There are few better day trips in Auckland than an excursion to Waiheke Island. Just 40 minutes by ferry awaits one of the best island escapes in the world. Sip your way around the island’s 30 award-winning wineries, distillers and breweries or soak up the island ambience on the golden sands of Oneroa Beach. If nature is more your style than a zip line tour over lush forest or a more grounding walk in the wilderness can provide the perfect escape from city life. There are so many things to do Waiheke Island but if you are limited on time then here is our guide on how to spend a day on Waiheke Island.
How To Get To Waiheke Island
Travelling to Waiheke Island couldn’t be easier or more picturesque thanks to the number of ferries travelling to the island from downtown Auckland. The journey only takes 40 minutes which leaves plenty of time to enjoy a cheeky drink as you admire the views crossing the Hauraki Gulf. Departing hourly, the ferry is all part of the adventure with stunning views everywhere you turn.
Top Things To Do On Waiheke Island
The Waiheke Hop On Hop Off bus is a great way to explore the island at your own pace and design the ultimate day out of your choosing. The bus runs every 30 minutes stopping at 17 unforgettable locations. Whether you are a nature lover, water baby, culture vulture or simply want to take in a spot of sightseeing there is an experience for everyone on Waiheke Island.
Choosing which winery to visit may be a little harder though since there are 30 cellar doors, distillers and breweries each with their own stunning ocean or vineyard views, mouthwatering dishes and delicious drops to devour.
If Waiheke Island is a day trip of your choice then the Waiheke Hop On Hop Off Island Explorer can take you to gorgeous beaches like Oneroa Beach and Onetangi Beach popular with swimmers, fishers and surfers.
Oneroa is one of the island’s major townships and a range of cafes, the Waiheke Artworks Complex and the Museum of Waiheke can be found here while Onetangi Beach is nestled in between 50 hectares of lush native bushland perfect for hikes and beach picnics.
Suggested stops for the Island Sightsightseeing
- Oneroa Beach
- Onetangi Beach
- Batch Point Lookout
- Ragihoua Estate
- Ecozip Adventures
Suggested stops for a food and wine adventure
- Te Matuku Oysters
- Batch Winery
- Wild Estate/Waiheke Brewery
- Ragihoua Estate
- Dellows Distillery & Vineyard
There is no better way to soak in the panoramic ocean views than a adrenaline-fuelled zip line tours of Waiheke Island. Soaring high above the lush forest canopies and vineyards, revellers who book this tour will get to ride several 200m zip lines and flying foxes through native bushland in addition to a 1.5km guided forest walk to learn about Waiheke’s natural environment and conservation with a local guide.
The thrilling experience is a must-do activity on Waiheke Island best enjoyed with a friend with duel zip lines allowing you to fly side by side. However, if you prefer a more indulgent and stationary activity may we suggest a Waiheke winery tour?
The wineries of Waiheke Island are a huge drawcard for visitors and the best part is… you don’t need to worry about driving when you join a Waiheke Island Winery Tour. Among some of the top wineries, you’ll get to visit is Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay Vineyard, Te Whau Vineyard or The Goldie Room.
The boutique winery tour comes with an all day bus pass so you can continue to wine hop on your own or explore some of the beautiful beaches, olive groves and laid back seaside villages on your own.
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