Waiheke Island: Wine, Wildlife, and Wonder

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Properties for sale in Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZL

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Population: Waiheke Island: 8,200, Auckland Region: 1.5 mill

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Only 35 minutes from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island offers parklands, public reserves, and scenic beaches. Local vineyards and wineries produce award-winning wines.


Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is a place of lazy days and holidays, vineyards, olive groves and beautiful beaches, all just a 35-minute cruise from downtown Auckland.

Because it’s so easily accessible from the city, Waiheke is any easy commute for city workers and is seen by Aucklanders and tourists as an ideal day trip destination. Visitors who wish to stay longer on the island can do so and enjoy more of what’s on offer with a huge range of accommodation, from luxury lodges to holiday homes and traditional Kiwi baches.

Waiheke Island is a national treasure with many special places of interest. Home to historic sites, wildlife, and diverse habitats, the island is an important part of New Zealand’s landscape. The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Auckland Council both manage parklands and public reserves on Waiheke Island. Reserves managed by the DOC include Stony Batter Historic Reserve, Matietie Historic Reserve, Te Matuku Bay Cemetery and Scenic Reserve.

Waiheke Island is part of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, which protects the natural and historic features of the gulf that are of national and international importance. The quality and presence of wildlife and plants, not found anywhere else in the world, make the marine park a highly protected area.

The island features a vibrant town centre situated at Oneroa that provides exceptional services and amenities. In total, Waiheke Island comprises more than 130km of coastline and over 8,200 permanent residents, which grows substantially over the summer months. Waiheke Island is the third most populated Island in New Zealand and the second largest Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Auckland

Waiheke Island is just a 35-minute cruise from downtown Auckland. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transportation hub. The region is home to approximately 1.5 million people, with most living within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. The city has a sunny climate, and is home to a wide range of cultures and a population with a passion for outstanding food, wine, and shopping. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city.

More than just a city, Auckland comprises an entire region, full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by, it is easy to hop from one adventure to the next. Auckland’s diverse landscape provides countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches, while the east’s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with red-flowering Pohutukawa trees. To the north the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines and in the south are picturesque country gardens, unspoilt forest, and tranquil bays to explore.

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