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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  1. 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 :-)

  2. 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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