Waiheke, Auckland

May 19, 2015

Waiheke is the cutest coastal town you ever did see. 

Situated in Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke is an easy, approximately-forty-minute ferry ride from Auckland CBD. During the ferry ride you will see stunning views of the surrounding islands in the gulf as well as crazy beautiful landscape views of the city's skyline.

Once in Waiheke, you will be spoilt for choice on what to do in this small yet busy island. Here are a few of my recommendations:

1. Oneroa Town
A twenty minute walk from the ferry dock, Oneroa is the island's main town. There you will find casual restaurants overlooking the coast, quirky island shops offering anything and everything, and real estate offices offering you your dream house by the sea. You could also take a walk along Oneroa Beach. Best of all, the breezy beachside vibe is everything. Let's just say this is my idea of the perfect coastal town.

2. Ostend
Ostend is one of the residential read of the island but is best known for its weekend market. Should you ever find yourself in Waiheke on a weekend, the Ostend market is a quintessential must-do. On offer are foods of all sorts and pre-owned clothes, shoes and other trinkets.

3. Hit the beach
Whether you decide to relax on Palm Beach, soak up some sun in Oneroa or just kick back in Onetangi, you're guaranteed to have a good time. How could you possibly go wrong with white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters?

4. Take a walk
Waiheke is known for its untouched, natural scenery and the best way to explore it would be to take a hike. It is arguably the best way to drink up all the views of the greenery and the pristine waters.

5. Drink some wine
The eastern part of Waiheke is known for their wine. Countless vineyards and wineries cover this area, begging for you to pay them a visit. You could go on a food and wine tour or simply spend some time in just one, sampling their products.

6. Eat!
Sample some seafood while you're at it! Also a great way to revel in the happy-yet-eternally-laid-back cafe culture.

7. Start dreaming of living here or at least getting a summer house...
because that's what I did.

There are no trains in Waiheke but the buses are safe and reliable. Undeniably, the best way to explore and appreciate this charming island is on foot. Happy exploring!