Nine of the Best Things to do on Waiheke Island

A mere 35 minute ferry trip from Auckland lies the world famous Waiheke Island. It's the ultimate playground to explore. Here are our Top 9 things to do

A mere 35 minute ferry trip from Auckland lies the world famous Waiheke Island. It’s the ultimate playground to explore with beautiful wineries, beaches, epic restaurants, walking tracks and zip lining all on this incredible Island that has 133kms of coastline!

If you’re a wine lover, vineyard hopping will be a priority. There’s some great-value vineyards with reasonably priced tastings:

Stonyridge Vineyard

  • Nestled in a valley of vines, with some of the most sought after red wines in the country, Stonyridge has tasting flights from just $9. Don’t forget to get a snap in the iconic Stonyridge frame to give all your mates FOMO.

Cable Bay Vineyards

  • A sucker for epic views? Look no further than Cable Bay. Lounge on the bean bags in the spring sun with a drink in hand, or sample some of their award-winning wines at the cellar door. Cable Bay is a great place to finish your day – it’s only a 15 minute bush walk to the ferry!

Wild on Waiheke

  • Wild on Waiheke has it all. Beer ü, wine ü, tasty food ü and what’s more is you won’t be bored with the range of outdoor activities to keep you occupied. Get amongst the archery, Wild tag and laser clay bird shooting on site. ​Loser buys the next round?

Hot Tip: the best way to get around the vineyards is on the Waiheke Explorer Hop On, Hop Off Bus. It leaves the ferry terminal every 30 minutes during summer.

Looking to try the island’s best smashed avo? There’s plenty of ‘gram-worthy’ cafes and restaurants scattered along the island.


Boathouse Cafe

  • You’re spoilt for choice with two varieties of ‘smashed avo’ at Boathouse Cafe. If you’re more of the simplistic type, go for the smashed avo on whole grain bread. Or if you’re after more of a smashed avo experience, be sure to try the smashed avo on a bed of spinach and kumara apple rosti.

The Oyster Inn

  • If you’re a fan of all things from the sea, you must visit The Oyster Inn. Plus, every Sunday from October to June they have their famous Sunday Sessions, featuring popular acts to see out the weekend.

Island Gelato Company

  • Perched in the heart of Oneroa, houses within a repurposed shipping container is one of Waiheke (and Auckland’s) much loved gelato shops. Here you’ll find an eclectic range of gelato’s from strawberry daiquiri, dulche de leche and berry compote.

Listen up adventure-enthusiasts. Say adios to the treadmill and pack your trainers, as there’s plenty of adventurous things on the island.

Island of Walks

  • Spring is here, and it’s time to come out of hibernation and explore Waiheke’s many walking tracks. There’s so many tracks, that they even have a nine-day festival to showcase them all to the rest of the world! If you’re needing to stop mid-walk to quench your thirst then be sure to choose a track close to the vineyards.

Feeling On Top Of The World

  • Strap up your harness and prepare for an adrenaline rush as you speed through the vines on Waiheke Island. You’ll get to see a birds eye view of the island and feel like you’re ‘on top of the world’ in the process. Grab some mates, and make a day of it!

Scoot around the Island

  • See the island from a different perspective. Grab a helmet, hire a scooter and experience Waiheke in all its glory. Perfect on a sunny day, stop for beach swims, food breaks and get off the beaten track and explore all this stunning island has to offer.

Beat the summer crowds with Fullers Waiheke Island Hot Seat Deals available exclusively at With seats just $10 each way, you’ve got more cash to spend on a good time! Hurry, book now – spaces are limited.

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