Waiheke Island is a sparkling jewel in the crown of the Hauraki Gulf. Just 30 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, the island is famous for its vineyards, pretty little coves, fine dining and natural beauty.
If you’re intent on adventure, you could try ziplining through native bush, a spot of claybird shooting or make the most of all the opportunities the ocean provides from boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming and stand-up paddle boarding.
There are few groovier ways to get about this relatively roomy landmass than by electric bike, because Waiheke has its fair share of ups and downs you’ll be glad of that motorised assist when the molehills turn into mountains. Horse-trekking is a popular activity and a superb way of exploring more untamed parts of the island.
It must be said that Waiheke is known for its wine. Scattered around the island are picturesque vineyards offering wine-tastings and dining with a view. There are excellent restaurants, cafes and food trucks around the island catering from casual to high-end dining experiences.
Known for its laid back way of life, the island’s population swells dramatically over summer with the ferries laden with wedding guests, holiday-makers and bon vivants from the mainland heading over for a little hedonism. With sculpture and jazz festivals, garden safaris, and arts and literary events, this is an island like no other.
Find out more about what to see and do on Waiheke Island.
Kauri Springs Lodge is centrally located in Palm Beach on Waiheke Island. We are close to a number of stunning beaches, award-winning vineyards, local amenities, activities and walks.
Palm Beach, one of the island's most scenic public beaches, is a short ten-minute walk from the Lodge. Walk around the rocks to Little Palm Beach - an amazing piece of paradise with a Greek Island ambience.
The island's main centre of Oneroa Village is a short five-minute drive away with a good selection of restaurants, cafes, retail shops, movie theatre and art galleries.
About four-minutes drive away, in the nearby suburb of Ostend, you will find the newly-refurbished Countdown supermarket and The Barn liquor store, along with a dairy, bakery and a number of eateries. Don't forget to stop by the Ostend Markets on a Saturday morning, to sample amazing food, purchase fresh produce or browse the stalls selling knick-knacks, souveniers and second-hand goods.
The ferries to Auckland are also conveniently close. The Matiatia ferry terminal that services the ferries to downtown Auckland is about an eight-minute drive, and the car ferry that docks at Kennedy Point is only a five-minute drive from our lodge.
We are lucky to be surrounded by a number of award-winning vineyards nearby. Guests of Kauri Springs Lodge only need to travel a short distance to find themselves at a beautiful vineyard, sampling some of the island's finest wines. Here are some of our favourites that we know you'll enjoy.
Cable Bay Vineyard
We highly recommend Cable Bay Vineyard for an informal lunch at their outdoor verandah. This is a sheltered seating area that you can enjoy whatever the weather and it is a stylish location to take in the views of the Hauraki Gulf while enjoying their delicious food and wine. Nestled among the vineyards and olive gardens, the outdoor terrace and lawn area is a great spot to stretch out and relax on beanbags. Cable Bay offers a mix of small plates with a distinct Mediterranean influence, and together with an extensive drinks menu, you are guaranteed to find something to tempt your tastebuds. Cable Bay's wines are complemented by select styles from the world's greatest wine regions along with a variety of craft beers, ciders and refreshing cocktails.
Specialising in the cuisine of Spain and the wider Mediterranean, Casita Miro take enormous pleasure in sharing their love for fine food, wine and sherry. Casita Miro is all about shared dining, and their tapas and raciones (large plates) are perfect for a fun, relaxed and social dining experience. Located just short drive away from the Lodge, Casita Miro commands a gorgeous view overlooking their vineyard and the beautiful Onetangi beach.
Tantalus Estate is the newest addition to the vineyard scene. Not only do they produce fantastic wine, they also have a craft beer brewery onsite and offer a delectable menu for visitors to indulge in. All the while, taking in the stunning views across the vineyard to one side and lush green scenery on the other side. The dining room is gorgeously stylish and you can be guaranteed fantastic service while you are there.
Photography credit: Peter Rees Photography