Located in the Auckland region
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.
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.
Stony Batter Historic Reserve features gun sites and other impressive remains that date back to World War II.
Waiheke is a large island in the Hauraki Gulf between the Auckland mainland and the Coromandel Peninsula.
A number of commercial ferry operators run both car and passenger ferry services to Waiheke Island.
Find authorised transport operators to this island.
A regular bus service, taxi and car rentals are available on the island.
Rules and regulations:
On the southeast side of Waiheke Island lies Te Matuku Marine Reserve, which contains the largest area of intertidal mudflats in the inner Hauraki Gulf.
Te Matuku Bay Scenic Reserve protects the coastal fringe of part of the bay, including taraire/tawa forest with pohutukawa and kauri. Fortunately Waiheke Island is free of possums - a pest animal which threatens native forest.
Eligible people must be fully vaccinated to use DOC accommodation.