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The 7 Best Things To Do in Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Whether you are looking for a romantic and wine filled weekend away, or an adventurous trip including walks, beaches, and sightseeing, there are things to do in Waiheke for everyone! A short 35 minute Fullers ferry ride away from Auckland will take you to paradise. We fell in love with Waiheke Island and are already looking forward to going back! Here is our guide of the best things to do in Waiheke!fullers_ferry_auckland_ciaofelicia

  1. Enjoi Wine Tour- A trip to Waiheke isn’t complete without it! We were picked up directly from the Fullers ferry terminal and driven around to 4 different wineries throughout the day! Each winery was gorgeous and included wine and food tastings. We all had so much fun. The Enjoi wine tour is the most relaxing and perfect way to spend a day on the island!wine_tour_waiheke_ciaofeliciawinery_waiheke_ciaofelicia
  2. Mudbrick Vineyard- Our tour did not include going to Mudbrick, but we made sure to head there after for more food and wine! The view from Mudbrick was my favorite on the whole island! We spent the afternoon relaxing on the couches outside with a view of Auckland, drinking a bottle of wine, and enjoying some delicious snacks. It was a very romantic setting and was the highlight of my weekend!mudbrick_winery_waiheke_ciaofelicia
  3. Breakfast with a view at Wai Kitchen- I found this place on Instagram months before our trip and I knew I had to visit! We had the most delicious pancakes with a gorgeous view. The best way to start any morning!wai_kitchen_waiheke_breakfast_ciaofelicia
  4. Walks- There are so many fun walks along the coast in Waiheke! It was amazing to go from a bush walk to a stunning coastal view in seconds. We did the walk starting in Oneroa on the Blackpool walkway, but I would love to have done other walks as well! Check out all of the walks you can do on Waiheke here.waiheke_walks_oneroa_ciaofelicia
  5. Beaches- Beautiful beaches in all directions… well, because it’s an island. But really they are something to look at! Palm Beach and Onetangi Beach are supposed to be some of the best! But we just stayed near the main city at Oneroa Bay and Little Oneroa Beach!things_to_do_in_waiheke_ciaofelicia
  6. Island Gelato- I love me some dessert, especially on a nice warm day after a walk! We loved Island Gelato for all of their delicious and unique flavors!
  7. Hekerua Lodge- A fun, budget accommodation that immediately made us feel like family! We were introduced to so many other travelers, given sightseeing tips, and made very welcome! They even have a pool and hot tub overlooking the gorgeous bush. The perfect place to stay to meet travelers and experience Waiheke on a budget!hekerua_lodge_waiheke_ciaofelicia

Those were our favorite things to do in Waiheke! It was a romantic, but adventurous weekend. I hope this will guide you on your trip!


Interested in some of my other favorite places in New Zealand?  Check out Rotorua and the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves!

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Author: ciaofelicia

Hi! I’m Felicia. I am a 23 year old traveler originally from Huntington Beach, CA and currently living in Auckland, New Zealand. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2016. After graduation, I didn't have a "dream career" in mind, so I followed my heart and have been finding ways to make money as I travel the world ever since! I plan to travel and learn more about the world than I ever did in school. Traveling is a passion of mine. I love seeing the beauty of our world through architecture, nature, and people. I love connecting with people without being able to speak the same language. I love being in an unfamiliar place alone and stepping outside of my comfort zone. But I don’t know what I want to do yet. I plan to travel the world for as long as possible instead of "adulting." Until I figure it out, will you go on this adventure with me?

22 thoughts on “The 7 Best Things To Do in Waiheke Island, New Zealand

  1. New Zealand has been on our bucket list since LOTR came out 🙂 Such a stunning country! This is further proof! And so near Auckland too.

  2. As someone who loves wine, walks and good breakfasts I am very much attracted to Waiheke’s magnetic pull. It is easy to see why people love to go and it is visually stunning as well !

  3. I’ve always fascinated to travel NZ, and it is one of my top place in travel list. I guess I’ll opt for walking trails and ferry rides which I love the most.

  4. Beautiful Pics! I had no idea about any of this in New Zealand, so I def learnt something new and it does sound like the perfect romantic getaway.Those pancakes and wine tour will be at the top of my list but I think everything you got to do here, I will do the same if I ever get a chance to visit there.

  5. Gosh I would love to go there. It looks so beautiful and though we have talked about visiting Australia we have not talked about New Zealand. Looks fabulous.

  6. We have neighbors who visited New Zealand last year and couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful it was. If my husband and I are ever lucky enough to go to Waiheke Island, you can bet we’ll be eating our weight in gelato (for her) and sipping wine at Mudbrick Vineyard (for him). x

  7. Wine on an island sounds simply amazing. New Zealand is a part of the world I still need to explore. I’ll keep this in mind for when I do one day.

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