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Things to do on Waiheke Island

  • Ostend Market
    A colourful weekly market selling hand-made crafts, ceramics and pottery, fruit, vegetables, food, clothing and plants. Every Saturday from 8am-1pm, Ostend War Memorial Hall.
  • Stony Batter
    Set on a scenic headland with beautiful views, this large coastal battery was built in 1942 to defend Auckland against Japanese invasion. Three 23 metre guns, an underground complex of magazine rooms, gun stores and engine rooms are linked by almost a kilometre of tunnels. Take a torch and go exploring.
  • Artworks
    At the top of Oneroa Village, Artworks incorporates local arts and crafts, a courtyard café, the Waiheke Island Visitor Information Centre, an art gallery, theatre and library.
  • Whittakers Musical Museum 
    Located at Artworks, the museum features a collection of antique musical instruments, including an old Wurlitzer.
  • Waiheke Island Historical Village, Onetangi
    Containing a Woolshed Museum, two cottages that display a collection of artefacts including a textile gallery, photography from pioneering days, a wool press and a whalers cauldron, this small village gives wonderful insight into what life was like for the first settlers on Waiheke.
  • Waiheke Island Easter Jazz Festival 
    Waiheke Island's annual jazz festival is held over Easter, drawing thousands of visitors and locals alike. Featuring modern and classic jazz, blues and swing, the event attracts the cream of jazz performers from New Zealand and around the world.
  • Waiheke Island Wineries 
    The island's warm, sunny climate and stony soils have seen more than 32 boutique vineyards spring up here, including the award-winning Stonyridge Vineyard, renowned for its excellent reds. Other popular wineries include the Bond Estate (Miro Vineyard) and Te Whau, both of which have excellent restaurants on site. For more information about wineries, search under Waiheke Island, feature.
  • Connells Bay Scuplture Park
    An intriguing collection of New Zealand sculpture showcased amongst an awe inspiring private garden designed to work with the art in it's quest to challenge and enlighten. Bookings are essential for these guided tours and supervised children are welcome. Why not bring your lunch and sit outside the gallery?
  • Ananda Tours
    Offer a guided minibus tour of art studios featuring locally renowned artists such as Marion Towns, Mike Morgan, Zinni Douglas and ceramic artist Hillary Kerrod.
  • Shepherd's Point Riding Centre
    Guided treks for all levels of experience, taking in beautiful farm, bush and beaches.
  • Sunset Corral
    Western-style treks through the Church Bay Estate, with coastal and rural views.
  • Go for a walk
    Check out a full list of Department of Conservation walks and tramps along with track conditions and fitness guides here.
    http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/auckland/hauraki-gulf-islands/waiheke-island-walks/
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