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!
ABOUT THIS WALK
- Catch the 9am Fullers ferry from downtown Auckland (sailing is approximately 35 minutes)
- Start: 9:45am / Finish: 3pm
- Starts and finishes at Matiatia ferry dock
- 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 Pio Rehutai 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
We had a beautiful walk on Waiheke Island. Our guide Justine was like an old friend by the time we reached the end – very personable and interesting to talk to – full of local knowledge of the island and its people. She was wise enough to realise we’d never finish the full walk because of our speed (or lack of it) and adapted the distance. But we still saw so much more than we would have on our own. Thank you Justine.
Waiheke Island is a stunning place and this hike enables you to see and feel some of the best of it. Michael was an excellent guide and is incredibly knowledgeable about the area from the flora and fauna to local attractions and great information on the island community – environmental initiatives and political “challenges”. Michael shared all such information freely which made for a really entertaining and educational walk. Michael was able to tailor the walk to different abilities as required. Thoroughly recommend a walking tour as a way to get a real “feel” for the island and close to the beautiful coastline rather than just being shipped around on a driving tour. Australians will appreciate the joy of no snakes in New Zealand when hiking through the long grass – what a treat!
Our first day out after arriving in New Zealand was this beautiful hike around Waiheke Island with our lovely guide, Justine. She set a lively pace and checked on us often to make sure we were comfortable. Be sure to know this more of a hike than a walk, but no better way to see the magnificent view near the top! We had lunch at an adorable cafe near the beach and then an easy walk back to the ferry. Justine was so friendly, easy to talk with and had excellent knowledge of the island. Highly recommend.
- Fantastic scenic walk and expert guiding
- Walking maps
- 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)
WHAT TO BRING
- Walking shoes
- Day pack
- 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!