How lucky are people who live in Auckland? A 40-minute ferry ride from downtown and you’re on Waiheke Island. Just 93.2 square kilometres, Waiheke is known as a little Mediterranean jewel nestled in the Hauraki Gulf. A jewel that has 128 km of coastline and is famous for its wineries. What more could you ask for? Whether you’ve got a few hours or a couple of days, here’s our guide to island life:

Getting there

Purchase your tickets at the Downtown ferry terminal in the city, where boats leave every hour. If you aren’t hiring a car over on the island, grab a hop-on, hop-off bus ticket here so that you can get around and explore easily.


Waiheke is home to more than 100 beaches, with two of the most popular being Oneroa and Onetangi. They’re both favourite spots for city dwellers and visitors alike, with white sands, safe swimming, great fishing and coastal walking tracks.