Things to do on Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is a fabulous holiday destination just minutes from central Auckland, featuring plenty of exciting or relaxing things to do.
It is famous for its perfect beaches, vineyards, artistic community and the infectious “laid back” Waiheke lifestyle.
Once you’ve visited Waiheke, you may never want to leave!
Cable Bay is just a step though our gate and ideal for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Close by, Oneroa Beach is a beautiful white sand beach, which is also the shopping and café hub of Waiheke Island. A short drive of around 15 minutes and you will arrive at Palm Beach - a beautiful sandy beach, or Onetangi, which is Waiheke’s best beach for surfing and can be reached within a twenty-minute drive.
Within a quarter hours walk of Hei Matau you can visit Cable Bay, Mudbrick and Jurassic Ridge Vineyards for wine tasting. Many other world-class vineyards are a short drive away including Kennedy Point, Stonyridge, Te Whau, Goldie, Casita Miro, Obsidian, Passage Rock and Te Motu.
Wine Tours and Sightseeing are available:
Waiheke produces internationally renowned olive oil and this can be sampled and bought at several island locations including Rangihoua, Cable Bay and Azzuro.
The Hauraki Gulf where Waiheke Island is situated is famous for its sea fishing. You can stroll out of our front gate and surf cast off the rocks or use our yellow dinghy to fish the channel. All equipment required is available for guests use.
For those who would like to fish further offshore, the following fishing charters are highly recommended.
Golfing on Waiheke
A set of either left hand or right hand golf clubs are available for guests to use at local Waiheke golf club.
Walks on Waiheke
Waiheke Island is ringed with fabulous coastal and native bush walks including many in Park Point that start at our gate.
Several kayaks with life jackets are available for guest’s use directly from Cable Bay.
There is also a kayak hire company a few minutes drive away at Matiatia.
Art and Sculpture
Waiheke Island has a very strong artistic community with many painters, sculptors and writers who call Waiheke “home”. Several local galleries and artists’ homes can be visited including:
- Waiheke Community Art Gallery: www.waihekeartgallery.org.nz
- Toi Gallery: www.sallysmith.co.nz
- The Artist Goldsmith : www.theartistgoldsmith.com
- Red Shed Arts Collective: www.waihekeredshed.com
- The Nikau Gallery: www.thenikau.co.nz
- Gabriella Lewenz: www.lewenz.net
World class sculpture can be seen in several places on the island including:
- Connells bay sculpture: www.connellsbay.co.nz
- Dead Dog Bay: www.deaddogbay.co.nz
- Biennial sculpture at the headland: www.sculptureonthegulf.co.nz
Every year in November the Jassy Dean garden tour raises funds for a local charity and allows many superb local gardens to be visited.
Wild on Waiheke
Wild on Waiheke is a unique multi-activity venue offering a range of activities including archery and laser clay bird shooting set within the magic of a Waiheke vineyard and brewery. Their on‐site team building division, insync, specializes in customized team events such as The Great Escape Team Challenge and The Wild Woozey, suitable for conference and family groups, team away days and Christmas parties.
- Ostend Saturday Markets:
- Stony Batter:
- Cycle Hire:
- Hire Cars and Scooters:
- Scenic Flights: