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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island accommodation and tourism information only 35 minutes by ferry from Downtown Auckland across the beautiful Hauraki Gulf – but a million miles away in pace and beauty.

Considered by many to be the most magical part of the Auckland experience Waiheke Island is easily accessed by ferry. When you arrive on the island you can pick up a rental car, taxi or take a tour and visit some of the beautiful beaches and native forest reserves on Waiheke which harmonise delightfully with the cafes, vineyards, olive groves and art studios. If you are looking for other events and activities there is plenty to do.

There is a permanent population on Waiheke Island of around 7,000 people who enjoy many of the shopping, business and community facilities found on the mainland.

The residential areas of Waiheke are in small village settings each with it’s own character. There is a slower pace of life than the city across the water and is a great place for a holiday or vacation and to relax and unwind. You will lose ten years the moment you step ashore on Waiheke Island.

There are sandy beaches on the island that are great for swimming or just relaxing. On dry land try exploring some of the beautiful walkways that are around the island. A very interesting Historic Village gives a glimpse into Waiheke’s past. Taking to the sea in the Hauraki Gulf you can try your hand at sailing, sea kayaking or fishing.

Waiheke has become renowned for its international award-winning wines and its Easter Jazz Festival, which attracts musicians and followers from all over the world.

The Island boasts a number of excellent cafes and restaurant. There are banks, shops and almost every service you may need. There are art galleries, golf and sports clubs, and a host of other recreational activities.

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