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Location & experience


Waiheke is a tropical island paradise, complete with leafy vineyards, white-sand beaches and a world-class arts scene. With a diverse landscape and a large variety of activities, visitors will never be short of ideas on this stunning island. From action-packed watersports to historic sights, Waiheke is a natural playground waiting to be explored.

Getting There

Just 35 minutes from Auckland by ferry, Waiheke Island is the Montauk of New Zealand, combining the cool cachet of your prototypical seaside town (beach shacks made of castoff wood; laid-back residents) with a sophisticated edge. Kiwis have known about it forever, but the world is just catching on.


Fullers Ferries provide the most regular service to Waiheke Island, with ferries departing from downtown Auckland (some via Devonport) to Matiatia, Waiheke. Fullers also service the island with a scheduled bus, which meets and delivers to every ferry sailing.


SeaLink operates car and passenger ferry services to Waiheke Island from Half Moon Bay, and to Great Barrier Island from Auckland city. A Waiheke service also departs from Auckland city on Friday nights and weekends. SeaLink offers holiday packages, combining ferry and accommodation with optional activities. 


360 Discovery provide passenger ferry services to Waiheke Island from downtown Auckland. The coromandel ferry departs from Pier 4 and stops at Orapiu Bay on the western end of Waiheke Island.


Air Transport


Travel to the island in style with a range of operators. Many vineyards and accommodation providers have helicopter landing facilities, and flight time to the island from Auckland is approximately 10 minutes.


Flight Hauraki offers passenger transfer and scenic flights. They typically operate between Waiheke and Auckland Airport, Great Barrier and North Shore. Their scenic flights are based around Waiheke, Auckland CBD and the Coromandel. They operate 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset, on an unscheduled basis. Scenic flights start from $85 per person, minimum 2 people and last approximately 20 minutes. Charter flights between any other destination are available. Click here to view details and to book


Helilink Limited is based at Auckland's only downtown helipad, five minutes from the city centre. You can charter a helicopter for your personal use, as an exclusive touring vehicle, or as a way to get you where you want quickly. Waiheke Island helicopter dining experiences


Auckland's longest serving helicopter operation. Heletranz regularly fly from helipads in Albany, the City (Mechanics Bay) and Auckland Airport to destinations within the Auckland region, including Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island helicopter dining experiences


The Skytours name is synonymous with first-class quality and service, ensuring that either your adventure experience, or your holiday satisfaction, is second to none. Offering a multitude of exclusive activities created specifically for your needs. Waiheke Island skytours overview 


Island Transfers


If you need a pick-up from the ferry terminal or from any location on the island, there are a wide range of Waiheke Island transfer services to choose from. From shuttles, to taxis to red double decker buses!


Operates over the summer months, or longer if demand continues. The red London Double Decker bus is ideal for something a bit different and Robbies can put together a number of options to suit. Wedding transfers are their speciality. Ph: 0800 ROBBIES (762 243) or +64 9 838 2266 Email:


Hop-on, hop-off - it's the simplest way to see Waiheke. Experience the islands unique lifestyle along with beautiful beaches, vineyards, olive groves, native bush and laid back seaside villages. See Waiheke at your own pace by hopping between one of three island loops with a one-day or two-day pass.


Fullers operates regular bus services on Waiheke Island providing transport to the island’s key locations. Buses are scheduled to meet most Auckland ferries arriving and departing Matiatia Wharf. Great value all day bus passes are available on the bus or when you purchase your ferry ticket at any Fullers ticket office. Timetable information can be found on


Waiheke Chauffeured Cars specialises in corporate transfers, weddings, vineyard and olive grove tours, as well as half day and full day top-of-the-range tours on the island.


We can personally meet and transfer you to your chosen destination on the Island. We have a modern fleet of reliable vehicles that can accommodate individuals or large groups. Ph: 0800 372 200