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!

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ABOUT THIS WALK

  • 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

REVIEWS: WAIHEKE ISLAND DOUBLE HEADLAND WALK

Walking tour

★★★★★
5 5 1
Excellent tour 8+ miles of the island. Everything from beach to forest to the sculpture. Justine great guide, knowledgeable and informative.

Perfect day after long plane ride!

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5 5 1
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.

An excellent day out!

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5 5 1
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!

No hesitation in recommending this tour

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5 5 1
Thank you to you and your team for such a wonderful day. Michael was a wonderful guide who shared so much knowledge and passion for the local area. He was incredibly kind and responsive to my needs/requests. I was thrilled that we were able to fit in a vineyard visit given it's such a significant part of Island culture, which I wanted to experience without having to do it as a part of a mass bus tour. I have no hesitation in recommending this trip to others. A great day I shall remember fondly forever.

Wonderful walk with a fantastic guide

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5 5 1
I absolutely loved my Double Headlands Walk. My guide, Mike, was fantastic company. He told me stories about Waiheke and shared his knowledge of the local nature. It felt like chatting to a friend while admiring the amazing landscapes of the island. Highly recommended!

The best experience possible

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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

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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

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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!

Amazing!

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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

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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!

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$130/PERSON INCLUDES

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

NOT INCLUDED

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

GETTING HERE

QUESTIONS?

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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