Although just a short ferry ride from the city of Auckland, Waiheke Island can be easily explored with a car. You can even hire a bike but for that you need to be prepared for the hills. Whether you have a day or an entire week for exploring the island, we recommend you to add the following activities to your itinerary.
Cable Bay Vineyard
Cable Bay will never fail to wow you. It has a modern sleek architecture, a first-class restaurant, a terrace bar and incredible wine. However, what clinches the deal is its beautiful view. There is the wonderful lawn, kinetic sculptures, towers of Auckland in distance and much more. You may be allured to settle in for a day here but don't even think of it because there is much more to explore in this island.
This stretches for about 2 km, offering a lot of space for the sun worshippers, sandcastle engineers, book devourers, dog walkers, strolling lovers, surf casting fisherfolk, cricket-ball bashers and shellfish gatherers. Toddlers patrol the shallows in determined hysteria, while the waves are quite big for body surfers for flaunting their skills. And if swimming costume is chafing, there is also a nude section that's tucked around the discreet headland.
Sculpture on the Gulf
This happens only in every alternate year. So, if you plan your trip in early February during any odd-numbered year, you'll get the chance to view it. There is generally a mix of elegant, striking, downright and interesting oddball installations on display. The art is only for fun. The track follows cliffs along a beautiful stretch of coast & passes some of the most architecturally interesting and salubrious houses of Waiheke.
Man o' War Bay
This needs a bit more effort to get into but is worth it. It is spectacular especially during the months of December when crimson flowers of native pohutukawa tree blaze in sun, framing views views over sheltered waters to many small islands. This is a great spot for waveless dip but however that is not the main charm of the place. There is even Man o' War Vineywards' lovely lawns.
Wild on Waiheke
If you find you have got bored with the beaches and wine, Wild provides an alternative in the form of bizarre range of pursuits. When here you can try out your hand at the archery & laser clay bird shooting. There is plenty for little ones too including a playground, trampoline and a sandpit. Less destructive activities may wait until later.
Running some best known Italian restaurants in Auckland, Antonio Crisci came up with his own slice of la dolce vita Poderi Crisci in a swamp-fringed, sleepy valley down the reposeful end of island. This a top-rated Waiheke restaurant that emphasises on Italian varietals & styles, some of which are hardly grown in the country. Even then it is the attached restaurant, which deserves a lot of attention. It's a relaxing place, particularly on Sundays when long lunches can be taken for hours. Not to expect something trendy, gimmicky or fancy – you can only find the finest island ingredients showcased in robust, simple Italian dishes out here.