Insider's guide to Waiheke Island

You could spend your days doing nothing but lounge in the sun on a beach, there are a number of activities not to be missed. Find out what they are.

Just 35 minutes from central Auckland, Waiheke Island is a haven of tranquility, warm weather, beaches a plenty and a scattering of incredible vineyards. The small island in the Hauraki Gulf packs a punch and has been favored as a destination for day trips, long weekends and summer holidays for a long time. Though you could spend your days doing nothing but lounge in the sun on a beach, there are a number of activities not to be missed, so for those who need a little extra help with the planning here is the Amazing Accom insider's guide to Waiheke.

Activities

For a small island there are a vast variety of options to entertain even the most discerning of traveler. Many of the activities on offer showcase the stunning natural scenery the island is famous for.

The warm waters that surround Waiheke are one of the biggest reasons Waiheke is so popular, Taking a boat ride and seeing the island from the water is something everyone should do. A number of options include, chartering a yacht and sailing for the day or jumping aboard a fishing vessel, Fishing Waiheke offers group charters for fishing diving and sightseeing!

Hire a bike and explore the island, reaching places not accessible by road. There are a number of hire options with Hire Bike Ako offering guided tours of the island, enhanced with authentic Maori history.

For those that enjoy culture, Church Bay Studio Gallery owned by award winning abstract mixed artist Gabriella Lewenz and Connells By Sculpture Park, where art and nature combine to create visual site specific spaces are both worth visiting.

Restaurants

Though the island is small there are a number of first-class restaurants located here.

The Oyster Inn is seaside chic personified. Complete with a private dining room and a mouthwatering menu the Oyster Inn will have you salivating before you even order! Featuring local produce including fresh caught fish from local fishermen, this is one restaurant you don’t want to miss.

Casita Miro is renowned for its ambiance, fine food and wines. Specialising in Spanish cuisine the emphasis is on sharing platters. Casita Miro has been named in Auckland’s top 50 restaurants and is the perfect spot for social dining with friends.

Mudbrick Vineyard is one of the most beautiful vineyards in New Zealand and the restaurant has a wonderful ambiance often described as one of the most romantic places on earth. The chef’s have won international acclaim and showcase the very best of what New Zealand has to offer.

Stay

Claire’s Luxury Hideaway – On an island known for its stunning locations, this property is truly outstanding. With unrivaled views across two bays, this luxury Cape Cod style Waiheke holiday home is bathed in all day sun – a stylish private hideaway at the top of the world. An infinity pool, dramatic outdoor fireplace and vast decks – upstairs and down – together with expansive gardens with sweeping views make this an amazing setting for a special Waiheke luxury escape.

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