Things to do in Waiheke in 2023

Monday, January 23, 2023

Things to do in Waiheke in 2023
January 23, 2023

Have you been trying to discover things to do in Waiheke in 2023? Anytime is a good time to come to the island, but your visit can be even more enjoyable if there is some special event taking place.

The year's calendar is yet to be fully developed, but there are events that have already been scheduled. Choose the one or the ones you would like to attend and start making your plans!

3 things to do in Waiheke in 2023

There are many reasons to visit Waiheke. The island is full of life and activities that can lead all visitors to a very good time anywhere around. We selected 3 special ones to tell you more about.

Waiheke Jazz Festival

Waiheke loves art! So if you were expecting a music event to take place and figure out the list of things to do in Waiheke in 2023, you've got what you wanted.

The Waiheke Jazz Festival is set to happen on Ester, in a four-day event from April 7 to 10, with shows happening in different places around the island:

  • Batch Winery;
  • Cable Bay Vineyard;
  • Allpress Olive Groves;
  • Artworks Theatre Oneroa.

Amongst the attractions are names such as the Good Friday Groove and the Space Waltz. Notice you need to buy tickets to each event you would like to attend, so make sure to plan yourself ahead as there are usually limited seats available.

Food and Wine Festival

The Food and Wine Festival is a different kind of opportunity to enjoy a few of the best things Waiheke has to offer. In a three-day event and 10+ vineyards, you can taste some great wine, fine food alongside on-display art and live music.

Happening in May, from the 19th to the 21st, the festival only allows guests over 18 years old and gives you these options:

  • Three-Day Pass;
  • One-Day Pass;
  • Sober Driver Pass.

The Three-Day Pass grants access to the entire event and includes a passport with tastings and food pairings at all the 10+ vineyards and venues, a Fullers360 Waiheke return ferry ticket valid for one year, and a 3-day Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus pass.

The One-Day Pass is for Friday or Sunday and includes a passport with tastings and food pairings at four vineyards and venues, the Fullers360 ticket, and a 1-day Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus pass.

And the Sober Driver Pass is an option that excludes the ferry and bus pass and is valid for those who have a designated sober driver.

All of the passes grant entry to a live performance party with the LatinSka band Radio Rebelde.

Ostend Saturday Markets

Local markets are a must for many visitors because they provide a perfect opportunity to get in touch with the culture, taste some delicious food and even buy some goods, clothes and books.

So here is another thing to do in Waiheke in 2023: visit the permanent Ostend Market, any Saturday of the year. There is an array of indoor and outdoor stalls with a lot to offer.

For example, you can taste crepes, scones, donuts, Hungarian fried bread, Waiheke's local bean coffee and many other local products.

Other things to do in Waiheke

Whenever you come, you should find ways to have a full Waiheke experience, and to help you with that, here are some other things you can do around the island:

Spending time at the beach

If you like the sun, the sand and the sea, it will be difficult to say "no" to any of the top 6 beaches in Waiheke. The different options can attend to different expectations.

Some of the beaches are perfect for water sports practices, such as swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddling or diving. Others are more suitable for a well-deserved relaxing time.

Around the island, you can even find private beaches that give you more privacy and exclusiveness. If this interests you, learn that Omana's guests have exclusive access to a private beach on the island.

Going on a walk surrounded by nature

How do you feel about connecting with nature and with yourself? Good? There are different tracks and hikes for those willing to go on a walk in Waiheke.

The difficulty level and duration of the tracks vary, and it's highly possible that you will find one that matches your abilities and can provide you with a great experience. You won't regret the opportunity of enjoying some breathtaking views!

Taking a wine-tasting tour

Wine lovers sure have a good time around the island. One "must do" on the list of things to do in Waiheke in 2023 is to visit at least one of our top wineries where you can learn a bit about each producer's process and taste their wine while appreciating the beauty of each site.

Most of the wineries also have a restaurant, so you can enjoy some fine food after the tour.


Each year reserves a special reason for you to come and visit the island. In this post, you got to know a bit more about a few of the things to do in Waiheke in 2023 and we hope you have an amazing time!

Make sure to follow the events closely to be updated about possible news and, when planning your stay, consider coming to Omana Luxury Villa. After all, you deserve a pretty amazing accommodation while enjoying all these events.

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