Most visitors to Waiheke come to indulge their taste buds and unwind from a stressful life. If you want to get your blood pumping and work off some of that indulgence while experiencing the island’s natural beauty, you should wander along one of the many scenic walks.
These walks are favourites among our guests. Why not tie up your sneakers and enjoy nature along these stunning trails?
(When walking around Waiheke, be aware of local efforts to control Kauri die-back. Stay on the marked trails and follow instructions and boot-cleaning procedures to help preserve the island’s ecosystem for the future.)
The Onetangi Reserve
Onetangi is a dedicated Forest & Bird reserve where you’ll wander through towering kauri trees, manuka, and nikau palms while being serenaded by native birdsong. It’s probably the closest thing to wilderness you’ll get on Waiheke Island.
Access this walk from Trig Hill Road or Waiheke Road. There are a variety of trails, ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours. We recommend starting from Trig Road and working your way downward).
Little Oneroa Beach Walk
This is a short, 30-minute walkway connecting popular Little Oneroa Beach with the New Ton Reserve. There’s also a short track from Little Oneroa out to the Fisherman’s Rock lookout. Little Oneroa is a popular swimming and leisure spot on the island, and you’ll find plenty to enjoy there besides the walking. We definitely recommend stopping at Dragonfired for pizza when you’re done.
Rocky Bay’s Te Whau Loop
This walk is in our neighbourhood and we enjoy it very much! Most walkers will begin at the Sports Park and follow the track along O’Brien Road. From here, turn right down to Okoka (Dead Dog) Bay, then up the hill at the end of the beach along Vintage Lane.
From here, turn right onto Te Whau Drive, and follow the road to Hitapa Bay walkway. This is a steep walkway leading down to the beach. The coast will lead you around to Kuakarau Bay, and then on to the Kuakarau Bay Forest Reserve. A trail through the reserve will lead you back to Te Whau Road.
Hekerua Bay to Palm Beach
This fascinating walk gives you a true taste of life on Waiheke, and incorporates both nature trails and residential streets. Starting at Waters Glen, you’ll zigzag to the Hekerua Bay reserve and Sandy Bay. After meandering through the McKenzie Reserve, you’ll head to the Mawhitipana Reserve and along Palm Beach to finish. Approximate time – 2 hours.
Church Bay Circuit
This walk is popular with visitors as it begins near the passenger ferry service at Matiatia Bay. Follow the path to the southern end the bay, cross a small footbridge, and wind upward until you reach a lookout. The track takes you around to Te Miro Bay and Church Bay, then returns via Alison Park to Oneroa Beach or back to Matiatia Bay. Approximate time - 3 hours.
We can recommend scenic walking trails for you to enjoy, and arrange transportation and refreshments upon your return. Speak to the Te Whau Lodge team about your Waiheke getaway today.