8 Fun Things to Do on Waiheke Island

8 Fun Things to Do on Waiheke Island

Ah, Waiheke Island – our little slice of paradise just a short ferry ride away from Auckland! 

As a team that loves nothing more than escaping to the islands, we can attest to the magic of Waiheke. The moment you step off the ferry and breathe in the fresh sea air, you’ll feel the stress melt away. 

Want to experience the island’s unique blend of laid-back island life and cosmopolitan sophistication? Let’s dive right into our recommendations for what to do!

1. Sip and savor at Mudbrick Vineyard’s Wine Tasting

Website: https://mudbrick.co.nz/ 

Address: 126 Church Bay Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 372 9050

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Prices: Reserve tasting NZD $25 per person (includes 4 wines)

When it comes to Waiheke Island, one thing is for sure – you can’t leave without trying the wine. And if there’s one vineyard that should be at the top of your list, it’s Mudbrick.

Their charming, rustic architecture is the perfect backdrop for sipping on their award-winning wines, which are made with grapes grown right on the island.

But it’s not just about the wine – Mudbrick’s restaurant is a culinary delight as well. We highly recommend pairing your wine with one of their delicious dishes!

Pro tip:

  • Start with their signature wine flight, which includes a selection of their most popular wines. From there, you can customize your tasting by choosing from their full range of wines. 

2. Explore Whakanewha Regional Park on two wheels

Website: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks-recreation/P 

Address: 75 Gordons Road, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 366 2000

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Looking for a fun way to explore Waiheke Island’s natural beauty? Why not hop on a bike and hit the trails at Whakanewha Regional Park?

Take our word for it – the Whakanewha Regional Park is the perfect place to do it, with well-signed trails that range from casual to more challenging. There’s enough variety to keep things interesting without being overwhelming.

One of our favorite trails is the 5km loop that is Tarata Track. It’s perfect for both beginners and more experienced riders!

Pro tip:

  • If you’re not an experienced mountain biker, it’s best to stick to the beginner and intermediate trails at Whakanewha Regional Park such as the Central Track and Rua Loop.

3. Shoot for fun at Wild on Waiheke

Website: https://www.wildestate.co.nz/ 

Address: 82 Onetangi Road, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 372 3434

Operating hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Prices: 

  • Groups of 1-5 NZD $40 per person
  • Groups of 6-10 NZD $35 per person

If you’re looking for something unique to do on Waiheke, how about channeling your inner Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen? That’s right, at Wild on Waiheke, you can try your hand at archery and clay shooting. 

It’s not only a great way to try out some new skills, but also an excellent opportunity to have some friendly competition with your companions. 

Plus, with a winery and brewery on site, you can enjoy some drinks and delicious food after your shoot. It’s an experience that’s sure to add some excitement to your Waiheke trip!

Pro tip:

  • Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as well as sunscreen and insect repellent. And listen carefully to the safety briefing and follow the instructions of the trained staff. 

4. Ride the waves with Waiheke Island Jet Ski Tours

Website: https://waihekeislandjetskitours.business.site/ 

Address: Matiatia Wharf, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 22 102 5439

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Craving an adrenaline-fueled adventure? Hop on a jet ski with Waiheke Island Jet Ski Tours.

This is one of our must-do experiences on the island. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, the tour guides will take you on an unforgettable ride. 

We loved how they shared their local knowledge with us and took us to the best spots, some of which we would have never found on our own. Well, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of exploring hidden coves and beaches on a jet ski! 

Pro tip:

  • Bring a waterproof camera or GoPro to capture those exhilarating moments and breathtaking views of Waiheke Island from the water. 

5. Paddle your way to Waiheke’s waters with Kayak Waiheke

Website: https://www.kayakwaiheke.co.nz/ 

Address: Matiatia Beachfront, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 372 5550

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Prices: 

  • One-hour rental NZD $35
  • Two-hour rental NZD $60
  • Additional time NZD $15

Want a fun and easy-paced water activity on Waiheke Island? You should definitely try kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding with Kayak Waiheke – we had a blast exploring the stunning coastline and spotting some birds and sea life!

You’ll surely get to experience the island’s natural beauty up close, and it’s a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the stunning scenery.

Their rental options and sea kayaking tours are perfect for those who want to take it easy and explore at their own pace or for those who want a more adventurous experience.

Pro tip:

  • When you rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard with Kayak Waiheke, you get either a one or two-hour rental. We suggest taking advantage of whichever time you choose, by exploring as much of the coastline as you can. Stop to appreciate the stunning views, and keep an eye out for birds and sea life.

6. Fly high and feel the thrill with EcoZip

Website: https://www.ecozipadventures.co.nz/ 

Address: 150 Trig Hill Road, Onetangi, Waiheke Island, 1081, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 372 5646

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Prices: 

  • Adult NZD $119
  • Children (ages 5-14) NZD $89

Add ziplining at EcoZip to your Waiheke Island itinerary and if possible, to your must-do list of all time! They have three zip lines that cater to all levels of thrill-seekers, with the fastest one reaching speeds of over 50 mph!

We were a bit nervous at first, but once we were strapped into our harnesses and started soaring through the trees, it was an absolute blast. The adrenaline rush was real as we zipped from one treetop to the next, taking in the stunning views of the island below.

It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for an adventure and want to experience Waiheke from a different perspective, EcoZip is the way to go.

Pro tips:

  • Make the most of your zipline experience at EcoZip by trying out all three of their thrilling ziplines: Kuri Nui, City View, and Vineyard Cruise.
  • Before you take off from the deck, listen to the fascinating story of Kuri Nui from your friendly guides to add even more depth to your adventure.
  • If you’re zipping alongside a friend, take advantage of the twin cables and snap some photos of each other in flight for some amazing memories.

Website: https://www.waihekeartgallery.org.nz/ 

Address: 2 Korora Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 372 9907

Operating hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Prices: Free admission

If you’re looking to add some art to your Waiheke experience, the Waiheke Community Art Gallery is a must-visit. We loved being surrounded by so much creativity and talent, and the variety of exhibitions on display was truly impressive.

But the art doesn’t stop at the gallery walls. The on-site shop offers a range of unique and locally-made ceramics, glassware, jewelry, and other art forms. 

That’s why the gallery is also a perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home!

Pro tip:

  • Take your time when strolling through the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Each piece of art has a story to tell, and it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the details and technique behind each work.

8. Giddy up and explore Waiheke Island with Waiheke Horse Tours

Website: http://waihekehorsetours.net.nz/ 

Address: Woodside Bay Road, Woodside Bay, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 21 438 549

Operating hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Prices: 

  • Beach Ride & Lesson NZD $150 per person
  • Scenic & Beach Ride NZD $195 per person
  • Private 2 Hours + NZD $325 per person

Riding on horseback through the island’s scenic beauty is a must-do experience, and the guided tours from Waiheke Horse Tours make it all the more memorable.

And don’t worry – the horses are well-trained and the guides are friendly and knowledgeable, making for a fun and educational experience.

Our team was totally blown away by the beauty of the island’s secluded beaches and vineyards, all while on horseback. So, don’t miss this unique and unforgettable adventure!

Pro tips:

  • If you’re planning to book a horseback riding tour with Waiheke Horse Tours, the best way to reach them is through WhatsApp or text messaging. As they are often out riding with clients, they may not be able to answer phone calls or emails right away. 
  • Always wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes when horseback riding. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are a must, as they provide protection from saddle sores and foot injuries.