• 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  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  The perfect way to explore the Hauraki Gulf - We had a fabulous day out on board Pacific Star with skipper Bruce and walking guide Lucie. Can’t think of a better way to explore and learn about the history... read more

    6 March 2023

    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  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  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  Nydia was a lovely tour guide. The scenery was amazing. We had a tight schedule due to a flight and they modified the tour time to accommodate us. Great people... read more

    Abbey B
    4 March 2023
  • 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  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 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  Perfect day away from the Hustle and Bustle - We really enjoyed the stunning views and bays of Waiheke isl. Tyler guided us during the walk and shared her great knowledge about the beautiful nature. Towards the end of... read more

    6 March 2023

    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  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  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  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  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  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  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  Great walk - We took the vineyards and bush walk around Waiheke. I don't really like bus tours and this was a nice option. A little longer walk than advertised but... read more

    6 March 2023
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