Read details...


A popular day trip destination for families, with good boating, swimming, fishing, and kayaking.

Place overview


  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping
  • Pest free
    Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

In this section

Find things to do Waiheke Island

About track difficulties

    About this place

    Nature and conservation

    On the southeast side of Waiheke Island lies Te Matuku Marine Reserve, which contains the largest area of intertidal mudflats in the inner Hauraki Gulf.

    Te Matuku Bay Scenic Reserve protects the coastal fringe of part of the bay, including taraire/tawa forest with pohutukawa and kauri. Fortunately Waiheke Island is free of possums  - a pest animal which threatens native forest.

    Getting there

    Waiheke is a large island in the Hauraki Gulf between the Auckland mainland and the Coromandel Peninsula.

    A number of commercial ferry operators run both car and passenger ferry services to Waiheke Island.

    Find boat services to Waiheke Island.

    A regular bus service to the main villages on the island operates daily. Taxi and car rentals are available on the island. Get information from the Waiheke Island i-SITE.

    Know before you go

    • The western end of Waiheke is a residential area with around 8,000 permanent inhabitants.
    • The eastern end is a mix of farm blocks and settlements.
    • There are shops and a variety of accommodation.
    • Don't disturb threatened birds like the New Zealand dotterel. Watch them from a distance.

    Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaws apply. Do not light fires, or remove/disturb plants and artefacts. No bicycles or pets. Take your rubbish with you – there are no rubbish bins.

    Some activities require a permit, such as weddings and events.

    Looking after the marine reserve

    Rules and regulations:

    • No fishing of any kind is permitted.
    • Do not take or disturb marine life, including shellfish and seaweeds.
    • Do not remove any part of the sea floor, including rocks or dead sea shells.
    • Leave your dog at home as dogs disturb nesting seabirds. Dogs are not permitted at the marine reserve at any time.
    • Do not exceed 5 knots in a boat or on a jetski within 200 m of the mainland or a dive flag, or within 50 m of a boat or person in the water.


    Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
    Address:   137 Quay Street
    Princes Wharf
    Auckland 1010
    Full office details
    Back to top