Guide to Walks on Waiheke Island - Waiheke Island Walking Trails
Yes, you can walk around Waiheke Island! You will find many, many wonderful Walks on Waiheke Island, everything from short walks to multi day tramps. Walking on Waiheke is the way to experience the magic of Waiheke Island. There are so many beautiful views and vistas to take your breath away and feast your eyes upon on any one of the many scenic walking trails on Waiheke Island. From the world renowned Headland on The Gulf Sculpture Walk at the western end of Waiheke to the glorious scenery of the Stony Batter Walkway at the peaceful Eastern End of Waiheke, there are walks to be found in all areas of Waiheke Island, all grades of walks, long walks and short walks, easy walks and more challenging walks around Waiheke for all levels of fitness. You can choose to do Self Guided Walks on Waiheke Island or book one of the many excellent Guided Walks on Waiheke.
Waiheke Walking Festival
The Waiheke Walking Festival is held each year in November and is a wonderful way to explore Waiheke Island on foot while meeting and enjoying the company of other walkers. You can join any of the free guided walking tours and visit parts of Waiheke Island that are only open to visitors during the Waiheke Walking Festival. Your guides are knowledgeable about Waiheke and it's history and are passionate about the wonderful walking trails on Waiheke Island.
Click here for Waiheke Walking Festival information and full details about the various walks on Waiheke which are available for you to book.
Headland Sculpture on The Gulf - Waiheke Island Sculpture Walk
This fabulous Waiheke Sculpture Walk is held every 2nd year, generally during March. The art works are installed at various points along the 2 km long Sculpture walk track, usually backed by spectacular views over Waiheke Island and the Hauraki Gulf, Motutapu Island, Rangitoto Island and Motuihe Island. Some of the fabulous Waiheke sculpture walk artworks are even installed in the bays below the walking path. This is a truly inspiring and world class Waiheke event and is well worth doing.
Click here for Sculpture On The Gulf information and full details about the Headland Sculpture Walk and the artists and the displays.
Te Ara Hura Walk Waiheke - "Discover the Way"
Te Ara Hura Walk Waiheke Network - "Discover The Way". Opened in 2015, this fine collection of Waiheke walking tracks and hiking trails is the perfect way to explore Waiheke Island and discover its natural beauty. The meaning of Te Ara Hura is "Discover the Way" and what better way to discover the beauty and stunning scenery of Waiheke Island than by enjoying it at a gentle walking pace? Click here to view the Te Ara Hura Walk Waiheke Map
Walking the Te Ara Hura walking trails on Waiheke you can explore the coastline and enjoy the magnificence of million dollar views from the stunningly beautiful headlands. Watch sea life busy in the bays below, walk the beaches and enjoy views of the charming and iconic Waiheke Island baches rubbing shoulders with the magnificence of multi million dollar beach houses and wander through spectacular New Zealand native bush and forest, some of which is mature and majestic and some still regenerating. You can even enjoy a little New Zealand history on Waiheke and visit fabulous Waiheke Island historic sites such as the gun emplacements at Stony Batter at the eastern end of Waiheke.
The 100 kilometres of tracks, roads and pathways that make up the Te Ara Hura Walk Waiheke include a range of walks, from short and easy right through to the more challenging, and all of them are now connected.
You can start at any point, finish wherever you want and go in any direction. You can do a short 30 minute walk to take in some breathtaking Waiheke Island scenery or take up the challenge of completing the entire Te Ara Hura Trail over a period of days. Your Te Ara Hura adventure can be organised around delicious local Waiheke wine tastings or fabulous lunches and dinners at many of our world renowned Waiheke Wineries and Vineyards, or take a break from the trail to enjoy a cooling drink, coffee or lunch at one of the many excellent Waiheke Island cafes and restaurants dotted around Waiheke Island. Simply follow the Te Ara Hura Track marker posts along the way to stay on the trail.
The four areas of Te Ara Hura Walk Waiheke
Headlands - The headlands walks are an introduction to the highlights of the island, all in one accessible space.
Beaches 'n' Baches - This walk is off the beaten track. You will encounter the island character of the villages
Forest Heart - Escape the hustle and bustle and walk through beautiful native bush, old trees safe from possums, regenerating forest and streams, wetlands and birds aplenty.
Far End - The Far End of the network is a place apart from the rest of the island. Here, you'll get big skies, big views, and fresh air therapy.
Park Point Coastal Loop Walk - 2.5km coastal walkway on Waiheke Island starts near the Mudbrick Restaurant in Oneroa. Rising sharply from the beach to give cliff-top views, it traces the entire coastline of Park Point peninsula. The walk cuts through open country and mature native bush and walkers will be able to spot rare native birds such as dotterels, see mature Kowhai trees and look across to Motuihe Island. Because of the protected birds breeding in the area, dogs are not permitted on this track.
Dog Friendly Walks on Waiheke Island
Walking the dog on Waiheke Island or wondering where to wander on Waiheke with your dog? There are plenty of fun Dog Friendly walks on Waiheke. There are many dog friendly Waiheke Walking Beach & Trails and the Te Ara Hura Walk allows dogs on many of it's Waiheke walking tracks. Be sure to check the Te Ara Hura map first to be sure your four-legged friend is permitted on specific parts of the walk. In some areas parts of the track are open to dogs but other parts of the same track are closed.
The Headland Sculpture on the Gulf Walk is a really beautiful and easily accessed walk and your dog is welcome on the trail, under control. The track runs around the Matiatia Bay headland and can be joined either from the end of the beach at Matiatia Bay where the Fullers passenger ferry arrives, or from along Nick Johnstone Drive, Oneroa. The Sculpture on the Gulf features along this track every 2 years and is well worth a visit.
There are also some great Waiheke walking tracks around the many of the bays and beaches of Waiheke. A pleasant walk takes you from the beach at Sandy Bay, via Hekerua Bay and along the cliff path to Oneroa Beach and Oneroa Village centre where there are plenty of dog friendly cafes and restaurants.
Rocky Bay Omiha is another area where there are plenty of great walking tracks for you and your dog to enjoy. The Rocky Bay/Te Whau tracks are also excellent for taking your dog walking on Waiheke. Be aware that parts of Whakanewha Regional Park and it's walking trails don't permit dogs, often due to New Zealand protected birds nesting.
Te Toki Reserve on Wilma Road at Palm Beach offers a lovely huge paddock area, with some enormous 600 year old pohutukawa trees, where pups and doggos can run free and with wide mowed paths for humans. Te Toki Dog Reserve is open for dog walking on Waiheke at all times of the year and is especially good when Fido needs a walk during the hours where dogs are not permited on the beach during summer.