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Waiheke Island

36°47'59" S 175°5'59" N

Waiheke Island lies in the heart of Auckland’s sparkling Hauraki Gulf boasting a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Waiheke is a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and has an international reputation for food and arts.

At 12 miles long, Waiheke is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf, and provides 83 miles of sparkling coastline and emerald waters. Waiheke Island is also New Zealand’s most densely populated island, at 83.58 people/km², and is the third most populated after the North and South Islands. It is the most accessible island in the gulf, with regular passenger and car ferry services, a Waiheke-based helicopter operator, and other air links. The island is very hilly with few flat areas, the highest point being Maunganui at 231 m (758 ft). The climate is slightly warmer than Auckland, with less humidity and rain and more sunshine hours.

Waiheke has become known as New Zealand’s “island of wine”, whose climate is well suited to growing Bordeaux wine-type grapes, though some Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc varieties are also considered to be good. Waiheke winegrowers regularly win awards for Syrah, proving the island’s terroir suits it well.

Cruise ships can tender ashore.

Contact your shipping agent for more information.

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development
Contact: Jason Hill, Manager Tourism

Contact: Craig Harris, Managing Director

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