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


The best experience possible

5 5 1
Gabrielle is a passionate guide and did her absolute best to give me the best experience possible. The hike is quite long but very scenic! She is very knowledgeable and has a very positive attitude!

A Wonderful Day in Waiheke

5 5 1
Today we did the double headland walk on Waiheke with Mike. We had such a good time on a glorious day. Mike was an exceptional guide with extensive knowledge to share about the island and its people. We learned so much about an island we thought we knew. The pace was perfect for us and we would highly recommend a walk with Mike.

A perfect day on Waiheke Island

5 5 1
My tour through New Zealand could not have started better than this. Michael was a great guide and taught me a lot about the local flora and fauna. He also gave me the best tips for the rest of my journey and some insights about Waiheke and the art scene. The tour on Waiheke was beautiful with amazing views and a great nature. Definitely one of my favorite tours in New Zealand with the best guide!


5 5 1
The trip was just amazing, it takes you on a walking trail alongside the edge of the island where u can view lots of scenic virgin beaches and cliffs. Our tour guide Mike really helpful and shared loads of information about the island! Had a great time!! Thank u Mike!

Excellent day with a super guide

5 5 1
I can highly recommend the Double Headland Walk - Michael was a great guide and his affection and knowledge of his island made it a most enjoyable day. Do try this!

A lovely walk for Nature lovers

5 5 1
I had an unforgettable walk with Mike on Waiheke Island. Mike transmitts us his love for wildlife and has always interesting anectodes to tell at the bend of a path... And I have not mentionned the countless stunning views. I definitively recommend this experience !

Amazing Double Headland Walk

5 5 1
Did the double headland walk and it was amazing. I was guided by Michael who is very knowledgeable about the faunas and history along the way and the way. The view along the walk is spectacular. Highly recommended when you are in Waiheke!

Double Headland Walk

5 5 1
Had a fabulous day with Gabrielle. She was a great guide with so much local knowledge. A must when visiting Auckland.

Wonderful day on Waiheke

5 5 1
Have just returned from a fabulous day out with Gabrielle, who managed to squeeze in a superb walk, wine tasting, lunch at one her favourite cafes and some shopping. Gabrielle knows and loves her special island. Thoroughly recommend this day trip.

Fabulous walking trip

5 5 1
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.

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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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