Auckland region

Boulders, Stony Batter Historic Reserve, Waiheke Island.

Boulders, Stony Batter Historic Reserve, Waiheke Island

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Waiheke Island is free of some pests - help keep it this way.

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

The western end of Waiheke is a residential area with some 8000 permanent inhabitants. The eastern end is a mix of settlement and large farm blocks. There are a number of small settlements with shops and a variety of accommodation.

The features DOC manages on the island are:

  • a significant World War II historic site at Stony Batter Historic Reserve, at Waiheke’s eastern end, along with the associated walking tracks to Opopo and Hooks Bays
  • the Te Matuku Marine Reserve at the far south-east corner of the island
  • the Matietie walking track near Matiatia  

View Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and islands brochure (PDF, 13,180K).


Waiheke Island lies 21 kilometres east of downtown Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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