Waiheke Island boasts 92 square kilometres of pristine beaches, stunning coastal headlands, vineyards, olive groves and seaside villages – and is only a 40-minute cruise from Downtown Auckland. One of our most popular destinations, Waiheke Island was recently rated one of the top island escapes in the world.
For an indulgent culinary experience, taste the fresh local cuisine, sip your way through wineries, and sample fresh pressed olive oils. Or if you're feeling adventurous, explore the network of coastal walking and cycle trails or go ziplining – perfect for breathtaking cliff-top views.
Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is only a 40-minute ferry ride from the Downtown Auckland ferry terminal. You'll cruise past Auckland's stunning coastlines and beautiful islands as you journey towards your destination. You can also catch the ferry from Devonport Wharf.
Waiheke Island makes for a perfect half or full day trip from Auckland. But with so much to see, it's also a superb weekend getaway or extended holiday destination.
If you're travelling to Waiheke on Christmas Day please be aware that, due to it being a public holiday, businesses will be closed for the day. It's still a great place to visit, so unless you're packing a picnic it might pay to call ahead before you travel.
A trial is currently in place for a new departure point for all tour operators on the island, and this carpark is an easy five minute walk away.
Once you exit the ferry terminal, turn right and follow the yellow penguin footprints to your tour transport/operator.
Click here to view the map and familiarise yourself with the walk before you arrive. If you’re unsure of where to go, please feel free to talk to one of the Auckland Transport staff on the wharf area or the Fullers Ticket Office Team within the terminal.
We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your preferred ferry departure. During summer and on public holidays, Waiheke Island becomes incredibly popular – at this time of the year we recommend you allow at least 30 minutes.
Waiheke is an easy trip from Auckland City – perfect for a special meal, a full day adventure or even a weekend getaway. We recommend dedicating at least half a day to experience the island.
No you can't take a car on a Fullers ferry, as we operate a passenger service only.
The Waiheke Island Fullers ferry service arrives at Matiatia Wharf, located on the western side of the island. This is the main wharf, where most tours, bus services and taxis originate from.
360 Discovery Cruises operates services to Orapiu which is at the remote south-eastern end of the island. Here you can also catch a ferry to Rotoroa Island and the Coromandel Peninsula.
There are plenty of options for travel once you get to Waiheke, from a convenient Hop-on Hop-off bus to public buses to car/scooter hire to taxis. Fullers operates the Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Bus which meets the ferries on arrival every 30 minutes during Summer (operating between 9.50am and 7.15pm). Read more about the flexible tour here. You can also hire a car or scooter – check out our Drive Waiheke package for a cost-effective option.
Yes, Waiheke Bus Company operates a network of public bus service to transport you to key parts of the island. Most services connect with the ferry arrivals and departures. For more information and timetables visit our section on the Waiheke Bus Company.
This varies depending on how long you plan to stay and which activities you plan on doing. If you’re planning to explore the beaches and walking trails, wear good walking shoes, plus bring sun block and a sun hat, swimming gear and a towel during summer. We’d also recommend bringing a rain jacket and warm clothing, depending on the time of year and conditions. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants on the island, so there’s no need to bring your own food.
Yes, Waiheke is a perfect place for a family day out.
Yes, but please be aware that access to some walking trails will be difficult, as well as the buses.
Yes, Matiatia Wharf is wheelchair accessible, however the buses on Waiheke Island are not. Orapiu Wharf is not wheelchair accessible.
Yes, there are dedicated bike racks on all our Waiheke Island ferries.
Yes, dogs travel free with any fare-paying passenger. Dogs can travel inside the cabin but we ask they are kept inside a suitable crate, cage or pet carrier. Official service dogs can travel inside the cabin and do not have to be kept in a crate, cage or pet carrier. There is also allocated seating on the external decks for those travelling with pets.
Yes, mobile coverage is available on Waiheke Island.
Yes, there are plenty of accommodation options across the island. We recommend booking in advance, especially in the peak summer season. As most of our ferry tickets to Waiheke are open return, meaning you can return to Auckland City on any day of your choosing, on any sailing – as long as it hasn't reached capacity.
IMPORTANT: A same day return ticket does not allow an overnight stay at any of our destinations. Avoid disappointment on the day and check you book the correct return ferry trip!
Select sailings may travel via Devonport to pick up or drop off customers.
Unless specified otherwise, Waiheke Island ferry tickets are valid for one year of the purchase date. These open tickets don’t specify a time or date you must travel, so you may take any sailing that suits your schedule - as long as it hasn't reached capacity.
If you have family and friends visiting Waiheke Island for the Christmas break we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance, before our visitor adult return fare increases for the seven-week high summer period.
Between 21 December 2018 and 28 February 2019, visitor adult return fares to Waiheke Island will increase by $5 per ticket to $45. No other fare type is affected. This fare increase does not apply to children and family visitor fares, nor customers travelling with an AT Hop card and commuter products such as Off-Island tickets, FlexiPass, Monthly Pass.