Waiheke Island Beaches, Paradise in New Zealand

The Waiheke Island beaches, along with the wineries, help to explain why the island made it onto Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 Regions to Visit in 2016” list. It had been far too long since our last visit. In fact, I don’t think we ever took the ferry out to the island, but had only visited in the past when we had our yacht. Then we would pull up in different bays, each time exploring different Waiheke Island beaches and bays.

Last week we ventured out to the island, as I needed to write about it for my soon to be released book, the Auckland edition of the Choose a Way series of interactive travel books. Now, I can’t wait to go back when I have more time. It is a permanent home to fewer than 10,000 people, but a vacation destination for many more. Locals (except for us) seem to know this secret, it’s an island paradise. Only a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland and you can be sitting on any number of sparkling, pristine, white sandy Waiheke Island beaches.

Here are four of my favorite Waiheke Island beaches:

Onetangi beach, one of many Waiheke Island beaches near Auckland New Zealand

Onetangi Beach boasts 2km of white sand. We were here a bit early in the day so you will have to believe me when I say it is quite popular amongst the Waiheke Island beaches. This one is easy to get to on the bus.

Palm Beach, one of many Waiheke Island beaches near Auckland New Zealand

Palm Beach, smaller than Onetangi, but with as much appeal.

Called Nudie Beach by the locals it is one of many Waiheke Island beaches near Auckland New Zealand

Officially called Little Palm Beach, the locals call it “Nudie Beach.” I think the name says it all, although the local I spoke felt the need to elaborate, “You don’t have to be naked, but you can be.”

Sandy Bay is one of many Waiheke Island beaches near Auckland New Zealand

Sandy Bay is smaller, and not as well known by tourists, although boaties find it a great place to drop anchor and come ashore.

Do you prefer Waiheke Island beaches or the wineries? Which will call you to the Island?

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Comments

  1. says

    Choose between beaches and wineries? I’m more of a sit and breathe in the ambiance and breezes girl, so it’s beaches for me all the way. Of course, if someone hands me a nice glass of wine in the bargain, I won’t refuse!

  2. says

    Oh, Rhonda, you’re teasing me! Winter has really tightened its grip on us over the last week or so, giving me time to dream of white sandy beaches like these. Your photos are stunning as always, and I can’t wait to hear more about your interactive travel book. Very cool!

  3. says

    I’m not much of a wine drinker, so it’s the beaches that would beckon me to Waiheke Island. That’s a wonderful destination so close to Auckland. Taking the ferry, and hanging out at the beach, you’d feel like you’re on a proper holiday, not just a day trip.

  4. says

    You’re killing me! As I look out my window it is snowing with about a foot of the white stuff already on the ground and you are posting photos of beautiful warm, sunny beaches. They look so inviting.

  5. says

    I haven’t been to Waiheke in many years, not since I was a teenager. btw I think you and I are mutual friends with Bev Ball on facebook 🙂

  6. says

    The water is so peaceful. I guess the areas are protected from the ocean. The pics are great — though I didn’t notice much skin in the “nudie beach” shots. LOL!!

  7. says

    By seeing the pictures, I would prefer to visit “Nudie Beach.” Looks like it has a sheltered cove. I like that one better from the photos but I would probably not visit. So cool that you are writing a book. Would like to know more about that experience.

  8. says

    That first beach looked great for shelling! It’s too funny about the not having to be naked, but that you can be. I would’ve thought it would be awkward for the nudists to have gawkers around.

  9. says

    Seeing as I have never been to any of the places I would pick the beaches just because chilling by the beach is one of my favourite things to do. I would skip a visit to Little Palm Beach though, nude beaches are not my thing.

  10. says

    Oh my gosh, how beautiful! Among the bunch of us, none had heard of Wiaheke Island, but we’re unanimous in wanting to spend, oh…forever?…on Palm Beach. It looks absolutely perfect! Thanks for putting it on our radar. And we promise not to tell the locals where we got the info. 😉 #wkendtravelinspiration

  11. says

    Since i discovered your site i am now reading most of your posts. My sister lives in Auckland and i had 21 days of visit last Dec 2014. We also went to Waiheke for a day, and our short trail walk is one of the nicest i had, i also posted that in my blog. If only it is cheaper to come always to NZ!!!

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