Waiheke - Multi Day Itinerary
Waiheke Island is a 45 minute ferry ride from Auckland and is a great way to spend a day or more, the perfect getaway if you want a break from city life but don't want to travel far. Waiheke boasts around 20 vineyards and plenty of accommodation, spending some time here will help you rewind and refresh before heading back to normality, whatever that may be.
• Oneroa or Onetangi
• Your choice of vineyard
• Overnight accommodation
You're on island time now, unless of course you have a strict time limit of when you should be back on the mainland. But otherwise don't rush your time on Waiheke.
What do I Need?
• If you're visiting in Summer (which is the best time), you will need the usual summer essentials of hats, sunblock, swimwear and a bottle of water etc.
• If you're visiting a vineyard it's good to wear tidy clothes, just because you're on an island doesn't mean everyone accepts jandals and board shorts as appropriate attire.
• An AT HOP card or extra money for buses/taxis. Scooter and E-bikes can also be hired in Oneroa.
Ferry's directly to Waiheke Island can be caught from either Devonport or Auckland City. If you are too far from these areas but have a ferry service nearby, catch the ferry to either of these ports then jump ship to the Waiheke bound service. Check out the Fullers Website for timetables and details on getting there.
Once on the island you will be at Matiatia port, from here there are multiple buses waiting outside the ferry terminal or taxis you can call to get you to your destination.
Waiheke Vineyards are scattered throughout the island, some are clustered together and are a short walking distance between each other, others require a taxi or separate bus to get to.
If heading to either Wild on Waiheke, Stonyridge, Te Motu or Tantalus Estate you can easily catch the bus bound for Onetangi and politely ask the driver to yell out when either of these stops are coming up, all of these vineyards are neighbours so you can take the short walk to your next watering hole. Click here for my reviews on 6 vineyards on the island.
This can take up a whole or half day depending on how much you're enjoying your wine.
Both of these locations have beautiful beaches, shops to look at and cafes to feast in. They are both at opposite ends of the island and since Oneroa is the first town you drive through to get anywhere it can sometimes be the most touristy and crowded. But then again in summer months Waiheke is a bustling metropolis so really work this choice out around the convenience of whether you're staying for a night or two or just enjoying the island for a day.
Grab a book from Paper Plus in Oneroa and head to the beach or find a spot under a shady tree with a view and you can find yourself there until dinner time.
If you don't want to rush your time and are needing a getaway from everyday life then look into some of the hundreds of accommodation options available on the island, from glamping to luxury vineyard apartments Waiheke offers something for everyone.
Spend another morning looking through shops, or watching the sunrise on the beach. Have a few drinks and nibbles at the local pub with live music or splash out at another vineyard. Waiheke has so much to offer if you're in the mood for a slow paced, no responsibility break away.
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