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Experience Waiheke Island’s best walks in boutique luxury at your own pace, with this 4-day, self-guided package showcasing the island’s scenic coastal trails, bush hikes and vineyards.
Located 40-minutes by ferry from Auckland, Waiheke Island is bigger than you think! It’s the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf – over 200-kilometres (124mi) long and teeming with pristine beaches, coastal headlands, seaside villages, olive groves and vineyards. This best way to experience this stunning natural beauty is by walking. The island is home to more than 100-kilometres (62mi) of trails just waiting to be discovered.
This self-guided 4-day hiking experience takes in the best Waiheke Island has to offer. Each morning, you will be transported to the start point for the day and you will be picked up at the end and ...
This self-guided 4-day hiking experience takes in the best Waiheke Island has to offer. Each morning, you will be transported to the start point for the day and you will be picked up at the end and returned to your accommodation. You’ll meander along cliff tops, down to the beaches and into cool enclaves of native forest. You’ll even explore a secret World War II fortress, complete with underground tunnels! Along the way, you’ll have detailed maps and notes to help you learn about the island’s flora and fauna, as well as the Maori and European history of the island and the Hauraki Gulf. You’ll also discover the vibrant Waiheke Island community, with its artists, vineyards and ambitious conservation projects.
You’ll stay 3-nights at chic, architecturally designed The Boatshed. Set just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa, this boutique, seaside hotel hotel features designer private suites/villas, offering panoramic ocean views.with panoramic ocean views. At the end of each day, enjoy sundowners on the deck ahead of a decadent 4-course degustation dinner. There are even personalised spa body treatments available – ideal for a destressed holiday!
Experience Waiheke Island’s best walksat your own pace and in style. You’ll come away feeling fit, healthy and refreshed, smelling of clean sea air! The island invites you to rediscover the simple pleasures.
For more Waiheke Island walks, please visit Waiheke Island Self Guided & Guided Walks.
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Walking information: 21km/13mi | 6 – 8 hrs | Moderate
Departing from Auckland, set sail to Waiheke Island, home to pristine beaches, stunning coastal headlands, vineyards, olive groves and seaside villages. The ferry journey takes approximately 40-minutes.
Today, you’ll experience the twin headlands of Matiatia and Church Bay as well as the bush, beach, and vineyards. At the ferry terminal, meet your local guide and set off around the Matiatia Headland and past Owhanake Bay, enjoying beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island and Coromandel Peninsula. You’ll spot seabirds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, dolphins and orcas.
In Oneroa, the “capital” of Waiheke, enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and take time to explore the local arts and crafts stores, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Then, continue around the Church Bay headland, exploring the Atawhai Whenua Forest and Pio Rehutai Reserve. Your guide will explain the island’s conservation projects and efforts to regenerate the native bush.
Your walk culminates with a visit to the Cable Bay and Mudbrick Vineyards to sample their award-winning wines or enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat. Cable Bay boasts vineyards, olive groves, organic gardens and 2 restaurants, while Mudbrick is considered one of the “most romantic places on earth”, with spectacular views over the gulf back to Auckland City.
You’ll stay the next 3-nights at The Boatshed. Set just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa, this boutique luxury hotel offers designer suites, each totally private, with panoramic ocean views. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the deck as the sun sets ahead of a decadent 4-course degustation dinner.
Note: we can also arrange stay at Delamore Lodge.
Walking information: 25.2km/15.7mi | 5-6.5hrs | Easy - Moderate
Today, you’ll walk from Onetangi to Man O’ War Bay, taking in some of the most spectacular scenery on the island. There are no public buses and most tour companies do not run standard tours to this side of the of the island due to the distance and terrain. Ergo, this is a chance to see Waiheke Island at its most pristine.
Enjoy lunch overlooking a beautiful bay before stepping back in time at Fort Stoney Batter. Located at the far eastern end of Waiheke Island, this World War II coastal defence fortress was chosen for its strategic advantage overlooking the Hauraki Gulf and shipping approach to Auckland city. Commissioned in 1942 under absolute secrecy, the complex comprises 1.2-kilometres (0.7mi) of subterranean passages, chambers and stairwells all tunneled by hand.
Next, pay a visit to Man O’ War, a 4,500-acre family farm with over 75 vineyards. Sample the winery’s famous Syrah and Chardonnay and Waiheke Island’s signature Bordeaux Blends. You may explore the orchards, olive groves, restored native forests and beehives, and cool off with a swim in the eponymous bay. There may also be an opportunity to visit Waiheke Distilling Co., the island’s newest gin distillery and garden bar.
Walking information: 10km/6mi | 5hrs | Easy - Moderate
Today’s walk will take you around the tranquil Te Whau Peninsula and Omiha (Rocky Bay), combining the best of Waiheke’s bush & beaches.
Spend time in in the Glenbrook Reserve and Whakanewha Regional Park. With its name meaning “to shade eyes from the setting sun”, Whakanewha is known for its mature coastal forest with taraire, kohekohe and old kanuka trees, cascading streams, and crescent-shaped beaches with forested headlands. It also has a large wetland, home to some uncommon birds, bittern, banded rail, spotless crake and the New Zealand dotterel. Your guide will share information about the protected dotterel nesting grounds.
After, continue onto Omiha, located on Waiheke’s southern coast. Omiha is a residential area, with homes commanding brilliant views of the coastline and surrounding area. Residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, with some commuting by ferry to Auckland for work during the week. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch!
While in the area, you may visit Rangihoua Estate, an award-winning olive oil business. At Rangihoua, all the olives are handpicked at the optimum level of ripeness, using small hand rakes to comb the olives from the tree. Within 24 hours of picking, the olives are processed and pressed into olive oil using a mill especially imported from Italy. Try dipping some fresh bread in the olive oil for a “to die for” snack!
Walking information: 13.6km/8.5mi | 5hrs | Challenging
Today, you’ll walk from Orapiu to the Awaawaroa Valley, taking in remote, bush-draped bays and views of Rangihoua and Putiki Bay. Be aware this is the hardest day of the walk with 3 sections of very steep gradient.
The first leg of the journey takes you along a nice seaside gravel road and track. Keep going along the bay and pick up the small track that leads you further along the coast, past Otakawhe Lodge. From here, go up and over to lovely Pearl Bay, that sits in Te Matuku Marine Reserve. The reserve is a great place to place to spot blue herons and other seabirds.
Around lunch time, it is well and truly wine time. You’ll visit 2 wineries: Passage Rock and Poderi Crisci. Passage Rock is Waiheke Island’s most awarded winery – their Reserve Syrah has won more than 18 gold medals and 6 trophies alone! Poderi Crisci, meanwhile, is a family-owned vineyard and restaurant with Italian flair and a passion for traditional wine making. Their most popular varietals are Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.
The last stop of the day is Awaawaroa, with its pristine waterways and vineyards. The Awaawaroa Ecovillage is home to people who value ecologically sustainable lifestyles and community spirit. The local people follow organic practices and work to restore the natural habitat, while aiming to also reduce their carbon footprint and effect on the environment.
Your journey concludes on the ferry back to Auckland.
NOTE: This itinerary is provided as an example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.
Daily departure on request. Please contact us for group bookings. Single Supplement is available. Surcharge applies to Christmas and New Year holiday Season.
The price is for Boadshed Suite. Room upgrade to Bridge Suite/Lighthouse suite/Bungalow Suite/Water Tower/Owner's Cottage is avaialble at additional cost.
The start and finish point for this tour is Auckland, New Zealand.
Waiheke Island, like Auckland, experiences subtropical climate with warm, humid summers and mild winters. Average max temperature in summer is 29°C, while average minimum temperature is 9°C. Rainfall is typically plentiful, though dry spells may occur in the summer months between December and March.
Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.Payment DetailAll pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.Single SupplementAll accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.General Cancellation Policies- Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee- Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurancePlease Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.LiabilityThe participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.Child PolicyPlease consult travel consultant on age limit.Changes to ItinerariesLocal conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.Changes in PricesWhile we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age LimitsYou need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.Cancellation by The Tour OperatorThe walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.Force Majeure'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.EvacuationsIn rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.Travel InsuranceIn view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.