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How to get to Waiheke Island

Most people come to Waiheke to relax and rejuvenate, and Grasshopper
and Funky Cicada are ideal for that - the accommodations provide peace
and tranquility, yet they are so close to everything you need for an
enjoyable holiday.

But if you want to roam the island we recommend that you bring a car
(or hire one - see below) as the island is quite spread out and hilly.

Car ferries to Waiheke Island

There are two options for ferrying your car over to Waiheke Island:

  1. Sealink ferry departs from either Half Moon Bay, near Pakuranga, or Westhaven Marina in Auckland City.
    Waiheke Island ferries
    The trip takes around 50 minutes and is more expensive than Freightlink (below) but you’ll get a better service. There’s a bar and café onboard as well as more options for departure. www.sealink.co.nz
  2. Freightlink ferry is the budget option provided by Sealink. It departs from Half Moon Bay, near Pakuranga, so if you’re coming from the South this may be the more convenient travel option for you. The trip takes around an hour and there’s a small food counter for basic food and drink. www.freightlink.co.nz

Coming over by foot

Waiheke Island ferries

If you don’t have a car the best option is to travel on the Fullers ferry, which is located at the Downtown Ferry Terminal on Quay Street, Auckland City. The ferry departs mostly on the hour and the trip takes around 35 minutes. There’s a café onboard for basic food and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The views are fantastic. See Fullers Waiheke Timetable

There’s also the option of taking the Fullers ferry from Devonport on the North Shore, or the Sealink and Freightlink car ferries. See above.

From the airport

If you’re flying into Auckland, we recommend the Airbus as it takes you directly to the Downtown Ferry Terminal, where the passenger ferry to Waiheke Island departs. The Airbus departs from both Domestic and International terminals every 15 minutes and the journey takes around 45-50 minutes (depending on the time of day). It’s really good value, especially if you get a return fare. Make sure you have cash as there’s no credit card facility. www.airbus.co.nz

A taxi from the airport to Auckland city will cost you around $60 one way, or a shuttle bus around $30 per person.

How to get around Waiheke Island

If you’re not bringing a car over with you, there are quite a few options for getting around Waiheke Island:

  1. Rental car or moped. Waiheke has several rental car companies that provide cars, jeeps and
    Getting around on Waiheke Island
    scooters. Try the following:

   - www.funrentals.co.nz

   - www.waihekerentals.co.nz

   - www.waihekerentalcars.co.nz

   - www.offshorerentals.co.nz

  1. Or you could always hire a car from Auckland and bring it over to the island. Depending on how long you’re staying, you may get a better deal that way.

  2. Bicycle. If you have a bike, why not bring it over with you? The Fullers passenger ferry allows you to take your bike onboard for free – check out www.fullers.co.nz. Or you could hire a bike from Waiheke Bike Hire near the carpark of Matiatia Ferry Terminal on Waiheke Island. www.waihekebikehire.co.nz

  3. Bus. The bus takes you straight to Onetangi from Matiatia Ferry Terminal and back – and there’s always a bus waiting right outside the ferry terminal on arrival to the island. Getting around the island by bus can be a little more difficult as they only run about once an hour. But it does stop at the supermarket. See bus timetable

  4. Taxi. Taxis on Waiheke charge a little more than those in the city, but it’s a good option after a night out sampling Waiheke wines or to go to and from the ferry if you can’t be bothered with the bus. www.islandtaxis.co.nz

  5. Waiheke Island tours
    Tours. There’s a range of tour companies on the island that’ll take you sightseeing, vineyard hopping, on an art trail and more. Check out the following:

    - www.seewaiheke.co.nz
      (Ask us about special See Waiheke discounts)

    - www.ananda.co.nz

    - www.fullers.co.nz

    - www.waihekeislandadventures.co.nz

  1. Hitch-hiking. Yes, this is still a good option on the island. We wouldn’t recommend it at night, but during the day hitch-hiking could be a great way to go as you’ll meet some locals and get to your destination for free.

We hope you have a wonderful stay with us and enjoy your time on beautiful Waiheke Island.

Transport to Waiheke Island

Getting to Waiheke Island is easy

Our aim is to ensure you have a fantastic time while staying at Grasshopper and Funky Cicada Waiheke Island accommodation, so we’ve put together this quick guide to help make your travel to our place a safe and stress-free one.

On this page we tell you:

How to get to Waiheke Island - travel information

How to get around Waiheke Island

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