Waiheke Island Bush and Beach Walk – Rocky Bay
(5 hours)

This lovely walk, based around the tranquil Te Whau Peninsula and Rocky Bay, brings together the best of the bush and the beach.

You get to experience some of the best forest reserves on the island, including the magnificent Pohutukawa trees and Nikau Palms of the Whakanewha Regional Park, Glenbrook Reserve and Te Whau peninsula.

Learn about the birdlife on the island, including the protected dotterel nesting grounds, before stopping for a rest down at the beach, where there is time for a swim or to eat your picnic lunch.


  • Start: 9:45am / Finish: 3pm
  • Starts and finishes at Matiatia ferry dock
  • Visit some of the island’s amazing trees including magnificent Pohutukawas and Nikau Palms
  • Visit Te Whau Peninsula with fabulous views of the island and back to Auckland
  • Explore the tracks of Whakanewha Regional Park and learn about the protected dotterel nesting grounds
  • Learn more about island life in the Rocky Bay area
  • Finish in time for a swim or packed lunch along the beach


Enjoyed it very much

5 5 1
My parents who were here visiting from Austria enjoyed the guidance and walk very very much. Thank you!

Wonderful day on Waiheke Island!

5 5 1
It was one of the best trip I've ever had! Louis is a perfect guide - so friendly and professional. His knowledge about Waiheke Island, flora, fauna, culture is really impressive. And the views - AMAZING! I really recommend that trip! I'll be back as soon as it possible!

Bush and Beach Walk Wonderfulness

5 5 1
Nature lovers but more beach goers than bush walkers, hubby and I booked into the Bush and Beach Walk in order to see more of Waiheke and to learn more about the island we have come to love. Louis our guide was punctual for our meeting and knowledgable, friendly and informative during our walk, providing answers to the many questions we had. We walked at a good pace which enabled us to take in the views while covering good ground. We highly recommend this walk to Waiheke visitors. Thanks Louis and Walking by Nature!

Amazing bush walk with awesome bird sightings

5 5 1
What a wonderful day. The Bush walk was fantastic and Louis was a great guide, with A LOT of interesting information about Waiheke in general and specifically about the bush flora and fauna. I was blown away when we actually saw a Kaka (tearing up the bark on a tree). I will definitely need to come back and see more of Waiheke Island.

Great time in Waiheke

5 5 1
I spent a wonderful time in this beautiful island. I could know something about Waiheke 's history and enjoy at the same time its beaches and bush. The walk was led by Gabrielle, a really nice woman and fantastic guide. She knows pretty well everything about the Island and she will try to do your walk much enjoyable and interesting for sure. I totally recommend the walk and bush.

A must-do when you like nature

5 5 1
After a long Business Trip I had one Day off in Auckland and was looking for something special that would fill that Day as much as possible, without spending a fortune. So Tourist Office recommended good attractions. I ended up booking a half day hiking Tour in Waiheke with "walking by nature" . This was the best choice I could have made. We had a private Tour with a colleague of mine and Kath', the very nice and well skilled guide. She loves nature and can easily encoureage you to do the same. We walked several hours through the reserve parc in the woods on small hiking tracks as if you would be on a lonley Expedition in a Rain forrest. And then change of scenery to huge Green grass hill fields down to the beach. It was absolutely amacing. Thank you Kath Summary: if you love to walk through pure nature and want to know/learn a bit about what you see, do such a trip. But do not underestimate the effort of this trail. You are going up and down the hills for several miles. Have the proper clothes and good comfortable shoes. At least outdoor sport shoes with good profile underneath. If you think of walking on flipflops on a hot day, think again or go to the zoo. Enjoy it ! I surly did.

Fantastic for our kids too

5 5 1
We had a fantastic hike with Katerina. She did an amazing job keeping our 3 kids engaged on the hike. She was so knowledgeable and such a fun person to be around. It felt like the hike was catered just to us! We can't wait to come back to the island and do this again! I can't say enough at how wonderful we thought our day was! 🙂

Great Walk!!

5 5 1
During a short stay at Waiheke Island I have had a great guided walk, the so called bush and beach walk. We walked through nature and on our way the guide told several nice, special and informative things about the trees, insects, and whatever that came along. We even had a close look to a big kind of pigeon that sat above in the tree. Nice photos, great memories, a walk to do!

A super way to see the natural beauty of Waiheke

5 5 1
I booked a Bush and Beach walk on Waiheke and was met at the ferry by Katerina. We followed well marked trails through a nature reserve and other parts of the island, taking in beautiful views and enjoying the birdlife and local flora, including a stand of very impressive kauri trees. Katerina was very knowledgeable and great company, and did a wonderful job of showing me this lovely island. We finished on a long sandy beach and I went on to have a very nice lunch in a local café. Although the weather was a bit damp, it was a really enjoyable outing and I highly recommend a tour with Walking by Nature as a way to see the real Waiheke.

Wonderful bush and beach walk

5 5 1
Sue was full of knowledge about Waiheke Island. The bush walk was wonderful. To see and hear the birdlife on the island was terrific.It was a very manageable walk.

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  • Fantastic scenic walk with expert guiding and interpretation
  • Pick up from Oneroa 30 mins prior, for those who require it


  • Ferry fares
  • Lunch


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



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