Waiheke Island Double Headland Walk (5 hours)

This is our signature walk which runs every day, and it’s great in any weather. Experience the twin headlands of Matiatia and Church Bay on Waiheke Island, leaving from and returning to the ferry terminal. This guided walk is suitable for those who can walk five hours on hilly terrain.

We begin your trip back to nature by greeting you as soon as you step off the ferry. Straight away you’ll be drawn in by the gorgeous scenery and beautiful coastal environment.

Our guided walks are small and highly personal, so groups for this walk are limited to 12 people. Please book well in advance as this is one of our most popular walks and gets booked up!




  • Catch the 9am Fullers ferry from downtown Auckland (sailing is approximately 35 minutes)
  • Meet at Matiatia ferry dock at 10am
  • Your walk starts as soon as we have met and briefed you
  • Walk the headland track around the Matiatia headland and past Owhanake Bay – approximately 2 hours
  • On our way around the Matiatia headland, enjoy beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel; spot sea birds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, orcas or dolphins
  • Learn about the history and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke Island, its conservation projects and island life
  • We stop for lunch at Oneroa Village or picnic on the beach – eat in one of the local cafes, order a lunchbox or bring your own and picnic on the beach
  • After lunch we will walk the Te Pio Rehiti Reserve and around the Church Bay headland through a sculpture park and a stunning bush reserve, past amazing homes, city and sea views – approximately 2 hours
  • Our walk ends back at Matiatia in time for you to catch the 4pm ferry to Auckland


Fabulous walking trip

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What a great day trip and THE way to see the island. I was greeted by Louis at the ferry terminal and we headed off on our trip around the headlands. The views were stunning and Louis was very informative throughout the walk. The walk is quite hilly but Louis adjusted the pace accordingly and stopped for plenty of water breaks. Lunch was at Oneroa with a choice of eating in a cafe or getting a takeaway and heading to the beach. There was a little flexibility on the second part of the walk as to which route we took back to the ferry, so that was nice. Really enjoyed this walk - exceeded my expectations and would definitely recommend it to others visiting Waiheke. Thanks Louis.

GREAT walking tour with Walking by Nature

5 5 1
The double headland tour was AMAZING. I was the only one to have booked that day and Louis was completely gracious about it and made it the perfect, personalized walking tour. Views are unbeatable, walking was a great way to see the island and Louis was very knowledgeable about history/natural resources of the island. Have done a lot of traveling and this was one of the best tours I’ve ever done. A must do day trip from Auckland!

A Must

5 5 1
What a great way to spend a summer day! On a gorgeous island and with the amazing Louis, highly knowledgeable and the nicest guide I ever met. Louis was born there and made this walk entertaining and interesting, showing pathways and artefacts that would be missed by going solo. Furthermore, the overall process and organisation was perfectly handled. In brief, that is a must and it is worth every penny.

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  • Fantastic scenic walk and expert guiding
  • Walking maps
  • Plenty of time for a leisurely lunch
  • Return transfers to the ferry (or your island accommodation)


  • Ferry fares
  • Lunch (your options for lunch are to bring your own, order a lunchbox ahead of time from us, or purchase something from one of the shops or cafes when we stop for lunch)


  • Walking shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Day pack
  • Water
  • Lunch if you wish to picnic on the beach



If there is anything at all that you need to know, please contact us – we are happy to help!

This guided walk makes a great present – contact us about giving it as a gift voucher.

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