Waiheke Island…..Hamptons of New Zealand

Plenty of beaches, multi million dollar houses with multi million dollar views, vineyards etc sums up Waiheke.

As summer comes along like Manhattanites head to Hamptons using the Hamptons Jitney, Aucklanders head to Waiheke using the Fullers Ferry. It costs about $36 NZD return however if you can get one of the Auckland tourist books you can get a coupon for 10% off.

Take the ferry from Terminal 2 & the trip usually takes 45 mins. You can either spend a whole weekend here or one day on the weekend. If it’s one day choose Saturday as that’s when they have the Ostend Market during the summers.

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The ferry is usually crowded with Aucklanders headed to Waiheke for the weekend.

Once you get to Waiheke you have a choice to take the bus to the city or you could rent a car for the day which is a good option as it gives you flexibility with your time

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When you leave the ferry terminal about 5 mins drive brings you to the city centre. There are good places to eat here. I always get the fish and chips from a place next to the Four square

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Once I’ve picked up the fish and chips we head down to little oneroa beach & sit on a bench there and enjoy the fish and chips with the stunning view

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Other things to do at Waiheke are the numerous vineyards Stoneridge is quite good, Kayaking etc.

20131019-200646.jpgThe above photo is the view leaving Auckland

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The above is the view coming in to Waiheke

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And the above is the ferry Terminal at the Auckland waterfront

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