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Waiheke Island

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About Waiheke Island

Just 35 minutes away from the centre of Auckland by ferry, Waiheke Island is a warm, dry spot lined with beautifully golden sandy beaches, mysterious coves and rocky bays. The island has green credentials thanks to the hippies and artists who were once the main inhabitants, but these days it’s a desirable, and commutable, spot and the best places to stay on Waiheke Island include plenty of lovely modern lodges as well as B&Bs taking advantage of the incredible sea views.

Most of the island’s sandiest, most perfect beaches can be found on the ocean side, while the other coastline is rockier, lined with pretty bays and clear waters.

The interior is dotted with vineyards and olive groves, and with boutique wineries and olive presses. The wineries, and the wealthy commuters, have brought about the introduction of boutique-y restaurants, galleries and shops.

This is also a great place for windsurfers, sea kayakers and fisher-folk.

What Not To Miss

  • If you're into wine then spend your days off on tours of the area's many wineries, including among others: Man O' War Vineyards, Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery and Batch Winery.
  • Waiheke Island has a small historic village, with several restored buildings and exhibitions revealing the island’s past.
  • Spend a few hours wandering around Connells Bay Sculpture Park, full of wonderful art and offering simply fabulous coastal views.

The island is a hugely popular destination, so if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Waiheke Island don't leave it till the last minute - you'll only be disappointed.

For a B&B

  • Enclosure Bay is a bright, modern B&B with panoramic view over the Hauraki Gulf and its islands - you may even see a dolphin or an orca from your room. Each of the rooms has a private terrace, and there’s an outdoor spa pool.
  • The Breakfast on the Beach Lodge is a four room B&B with wonderful sea views and a courtyard garden with hammocks and seating. They also let you use their kayaks

For a hot tub

  • Te Whau Lodge is a boutique style lodge with large, airy rooms and panoramic views across Putiki Bay. There’s an outdoor hot tub, a library and open fireplaces, so this is a lovely spot in any season.

For families

  • The Waiheke Island Resort is a collection of chic, modern apartments and studios, all with kitchen facilities. You’re just five minutes from Palm Beach, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating, a pool, bar, restaurant, hot tub and tennis courts.
  • Dellows Waiheke is another collection of self-catering apartments and cottages, this time set across eight acres in the heart of the island’s wine country, just ten minutes walk from Onetangi Beach. Each apartment has its own private outdoor space.

For a beach break

  • Delamore Lodge is a boutique style lodge overlooking Owhanake Bay. The five rooms are modern and romantic, with floor to ceiling windows exposing the spectacular views. You’re not only close to unspoiled beaches, but also wineries and scenic strolling routes.
  • The Boatshed is a luxury coastal retreat overlooking Oneroa Beach. A perfect spot for romantic but laid back beach style.
  • Set right on the coast, the charming Hei Matau Lodge offers modern, sea-facing rooms and great views. There’s a swimming pool, hot tub, kayaks, golf clubs and bikes available, plus a semi-private beach.

For An Apartment Or Villa

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Travel Information

  • If you plan on spending your days outside exploring the lovely countryside then it's obviously best to visit in the summer, from November to April.
  • January and February are the warmest months, experiencing average daily temperatures of 19°C.
  • International visitors can fly into Auckland Airport before then hopping on a passenger ferry across to Waiheke Island.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

    Still not sure?

    Best Hotels in Waiheke Island

    • Waiheke Island Resort Waiheke Island 25 rooms from £117

      Chic apartments and studios with kitchen facilities on Waiheke Island, five minutes from Palm Beach. Spacious rooms, modern furnishings and private outdoor seating areas with sea views. With a bar, restaurant, pool, hot tub, tennis court and conference facilities. For a relaxing island getaway.

      Birdwatching  -  Endangered kiwi
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    • Dellows Waiheke Waiheke Island from £120

      Self-contained accommodation set on eight acres in the heart of Waiheke Island's wine region. Rooms elegant and comfortable, with private outdoor terraces. Has its own boutique winery and distillery, and ten minute walk to Onetangi Beach. Great for families and groups.

      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
      Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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    • Enclosure Bay Waiheke Island 3 rooms from £189

      Bright, modern and comfortable boutique B&B on Waiheke Island with panoramic stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands. Rooms have air conditioning and private terraces, plus an outdoor spa pool. Close to wineries, walks and marine life. You may even see dolphin or orca from your suite.

      Views  -  Panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor spa pool
      Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
      Kayaking  -  Available locally.
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    • Te Whau Lodge Waiheke Island from £239

      Contemporary boutique lodge with panoramic views across Putiki Bay, and access to a private beach. Rooms are modern, elegant, light and spacious and all have a private deck with table and chairs. Fresh breakfast from ingredients grown in garden. Close to wineries, beaches and great walks.

      Views  -  Overlooking Putiki Bay
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
      Back to Nature
      Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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    • Breakfast on the Beach Lodge Waiheke Island 4 rooms from £316

      Boutique B&B on Waiheke Island off the coast of Auckland. Four clean, bright and spacious rooms with fresh flowers and wide sea views. Courtyard garden with hammocks and seating areas. Use of kayaks. Great island location.

      Views  -  Of Gulf Harbour
      Kayaking  -  Free access
      Swimming Pool  -  Spa pool
      Restrictions on children
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    • The Boatshed Waiheke Island from £332

      Luxury coastal boutique hotel by Oneroa beach on Waiheke Island. Rooms have whitewashed walls, nautical themed furnishings and panoramic views across the bay. Wineries and art galleries nearby. All beach gear provided.

      On the beach  -  Sits above white sandy beach of Oneroa
      Views  -  Panoramic ocean views
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
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    • Hei Matau Lodge Waiheke Island from £374

      Charming and luxurious coastal lodge with warm, contemporary, modern sea-facing rooms. Friendly hosts, self-catered or B&B option, with swimming pool, kayaks, golf clubs and bicycles available for use. Free drop off and pick up in Oneroa. Great coastal and native bush walks from property gates.

      Great walks  -  Coastal and native bush walks from property
      Views  -  Uninterrupted sea views
      Swimming Pool  -  Infinity and spa pool
      Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12
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    • Delamore Lodge Waiheke Island from £674

      Boutique lodge with spectacular cliff top location overlooking Owhanake Bay. Modern and luxurious rooms with floor to ceiling windows, private courtyards and uninterrupted bay views. Close to wineries, olive oil tastings, scenic walks and unspoilt beaches. Ideal for a romantic getaway.

      Views  -  Overlooking Owhanake Bay out to Hauraki Gulf
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated infinity pool
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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