Voted in the top five places to visit in New Zealand, Waiheke Island is a blissful haven with beautiful beaches. There are plenty of outdoor activities, nature walks, vineyards, restaurants, movies plus shops and amenities. All on an island a 40 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland on the emerald Hauraki Gulf.
Here below are some local places that we believe are worth noting, having frequented ourselves.
- Best bakery - Franco's La Panetteria Italiana
- Most picturesque/swimming beach - Palm Beach
- Best surf/walking beach - Onetangi Beach
- Best restaurant with a Spanish and mediterranean flare - Casita Miro
- Best adventures - Zipline and kyak hire
- Best bars and vineyards - SandBar, Cable Bay and Mudbrick
Casita Miro has been winner or runner up for the last four years in the 'Best Destination Restaurant' category of Metro Magazine's Top 50 Auckland Restaurants, the latest result being runner up in 2016. This year, Casita Miro was once again included in the acclaimed list of the 2017 Top 50 Auckland Restaurants. In addition, proprietor Cat Vosper won the title of 'Restaurant Personality of the Year' in 2011. Cat was also a finalist in the Lewisham Foundation's 'Outstanding Restaurateur' category 2013.
Zipline Onetangi Beach
Feel the rush of zipping at speeds of up to 60kph as you are suspended high above the native forest canopy, with pristine beaches and Auckland City as an amazing backdrop.Our dual ziplines mean you can share the fun as you zip side-by-side with a friend – making this the most unique social activity! Our expert guides do all the work, leaving you free to simply relax in your comfy harness and admire the spectacular birds-eye views.
Cable Bay Vineyard and Restaurant
At Cable Bay we hand-craft wines from the highest quality fruit, grown in small batch vineyards in two locations within New Zealand – Waiheke Island and Marlborough. We create exceptional, quintessentially New Zealand wines, perfectly suited to our unique climates. We devote ourselves to producing styles that inspire and excite wine-lovers around the world, all the while evolving our vines and techniques along the way. Visit us on Waiheke to discover a relaxing place to enjoy elegant wines and award-winning cuisine from two on-site restaurants. Soak in the stunning views of our beautiful surroundings and soak up the wine.
Enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike for its spectacular views, laid back vibe and passionate focus on food, beverage and music, it's not surprising that Sand Bar was voted one of Auckland's top 15 bars in Metro Magazine.
With views out to the Coromandel from Oneroa, the Sandbar is unique in that it provides a great spot for tourists to channel their inner Waihtitan and meet the locals in a friendly relaxed environment with a view to die for.