Waiheke Island provides a variety of activities suitable for those of all ages. Waiheke offers so much whether you just want to kick back and relax or experience everything on offer, you will be guaranteed to have an incredible island escape.
The list below are some of Waihekes most popular activities – and are a must if you are visiting the Island.
Wild on Waiheke give you the opportunity to practice being the next Robin Hood with their modern archery equipment and experienced instructors. If you are interested there is no experience necessary – you just need to be up for the challenge! There are a range of fun sessions available from individual lessons to corporate groups.
Please check out their website for bookings and opening times to avoid disappointment, or give them a call on +64 9 372 4225
Art & Culture – Potiki Adventures
If you want to immerse yourself in Maori culture on Waiheke Island then Potiki Adventures is for you. Their tours provide an insight into Waiheke like no other – spend a day exploring the Island from a Maori perspective with their experienced and knowledgeable tour guides.
There are different packages currently on offer, you can go on a Day Tour, an Exclusive Tour or arrange a Marae Stay tour, which can range from 2 -5 days. Potiki Adventures were established in 2004 and since then have been consistently recognised for their contribution to Maori communities.
To arrange a tour or to find out more, check out their website or give them a call on +64 9 372 3477.
Arts & Culture – Waiheke Community Art Gallery
The Waiheke Art Gallery proudly displays a range of exhibitions that inspire and delight – showing the best art that New Zealand has to offer as well as promoting local Waiheke artists. It is a not-for-profit society that first opened its doors in 1995, and they are proud to have received two national awards for two exhibitions – the Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award and the Small Sculpture prize.
The Art Gallery is open 363 days a year, from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. For more information please check out their website or give them a call on +64 9 372 9907.
Bike Hire – eCylcesNZ/ Onya Bikes Waiheke
eCylcesNZ/ Onya Bikes Waiheke offer the perfect mix of bicycle and scooter! eCycles are electric bikes that can travel up to 40 km per charge! eCycles can be treated as an activity themselves or they can help you get around the Island the variety of other activities available to you. The team can be found at Onya Bikes Waiheke, 124 Oceanview Road, Oneroa or you can give them a call on +64 9 372 4428. For more information visit their website.
Bike Hire – Waiheke Bike Hire
Waiheke Bike Hire has a selection of bikes suitable for men, women and children available for hire. They also provide helmets, locks and maps with recommended routes. They are based at Matiatia Wharf Ferry Terminal. For more information give them a call on +64 9 372 7937 or visit their website.
Chas’n Tail Fishing Charters
Experience a day out on the water, enjoy the stunning coastlines of Waiheke Island, relax on the sub tropical waters of the Hauraki Gulf and take home a feed of fresh fish for dinner! Fishing Charters are 4 hours, morning and afternoon departures available. All bait and gear will be provided. Catch filleted for you on the journey home too. Spacious fishing deck with ample seating. Most Common Species of catch include Snapper, Kahawai and King Fish. Fresh Bait fishing and soft bait knowledge. We cater for the novice with enthusiasm, Tourist who is looking for that story of a lifetime to take home and share, and experienced anglers eager to take on that elusive monster of the deep.
For more information check out their website.
Claybird Shooting (Laser)
Wild on Waiheke is the only company that offers electronic laser clay bird shooting on Waiheke Island. Laser claybird shooting allows you to experience the excitement of shooting without all of the risk involved with live ammunition. An added bonus is that all equipment is portable – meaning that Wild on Waiheke are able to facilitate you at a venue of your choice!
Laser claybird shooting is suitable for anyone over the age of 10. If you would like to know more then check out their website or give Wild on Waiheke a call on +64 9 372 4225.
The Waiheke Island Community Cinema has been running for over 10 years. It is a charitable trust, run by a board of trustees and volunteers who keep it open 7 days a week. Currently, there are over 20 screenings of movies a week.
The Cinema plays a mixture of the latest releases, along with short documentaries made by local filmmakers. The Cinema trust is proud to provide funding support for these filmmakers, as well as running training and mentoring programmes for young, local filmmakers.
For information on screening times and opening hours, please visit their website, or give them a call on +64 9 372 420.
The Ecozip is a huge flying-fox that allows you to fly alongside a friend over some of Waiheke Islands most breath-taking views. The Ecozip team based their business around a few specific goals – to incorporate the latest, greatest and safest zip line technology, to deliver stunning long-range views from an amazing location, to encompass ‘dual’ zip lines and to transport guests into a beautiful native New Zealand forest.
To book in or to find out more please check out their website or give them a call on +64 9 372 5646.
For those who prefer activities on the open sea! Sea Kayak Waiheke offer a range of services, from freedom hire to full day guided tours. They specialise in giving people a real experience of Waiheke’s beautiful coast. On their guided tours (which have been described as legendary) you will see a variety of wonders including caves, coves, hidden beaches along with Waiheke’s stunning flora and fauna.
Kayak Waiheke are based at Matiatia Bay, close to the Ferry Terminal. For more information about them and the activities they have on offer, please check out their website or give them a call on +64 9 372 5550.
Segwai – off road Segways
SegWai started in 2014 as an idea born from of one it’s founders many holidays to Waiheke Island and out of a burning desire to change direction and experience more out of life.When you take one of the SegWai Journeys you will be immersed in the inner beauty of Waiheke Island – both on and off the road! Take it slow and glide on through native bushland, wetlands, vineyards and beach environments to really experience the local’s Island. We look forward to seeing you on-board with SegWai.
For more information about SegWai please visit their website.
Stand Up Paddle Board Waiheke
Waiheke Board Riders is a water sports rental company that operates from both Oneroa and Onetangi beaches on Waiheke Island. They specialise in Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP) but also have soft top surfboards and boogie boards as well. They give comprehensive ‘on water’ SUP lessons to individuals or small groups, or basic beach instruction and let you have fun and figure it out for yourself. Fitness boot camps are also available at an hourly rate and night tours will be coming soon!
For more information about them and the activities they have to offer, please check their website or give them a call on +64 (0)21 727 794
There are a variety of companies that offer tours for different activities on and around Waiheke Island. Some of these tours are listed below – they include Wine, Food and Island tours.
Ananda Tours – 09 372 7530
Fishing Waiheke – 09 372 6237
Taste of Waiheke – 367 9111
Vineyard Hopper – 367 9111
Waiheke Island Wine Tours – 09 372 2140
Wine on Waiheke – 367 9111
Waiheke Wine Tours – 950 4386
The Walk Series is a very popular activity that consists of a variety of walks available on Waiheke Island. The Series itself has eight main walks, most of which take about two hours to complete. There are also lists of alternate walks available on the Auckland Council website.
Please go to the Auckland Council website for more information.
Walking by Nature
Walking by Nature offers guided walking tours, retreats and adventures on Waiheke Island. Experience the natural beauty of Waiheke Island with their friendly and expert guides – immerse yourself in nature and stunning views from coastal, beach and bush tracks whilst learning about the ecology, wildlife, history, geology of the island and the Hauraki Gulf. From 4 hours to full day walking tours, Double Headland, Art, Vineyards and Bush and Bush and Beach walking tours, private tours and 2 – 5 days packages including walking the Te Ara Hura track around the island. Customised outdoor team and team building experiences are also offered with our experienced facilitators
To arrange a tour or to find out more, check out their website or give them a call on +64 21 669 722
Another awesome activity brought to you by Wild on Waiheke! Wildtag is best described as a combination of archery and dodge-ball. This game is thrilling, full of action and adventure, and great fun for those looking for an active day out. You’ll master the art of hunting with a bow and arrow as you duck and hide not only to keep from getting tagged, but to tag your opponents – it’s action packed, high paced, and a barrel of fun!
Wildtag is suitable for anyone over the age of 10. If you would like to know more then check out their website or give Wild on Waiheke a call on +64 9 372 4225.
Have we missed one of your favourite activities?
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