Beautiful, blissed-out, bohemian: this 20km-long island is just a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland and lures artists, wine-lovers, foodies and the beach worshippers alike… Waiheke is all about enjoying their picturesque beaches and landscapes, food and wine – in any order you like.
Start the day with a refreshing swim at Onetangi Beach followed by a leisurely tapas lunch at the fabulous Casita Miro with its Island grown wines and award winning service and staff…. Zipline through the tree tops and enjoy the best views of the Waiheke forest, sample top wines at Stonyridge Winery and end your day with drinks at sundown and an evening meal at Mudbrick Vineyard – high on the hill over Oneroa with unrivalled views of Auckland and the Waitemata Harbour. For more ideas visit: Visit Waiheke
West Coast Beaches
Auckland's wild west and the rugged locations of Whatipu, Karekare (featured in the movie The Piano), Piha, Bethells and Muriwai form the coastline where the Tasman Sea's mighty surf crashes onto vast black-sand beaches, surrounded by some of Auckland’s best hillside walking tracks, through native forest – can you spot our native fantail and tui birds amongst the bush? These beaches all have a remote, untamed beauty that will revive your soul and tousle your hair! Although you’ll feel miles away, these stunning beaches are only 50 minutes from SKYCITY Convention Centre- perfect for a day trip but do stay longer if you can. Visit West Coast Beaches
New Zealand is known as one of the world’s best places for adrenalin-pumping and heart-thumping activities and Auckland is no exception. Bungy off, or walk the Auckland Harbour Bridge, take a casual SKYWALK around SKYTOWER's edge – 192m above the ground! Explore the sea by kayak and get up close and personal with sharks at the Kelly Tarlton Aquarium. For more details and options, visit Thrill Seekers
Food and Wine
For those of you, who prefer to sit and watch the world go by, accompanied by a great wine and outstanding food – you have come to the right place. The Auckland region has many boutique wineries and craft breweries supplying our visitors and residents and is home to a selection of dining venues to cater to all taste buds, dietary specials and budgets. Whether you are looking for a NZ flavour - locally caught fish and home grown kumura and potatoes or have a craving for tastes and delicacies from around the globe, Auckland will be able to help. Visit Food and Wine
Arts Culture and Heritage
First time visitor to NZ? Take some time to discover the real NZ. Although we are only a few hours from Australia and we sound the same..but different(!), we have diverse cultures and histories. Auckland has an array of Museums, Art Galleries and Cultural experiences that tell the story of our beginning; the arrival of Maori, our colonial ancestors and more recent immigrants that make us the nation we are today. For more information, visit: Arts and Culture
The Rest of New Zealand
Auckland is in the upper part of the North Island and is within easy drive of one of New Zealand’s most unique destinations…. Rotorua.
Affectionally known as Roto-vegas by the locals, this city literally is NZ’s coolest hot spot. Home to the best of New Zealand’s geothermal activity with bubbling mud pools and wafts of steam with a sulphur perfume to greet you as you get closer. The region is brimming with beautiful lakes, scenic Redwoods forests, historic places of interest (Blue Baths, Government House and the Buried Village to name but a few) and the chance to experience Maori culture, song and dance at its finest. Only 2.5 hours from Auckland, it is a must – do. Visit Rotorua
And the last word….still stuck for ideas? Have a read on what the actual visitors think of Auckland, not just the official guides:
Trip Advisor will offer opinions on best food, short stays coupled with ideas for those of you who plan to bring the family, or only have a day to spare…. Enjoy!