Its not that we weren't already jealous of New Zealanders. But to add insult to injury, these guys have Waiheke Island lying in the Hauraki Gulf, right (18km/11miles) off the coast of their largest city, Auckland. Imagine being able to take a half an hour ferry from your home town and arriving on a tropical island full of vineyards and quiet white sand beaches with emerald waters, an island that is so pretty that many people would without doubt travel half the world for it?
The island itself is 19km long and up to 9km wide which makes Waiheke just about too big to explore on foot, though excellent in size for hiking. Besides hiking, you can also rent bikes (or even a car) to take in the scenery. Some of the typical things to do on Waiheke include hitting the beach (Onetangi Beach is beautiful and one of the better known ones, the beaches on the northern coast are generally quieter), touring vineyards and sampling wine and/or having a meal. Also interesting are the sculpture parks, galleries and craft boutiques of the many artists that call this island home.
Take note that Waiheke is not cheap, having a meal at a vineyard will take a bit of a hit on your wallet. [Review by travelindicator]
- Waiheke Island is a region in New Zealand. It is situated at an altitude of 115ft and the best airport to fly into is AKL (Auckland International, Auckland)
- The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD)
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