Have an adventure on Auckland's favourite 'Island' getaway. There is so much to do, if you're feeling adventurous, explore the network of coastal walking and cycle trails or go ziplining – perfect for breathtaking cliff-top views. 

  • Getting around Waiheke is half the fun. For the adventurous types you might like to explore Waiheke Island by mountain bike. Pop into the Onetangi Sports Park for some fun grade 1-4 trails. Check out Mountain Biking in Auckland for more details. (Note: There are quite a few hills on Waiheke, so you might want to think about getting an electric bike if you are not up for the challenge). You can either take your own bike or find out about hiring them here.
  • Get on 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). It takes you all around the island and to all the interesting places. Read more about the flexible tour here
  • Catch a bus. The 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.
  • To explore in the heart of Waiheke Island wilderness, go for a walk in the Onetangi Reserve. There you'll find a network of walking trails that will take you through Kauri, nikau palms and to open hilltops with awesome views across Waiheke Island. You'll get to see many native birds on your walk too. For more walks on Waiheke, check out 7 Wonderful Walks on Waiheke Island.

What do I need?

  • Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat
  • Swimming gear and a towel, in the warmer months
  • A light rain jacket, and warm layers. Temperatures can change quickly, regardless of the season

How long should I stay

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.

Family Friendly Eats

The Local

This has to be Waiheke’s best fish and chip joint.  Located in the heart of Oneroa Village you can either takeaway or dine-in, with stunning views overlooking Oneroa Beach.

151 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa

Charlie Farley's

Too Fat Buns

Waiheke's beloved burger joint. Owner-operated by foodies, for foodies. Value for money, catering to everyone from carnivore to vegan

4/118 Oceanview Road Oneroa

Wild Estate

Wild Estate is a relaxed, giant outdoor garden bar/eatery. You can unwind and chill out right among the vines while the kids play on the playground,  enjoy cracking food matched with handcrafted beers while contemplating a sedate game of petanque, giant chess, archery - even clay bird shooting.

82 Onetangi Rd, Onetangi

Island Gelato

Island Gelato Co are into abundance, freshness and flavour. They’re into sunshine, salty skin and triple scoops. Lick it or lose it!

124 Ocean View Road, Oneroa