmosphere, but also is an excellent destination for those who appreciate great food and wine.
No wonder having the ideal microclimate and soils to grow grapes would lead to over 20 boutique wineries for guests to visit. Destiny Bay Vineyard is one of the closest to our villas, but many others can be reached within a 10-minute drive, such as Stonyridge Vineyard and Tantalus Estate Vineyard. Most of them also have magnificent restaurants.
To savour the culinary delights is one of the best things to do in Waiheke. Now that you know the wineries are a must-go, you might also want to explore the olive groves all around the island.
There are several walking trails and tracks for you to discover Waiheke from many possible angles. You can also go on more challenging hikes which will help you not only to connect with nature but also with your loved one or friends.
Also, around Omana, you’ll have the privilege of exploring a private bushwalk.
The coastal native forest of Whakanewha National Park is definitely a must-do, especially if you love outdoor activities. The longest track leads to a less than 3-hour walk. If you’re a fan of amazing flora and fauna, put it on your list.
A great way to get to know Waiheke, appreciate its nature and culture is by cycling around the island. For the adventurous souls, there are trails as well, full of hills and lots to explore. Bike hire can be found with many providers, even close to the ferry terminal.
This is one of the things to do in Waiheke that can be enjoyed as a romantic getaway or even by a group of friends.
If you ever feel tired of or bored with walking, swimming, cycling or driving, you might as well try to get a different perspective of the island. You can zipline – also known as flying fox – through the trees and have a unique view over the vineyards.
If nature is all around the island, the same can be said about culture. From beautiful open-air sculptures to a number of galleries, you’ll be able to enjoy the work of many artists during your stay.
Local artists have found in Waiheke a perfect spot for art lovers. In Oneroa Village, for instance, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Visitors can also buy priceless antiques and collectables.
We are proud to be part of a welcoming environment. The reason behind it is our great sense of community. We cherish our people, nature and culture and hope to share this feeling with you.
That’s why one of the best things to do in Waiheke is to connect with its community: get to know local producers, savour local wine, cheeses, fruits, veggies and so much more. Ostend Market is a great example of a place to find lots of goodies.
The list of things to do in Waiheke Island could grow bigger and bigger. But now you have an idea of how your stay can be relaxing as well as full of amusement and adventure. We hope you have an amazing time, a truly memorable experience!