Waiheke Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf, about 18 km from Auckland. It is the most accessible offshore island in the Gulf, due to regular passenger and car ferry services, helicopter and fixed-wing air links, and there are plenty of activities!
What else is there to do on Waiheke apart from an EcoZip tour?!
Once you've completed your flying fox ziplines and forest walk with us, you have a range of drop-off locations. We want to help you fill a day on Waiheke, if a day trip is what you are here for!
There are plenty of beautiful beaches, vineyards, walking trails, historic and cultural sights of interest. Detailed below are our suggestions for things to do at each drop-off point:
Onetangi Beach is just down the hill from EcoZip Adventures - it's very walkable (20 minutes), all downhill through the spectacular Forest & Bird Reserve. Ask our staff for directions!
Charley Farleys Bar & Restaurant: this is where the locals hang out on Onetangi Beach! Right on the beachfront, the sea views are second to none; their food and drink ain't bad either...
There are 3 sensational experiences to be had from our drop-offs on Onetangi Road:
Stonyridge Vineyard & Restaurant:Stonyridge Vineyard is a world-renowned Cabernet-blend winegrower - they also happen to be one of the coolest al fresco dining establishments on the island...
Wild on Waiheke:Wild On Waiheke is a unique, boutique, multi-activity venue providing a diverse range of fun outdoor activities (including archery and laser claybird shooting), licensed café and brewery, set within the magic of a Waiheke vineyard.
Rangihoua Olive Oil Estate: Visit Rangihoua and try some of the world’s best Extra Virgin olive oils. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the surroundings, view the machinery and find out all about the process of making olive oil.
Ostend is the best place to pick up a motor scooter after an EcoZip tour if this is your preferred mode of transport to explore the island, and what a great way it is:
Fun Rentals: these guys offer free, friendly advice on the best things to do, the best places to see and the best vehicle for your needs.
Little Oneroa is a beautiful wee beach just short of Oneroa Village. If the tide is out, you can walk all way round to the main beach in Oneroa Bay, and then up to Oneroa Village from there.
Oneroa Village is Waiheke's main township, if you can call it that! There are a bunch of cool restaurants, bars, and shops - our pick of the bunch would be:
Wai Kitchen: we had plenty of meetings at this place during the development of the EcoZip project - sublime views, great service, incredible "colcannon".
Vino Vino: stunning vistas from this small, homely cafe/bar.
The Rest of the Island!
The two easiest ways to experience the rest of the island are either by:
- Purchasing a "jump on, jump off" bus ticket from Fullers Ferries and heading in whatever direction takes your fancy, or
- Joining SeaLink's Waiheke Highlights Bus Tour for a scenic introduction to the best Waiheke has to offer
Please ask our visitor centre staff for a bus timetable or SeaLink brochure, and for advice on where to go and what to do!