Waiheke Island can offer any nature lover that island retreat which they dream for. 35 minutes short ride on the ferry from Auckland will give you the chance to explore the beauty of Waiheke Island. Known to be the Island for wine this island is home to some of the leading Vineyards and wineries of the world. Tasting the wine of Waiheke will give any tourist the scope to experience the true essence of quality wine.
The scenic beauty of the beaches attracts thousands of tourists to this destination every year. The white beautiful sandy beaches of Palm Beach, Oneroa, and Onetangi slip down to the Hauraki Gulf and make it a perfect spot to enjoy swimming, kayaking and strolling. Being a local if you are looking for a picnic spot under the sun, then Hauraki Gulf is the right choice for you.
What to see in Waiheke Island:
• Take a Tour of the wineries:
To taste the award winning wines you can go for a guided tour of the wineries in Waiheke and enjoy a great day out in the vineyards.
• Stony Batter:
If you want to get the glimpse of the historic World War II and visit the gun emplacements and tunnels present in the eastern end of the Island then go to Stony Batter. Guides will be made available in case you need, but it will be expensive.
You can enjoy the sunny beaches with friends and families. The amazing beaches of the Island are:
Getting around on Waiheke Island:
If you want to reach Waiheke Island via air then you need to drop down at the Waiheke Island Aerodrome. Regular Passenger ferries available till midnight on weekdays and till 10 Pm on Sunday at a gap of minimum 35 minutes. For getting around the Island you can take advantage of bus service or can even book Taxi, cars and even e bikes for exploration of the place.
When to visit:
The perfect time to visit Waiheke is during the summer months. Tourist rush is pretty high during the festival time of Christmas and New Year. As per the tourism industry report Waiheke is a holiday island and the period anywhere between end of October to April is marked as “peak” time. If you are looking for a calm atmosphere, then winter and autumn both will offer pleasant atmosphere at Waiheke.
What to eat on Waiheke Island:
You can enjoy good food in the below restaurants
• Frenchot : Try out some Steak Frites of Frenchot and you will surely satisfy your taste buds
• DragonFired: Take the bite of folded pizza with pepperoni, mozzarella and caramelised onion at DragonFired Restaurant.
• Fenice : Another pizza and pasta joint at Waiheke Island where you will enjoy is Fenice
• Casita Miro: If you are looking for relishing lunch or dinner dishes with authentic touch of locality then visit Casita Miro
Where to stay on Waiheke Island:
The most beautiful hotels of Island zone on this earth are located here in Waiheke Island. Here you will find expensive and budget friendly hotels and Lodges for stay.
• The Black Cottage
• The Oyster Inn
• Blue Birds
• Waiheke Island Resort
• Enclosure Bay
More Attractions of Waiheke Island, New Zealand