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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is the most magical part of Auckland - so very close to Auckland yet a world apart with its own very special, exotic feel and a relaxed pace of life. Being a small island, Waiheke gets booked out early so make your summer and holiday bookings now to avoid disappointment. Use our quick and easy search and email enquiry features to make your planning a breeze.


There’s plenty to do on Waiheke. There are activities and accommodation for every price range and it's all at your fingertips right here on 


Getting to Waiheke is quick and inexpensive. Situated in the heart of the sparkling Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, Waiheke Island is a mere 35 minute ferry ride or 5 minute helicopter flight from downtown Auckland.


Waiheke offers stunning scenery from farmland and forest to white sandy beaches and Mediterranean style vineyards and olive groves. There’s a great range of dining and accommodation, and the locals are friendly and welcoming.


It’s rare to find a destination with so much to offer so close to a large city, which is part of its appeal. Don’t miss this gem.


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Why You Should Visit Waiheke

Waiheke appeals for many reasons - holidays, tourists, weddings, business meetings and social events. It is a unique destination with first class business meeting venues and accommodation choices from luxury to budget.

It’s hard to point to a single reason for its magical effect on people but Waiheke seems to cast a spell on visitors. Perhaps it is the ideal mix of town and country, beaches and native bush, stunning Gulf and vineyard vistas. Being so close to a big city goes some way to explaining its popularity.

Waiheke is an award winning wine region with vineyards and wineries, many with cellar doors and restaurants. These enhance Waiheke’s international reputation for food and wine.

Supporting a vibrant art and music scene, Waiheke hosts festivals and exhibitions throughout the year. Waiheke also offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, sure to suit any visitor. .

With its stunning scenery, dining and accommodation choices and proximity to Auckland, Waiheke is an ideal choice for:
• Weddings and destination weddings
• Honeymoons
• Holidays and romantic getaways
• Wine tasting, winery visits and olive oil tasting and sales
• Conferences, meetings, product launches
• Team building, incentives, activities
• Sailing, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, safe swimming beaches
• Dining, including many award winning restaurants
• Parties, functions and special events
• Cruise ship day excursions
• Sightseeing
• Spas, massage and beauty treatments
• Art studios and galleries
• Visits before or after a business trip or conference, conference partners’ programmes.


What’s To Do?

Waiheke has an international reputation for wine, food and arts. There are many local artists and artisans whose work is available in local galleries. There’s lots on offer on Waiheke from wine tasting to mountain biking ? you’re sure to find plenty to do.

Wine Tasting - Waiheke Island is New Zealand's island of wine and home to a dedicated group of over 30 winegrowers

Dining - Waiheke has an outstanding range of restaurants including some in wonderful rural or vineyard settings. Virtually all Waiheke restaurants showcase the wonderful local wines.

Island Tours - Taxis, tours, walking, etc

Be Adventurous - Bikes, kayaks and diving gear are available for hire.

Shopping - gifts and souvenirs

Relaxing - Spas, retreats, beauty treatments


Getting There

Getting Around


Business, Meetings, Conferences, Team Building, Incentives, Product Launches

Waiheke offers excellent business venues, accommodation and dining. There are many options for meetings, activities, breakout and team building, Christmas parties or a team day away.


The Island

Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, Auckland, New Zealand is located 17.7 km (11.0 miles) from Auckland’s CBD. The island is the second-largest in the Hauraki Gulf after Great Barrier Island. It is the most populated, with nearly 8,000 permanent residents and another 30,000 people who have second or holiday homes on the island.

Waiheke is New Zealand's most densely populated island, with 83.58 people/km2, and the third most populated after the North and South Island. It is the most accessible offshore island in the Gulf, due to regular passenger and car ferry services, a Waiheke based helicopter operator and other air links.

The climate and weather are pretty much the same as Auckland City, but slightly warmer and drier.

The Island land usage varies: farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves.

The residential areas of Waiheke are typically small village settings each with its own character. There is a slower pace of life than in the City across the water. It’s a great place for a holiday or vacation and to relax and unwind. You will feel your stresses fall away as you lose ten years the moment you step ashore on Waiheke Island.



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