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Waiheke Island Overnight Itinerary (2 days)

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd.

Auckland, New Zealand To Auckland, New Zealand

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Waiheke Island Overnight Itinerary (2 days)


Day 1
Auckland, New Zealand
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Boutique properties are available on the island. Please talk to your tour operator or onsite for further information and suggestions.

Day 2
Auckland, New Zealand
None None

Boutique properties are available on the island. Please talk to your tour operator or onsite for further information and suggestions.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Air & Helicopter Tours
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Islands & Beaches
  • Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature


Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

The suggested overnight Waiheke Island itinerary includes the very best of what this beautiful island destination has to offer.

Stunning beaches, boutique vineyards, superb sculpture, unique adventures and breath-taking scenery – Waiheke Island has it all. An overnight stay on Waiheke is a wonderful way to begin your New Zealand vacation.

Located 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland or a 10 minute scenic helicopter flight, Waiheke Island is easily accessible.

Day 1: Arrival, transfers and accommodation

The island has been rated the No.5 in the “Top 10 Regions 2016” to visit in Lonely Planet's Best In Travel 2016 publication. This accolade comes hot on the heels of Waiheke Island being named fourth on Conde Nast Traveller's list of the ‘Best Islands in the World 2016’.

There are a number of ways clients can travel to Waiheke Island. There is a fast ferry company which regularly services the island, Fullers. Transfers to accommodation can be arrange through several taxi companies based on the island.

Or for a truly memorable experience clients can choose to utilise a direct private helicopter transfer. This scenic 15-minute flight gives you a wonderful bird’s eye view of the magnificent Hauraki Gulf. Many vineyards and boutique lodges have their own helicopter landing pad or access to one, for your clients.

Vineyard and art experiences

Waiheke Island is the ultimate island retreat yet you’ll feel another world away. Known as the island of wine for its many wineries and vineyards, a wine tasting or tour is a must.

Begin the afternoon with an early gourmet lunch, made from the freshest local and New Zealand ingredients, at one of the picturesque vineyards.

Discover further vineyards and wineries for tastings on a wine tour and learn about the unique growing conditions behind Waiheke Island’s renowned wines, including the acclaimed, award-winning Bordeaux-blend style. With an area of just 35 square miles (92 square kilometres) and a coastline of 82.9 miles (133.5 kilometres), it is the proximity of the surrounding ocean that has most bearing on the climate from a viticulture standpoint.

Art lovers can opt for a pre-arranged private guided tour of the outdoor Connells Bay Sculpture Trail, where unique contemporary artworks by New Zealand sculptors are set among a beautiful rural and coastal landscape.

Evening dining options

Enjoy an exquisite dinner at one of the local restaurants in Oneroa Village or Onetangi. Alternatively clients should visit one of the vineyards open for evening dining, many with stunning vistas and beautifully locally sourced and produced cuisine.

Traveller’s Tip: The compact nature of Waiheke Island means that it is easy for your clients to book a convenient transfer to a dinner venue of their choice.

Day 2: Adventure and nature combine

The next morning, experience the perfect combination of adventure and nature with EcoZip Adventures. Enjoy a thrilling zipline journey across vineyards and above beautiful native New Zealand forest. There are three rides, each progressively higher, and with dual ziplines you can enjoy the ride side by side.

Once clients have enjoyed their exhilarating zipline adventure, an expert guide will lead clients back to base through beautiful native forest. Guides will share with clients the unique New Zealand plants and trees, their traditional uses and the part they played in the island’s history.

Lasting approximately three hours, the activity is an excellent half-day option and is also ideal for families with children over eight years old. At the conclusion of this adventure, the guide will deliver clients back to the wharf for the return ferry to Auckland.

Travellers Tip: EcoZip offers complimentary pick up from the island’s ferry terminal and a range of drop-off locations afterwards.

About Us

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd (ATEED) is the regional tourism bureau for the region of Auckland, New Zealand. For further information about your next vacation to Auckland and New Zealand, please contact your Virtuoso Travel Advisor.

Insider Tip

Auckland’s backyard is the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and its 44 pest-free islands. 50% of the world’s species of dolphins and whales visit the area and 25% actually live here.

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