Get to know a little more about Waiheke, its rich history and the local community that have made the Island what it is today. We even have some handy tips on how to effectively conserve water during your stay on Waiheke Island.
The History of Waiheke Island – translates to ‘cascading waters’
Waiheke Island was settled by Maori approximately 1000 years ago and some Maori legends say that one of the pioneering waka (canoes) to New Zealand came upon the island. The first traces of Europeans arrived with the missionary Samuel Marsden in the early 1800s, several years after Captain Cook passed by and acknowledged the island in his travels through the Hauraki Gulf.
Waiheke has become the jewel in the Hauraki Gulf. It’s a haven of beautiful beaches with high-quality vineyards often with relaxed restaurants on-site. There are lots of galleries featuring local artists plus more challenging pursuits for lovers of the outdoors.
Waiheke Island is home to a permanent population of around 9,244 residents. About 2,000 of these residents commute to Auckland via ferry every day for work. As a popular holiday destination the population is said to swell to well over 30,000 people over the summer months.
Much of the population lives close to the western end of the island or close to an east-west isthmus between Huruhi Bay and Oneroa Bay. Here are the settlements of Oneroa and Blackpool and immediately east of these are Hekerua Bay, Sandy Bay, Enclosure Bay, Palm Beach, Surfdale, and Ostend. Further east lays Onetangi, which is located on the central north coast on the wide Onetangi Bay. Much of the eastern half of Waiheke Island is privately owned farmland.
The Island is highly diverse, attracting people on a minimal wage and seasonal workers, to some of the wealthiest people in New Zealand. Many artists, musicians, scientists, writers, poets and actors are drawn to the creative communities on Waiheke.
All properties on Waiheke use septic tanks and collect rain water, and in the drier months of summer it is important to conserve water through the following actions:
- Keep showers short
- Use the plug in the sink where suitable
- Full washing loads for dishes or clothes
- Don’t run the tap while you are brushing your teeth
- Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily
Listed below are some of the local services that we thought you may find useful when you next visit Waiheke Island. Although we do our best to keep this information current, we recommend that you contact the companies below directly for opening hours, enquiries, etc.
ATMs – Banks
There are six ATMs available on Waiheke Island – four of which are located on Ocean View Road in Oneroa. The four ATMs available are ANZ, ASB, BNZ and Kiwibank. A Westpac ATM machine is located at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal and there is also an ATM at the Ostend BP Petrol Station which is available during their opening hours.
There also three banks available on Waiheke Island. The three banks that are open are ANZ – 0800 269 296, ASB – +64 9 306 3114 and BNZ – 0800 275 269.
These banks are all located in Oneroa and are open Monday – Friday.
There are two pharmacies available on Waiheke Island. The Ostend Village Pharmacy is located at 9A Belgium Street, Ostend and is open Monday-Friday 9.00 AM – 5.30 PM. For more information give them a call on +64 9 372 5245 or email email@example.com.
There is also a Unichem located at 120 Ocean View Road, Oneroa. The Unichem is open 7 days a week, with shorter opening hours during weekends and public holidays. For more information please visit their website or contact them on +64 9 372 8312 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children – Waiheke Nannies
Waiheke Nannies has been in business since 2007 and offer a range of childcare options. They are the only nanny agency and babysitting service on Waiheke Island and provide services ranging from a full-time nanny, to one off afternoons or evenings while you enjoy some time out.
Rates differ depending on the service that you require so please check out their website. You can book a service online or give them a call on +64 27 NANNIES.
Waiheke Nannies offer a range of childcare options designed to meet their client’s needs.
There are two main dentists available on Waiheke Island. Oneroa Dental Surgery is located at 9/118 Ocean View Road, Oneroa and can be contacted on +64 9 372 6849 or +64 21 529 393. Oneroa Dental Surgery offer emergency dental services.
Waiheke Dental Care is situated at 2 Putiki Road, Ostend. Waiheke Dental Care offers a range of services, including after hours and emergency work. For more information please visit their website or give them a call on +64 9 372 7422.
Doctors – Medical Care
There are two medical centres available on the Island – one in Oneroa and one in Ostend. Both of these centres can provide GP services and will treat general injuries/ minor accidents.
The Oneroa Medical Centre is open Monday – Friday from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm and they can be contacted on +64 9 372 8756.
The Ostend Medical Centre is open Monday – Friday from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm, with a late night on Mondays. They can be contacted on +64 9 372 5005.
Waiheke Laundry & Drycleaning Services have been operating on Waiheke Island since the early 2000’s. They offer a range of services including laundry, dry-cleaning, alterations, linen hire and ironing. For more information and opening hours please visit their website or give them a call on +64 9 372 3529 or +64 27 536 3009.
The Waiheke Flower Company is the only shop on Waiheke that sends out daily deliveries. They offer a range of services including weddings, private homes, and restaurants, and are located at 110 Ocean View Road, Oneroa. If you would like to find out more then please visit their website or give them a call on +64 9 372 6749.
Health & Beauty – Anu Spa
Anu Spa is a Waiheke based company that embraces powerful combinations of new and ancient beauty, massage and spa rituals. They have a team of highly trained professionals with a wealth of experience. There are a range of treatments available, as well as spa retreats and these services can be provided at their shop or they can come to you.
You can make an appointment on their website or contact them on +64 21 457 672.
Health & Beauty – The Breathing Space
The Breathing Space is Waiheke Islands’ online community for yoga practitioners. Their aim is to provide high quality yoga instruction in a light, creative and beautiful setting. The Breathing Space holds different events and workshops, and they have a timetable available on their website.
Check out their website to find out more and see where the nearest class is!
Health & Beauty – Waiheke Workout
Waiheke Workout is a gym based in Ostend that offers casual rates to visitors on the island. Their facilities include a variety of modern equipment, full bathroom facilities and a sauna. Waiheke Workout is open seven days a week for use of the facilities as well as different classes including Yoga, Zumba and Pump classes.
Please check their website for more information or give them a call on +64 9 372 2020.
Pets – The Dog Depot
The Dog Depot is a professional day-care service for your fur baby! They will offer casual day care options as well as monthly packages if you require something longer. They provide a safe environment for dogs to socialise, play, learn and have a great time while you are away!
The team at the Dog Depot are local, professional and enthusiastic animal lovers with your dog’s welfare being their primary concern.
If you would like more information about the Dog Depot then please check out their website or give them a call on +64 225 337 680
There are three services stations available on Waiheke Island. Gas Waiheke, Ostend are located at 2 Albert Crescent and are contactable on +64 9 372 8949. BP Oneroa are located at 2 Tui Street and are contactable on +64 9 372 8876. Z Onetangi are located at 24 Onetangi Road and are contactable on +64 9 372 2271.