Waiheke is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and has an international reputation for food and arts. In the heart of Auckland’s sparkling Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island offers lazy days and holidays, vineyards, olive groves, farmland and beaches.
There’s a great range of activities on Waiheke, including adventure both on and off the water - from mountain biking to wine tasting, Hire a bike or scooter and explore the island on two wheels. In a day you could visit art studios, sample local olive oils and award-winning wines, and even go mountain biking, ziplining or sea kayaking.
Waiheke has a permanent population of 8000 people, but this swells to over 50,000 in summer.