There’s nothing that makes you feel relaxed and at peace like curling up on the beach with a glass of wine and a good book, swimming in crystal-clear water, or enjoying pristine, uninterrupted nature. Waiheke Island delivers, with some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches you’ve ever encountered.
Here are our picks for the top beaches to visit during your Waiheke getaway:
Onetangi is the largest beach on the island, offering 2.5km of white sand and clear water. Enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters or a spot of fishing on one of the many boats out on the pristine water. You can of course grab something to eat at one of the nearby cafes and restaurants like the newest addition called 372, or just a walk in the sunshine. One of Auckland’s most iconic annual events occurs at this beach every year – the Onetangi Beach Races.
Palm Beach is a great spot to enjoy for the day with your family, with facilities for BBQs and a pirate ship playground children love. Relax and enjoy the pristine white sand and some of the calmest swimming on the island, or take a walk to the far western end of the bay, where you’ll find ‘Nude y Bay’, where people swim and sunbathe nude. There is a new restaurant 100m from the beach called Arcadia, so give that a try.
If you’re looking for a slice of heaven on the northern coastline of Waiheke, you’ll find it at Sandy Bay. Here, boats launch any time of the year, and the sheltered bay offers calm surf for some of the best swimming on the island. Orcas are frequently spotted in the bay so keep your eyes peeled.
Oneroa Beach is one of the most popular spots for anchorage on the island, and at any time you’ll see the horizon dotted with masts and vessels of various sizes. This is one of the most popular beaches on the island, and is close to the amenities of Oneroa. Its orientation provides some shelter from the sou’wester winds (which can be quite cold).
It’s also a lovely spot for a stroll in the evening, when the lights from the boats sparkle on the water.
Little Oneroa Beach
With Oneroa Beach sometimes getting a little full, especially during the height of summer, locals and visitors alike love to slip away to Little Oneroa. A great spot for families with a children’s playground, free BBQ facilities, and the Oneroa village amenities – shops, cafes, restaurants, and galleries – only a minute away.
Man O War Bay
Man O War Bay can seem like a bit of a mission to locate, but it’s worth the trek. Located on the more isolated eastern side of the island, it’s a stone’s throw from the award-winning Man O War winery, which is on the water's edge. Man O War Bay is usually quieter than the main island beaches like Oneroa and Palm Beach. Enjoy the pristine sand and beautiful swimming, and if you’re feeling adventurous climb up the walking track leading to the Stony Batter historic site.
There are many more exciting beaches to discover, including your own pristine and unspoiled private beach here at Te Whau Lodge. Book your stay today.