After I got our ticket to New Zealand, I started researching must see places. Waiheke Island, New Zealand was one of them, and just a short ferry ride away from Auckland. It was also recommended to me by someone who had visited with kids, so I figured I had to include it in our itinerary. There’s plenty to do on the island for families as well as for people without kids.
When Did We Go There
We went to Waiheke Island the first week of February 2018. Aiden spent his birthday on Waiheke Island.
What Was The Weather
The weather was warm, in the 70’s.
How Did We Get There
We took Fullers which is a ferry, from Auckland City to Waiheke Island. It was a beautiful 45-minute ride on the ferry. We made sure to grab a seat at the top for the views. We all loved it. The ferry is equipped with a snack bar and bathrooms.
The ferry leaves every 30 minutes from Auckland city. You can purchase tickets online or at the counter. The price is the same for both. The ferry is located downtown, so if you are driving give yourself enough time to find parking. We parked at Downtown Car Park.
How Did We Get Around
There are plenty of transportation options on Waiheke Island. You can take a taxi, the bus (Explorer Hop On/ Hop Off Bus or the Waiheke Bus Service), rent a scooter, rent a car from Waiheke Rental Cars or take your own car on the Sealink Car Ferry to the island. If you’re staying a few days then take your car, if you’re staying only one day then rent a car. The car ferry runs at different times so you’d have to stay the night if you want to take your own car.
We rented a car and 2 car seats when we got to the island (car rentals cost between $89 and $129 in NZ currency). We figured it’d be the best way to get around especially as we had a bunch of stuff with us. We were heading to the beach so we packed a small suitcase with everything we needed.
We made the biggest mistake ever, we took a taxi instead of renting a car. We spend 3 times the amount of the rental car. This was a terrible mistake. Taxis on the island are NOT cheap. Lol
Do you see the price tag on this taxi cab ride, $73 freaking dollars? Omg, I freaked out when I saw it. That was for one ride only. Add $10 more and we could have gotten a rental for the whole day, lol.
Where Did We Stay
What Did We Do
Drive Around and Admire the Scenery
Waiheke Island is so beautiful and has such amazing scenery that driving around to soak it all in is a must
Aiden has been a beach baby since he was wittle so I knew he would have a so much fun spending his day at the beach. One of the awesome things about this beach is the play structure. The kids enjoyed playing there and then running to beach. They went back and forth all day. They also played soccer with new friends they met and fed the birds.
I also love that there is a pizza stand and convenient store just a few steps away. This beach is super convenient, you can stay there all day and not need to drive away for food or drinks or to buy things you need.
The boys were excited about their new 360 Snorkeling masks, but it was basically a fail. Lol. They each had something to complain about. We definitely need to practice more in the pool before trying this again.
Sooo, yesterday on Waiheke Island, we decided to try snorkeling. The kids were excited to try on their 360 masks. Buttt, can I just say this; it was an epic fail 🤣😂. They did it for about 4 minutes and 39.248 seconds and then they complained about the mask, and the water and this and that. Bleh. We’ll definitely try again another time 😁 However they loved the beach, and the water and meeting new friends and just running around. How old were your kids when they felt comfortable snorkeling? #Snorkeling #Snorkel #Waiheke #WaihekeIsland #NewZealand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #Wanderlust #Explore #BlackAndAbroad #TravelNoire #InstaLove #TravelDiaries #Fatherhood #Fun #Happy #Blog #Blogger #TravelBlog #TravelBlogger #BlackBloggersUnited #Travel #Traveler #TravelGram #Traveling #IgTravel #InstaTravel #InstaPassport #InstaLove #Adventure #TravelPhotography #TravelWithKids #FamilyTravel
Wild on Waiheke is a kid friendly winery on Waiheke Island. You can eat, drink and play. I loved it here and so did the kids. They have a play structure, trampoline and huge board games to keep everyone busy.
This vineyard is much further out than the other places on the island, however they have free wine tasting and the best wine (enough for you to go there, lol), a walk away from the beach, and the drive there has some amazing views.
Where Did We Eat
This was a great place for lunch as they have kids play area to keep them busy while you taste wines 😉
They have one of theeee yummiest pizzas ever !! Wood fire grilled right by the beach. It was perfect.
- There’s plenty to do on Waiheke Island, so I recommend two full days and one night there.
- We were initially going to rent an Airbnb for the night but opted against it. That would have been ideal. (Click HERE to sign up for AirBnB and save $40 on your first booking.
- Sit on the top deck of the Fuller’s ferry for amazing views.
- If it’s too windy, sit inside the ferry and make new friends. The boys had so much fun playing with these kids on our ride back to Auckland. They met them on the ferry!
- You can visit the Fullers site to map out your day on Waiheke depending on what you want to see
- Rent a car or take your car, taxis are very expensive and you’ll want to drive around and stop where and when you want to.
- Go to Stay Waiheke for lots more things to do on the island
beautiful views on the way to Man O’ War Vineyard
posing with the flag
views for days
uuhhmm, I think I like this ferry
feeding the birds
the ferry is here
look, it’s waiheke island
little oneroa beach reserve
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