About Waiheke Island
Nau mai, haere mai ki Waiheketua
Waiheke(tua) is adored by residents and visitors alike. A short 35 minute ferry ride will have you disembarking on our island paradise. If you think Auckland is beautiful, then Waiheke is breathtaking. Brace yourself for natural beauty and local hospitality. Nau mai, haere mai (Welcome).
WAIHEKE'S MAORI PAST
Is long and vast. Come join us on tour and learn more of Waiheke's Maori and Hawaiian past.
You choose! Our variety of beaches will please even the most well traveled visitors. White sand easy access beaches or rocky shore and shell covered beaches. Pssst - we even have a 'clothing optional' beach.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Can you feel it? There is a definite creative buzz about Waiheke Island. Look around and you will see evidence of the creative energy unleashed by our precious environment and our many talented resident creative artists. Musos, sculptors, writers, poets and actors live on Waiheke Island. Pop in to one of our cafe's or vineyards - you never know who might be sitting at the next table.
With hot, dry summers and stoney soils, Waiheke is a perfect growing ground for a variety of grapes. Boutique wineries produce high-quality wines, including syrah, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and more recently, chardonnay. Waiheke’s vineyards, wineries and olive groves are spread across the island, and many offer tasting sessions.