Waiheke Island is a 35-minute ferry ride, or a 10 minute helicopter transfer from downtown Auckland. With a resident population between 8,000-10,000 people, Waiheke Island makes an ideal half day, full day or overnight excursion.
Day visitors can join a private, bespoke tour of the islands 30+ vineyards many of whom produce a Bordeaux-blend style of wine. Or for the thrill seeker, enjoy zip-lining over vineyards and through New Zealand native forest whilst enjoying the spectacular views over Auckland’s stunning Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand’s only marine park.
For those who truly want an island escape, luxury accommodation can be provided on Waiheke Island. Lodges such as The Boatshed and Delamore Lodge offer you an intimate, private vacation experience. Private, luxury homes are also a perfect option for those traveling with children or larger families.
For your reference, below are links to two suggested Waiheke Island itineraries. Provided for you are a one day option as well as an overnight suggestion.
Waiheke Island truly offers the best of both worlds those visiting Auckland. So close to the city and yet a world away.