One of the best things to do in Auckland is to visit Waiheke Island which offers visitors so much fun and adventure. It is an island jam-packed with attractions. Boasting 92 square kilometres filled with charming beaches, olive groves, native bushes and vineyards, it is easy to see why this is such a popular tourist attraction in Auckland. You can do a full day or a half day trip with easy access to the island from Auckland CBD. So let us show you some of the highlights of the island so you get the most out of your trip.
Waiheke Island ferries
First off, getting to Waiheke Island is fairly easy and is about a 30 minute trip via ferry from downtown Auckland. Other options include a 45-minute trip from Half Moon Bay to the Kennedy Point by car and passenger ferries. Fullers Ferries provide regular services to the island and depart from Auckland or via Devonport to Matiatia, Waiheke. Another option is Sealink which you can also book online. You can expect to pay around the following prices for a return trip on one of the ferries – Adult $40, Child $20 and family $100.
Waiheke Island Tours
One of the best ways to enjoy your visit to the island is to book a tour package. There are various companies offering tours. One of the most well-known companies offering tours are fullers.co.nz. There are plenty of tour packages available including wine tours, hop on hop off tours where you can see the whole island at your own pace, hiking and bike packages, fishing tours and many more to suit your needs and budget. If you’re not interested in a tour you can hire a car, motorbike or a scooter on the island so you really do have plenty of options.
Waiheke offers several beaches, including Onetangi and Oneroa. Oneroa is situated close to the terminal while Onetangi is only about 20 minutes ride away from the island’s main town. These beaches offer impressive coastlines with enchanting views of the Coromandel and the surrounding islands. You can also discover scenic walkways along the historic sites, native bushes and coastal vistas. So be sure to pack your towel, especially in the summer months, for a relaxing swim on one of the many beaches the island has to offer.
Waiheke Island Restaurants
If you don’t want to pack a lunch for the day, not to worry, as there are plenty of places to eat including world class restaurants and cafés. If you are searching for mouth-watering pastries, deli goodies, gourmet meals, and aromatic coffee you can head on over to Island Thyme Eating House. For Italian cuisine lovers Poderi Crisci is the best place to dine on Waiheke Island. It has gained a sterling reputation for its delicious food.
Waiheke Island Wineries
For the wine lovers, Waiheke has more than 30 vineyards to explore. Mudbrick Vineyard, The Goldie Room, and Te Whau Vineyard are some of the most visited vineyards on the Island. Also vineyard restaurants are available to enjoy the different taste of wines with mouth-watering food. Tour companies often include a winery visit or two in the itinerary so if you’re visiting the island in search of the perfect bottle of wine, then a tour package may be for you.
There is so much to do on Waiheke Island you may need an extra day to fit it all in. Some of the other popular activities include ocean kayaking, zip lining and mountain biking. Once you have had your adventure fill, sit back and watch the enchanting sunset from one of the many beautiful places on the island.