After our time in Auckland, we took the ferry over to Waiheke Island and stayed there for two nights. It was summer, it was a weekend and there was a organized fun day going on at the main beach in town, Onetangi. This meant that this small but perfectly formed island was slightly overrun. It also meant that shops. restaurants and buses were operating under different hours, making getting around and eating out quite difficult.
Looking back, although I loved the beach and atmosphere of Waiheke, I’ve often thought that perhaps it could have been enjoyed just as much on a long day trip from Auckland. So I thought I’d break down what there is to do on Waiheke and how to get there, so that you can decided for yourself whether you would rather stay there for a night or two or simply make a long daytrip out of it while using Auckland as your base.