Things to do
Waiheke is one of New Zealand’s premier destinations for wine lovers and connoisseurs. From boutique wineries with grand buildings that transport you to the valleys in the south of France, we have it all. Our microclimate is ideal for Bordeaux-type grapes, while Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon blanc and Rose varieties have all earned kudos. Wine on Waiheke is truly a memorable experience.
The white sand and balmy sea of Onetangi beach is Waiheke’s jewel in the crown – famed for its northerly outlook and annual beach races. Oneroa and Little Oneroa are in the hub of the island, while Palm Beach offers a more secluded spot for bathing and tanning. Drive around the island however, and you’ll discover stunning inlets, sandy coves and dive sites hidden from view, yet equally alluring.
Every Saturday, Waiheke locals offer their products and treats. From olive oil, homemade sausages or hummus to pates and delicacies from around the world, taste it first hand at the market. With fashion to skin care, crafts to collectables, Waiheke is an eclectic blend of minds and cultures.
Arts & Galleries
Waiheke’s heart is in art – its trail starting at the community gallery in Oneroa and weaving throughout the island to pocket studios of leading artisans. Other ‘must visits’ include Dead Dog Bay and Connells Bay sculpture parks and the Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens.
Voted best 9-hole ‘Northern’ course, Waiheke Golf Club’s original nine holes expanded to 11 to cater for the short or long game on this picturesque woodland course. Hire clubs are available. Bookings aren’t normally needed – though larger groups are encouraged to call. Saturday ‘haggles’ are open to affiliate members and the clubhouse invites visitors.
With bountiful waters surrounding Waiheke, seafood is an integral element of the island’s recreation and dining experiences. Among the specialist fishers and lifetime Onetangi residents are the Scott family. Their Adventure Fishing Charters is one of the top five local operators rated on TripAdvisor.
Waiheke’s playground sits at the top of New Zealand adventure tourism. From zip lining to mountain biking; world-class trekking to horseback riding; paddle boarding to kayaking – this island is a sea of fun.
Waiheke’s coffee culture is growing as much as the wine! With a huge selection of cafes around the island, discover some quirky stops along the roadsides. Waiheke also boasts its own boutique coffee roastery – Island Coffee a unique blend that connoisseurs will appreciate.
Soothing the soul is synonymous to Waiheke. For your personal comfort, book a therapeutic massage with a local specialist in the privacy of your villa. Or visit a beauty therapist in the village and be pampered.