Waiheke Island is the ultimate dormitory suburb in NZ. The island is semi idyllic, and for those that live on the island this is the best of all worlds. Waiheke Island has moved on from the early ‘hippy’ days and over the last three decades has grown into a vibrant wine and tourist centre. Right on the doorstep of Auckland and only a thirty minute ferry ride from the city centre and so determines the island is a must visit. Allow a minimum of a day, and be sure to do lunch and the winery visits.

The port of Matiatia at the western end of the island is 17.7 km (11.0 mi) from Auckland and the eastern end is 21.4 km (13.3 mi) from the Coromandel.  The climate is slightly warmer than Auckland with less humidity and rain and more sunshine hours.

The Wine Festival and the Jazz Festival and weekend trippers from around the country and the world. It is safe to say the population increases significantly, rents go up, almost all homes and baches are full and a festive atmosphere exists.

Around two thousand people commute daily to Auckland for work as career opportunities on the island are limited. The main employment sectors are horticulture (wine and olives), agriculture, tourism, construction, food services, retail and real estate. The cost of living on the island is higher compared to the mainland, due to the shipping freight costs of most foodstuffs, fuel and amenities.

Waiheke Island has no ‘traditional’ type pubs; the modern history of the island sort of determines that. There has been no resort hotel survive.

The churches on the island are all of modern construction. The old weatherboards giving way to modern building materials. Most traditional faiths are represented.

There are a small number of museums. These are open every weekend.

The Waiheke Island War Memorial is next to the ANZAC Memorial Hall. The acknowledgement is a little ‘sad’ but has the traditional cenotaph.

The visitor will love the visit to Waiheke Island; boat trip and all.






Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course