In Half 1 of this collection we mentioned 4 unbelievable islands situated within the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland Metropolis, New Zealand. Half 2 checked out one other three islands you may entry by boat. On this article we have a look at Waiheke Island, situated simply 35 minutes from Auckland, this Island is the meals, wine and cultural coronary heart of the Hauraki Gulf.
Waiheke Island is situated simply lower than 18 kilometres from Auckland Metropolis. It’s simply accessible by ferry and plenty of residents on the island commute to the Metropolis from there. However with so many sandy seashores and sheltered bays exploring the island by non-public boat is much more enjoyable. Fortuitously the native Council maintains plenty of wharves and boat ramps on the island, and you’ll land a small boat on a number of the seashores as effectively. As soon as you’re on Waiheke you can be spoilt with selection for issues to do.
If you’re a wine fanatic, Waiheke has the proper rising situations for quite a lot of grapes. Because of this there are over 20 totally different wineries and vineyards on the Island, with many providing tastings within the lovely settings with unimaginable views out over the ocean. In addition to wineries, the Island additionally has a unbelievable choice of eating places and cafes providing something from burgers to connoisseur meals boat parts for sale.
If artwork is your ardour, then you will want longer than a weekend to discover a number of the superb sculptures and paintings showcased across the Island. Additionally attempt to go to the annual ‘Sculpture on the Gulf’ exhibition, which is about on a spectacular coastal walkway across the Island.
For the outside fans there are many walkways across the coast and within the bush. You may also fish off the rocks or the seaside across the island, however simply not within the space of Te Matuku marine reserve.
For a historical past tour, the youngsters will love exploring the Stony Batter Historic Reserve which has greater than a kilometre of interconnected tunnels, rooms and gun emplacements that have been constructed throughout World Struggle II.
If you happen to simply need to chill out, then there are lots of sandy seashores which can be nice for swimming, together with Little Oneroa (this has playgrounds and free BBQ’s), Enclosure Bay (nice rock swimming pools for the youngsters), Palm Seaside (this has good anchorage), and Onetangi (2.5 kilometres of white sand). You may also swim within the Te Matuku Marine Reserve, however due to its tidal nature swimming will not be greatest at low tide.
For an in a single day journey take a look at the numerous web sites promoting vacation properties on Waiheke. Some are solely accessible by boat, and have their very own jetty. A preferred place to launch your boat is Kawakawa Bay or you can attempt Half Moon Bay.