Having enjoyed Waiheke for over 30 years, we have been lucky enough to experience many of the amazing things the Island has to offer. We hope you find this guide useful.

 

Waiheke Background

 

Historical Waiheke Background

The name Waiheke means ‘cascading waters’, but it was actually given to the island by mistake. The original Maori name of the island was ‘Te Motu Arai Roa’, or ‘long sheltering island’. It first came to be called Waiheke when a group of European surveyors were travelling around the Hauraki Gulf recording names on their maps. They landed on a local beach and asked the nearby Maori fishermen what the name of this place was. The Maori told them “Waiheke”, which was the name of the stream they were standing beside. The surveyors then recorded that the island was called Waiheke and it has been recorded on all European maps since then.

Waiheke has been home to various Maori iwi (tribes) for about a thousand years, and there are remnants of more than 40 pa sites on the island. A pa is a fortified Maori village, usually on a hilltop with good views of approaching people. When Captain Cook anchored the Endeavour off the eastern end of the island in 1769, the island belonged to the Ngati Paoa iwi.  During the 1820’s, the famous Maori chief, Hongi Heke, killed most of the inhabitants in a big battle at Onetangi beach. Unsurprisingly, Onetangi means “weeping sands” and the name Weeping Sands is now the brand name of one of Waiheke’s great wines.

Waiheke settlement by Europeans began in the mid 1800’s, with the clearing of timber. The felled timber, mostly kauri, was shipped to Auckland for housing and furniture for the new settlements there. Some of it was also used for building on Waiheke, and for construction and repair of ships. As the land was cleared, it was planted with grass and used for sheep and cattle farming.

The eastern end of the island has network of tunnels known as Stony Batter built as part of a system to defend New Zealand from naval attack. They were started in 1941 and finished in 1944, with a total length of tunnel of about half a mile. There are two gun emplacements, now empty, but the two guns were each mounted on a carriage on a concrete pedestal, each installation having a total weight of 135 tons. They had a range of 30 miles when test fired, but were never actually used against an enemy.

Modern day Waiheke

Waiheke currently has a permanent population of around 8000 people, making it New Zealand’s third most populated island after the North and South islands. With the large number of “baches” (holiday homes), its population swells to over 30,000 in summer and long festival weekends such as Easter.

The island is 19 km long, with a coastline of 133 km, including 40km of beautiful beaches. It is very hilly with few flat areas, with the highest point being Maunganui at 231 metres.

Waiheke is generally warmer than Auckland, by between 2 and 4 degrees on average. It has a climate similar to the Mediterranean which makes it ideal for grape and olive growing.

Modern day Waiheke Island is a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Activities include sightseeing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, beachcombing, or simply eating/drinking your way around the numerous cafes/restaurants and award-winning wineries.

We’ve listed a few of our key things to do/places to go in this booklet. However, if you’d like to get more detail on what there is to do on Waiheke, this is a good website: http://waiheke.aucklandnz.com/index.html

 

 

Beaches

 

All the beaches on Waiheke are great! However, for all day swimming, the best beaches are on the northern side of the Island (e.g. Oneroa, Little Oneroa, Palm Beach, Onetangi). The beaches on the southern side (e.g. Surfdale and Blackpool) are nice too, but are mainly tidal, and are only really good for swimming around high tide.

Oneroa – facing towards the sunny north, Oneroa beach is a popular visitor spot with a busy and vibrant village, which has stunning views of the white sand bay below and Coromandel Peninsula in the distance.

Little Oneroa – a sheltered bay lined with pohutukawa trees for shade, BBQ areas, grass verges and a children’s playground. There’s a small shop here too for supplies, and they do they great takeaway coffees.

Blackpool – a peaceful rocky beach making it perfect for kayaking and admiring views of Auckland City in the distance.

Surfdale – although a southern side beach, Surfdale is a favourite spot for windsurfers with a frequent breeze to set the sails and a sandy bottom to protect the feet. Surfdale village also has a great range of shops and restaurants.

Palm Beach – Set in native bush with a beautiful palm lined beach below, Palm Beach is another popular place to visit. At certain times of year, phosphorescence can fill the bay making a stunning display in the water. The area has its own restaurant, beach store and playground.

Onetangi – This two kilometre long and beautiful stretch makes this beach a popular holiday destination. The beach is perfect for water activities such as windsurfing, swimming and the occasional surf. It is worth checking out if you are going for a drive anyway (or if you feel Oneroa is too overrun with people and boats as it can be in the peak of summer). The beach also has some café and restaurant dining options.

Others – Waiheke has a number of other bays and beaches, which are slightly further a field. They won’t necessarily have the same facilities as the beaches above but are beautiful nonetheless and definitely worth a visit if you are driving around the Island.

 

 

Vineyards

 

Waiheke has a number of highly successful vineyards, many of which have won major international awards. The island is most noted for its red, Bordeaux-style wine, although some Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varieties are also considered to be good. Many of the vineyards also have cafes/restaurants attached, so if wine isn’t your thing they still make great places for eating out whilst taking in spectacular vineyard/valley/sea views. If you want all the information you will need to explore, taste, and dine on Waiheke at your fingertips, follow this link to install the latest iPhone/mobile device app: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/waiheke/id535025604?mt=8

Cable Bay Vineyard, 12 Nick Johnstone Drive, Oneroa, Ph: 372 5889 www.cablebayvineyards.co.nz

This is one of the newer vineyards on the island and its modern, architecturally designed winery and restaurant is an interesting contrast to the other more traditional vineyards on the island. It is set amidst vineyards and olive groves and has stunning rural and sea views looking towards Auckland City. Eating at the restaurant is expensive. So, if you would like a more moderately priced option, we would suggest sipping one of their internationally acclaimed wines and having a few nibbles/a platter whilst taking in the amazing views. As it’s near The Moorings, it’s also a great pre-dinner spot to visit.

Mudbrick Vineyard, Church Bay Rd, Oneroa, Ph: 372 9050 www.mudbrick.co.nz

Named after the beautiful barn/house which was built from mud bricks, this is probably one of the best known vineyards on the Island and its mudbrick restaurant is award winning. As with Cable Bay, the prices are steep. We also find it great for a late morning coffee in their pretty gardens whilst enjoying the sensational views of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

Passage Rock Wines, 438 Orapiu Road, Ph: 372 7257 http://www.passagerockwines.co.nz/

This boutique winery is set in Te Matuku Valley and also has a cafe (set amongst the vines) which serves, amongst other things, beautiful wood-fired pizzas. We love it because it is moderately priced relative to the other vineyards listed below and because it’s owned and run by really nice people (David and Veronika Evans-Gander). We recommend going for lunch (if eating there, you usually can have a free taste of some of their amazing wines whilst waiting to be seated) and if it’s sunny, sit outside amongst the vines if you can get a table. It gets pretty busy during summer, so best to make a reservation, especially as it’s a longer drive from The Moorings.

Te Motu Vineyard, 76 Onetangi Road, Ph: 372 6884 www.temotu.co.nz

A 10 minute walk up their ‘rustic’ driveway will reveal the most beautiful setting – a  natural amphitheatre/valley attributed with producing some of NZ’s finest red wines (right next to Stonyridge Vineyard – see below). This family-owned vineyard has a restaurant (“The Shed”), a cellar door (for buying wines to takeaway) and “The Terrace” (where you can do wine tastings and have lite bites) all with beautiful views over the valley. Call +64 372 6884 to enquire about current opening hours, tastings and restaurant bookings.

Wild on Waiheke, 82 Onetangi Road, Ph: 09 372 3434 wildonwaiheke.co.nz

Wild On Waiheke is a vineyard with a difference! It’s a unique, boutique, multi-activity venue providing a diverse range of fun outdoor activities (including archery and laser claybird shooting), licensed café and brewery, set within the magic of a Waiheke vineyard. It’s great for groups, families or couples – as you can just sit back and sip on their lovely wines, sample their boutique beers OR get more active by getting stuck into one of their many fun activities.

Stonyridge Vineyard, 80 Onetangi Rd, Onetangi, Ph: 372 8822 www.stonyridge.com

This is one of the oldest vineyards on the Island and perhaps the first to put Waiheke on the map in terms of internationally award-winning, top quality wine. Stonyridge’s café/restaurant is set amongst the vineyard (much like Passage Rock) and serves fantastic but pricey food in a beautiful setting, similar in style to what you might expect in France some say.

Obsidian Wines, Te Makiri Road, Onetangi, Ph: 372 6100, www.obsidian.co.nz 

Tucked away in an amphitheatre setting amongst the vines, Obsidian offers tastings in a relaxed and friendly environment. The cellar door is situated next to a wetland area and vines. Al fresco tastings are often held under the pergola.

Their  passionate and knowledgeable cellar door staff will take you through the range of Obsidian and Weeping Sands wines. Often on weekends and over the Christmas holiday period one of the proprietors of the vineyard, Lindsay and Janet Spilman or Alan Wiltshire will be on hand to share their insights and passion about Obsidian wines.

Man O’ War Vineyards, RDl Ph: 303 9677 www.manowarvineyards.co.nz

Make no mistake, it is quite a journey in the car (approx 40 minutes) to the Eastern End of Waiheke Island to this beautiful vineyard but it is definitely a trip worth making. Firstly, the drive will uncover the most amazing sea, farmland and vineyard scenery (so different to west/central Waiheke) via a loop road. Secondly, when you get there you will find a beautifully-set quaint tasting room sitting virtually on the pebbled beach front at Man O’ War Bay surrounded by Pohutukawa trees. You can relax on the verandah, or enjoy the sun at the bench tables on the lawn. It offers something totally different to the other vineyards on the Island and the wines themselves are truly superb. So, our advice: take a nice leisurely drive out there taking in all the scenery and stopping along the way (e.g. at the Nikau Art Gallery www.thenikau.co.nz ). Tastings are free, and the tasting room is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 6pm in Summer and 11am – 4pm in Winter.

Other Vineyards: In addition to the vineyards above, there are plenty more on the island which offer great opportunities for tasting amazing wines (some of which are free) e.g. Goldies as a closer option (www.goldieroom.co.nz 18 Causeway Road, ph: 372 7493).

Vineyard bus tours – Waiheke Wine Tours, Ph: Jean: (09) 372 2140 or (027) 431 2163 (mob), www.waihekeislandwinetours.co.nz  

When you’re limited for time but spoilt for choice, what better way to find out why Waiheke is so famous for its wines? Your host, Wayne, will take you on commentated daily tours where you’ll visit three trophy-winning vineyards, taste 14+ excellent wines, and also take in the island scenic highlights. Wayne has superb reviews on Trip Advisor, so he will be sure to make it a really informative and fun day out. Even better still, their  tours go daily and have no minimum number of people required, so there’s no chance of you missing out.

For other organised wine tours, you can find information at the Fullers office at the Matiatia wharf, the Isite Visitor Office (118 Ocean View Road Ph: 372 1234) in Oneroa Village or visit http://waiheke.aucklandnz.com/things-to-do/tours.html

 

 

Where to eat

 

Waiheke is spoilt for choice in terms of cafes/restaurants, so you should find something to meet your needs. To avoid disappointment though you may wish to ring ahead, as in winter/off peak periods some places are closed, and during summer/peak periods the more popular restaurants can be heavily booked. Here are a few of our favourites:

Oneroa Village:

Spice Café, 153 Ocean View Rd, Ph: 372 7659 www.spicecafe.co.nz

If you’re are having a lazy morning, and looking for a great breakfast out, stop by at Spice Cafe. These guys do great coffees and excellent brunch dishes like hotcakes with fried apples, crispy bacon, fried banana & Maple syrup, or creamy mushrooms on toast. The owners/staff are very friendly too – all this means we visit it whenever we can.

Red Crab, 149 Ocean View Rd, Ph: 372 9185 www.redcrab.co.nz
This is a reasonably priced, newish Thai restaurant in the centre of the main Oneroa village/shops. It has a set lunch which is great value and has a nice view of Oneroa beach and the sea – so try and get an outside table if you can. They also do takeaways.

Fenice Italian café/restaurant, 122A Oceanview Road, Ph: 372 8711 www.fenice.co.nz/

Relatively reasonably priced Italian home-made food (including fresh pasta made daily), open from breakfast until late, located in the heart of the village.

Wai Kitchen, 1/149 Ocean View Road, Ph: 372 7505 www.waikitchen.co.nz

Set on the top level above Red Crab, this restaurant serves a varied menu in a great location. It also has a bakery on the ground floor in case you want some fresh baked goods to go.

Oyster Inn, 124 Ocean View Rd, Ph: 372 2222 www.theoysterinn.co.nz

Waiheke Island, AucklandGreat décor with a buzzy vibe, this place serves tasty wines, small bites and more substantial mains – all of which are great examples of fresh NZ fusion cuisine. It’s a bit pricey but the two owners (Andrew and Jonathan) are super friendly and we just love it. Hot Local’s Tip! Don’t leave without trying the terakihi sliders

Ricky’s Cafe Bar, 118 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Ph: 372 2273 www.rickyscafebar.co.nz/home/

As central as it gets – bang smack in the middle of the Oneroa Village, Ricky’s is a great place to “people watch” whilst having a coffee and/or some of their great brunch, lunch or dinner options.

Cove ‘Bites & Brews’, 149C Ocean View Rd, Ph: 372 8209 http://www.dcbrewing.co.nz/OurFood.aspx

Next to the Red Crab (see below), this is a great casual, bistro-style place with craft beers and reasonably priced yummy ‘surf n turf’ type platters (they do mains as well). We’ve been a few times and highly recommend it.
Little Oneroa/Surfdale:

Stefanos, 18 Hamilton Rd, Surfdale, Ph: 372 5309 www.stef.co.nz

A family run Italian restaurant that’s popular for its great pizzas and it’s BYO. They also offer gluten-free options on request.

Dragonfired, Little Oneroa beach, Ph (021) 922289  www.dragonfired.co.nz

This is a mobile restaurant serving amazing organic, macrobiotic and cheap eats from a caravan. From pita pockets, to calzones, to wraps, to a polenta platter, to woodfired pizzas, it’s all good. And best of all, it’s based on nearby Little Oneroa beach downhill, so you can be eating your lunch/dinner whilst sitting on the grass verge/sand on a rug looking out to amazing sea views. It can get super busy in summer so it may pay to phone them with your order and then wander down 30 minutes later when it is ready … or just stroll down, order and chill out …  Note: During non-summer months it’s best to give them a call to check if they are open (e.g. in Winter, their hours are usually only Fri/Sat/Sun 1030am-730pm).

Little Oneroa Fish & Chips, Little Oneroa Beach, Ph:  372 3288

A relatively new but ‘kiwi old school’ fish and chips joint on Little Oneroa beach. They do fish, chips, sausages, burgers, fritters and all that classic stuff you’d expect at really reasonable prices. We love this new addition to Little O – as it means you can take your newspaper-encased pack of goodness down to the beach/grass verge and eat great kiwi tucker in a superb location (or just take it back to The Moorings to enjoy:-)). Our local tip – if they are doing the fresh snapper, go for it, it’s pricer than their standard fish but at $5.60 (at time of writing) it’s still almost half the price of the competitors in the village or at Palm Beach.

Further afield:

The Shed (Te Motu Vineyard)76 Onetangi Road, Ph: 372 6884 www.temotu.co.nz/the-shed

The 10 minute walk up their ‘bumpy’ driveway is definitely worth it. Chef Bronwen Laight  produces fantastically fresh, simple and modern dishes (mid ranged in price) in the most beautiful of settings – overlooking a natural amphitheatre/valley attributed with producing some of NZ’s finest red wines. Te Motu also has ‘The Terrace’ – where you can have wine tastings and lite bites (in case you are not in the mood for a full meal).  Call +64 372 6884 to enquire about current opening hours, tastings and restaurant bookings.

Casito Miro, 3 Brown Rd (Miro Vineyard, Onetangi) Ph: 372 7854 www.mirovineyard.co.nz

A fantastic tapas restaurant serving great wines and fresh food in a beautiful setting. This place has won numerous awards and deserves its reputation.

Te Whau Vineyard and Restaurant, 218 Te Whau Drive, Ph: 09 372 7191 www.tewhau.co.nz

Situated on a superbly elevated peninsula with unbeatable views, this is another ‘fine dining’ vineyard restaurant serving exceptional fresh seafood, nice wines but with prices to match.

Poderi Crisci, 205 Awaawaroa Road, Awaawaroa Bay, Ph: 372 2148 www.podericrisci.co.nz

The food, wine, olive oil and ambiance (set in a rustic Italian vineyard surroundings) are top notch. It is a fairly long drive from The Moorings (approx 30 minutes) but for a fine dining/a special occasion, the drive (and the whole experience of course!) is likely to be worth it. Our Local Tip: Go on a Sunday for the ‘Long Lunch’ ($70 per head) – they only do a ‘degustation’ menu which means you don’t have to think about what to have, you just sit back and they bring out course after course after course … Given its popularity, it’s highly recommended you book in advance.

 

 

Other Activities and Events

 

See below for our pick of the Island’s highlights generally available all year round, which should help you plan for an adventure-filled holiday. Also be sure to check out this link for up to date events on the Island:

Oneroa Village – this has a number of shops, cafes, restaurants etc and is well worth a walk through for just a look or to get supplies.

Waiheke Community Cinema – situated at the top end of Oneroa village, this is a great option if the weather isn’t on your side (with old comfy sofas and chairs, the cinema is a pretty different experience). Phone 372 4240 for listings or visit www.wicc.co.nz

Community Art Gallery, 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa Ph: 3729907 – based in Oneroa village, this complex houses local and New Zealand artists’ works, exhibitions etc and is definitely worth a look around.

If you are particularly interested in the arts, Waiheke won’t disappoint, and you should consider visiting the various artist studios/galleries dotted around the Island. Here are just a couple:

Gabriella Lewenz, 40 Motukaha, Church Bay, Oneroa Ph: 372 7030 www.lewenz.net, This abstract artist’s studio stands in a stunning location, amid fields and veggie gardens, overlooking coastal views which serve as inspiration to many of the paintings. Visits by appointment only.

The Nikau Gallery, 232 Waiheke Road, Onetangi RD1 Ph: 3727946. This is place is worth a visit (although a longish drive) for the views alone as it is set on the most amazing elevated position with views across the whole island. It also houses a number of nice local and NZ artist’s work for sale.

For more detail on Waiheke’s numerous artists see: http://waiheke.aucklandnz.com/information/arts-and-crafts.html

Stony Batter Fort – this is an old fort which was built to defend against potential invaders during the 2nd world war, and includes a series of tunnels through the hill that you can walk through.   It’s a long drive from the house (approx 30-40 minutes) but may be well worth it if you combine it with seeing some of the vineyards on the east side of the island.  Access to this is off Man O’ War Bay road and also see http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/historic/by-region/auckland/hauraki-gulf-islands/stony-batter-historic-reserve-waiheke-island/ for further information.

Weekend Market – Every Saturday from 730am (all year round, but more substantial during summer) there is a local market, in the main shops at Ostend. It’s nothing spectacular but a bit of fun … with local stalls selling second hand goods, crafts and freshly baked goods. ostendmarketwaiheke.co.nz/

Department of Conservation Walks – there are plenty of really nice bush walks, some of which take in spectacular coast line – including fantastic headland walks direct from The Moorings.

See this website if you are planning to do some walks during your stay: http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/whatson/places/walkways/waiheke/otherwalks.asp. You can also pick up a brochure from the Isite Office in Oneroa village, which should describe some of the more preferred routes.

Ziplining – 150 Trig Hill Road, Onetangi, Ph: 372 5646 www.ecozipadventures.co.nz

Get a complimentary pick up from Matiatia Wharf or Oneroa Village. Three 200 meter dual flying fox ziplines will then fly you smoothly side-by-side with a partner, friend or relative down into a stunning tract of original and regenerating native ‘bush’ (forest). It’s a scenic interpretive walk back to base, where you’ll learn about local flora and fauna and the conservation of our spectacular natural environment. With a choice of drop-off locations afterwards, they’ll make sure you have plenty of things to do on Waiheke!

EcyclesNZ – Ph: Rob (0220502233) or Wayne (0272467883)  www.ecyclesnz.com

We won’t lie to you … Waiheke is hilly! So, having a bit of extra “oooomph” by hiring an electric bicycle, is a superb way to see more of the Island (i.e. potentially as far east as Onetangi beach) without burning yourself out. Ecycles have a great selection of electrical bicycles, even including a new tandem great for couples!

Vineyard bus tours – Waiheke Wine Tours, Ph: Jean: (09) 372 2140 or (027) 431 2163 (mob), www.waihekeislandwinetours.co.nz  

When you’re limited for time but spoilt for choice, what better way to find out why Waiheke is so famous for its wines? Your host, Wayne, will take you on commentated daily tours where you’ll visit three trophy-winning vineyards, taste 14+ excellent wines, and also take in the island scenic highlights. Wayne has superb reviews on Trip Advisor, so he will be sure to make it a really informative and fun day out. Even better still, their  tours go daily and have no minimum number of people required, so there’s no chance of you missing out.

Fishing – Adventure Fishing Charters, 19 Onetangi Road, Onetangi, Ph: 3726023 (Phil or Gailene Scott), www.adventurefishingcharters.co.nz. The charter boat leaves from Matiatia wharf (in the morning or afternoon) and lasts about 4 hours and is approx $110 p/p (all equipment provided). Given his great reputation and local knowledge for finding the best spots, Phil is usually in hot demand, so be sure to book in early.

Other companies to try are: Fishing Waiheke – Terry Gallon 372 6237 / 0272 606070, Mermaid Marine – Dave Collins 0274 951 065 / 0274 991 065 and Fat Snapper – Mark Brown 372 8755

Hot Local Tip! If you don’t have time to fish and/or you don’t get any luck on a fishing expedition, you can always buy fresh fish from local fishermen on Matiatia Wharf on a Friday morning. It is slightly cheaper than the shops, already gutted and filleted, and as fresh as you can get, being caught that morning. Be sure to turn up early (7.15am just after the 7am ferry has left) so you don’t miss out. At Matiatia Wharf, go straight through where only buses and taxis are supposed to park, and the fishermen should be waiting there with fresh snapper and gurnard on the old wharf.

Golf – There is a fun and moderately challenging 9 hole golf course on the Island ($25-$30 per round). It is situated on the main road between Matiatia and Onetangi Beach, just past the turnoff to Rocky Bay and is well sign posted. Phone 3728886 for more information.

Kayaking – If kayaking is your thing, then contact Ross at Kayak Waiheke.  Half, full, overnight and night kayaking are available (including beginners).  Bookings are essential – contact Ross on 372 5550 or 021 570 550.

Missing your gym work outs? Don’t worry, we have that covered: http://www.waihekeworkout.co.nz  116 Ostend Road, Ostend, Phone 09 372 2020

Visiting the Coromandel Peninsula – if your stay on the Island is a longer one or perhaps just the first stage of your holiday, you may wish to consider a trip to the beautiful Coromandel peninsula. A ferry leaves from Orapiu wharf (on the far east side of the Island) and takes 2 hours one way. More information can be found at: http://www.360discovery.co.nz/timetables-fares/coromandel-timetables-fares.php

 

 

Transport & Essential Services

 

Getting to/from the Island– There are essentially two main ways to get to the Island – by passenger ferry, or by the car ferry.

The passenger ferry is very regular and takes approx 35 minutes between downtown Auckland and Matiatia Wharf (Oneroa). See http://www.fullers.co.nz/tickets-fares/timetables/waiheke-island.php for timetables and fares. This is the wharf which The Moorings is just up the hill from.

The car ferry takes approximately 45 minutes and travels between Half Moon Bay or Wynyard Quarter(Auckland) and Kennedy Point (Waiheke). See http://www.sealink.co.nz/waiheke-island/timetable.html for timetables and fares.

Getting around the Island – We recommend having a car for the best way of experiencing all the Island has to offer. However, as the Moorings is centrally based you will still have plenty to explore in the immediate vicinity of Oneroa. Here are some of the other ways you can get around:

Rental Cars & Scooters – Fun Rentals, 2 Belgium Street, Ostend Ph: 09 372 8001 or 021 104 9046. www.funrentals.co.nz

Electric Bicycles – EcyclesNZ – Ph: Rob (0220502233) or Wayne (0272467883)  www.ecyclesnz.com 

Local Buses – these run to/from Matiatia Wharf to various points on the Island and are usually timed with the incoming/outgoing passenger ferries. Bear in the mind that they aren’t very frequent. If you don’t have a car though, it still might be a good/affordable way to get around, as for approximately $9 you can get an adult’s all day bus pass.  See http://www.fullers.co.nz/tickets-fares/waiheke-island-buses.php for more information.

Taxis – If you are using taxis for longer journeys it may pay to ask how much they will charge, as it can be costly, especially if they have to pick you up from a more remote part of the Island.

Local Tip: Re other taxi companies, Independent taxi (bright green) prices are approximately twice that of Island Taxis – so we strongly recommend you don’t use them.

Organised Tours – This can be a good way of seeing a lot of the Island (vineyards etc) if you don’t have your own car. See http://waiheke.aucklandnz.com/things-to-do/tours.html

Police / Fire / Ambulance – Phone 111.

Oneroa Accident and Medical Centre/Doctor, 132 Ocean View Rd, ph: 372 3111 or 372 8756 – This is on the corner of Ocean View road and Tui Street in the Red Cross building. If needed, there is also a medical centre further away in Ost End, phone 372 5005.

Pharmacy –120 Ocean View Road, Oneroa village, ph: 372 8312. If needed, there is also another pharmacy in Ost End.

Dentists – Waiheke Dental Ceramics Ltd. 34 Victoria Rd North Onetangi Ph: 372 6706 or Waiheke Dental Centre, 2 Putiki Rd Ph: 372 7422.

Banks – there are 4 banks on the Island, all of which are in Oneroa on Ocean View Road. All four have ATMs and their banking hours are 9am – 4.30pm (Mon to Friday).

  • ANZ Ph: 0800 269 296
  • ASB Ph: 306 3114
  • BNZ Ph: 0800 275 269
  • Kiwibank Ph: 336 1133.

Supermarkets – there is a small ‘Four Square’ and grocer in Oneroa village if you need something quick. However, there is also a fairly big Countdown at 102 Ost End Road which is the main road on the way to Onetangi beach. If you need a wine/beer wholesaler, there are two in Oneroa Village (one which is next to Vino Vino restaurant).

Churches – the following churches can be found on the Island:

  • Waiheke Island Anglican Church, Ocean View Road Oneroa
  • Bahai Faith, Postal Address: c/o 12 Tiri Road Oneroa
  • Baptist Church, 57 Ostend Road
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses, 4 Warf Road Ostend
  • Living Waters Assembly of God, 92 The Esplanade Surfdale
  • Order of St Luke, Postal Address: 31 Tetley Road Surfdale
  • Pray Waiheke, Museum Artworks Oneroa
  • Quakers, 70 Palm Road Palm Beach
  • St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Postal Address: PO Box 91 Oneroa
  • St Peter’s Catholic Church, Ocean View Road Little Oneroa

Weather

 

n summer, the Island historically experiences temperatures ranging from 12 to 30 degrees celsius. So, while shorts and tee shirts are a staple during the day, the drop in temperature in the evenings can mean some warmer clothing may be required.

In winter, the range is approximately 9 to 18 degrees celsius. With the greatest rain fall occurring during winter, it’s naturally advisable to pack not only for the cold but also for the wet.