After exploring the fun-filled attractions of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, hop aboard a 40-minute ferry across the Hauraki Gulf to one of our favourite wellness destinations, Waiheke Island.
Even stepping foot on this charming island drops any tension down a few notches, thanks to its holiday vibes, laidback locals, and commitment to community. While it’s not as rich in spa opportunities as Rotorua and Taupō, it serves the soul in another way – through nature, food, and wine!
Every vantage point on Waiheke scenic, with rolling hills, verdant forests, and gushing streams providing moments of awe at every turn. Hiking the trails of Whakanewha Regional Park, on the southern side of the island, is a top pick, particularly tramping the 2.5-hour Park Walk or Nikau Track. Alternatively, take the more leisurely 30-minute Pā Loop Track. Terra and Tide also run inspiring guided art and eco walks across the island.
To go deeper into Waiheke Island’s cultural history, book a full-day Māori guided tour. You’ll learn Māori traditions, their connection to the land, and medicinal use of native plants - all against the backdrop of this spectacular island paradise.
Known as the ‘Island of Wine’, the 30 wineries on Waiheke Island offer a different wellness experience: connecting to nature via locally grown produce (plus, let’s not forget the antioxidant benefits of wine!).
With a variety of top-notch cellar doors and gourmet restaurants, it can be challenging to choose where to go. A full-day winery tour takes the decision making out of your hands. Plus, it gets you into the best vineyards on the island, including the popular Mudbrick Winery.