Activities, Tours and Events

See below for our pick of the Island’s highlights generally available all year round, which should help you plan for an adventure-filled holiday. Also be sure to check out this link for up to date events on the Island:

Oneroa Village – this has a number of shops, cafes, restaurants etc and is well worth a walk through for just a look or to get supplies.

Waiheke Community Cinema – situated at the top end of Oneroa village, this is a great option if the weather isn’t on your side (with old comfy sofas and chairs, the cinema is a pretty different experience). Phone 372 4240 for listings or visit www.wicc.co.nz

Community Art Gallery, 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa Ph: 3729907 – based in Oneroa village, this complex houses local and New Zealand artists’ works, exhibitions etc and is definitely worth a look around.

If you are particularly interested in the arts, Waiheke won’t disappoint, and you should consider visiting the various artist studios/galleries dotted around the Island. Here are just a couple:

Gabriella Lewenz, 40 Motukaha, Church Bay, Oneroa Ph: 372 7030 www.lewenz.net, This abstract artist’s studio stands in a stunning location, amid fields and veggie gardens, overlooking coastal views which serve as inspiration to many of the paintings. Visits by appointment only.

The Nikau Gallery, 232 Waiheke Road, Onetangi RD1 Ph: 3727946. This is place is worth a visit (although a longish drive) for the views alone as it is set on the most amazing elevated position with views across the whole island. It also houses a number of nice local and NZ artist’s work for sale.

For more detail on Waiheke’s numerous artists see: http://waiheke.aucklandnz.com/information/arts-and-crafts.html

Stony Batter Fort – this is an old fort which was built to defend against potential invaders during the 2nd world war, and includes a series of tunnels through the hill that you can walk through.   It’s a long drive from the house (approx 30-40 minutes) but may be well worth it if you combine it with seeing some of the vineyards on the east side of the island.  Access to this is off Man O’ War Bay road and also see http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/historic/by-region/auckland/hauraki-gulf-islands/stony-batter-historic-reserve-waiheke-island/ for further information.

Weekend Market – Every Saturday from 730am (all year round, but more substantial during summer) there is a local market, in the main shops at Ostend. It’s nothing spectacular but a bit of fun … with local stalls selling second hand goods, crafts and freshly baked goods. ostendmarketwaiheke.co.nz/

Department of Conservation Walks – there are plenty of really nice bush walks, some of which take in spectacular coast line – including fantastic headland walks direct from The Moorings.

See this website if you are planning to do some walks during your stay: http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/whatson/places/walkways/waiheke/otherwalks.asp. You can also pick up a brochure from the Isite Office in Oneroa village, which should describe some of the more preferred routes.

Ziplining – 150 Trig Hill Road, Onetangi, Ph: 372 5646 www.ecozipadventures.co.nz

Get a complimentary pick up from Matiatia Wharf or Oneroa Village. Three 200 meter dual flying fox ziplines will then fly you smoothly side-by-side with a partner, friend or relative down into a stunning tract of original and regenerating native ‘bush’ (forest). It’s a scenic interpretive walk back to base, where you’ll learn about local flora and fauna and the conservation of our spectacular natural environment. With a choice of drop-off locations afterwards, they’ll make sure you have plenty of things to do on Waiheke!

EcyclesNZ – Ph: Rob (0220502233) or Wayne (0272467883)  www.ecyclesnz.com

We won’t lie to you … Waiheke is hilly! So, having a bit of extra “oooomph” by hiring an electric bicycle, is a superb way to see more of the Island (i.e. potentially as far east as Onetangi beach) without burning yourself out. Ecycles have a great selection of electrical bicycles, even including a new tandem great for couples!

Vineyard bus tours – Waiheke Wine Tours, Ph: Jean: (09) 372 2140 or (027) 431 2163 (mob), www.waihekeislandwinetours.co.nz  

When you’re limited for time but spoilt for choice, what better way to find out why Waiheke is so famous for its wines? Your host, Wayne, will take you on commentated daily tours where you’ll visit three trophy-winning vineyards, taste 14+ excellent wines, and also take in the island scenic highlights. Wayne has superb reviews on Trip Advisor, so he will be sure to make it a really informative and fun day out. Even better still, their  tours go daily and have no minimum number of people required, so there’s no chance of you missing out.

Fishing – Adventure Fishing Charters, 19 Onetangi Road, Onetangi, Ph: 3726023 (Phil or Gailene Scott), www.adventurefishingcharters.co.nz. The charter boat leaves from Matiatia wharf (in the morning or afternoon) and lasts about 4 hours and is approx $110 p/p (all equipment provided). Given his great reputation and local knowledge for finding the best spots, Phil is usually in hot demand, so be sure to book in early.

Other companies to try are: Fishing Waiheke – Terry Gallon 372 6237 / 0272 606070, Mermaid Marine – Dave Collins 0274 951 065 / 0274 991 065 and Fat Snapper – Mark Brown 372 8755

Hot Local Tip! If you don’t have time to fish and/or you don’t get any luck on a fishing expedition, you can always buy fresh fish from local fishermen on Matiatia Wharf on a Friday morning. It is slightly cheaper than the shops, already gutted and filleted, and as fresh as you can get, being caught that morning. Be sure to turn up early (7.15am just after the 7am ferry has left) so you don’t miss out. At Matiatia Wharf, go straight through where only buses and taxis are supposed to park, and the fishermen should be waiting there with fresh snapper and gurnard on the old wharf.

Golf – There is a fun and moderately challenging 9 hole golf course on the Island ($25-$30 per round). It is situated on the main road between Matiatia and Onetangi Beach, just past the turnoff to Rocky Bay and is well sign posted. Phone 3728886 for more information.

Kayaking – If kayaking is your thing, then contact Ross at Kayak Waiheke.  Half, full, overnight and night kayaking are available (including beginners).  Bookings are essential – contact Ross on 372 5550 or 021 570 550.

Missing your gym work outs? Don’t worry, we have that covered: http://www.waihekeworkout.co.nz  116 Ostend Road, Ostend, Phone 09 372 2020

Visiting the Coromandel Peninsula – if your stay on the Island is a longer one or perhaps just the first stage of your holiday, you may wish to consider a trip to the beautiful Coromandel peninsula. A ferry leaves from Orapiu wharf (on the far east side of the Island) and takes 2 hours one way. More information can be found at: http://www.360discovery.co.nz/timetables-fares/coromandel-timetables-fares.php

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