Waiheke Island the island jewel of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, located just 17 km’s from Auckland. The island has a permanent population of approximately 8000 residents that increases over the summer months to almost triple that size. The Island is approximately 19 km from west to east and varies in width north to south from 0.5 km to 9.5kms. The weather is normally warmer, less humid with less rain more sunshine hours than Auckland, this islanders’ believe is a fact and not a myth! Trying to find the true meaning for the word ‘Waiheke’ I had no success at, but if you ask me or many locals or regular visitors the word should mean ‘Relax’.
Waiheke Island offers the visitor stunning golden sandy beaches,vineyards & olive groves with tasting and cellar door sales, fine restaurants and cafes. The beaches are normally un-crowded, perfect for lazing in the sun or for enjoying more rigorous beach activities. This island is perfect for a day's exploring and wine tasting, to several days of indulgent relaxation. Waiheke Island activities include many great walks, biking, sea kayaking fishing & diving. One of the biggest growing activities on Waiheke Island are weddings, with many hundreds of happy couples tying the knot each year.
The island is serviced by a passenger ferry from downtown Auckland to Matiatia (35mins) and a Car Ferry from either the city or Half moon Bay to Kennedy Point (45 – 55 mins). The Island also has a small private airfield for light aircraft or helicopter transfers.