Waiheke Island is a popular destination for boaties, with its great sandy beaches and sheltered bays. The Auckland Council maintains a number of wharves and boat ramps around the island, and small boats can also be landed on many of Waiheke's beaches.
Boating is allowed in the Te Matuku Marine Reserve but please take care to avoid damaging marine life by dragging anchors.
Child/family friendly activities
Waiheke Island makes a great family day trip. The kids will love exploring the tunnels and gun enplacements at the Stony Batter Historic Reserve (see below for more information). The short walks on Waiheke are also suitable for older children.
Diving and snorkelling
You can snorkel or dive in the Te Matuku Marine Reserve. However, the water within the tidal bay is often murky and not great for underwater viewing.
You can fish off the rocks or the beach around the island’s coastline, except in the Te Matuku Marine Reserve.
Kayaking is a popular activity on Waiheke Island. Kayak around the island taking in the spectacular cliffs, coves and sandy beaches. Kayak rentals are available on the island. You can also kayak to Waiheke from the nearby islands of Motuihe or Motutapu, or as part of a tour of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
There are many sandy beaches great for swimming on Waiheke Island, including Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi. You can also swim in the Te Matuku Marine Reserve, but because of the tidal nature of this marine reserve, swimming may not be best at low tide.