One of the most beautiful islands in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is world famous for it’s wine, food, and beaches, and is only 40 mins from Auckland CBD by ferry. Despite a resident population of over 9,000 people (far more than Wanaka) it is easy to escape to near deserted beaches and wander through native bush. On a sunny day it’s hard to find a better place to be.
There are two points to get off the ferry, the main one at Matiatia Wharf is a great place to watch the sunset back toward Auckland CBD.
While at the other end of the island Orapiu Wharf is a much quieter place, with only two ferries a day (running out to Rotoroa Island and the Coromandel Peninsula).
In-between the two is some spectacular scenery and impressive vineyards.
Onetangi Beach is my favourite on the island. A photograph is worth a thousands words. But there are plenty more lovely beaches to explore.
Te Ara Hura is a 100km trail around the island, mostly off-road through lush native bush.
And passing by a Manganese Mine which is free to explore, though fairly spooky.
The locals have a sense of humour.
And there is even some funky architecture in the new library.
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