Rocky Bay, Waiheke

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A popular day trip destination for families, with good boating, swimming, fishing, and kayaking.

Place overview


  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Waiheke Island

About this place

Nature and conservation

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.

Getting there

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.

A regular bus service, taxi and car rentals are available on the island.

Know before you go

  • The western end of Waiheke is a residential area with around 8,000 permanent inhabitants.
  • The eastern end is a mix of farm blocks and settlements.
  • There are shops and a variety of accommodation.
  • Don't disturb threatened birds like the New Zealand dotterel. Watch them from a distance.

Dogs and fires (including barbeques) are also prohibited to the low tide mark.

No bicycles. Take your rubbish with you – there are no rubbish bins.

Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaws apply. Activities such as weddings and other events may require a permit.

Looking after the marine reserve

Rules and regulations:

  • No fishing of any kind is permitted.
  • Do not take or disturb marine life, including shellfish and seaweeds.
  • Do not remove any part of the sea floor, including rocks or dead sea shells.
  • Leave your dog at home as dogs disturb nesting seabirds. Dogs are not permitted at the marine reserve at any time.
  • Do not exceed 5 knots in a boat or on a jetski within 200 m of the mainland or a dive flag, or within 50 m of a boat or person in the water.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
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