Tourism Ireland

Waiheke Island

by Nia Scott

Jan 31, 2019

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Waiheke Island is the most-populated and second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. It’s the most accessible island in the Gulf, with regular passenger and ferry services for travelers. Many who visit New Zealand or Australia make it a point to stop here.


The traditional Maori name for the island is Motu-Wai-Heke, which means “island of trickling water.” It has an abundance of water and many hidden coves waiting to be discovered. The picturesque island has stunning views all around and great weather. The climate is similar to Auckland. There are only around 9,000 permanent inhabitants on the island and they are more than happy to share the island and welcome visitors.


The island is also known for its artists and wine. This laid-back island is the perfect place to go strolling through an art gallery or to drink some wine while watching the sunset. The island is home to many vineyards, olive groves and beaches. Enjoy a wine tasting or find some to pair with a great meal. Or, if you’re looking for some adventure, go swimming, kayaking or boating around the island. The clear-blue waters are perfect for people looking to get their blood pumping.


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