Are you looking for a Waiheke Island honeymoon? Waiheke Island is the perfect place to escape and unwind. Whether it’s your first or fifth wedding anniversary, Waiheke offers something for every couple. From scenic walks on the beach to delicious wine tasting, Waiheke has plenty of romantic activities to keep you occupied. This post explores everything that makes Waiheke such a great destination for anyone looking for an unforgettable honeymoon tour in New Zealand!
Things to do in Waiheke Island for your Honeymoon Tour
#1:- Zipline Adventure
Kick-off your honeymoon with an adrenaline-fuelled day, zipping through Auckland’s most breath-taking forest experience. Your adventure starts just 35 minutes from Auckland, and the entire excursion with EcoZip Adventure will take 3 hours. Named “the playground of the gods” by Lonely Planet, the zipline is located high on the hills, with unparalleled views of both the sparkling ocean and the Auckland city skyline.
Your award-winning zipline adventure begins with a complimentary pick up from the ferry terminal and takes you and your partner through a splendid 20-minute Waiheke Highlights tour that will demonstrate the top beaches and vineyards as you travel to Trig Hill. Next, you can stand in awe of the amazing 360-degree view of the island and beyond from the viewing deck before you make your way to the zipline tower. Naturally, you will gear up and prepare for a short safety brief, and which you will enjoy the first sets of three, 200 meter flying fox ziplines. The dual cables will allow you the unique experience of flying side-by-side for a memorable shared experience. The ziplines will take you high over the canopies of vineyards and lush, ancient forests, with Auckland and the beaches as a backdrop. You might be traveling at a thrilling speed of up to 60kph, but you will get to relax safely in your harness as the expert guides do all the work.
After all that excitement, you can enjoy a guided nature walk through the forest during your return to HQ.
#2:- Waiheke Island Scenic Flight
Taking to the skies again, discover the natural beauty of Waiheke from up high with a scenic Waiheke Wings flight. You and your partner will check-in at the Waiheke Wings base 10 minutes before departure (the excursions require a minimum booking of two) for a quick safety briefing. Taking off from the Waiheke Aerodrome, this once-in-a-lifetime experience takes you on a 30-minute round trip to see the island in all its glory, with its stunning, unspoiled beaches and coastlines, and world-class vineyards.
From this vantage point, you’ll see some of the island’s most popular locations, like the town of Oneroa, and on the eastern side, the local oyster and mussel farms (of which you will get to sample at one of the island’s many restaurants). Your pilot will also direct you towards other attractions, like Rotoroa Island, one of New Zealand’s stunning nature reserves. This experience is world-class, and as a grand finale, take in the view of Onetangi Beach, surrounded by more vineyards that the island is internationally renowned for.
#3:- Waiheke Half Day or Full Day Wine Tasting Tour
Waiheke is world-renowned for its vineyards and selection of locally-produced wines. You will be spoiled for choice choosing between half or full-day wine tasting tours, so the decision ultimately rests with you. Most of the tours will take you to some of the most popular vineyards sprawled across the island, from the Hauraki Gulf to Auckland city as a backdrop. Some tours, depending on your availability, will also include a trip to the local beaches, like Onetangi, and allow for some time to explore the local shops.
Some of the most frequented wineries are;
· Cable Bay
· Batch Winery
· Goldie Vineyard
· Kennedy Point
· Peacock Sky
· The Hay Paddock
As you can see, you can explore the island’s many vineyards to your heart’s content. Simply enjoy a day at leisure, exploring the rolling terrains and beaches as well. Even if you are just 35 minutes from Auckland, the island feels like a different world.
#4:- Explore Waiheke’s Beaches
Vineyards aside, Waiheke is equally known for its breathtaking coastlines and unspoiled beaches – a true drawcard. The best swimming beaches are clustered around the northern part of the island, but the tidal beaches on the south are equally noteworthy. The island itself has its own warm, micro-climate, so the emerald waters and the sandy white beaches call to locals and tourists alike.
Take a look at some of the most popular (and lesser-known) beaches where you and your partner can while away a lazy day in the sun.
This north-facing beach is lined with Pohutakawa trees and a large grassy area, perfect for a barbeque. It is one of the island’s most popular areas where you can explore the coast by kayak or paddleboard.
You can also explore Little Oneroa beach, a secluded area on the eastern end which is only accessible at low tide. Like its bigger namesake, it also boasts a barbeque area and pristine white sand.
This beach is similar to Oneroa Beach in terms of shape and has a protruding cliff that separates the main beach from Little Palm Beach. Phoenix palms line the east side of the beach, complete with barbeque facilities and a play area.
For the more adventurous couple, wade over to Little Palm, also known as Nudie Bay, for a clothes-optional experience.
As the name implies, this beach is a popular destination for kitesurfing. It is zoned-in on the Southern side and separated from its neighboring Blackpool beach by a small peninsula. A scenic and open route, The Esplanade, links the two. With vies to the south-eastern part of Auckland, it is a favorite spot when the tide is out to surf and explore the small set of seaside shops.
Back to the northern part of the island, Matiatia Bay is where you will also find the passenger ferry wharf. This is not a swimming beach, with a rocky coastline and boat anchorage spots, but the walk around the bay is stunning. If you are lucky, you might even spot a few stingrays in the shallows, or see dolphins frolicking around the area.
Onetangi Beach (Weeping Sands)
This beach stretches for about 2kms, making it the longest beach on the island. It also boasts to have the whitest beach and the largest Pohutukawa trees on the island, but why not discover it for yourself to see how it measures up?
It is the perfect spot for swimming, fishing, and thrilling surfing when the wind is just right. There are a couple of bars and restaurants overlooking the beach as well, and Onetangi also hosts the Onetangi Beach Races. This is one of the area’s most iconic events that has been ongoing for over a century.
#5:- Local Shore Dive
Diving into the blue unknown does not have to be a cause for anxiety. Shore diving is a relaxed, pleasant, and affordable way to get comfortable in the water. Before your chilling adventure, you will meet your guide, complete the paperwork to dot the I’s and cross the T’s, and head off to one of the stunning shore dive locations. Of course, there will also be a thorough briefing, before you get into the water and discover the wonders of marine life. The experience itself is very laid back and popular with new divers. It is simple and easy to get out of the water, which is just what newbies need to gain confidence.
To really get the most out of your underwater experience around Waiheke, the dives groups are also small – no more than 4 divers per guide. This makes it the perfect intimate experience for you and your partner.
6 – Connells Bay Sculpture Park
You don’t have to be an art aficionado to appreciate the creative marvels at Connells Bay Sculpture Park. It hosts a private collection of large sculptures by local artists, with the vision to bring art and nature together. It boasts an impressive array of 30 permanent works, many of which have been specifically commissioned. The Park also commissions a photographer to create new works every two years for their large billboard project.
Experience this unique, creative landscape on a two-hour tour and a guided walk through the pristine coastal landscape. While in Connells Bay, you can also enjoy a number of activities, like exploring the nearby coast, the neighboring Rotoroa Island, or going kayaking. Why not enjoy a night in the private and exclusive boutique seaside cottage, right by the sculpture park. The bay itself is a peaceful haven on the eastern side of Waiheke
If you’re ready to take the next step in your relationship, consider a honeymoon to Waiheke Island. Honeymoons are about so much more than just romantic beach vacations and lazy days on the seashore; they’re also an opportunity for couples to learn how to live together as one after being apart for years. A simple online search will show that there is a lot of diversity when it comes to honeymoons, from adventurous zip lines or scuba diving trips off NZ’s Great Waiheke Island.