• Rediscovering Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island – the gem of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf – has long been known as a haven for those that want to get away from it all. The island has a colourful history of attracting a wide array of creatives, eccentrics and holiday makers since the early 1900’s. Today, it’s still a world away in every sense of the word. But the award-winning vineyards, olive groves, walking tracks and art galleries have helped the island ‘grow up’ into a soulful, scenic and unique holiday destination. It’s the kind of place where you discover a delightful new treasure, place or experience every time you visit – the perfect excuse to return again, and again (like after an intensive lockdown!).

Appreciate the art

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Gabriella Lewenz in her studio. Credit: waihekeartgallery.org.nz

Colourful, talented and with a passion for sustainability, Waiheke’s creative community is part of what makes the island such a unique place to live and visit. From Barbara Robinson’s earthy oil paintings and upcycling pieces to Gabriella Lewenz’s stunning abstract paintings – and the beautiful outdoor sculpture park and island art galleries – Waiheke is home to truly inspired artists and an eclectic, unique creative community. Sue Engels, the island’s artisan shoemaker, creates one-of-a-kind, bespoke shoes.

If you’re an art aficionado looking to time your visit well, don’t miss the annual Sculpture on the Gulf event. This spectacular 3-week outdoor exhibition features unique, eye-catching large-scale artworks in the form of an art trail, and is held annually in late summer.

Wellness Retreat

Forest therapy during a Terra & Tide Wellness Retreat

Step out of your comfort zone 
There’s more to Waiheke than wine tasting and exploring palm-fringed beaches, although a good holiday most definitely includes plenty of both. Waiheke is a top spot to ‘do something new’. When was the last time you went zipline racing high above a vineyard, or got the girls together and unplug on one of our relaxing Wellness Retreats? From archery to claybird shooting or a jet ski tour; there’s no better way to create holiday memories than to do something you’ve never tried before.

Mother Nature at her finest 

The stunning site that is Stonyridge Vineyard.From the Tuscany-like landscapes of Stonyridge Vineyard to the perfection of the north-facing sands of Oneroa Beach, Waiheke’s rockstar landscapes are captivating. Did you know that the island is home to more than 100km of walking tracks to explore? Ranging from an easy stroll to a multi-hour hike, lacing up your walking shoes is one of the best ways to discover the island’s environments. Stony Batter Historic Reserve, located at the Eastern end of the island, features stunning views, walks and historic gun sites that date back to WWII.

Sailing is another great way to soak up Waiheke’s natural wonders. Exploring remote beaches and other nearby isles, the combination of the salt air and stunning scenery is the ultimate in relaxation.

Waiheke Island delivers on so many different types of holidays. It’s why it’s such an incredible place to return to and rediscover. From a weekend of art, walks and wineries with the girls, to hiring a beachfront bach in Oneroa with the kids or a romantic few days away for a special occasion, Waiheke delivers. There’s something really special about hopping on a ferry and setting off on holiday across the water – it feels like you’re heading off into a different world. And that’s what this chameleon-like island is: A totally different world, only 45 mins away from downtown Auckland. We’re here at Terra & Tide to make your next trip a little different, whenever it might be that you return.

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2 September 2021

  • star rating  Excellent first day in NZ tour of Waiheke. - Having a lunch with my guide on the sandy beach. As it turned out, I was the only guest for the tour time and date I had chosen. ... read more

    Peter B
    9 March 2023

    star rating  WAIHEKE FUN DAY - It was a great day of a hike, pi cnic on the beach and because we requested it , wine tasting..Justine was knowledgeable, pleasant, accomodating and just a fun day.

    15 March 2024

    star rating  A Day on Waiheke Island - We had a wonderful day on Waiheke Island. Our guide, Nydia, was terrific. She was friendly, she told us all about the flora and fauna as well as... read more

    14 March 2023
  • star rating  Hiking to Wine! 🍷 - Wonderful adventure to explore the island. Spectacular scenery. Wineries were amazing. Thank you, Dell, for your knowledge, hospitality, and kindness! Highly recommend this experience.

    20 February 2024

    star rating  Great day on Waiheke Island with Lucie - had an excellent day hiking around the headlands with Lucie!!!! Had a nice orientation before we headed out and spent the morning hiking around the beautiful headlands of the... read more

    11 March 2024

    star rating  Relaxed Day - Gabrielle"s wealth of knowledge of the flora and fauna of the island was amazing. Even though the weather meant plans had to change it was a most enjoyable day hiking... read more

    14 March 2023
  • star rating  What an amazing experience exploring the beautiful Waiheke Island with Gabrielle, a passionate nature lover with in depth knowledge of the flora and fauna of the island. Gabrielle also... read more

    Anthony N
    11 March 2023

    star rating  Excellent four and introduction to Waiheke Island. - Fantastic tour! Walking and hiking with coastal views, and on a trail through the forest. Then an absolutely delicious picnic lunch on the Mudbrick winery estate before a lovely... read more

    3 March 2023

    star rating  A great day out - I really enjoyed my day out. Lucie was a great guide, offering lots of information about the history of the island and the flora and fauna. The meet and greet... read more

    1 March 2023
  • star rating  A rewarding hike. - We really appreciated the knowlege of Gabrielle about the island, its history and the flora and fauna of the area. We learned so much about the positve steps NZ... read more

    25 February 2023

    star rating  Seeing art works on Waiheke Island - It was an extraordinary tour. Gabrielle made me feel like she was showing me her own island and the artworks and artists on it. I have traveled to many... read more

    19 February 2024

    star rating  Optimal tour for a meaningful overview of Waiheke Island and NZ in general - The Waiheke Island History and Heritage Tour was a fabulous way to start our vacation. Gabrielle and team are extremely knowledgable about all aspects of NZ and Waiheke Island... read more

    16 April 2024
  • star rating  Loved our tour with Gabrielle - We really appreciated the knowlege of Gabrielle about the island, its history and the flora and fauna of the area. We learned so much about the positve steps NZ is... read more

    Karen B
    28 March 2023

    star rating  Waiheke wonderland - My husband and I had splendid tour with Nicky who really did show us the best of Waiheke Island. We had several wine tastings, a super lunch and enjoyed many... read more

    Johanna E
    1 March 2024

    star rating  An Absolute Must - Our time on Waiheke Island was amazing. Nicky, our tour guide, took us around the galleries on the main road of the island and if felt like walking through a... read more

    27 March 2024
  • star rating  Great Tour of Waiheke Island! - We had most of a day to devote to touring Waiheke island and Gabrielle was an EXCELLENT guide! Very accommodating to our schedule, very knowledgeable about the island, a... read more

    Rick S
    7 March 2023

    star rating  Highly enjoyable introduction to cultural and natural highlights of the island. - Justine was super friendly and accomodating, and knowledgable about Maori culture and history as well as nature. She drove us to some interesting locations on the island, and after an... read more

    27 February 2024

    star rating  Nature and wine - We, a couple, had a nice walk with Cindy. She explained a lot of interesting facts about the plants, birds and the Māori culture. After the walk we got a... read more

    6 March 2024
  • star rating  Sailing - Fab journey, Bruce and Gabrielle great hosts
    Anchored up and swam, not much wind but all good, great food :)

    27 February 2023

    star rating  Great time. - The hiking tour we took of Waiheke Island was one of our highlights to the Auckland NZ area. Tyler, our guide was knowledgeable, energetic and FUN! I highly recommend... read more

    29 March 2023

    star rating  Perfect boat trip - We had the best tour. We started sailing and went to a beautiful island and hiked around and then had lunch and sailed back. It was just wonderful and we... read more

    15 April 2024
  • star rating  Wonderful experience on Waiheke Island! - Although the weather was dull with light rain at the beginning of our hike, our wonderful guide Tyler engaged our attention right away with her knowledge of the flora and... read more

    John M
    26 February 2023

    star rating  Nikki was fantastic- her knowledge of the island & her delightful personality made the day very enjoyable. We were blessed with stunning weather & Nikki showed off the best of... read more

    15 March 2024

    star rating  Fantastic day out on a catamaran - We took a catamaran out with Bruce to Tiritiri Matangi Island. Not only was the island itself an incredible experience but Bruce was an outstanding and informative host. He let... read more

    26 March 2024
  • star rating  Really knowledgable local guide and beautiful walk. Local history, geography, flora, fauna and current regeneration projects. Well worth it.

    1 April 2023

    star rating  Amazing, informative, and breathtaking! - This was our first stop on our honeymoon in New Zealand and our guide was Maria. I had done a lot of research on New Zealand and was really wanting... read more

    12 March 2024

    star rating  Incredible day on the catamaran with Bruce - My wife and I had the BEST day out on the water with Bruce this February. We booked rather last minute, but Bruce and Gabrielle were incredibly accommodating and provided... read more

    17 April 2024
  • star rating  Sailing Waiheke with Blue Penguins - My husband and I had such a lovely time touring the islands around Waiheke for our honeymoon! Bruce and Gabrielle were such lovely hosts and we had an amazing time... read more

    11 March 2023

    star rating  A fun way to meet some nice people and enjoy the lovely island.
    So much beautiful and creative art to see!
    A great way to tour around some different areas... read more

    Jo S
    21 April 2024

    star rating  Fabulous private tour with vineyard lunch - Our day with Nicky was wonderful! We were excited to find out it was a private tour! Nicky drove us all around the island and showed us so much in... read more

    1 March 2024
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