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Waiheke Island Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 157 photos

Only 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, Waiheke Island is a completely different world. Putting it simply - stunningly beautiful.

It supports some 8000 souls and is approx 95kms square. Inhabitants are two kinds - long stay and newcomers. Long stayers are of the alternative, arty lifestyle, pretty laidback, very friendly. There's little love lost between them and the newcomers, who are seen as the rich kids who are buying up land and building hyper-modern homes looking out to sea and who either helicopter in from Auckland or drive their 4X4 from the car ferry terminal without noticing the local community. In a nutshell, they are not contributing to the Waiheke way of life (and at same time pushing prices up). Sadly, its not a unique story.

But fear not - its not exactly open warfare in the lanes of the island-:) Make an effort, and you'll be welcomed.
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  • Last visit to Waiheke Island: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Freebeacher's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2006 at 1:54 PM

    Looks like a beautiful nude beach. How many go? Looks quiet.

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2006 at 6:58 PM

    So many people down-play Waiheke, it's great to come across such a positive view of the place. I haven't done any of the walks - I mostly see Waiheke from the water. Will have to get myself over & have a proper look around. Lovely pics (unsurprisingly!!)

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2006 at 8:57 PM

    Great tips, Keith! :-) I've just returned from a day of walking on wonderful Waiheke!

  • Dodo22's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2004 at 9:13 PM

    Great photos of Waiheke - its time for us to get back out there are it looks like summer has finally arrived.

  • Aug 23, 2004 at 7:44 PM

    Ohhh, I just LOVE beach photos!

  • damaris05's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2004 at 3:03 PM

    Cool Island. Looks like an incredible paradise!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2004 at 8:15 PM

    If I understand you, one has better hurry up to visit Waiheke island before it is spoilt by real estate !

  • Steavis's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2004 at 2:22 AM

    This is a grgeous part of the world. Thoroughly recommended

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2004 at 6:22 AM

    Wow, what a cool place, Keith

  • worldkiwi's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2003 at 5:27 PM

    Great pictures and info... it's time I went back to have a look around!


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