Located in the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland, Waiheke Island is a stunning island with pristine beaches on the clear, blue waters of the bay. The island is home to a variety of unique and exciting attractions and experiences, whether you like outdoor adventure, wildlife encounters, wine tours, romantic beach days or unique activities. Best of all, Waiheke Island has a wide range of options for kids of all ages, so you can create memories with the whole family. Find out about the best activities and attractions on the island and explore options for Waiheke Island holiday homes to plan your trip.
Accommodation in Waiheke Island for families, couples and solo travellers
Waiheke Island accommodation is suited to all types and budgets, so you’re sure to find the ideal holiday home for your stay. Ranging from expansive and luxurious to practical and affordable, check out the best accommodation in Waiheke Island.
Waiheke Island accommodation cheap for families
If you’re looking for an affordable accommodation option, Waiheke Island has an abundance of holiday homes, hotels, cottages and bed and breakfasts with cheap rates to help you make the most of your stay. Cheap accommodation offers many exciting amenities, including extra bedrooms and bathrooms, kids’ toys and games, backyards, beach access and more. You’ll find an array of cheap holiday homes that are fully self-contained, giving you a full kitchen to prepare meals and save on dining out. Families can stay in a holiday home that's near the Surfdale Reserve for access to the children's playground and amenities like a yard and garden.
Waiheke Island accommodation luxury for couples
Luxury accommodation in Waiheke Island enhances your holiday experience with high-end furnishings and decadent amenities to help you feel pampered and relaxed. Luxury holiday homes, lodges and cottages offer amenities like pools, spas, en-suite bedrooms, open verandahs, waterfront views and other extravagant features. Plenty of luxury rentals are perfect for the whole family and give you all the high-end touches, along with practical features like bunk beds and entertainment systems. Couples and families will love Bach 52, a stylish holiday home on the bay with stunning views, boat mooring and outdoor space for the kids to play.
Things to do in Waiheke Island
From adventures in the great outdoors to romantic wine tours to relaxing beach days, Waiheke Island offers an array of activities and experiences for an unforgettable holiday. Whether you’re looking for fun with the kids, a touch of romance or thrills on land and sea, check out the best activities you can do in Waiheke Island.
You’ll find virtually endless things to see and do in Waiheke Island for kids of all ages. If you want to spend time in the outdoors, the Onetangi Reserve offers hiking trails through Kauri trees, palm forests and open areas filled with wildlife. Kids will also like the bird sanctuaries that are home to a variety of native bird species, including blue penguins, New Zealand dotterel, kaka parrots and grey warblers.
One of the activities Waiheke Island is most known for is visiting its wineries and vineyards. During your romantic retreat, be sure to visit the cellar doors and take some winery and tasting tours to immerse yourself in the rich wine culture of the island. Waiheke Island has plenty of other culinary experiences, such as touring olive groves for olive oil tastings. Another great couple’s activity is doing an art crawl to see local galleries and the sculptures in Alison Park.
Fun and adventure
Waiheke Island is home to many gorgeous beach areas that offer all manner of excitement and adventure. Oneroa Beach and Little Oneroa Beach offer coastal trails and water sports, including stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, sea kayaking and more. You could also book fishing charters or boat tours to venture out into deeper waters and experience the colourful marine life. Another popular activity is taking a cycling tour of the island to see the views of the coast and catch glimpses of wildlife in its natural habitat.