Waiheke Island (or Waiheke) is one of the most beautiful and one of the most densely populated islands in New Zealand. Waihehe is located in Hauraki Bay, part of the city of Auckland, is 18 km away. From him.
"Waiheke" is translated from the Maori language as "cascading waters." The island is famous for its sandy beaches with crystal clear emerald water, as well as the production of high-quality wine, known throughout the world.
The island is so beautiful that many artists chose it as their home. Here you can see the magnificent works of the best masters: paintings, sculptures, ceramics. On the island there is a gallery of the Waihehe art community. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping and supporting fine arts and crafts. The Gallery exhibits works by local, state and international artists. Their paintings can be bought at reasonable prices and even receive small gifts.
The beaches of Waiheke deserve special attention. Regardless of the traveler’s personal preferences regarding beach vacations, there is everything here: quiet secluded coves, large crowded beaches, and windy beaches with big waves, and quiet backwaters, rocky or sandy beaches. Here you can find a huge amount of water entertainment, coastal cafes and shops, stunning views of the sea or Auckland - in a word, everything that a beach lover can wish for.
In the north of the island you can find the beaches of Oneroa, Palm Beach, Onetangi. In the west are Matiatia and Church Bay. In the south - Rocky Bay, Whakanewha Bay, Putiki Bay, Surfdale, Blackpool. On the east side is Man O 'War Bay - a beautiful bay for anchoring ships, boats and yachts.
Soil on Waihike is especially good for growing grapes. The first vineyard in Waiheke appeared in 1977. Now many wineries are scattered throughout the island. Many people offer wine tasting, and even open restaurants so that travelers can fully enjoy a wonderful drink. The island produces such varieties of wines as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and most recently began to make chardonnay. Tourist routes most often pass through the wineries Mudbrick, Ridgeview Estate and Te Whau.
In addition to art, beach holidays and wine, the island has a lot of attractions: Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Ostend Market, sightseeing flight from the Wikehe airfield, a WWII building with tunnels, firing points, a command post, etc., a beautiful Te Whau garden with tropical plants, a historical village and a music museum where you can see shows featuring various musical instruments.
The island can be reached from Auckland by plane, helicopter or ferry.
Waiheke Island is located in Hauraki Bay, about 18 km from the New Zealand city of Auckland. The island covers 92 km², making it the second largest (after the Great Barrier) island of the bay. Length - 26 km, width - 19 km.
The surface of Waiheke is hilly. Highest point, Maunganui Mountain, reaches 231 m and is located in the southern part of the island. The coast is mostly steep, with high cliffs. On the northern coast of Waiheke, there are several long sandy beaches and steep cliffs. The south coast is heavily indented by bays, with extensive watts and swamps.
From the point of view of geology, the main rocks underlying the island are hardened greywacke sandstone and mudstones of the Permian-Triassic period. Waiheke himself, presumably, was formed at the beginning of the Miocene.
The flora and fauna of the island are diverse. In the southern part of Waiheke, there is the Fakanefa Regional Park, known for its coastal forests, which grow taraira, kokhekokhe and kanuka. Numerous birds are found in vast wetlands, including bitterns, striped shepherdesses, and Maori zooikas.
In the southeastern part of Waiheke, the Te-Matuku Marine Reserve is located, which includes the bay of the same name, as well as part of the Waiheke Strait. The reserve's value lies in a wide variety of habitats: marine wetlands, coastal areas, low-lying islands, shallows and deep-sea areas in the Waiheke Strait.