• Double Headland Walk

Experience the twin headlands of Matiatia and Church Bay on Waiheke Island, walking in a small group with an expert local guide. You’ll be drawn in by the gorgeous scenery and beautiful coastal environment.

$395/person

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Please book well in advance as this is one of our most popular walks and is frequently fully booked!

About this walk

This walk consists of two parts, with lunch in between. Sometimes we do the Northern route first, and sometimes the Southern. Why is that? Well, we often need to work around the tides!

  • Catch the 9:00am Fullers ferry from downtown Auckland (the trip to Waiheke takes approx 35 minutes)
  • Walk starts: 9:45am, Ferry Wharf in Matiatia
  • When leaving the ferry, look for your guide who will be standing on your left just before you enter the Ferry Terminal. Your guide will be holding a Terra & Tide sign
  • Walk ends: 3:00pm, Ferry Wharf in Matiatia

Highlights

  • Northern route (approx 2 hours): We’ll walk 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 sea birds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, orcas or dolphins
  • Learn about the history and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke Island, its conservation projects and island life
  • Southern route (approx 2 hours): We’ll walk around the Church Bay headland and through Pio Rehutai Reserve and through a sculpture park. We’ll pass hidden coves and amazing homes, as we enjoy view of the city and sea

Includes

  • Fantastic scenic walk and expert guiding
  • Walking maps
  • Return transfers to the ferry (or your island accommodation)
  • Lunch

Not included

  • Ferry fares

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun glasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Raincoat (depending on forecast)
  • Water
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Getting to Waiheke Island

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Walking Map & Elevation Profile

Distance: Approx 14 kms max
Time: 5 hours (approx 3.5 – 5 hours walking time)
Difficulty: Intermediate

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