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.

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.

For An Apartment Or Villa

  • If you think you'd be best served by a self-catering option then browse though the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

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 €135

    Birdwatching  -  Endangered kiwi
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    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. See More

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  • Dellows Waiheke Waiheke Island from €138

    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

    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. See More

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  • Enclosure Bay Waiheke Island 3 rooms from €218

    Views  -  Panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor spa pool
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.

    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. See More

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  • Waiheke Waterfront Lodge Waiheke Island 4 rooms from €342

    Boutique  -  Chic boutique interiors are contemporary in design with inspiration taken from the coast and nature
    Short fly break  -  Located just 35 minutes from downtown Auckland, this is ideal for a coastal weekend escape
    Beach Life  -  The hotel organises days spent on secluded beaches along with a picnic
    Great walks  -  There are walking maps for both bush and beach that you can borrow

    A sleek contemporary waterfront B&B situated on Waiheke Island. The four smart suites are spacious and light with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the garden and indulgent modern bathrooms. Dotted across the property are terraces to enjoy a glass of Waiheke wine. A chic spot for an island break. See More

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  • The Oyster Inn Oneroa, Waiheke Island 3 rooms from €270

    Foodies  -  Foodies will love the hotel restaurant, with excellent local and international dishes plus regional wine pairings
    Beach Life  -  With ocean views and fresh seafood at the inn, this hotel makes the perfect base for a quiet beach break
    Romantic Break  -  The laid-back atmosphere at this island bolt-hole is perfect for a relaxed romantic break
    Kayaking  -  Try your hand at sea kayaking during your stay on the island; ask your hosts for tips on local providers

    This boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of Waiheke Island, a short ferry from downtown Auckland. Guestrooms are bright and simple, with whitewashed beams and louvred shutters. Sample fresh seafood - including the hotel's namesake oysters - at the charming restaurant and bar. See More

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  • Te Whau Lodge Waiheke Island from €375

    Views  -  Overlooking Putiki Bay
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Back to Nature
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

    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. See More

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  • The Boatshed Waiheke Island from €383

    On the beach  -  Sits above white sandy beach of Oneroa
    Views  -  Panoramic ocean views
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Delamore Lodge Waiheke Island from €777

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

    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. See More

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