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This island, like many places in the bay, began life as a community of artists and hippies. It has always been a place of magnificent beaches, unspoilt forests and winding trails. Today, the authentic feel of this place has been kept, and made a little more accessible for honeymooners, day-trippers and crafts enthusiasts. Some of the finest ceramics, glass, sculpture and paintings in Auckland can be found here.

With a population of little under 8,000, finding some space to reflect and relax will be easy. Finding some wine to enjoy when you get there will not be a problem either, as you are in the region of the finest wines in the North Islands. You can go on a tour, wine-tasting or shop around many of the 25+ vineyards.

If you are looking for something a little less sedate, check out the kayaking available here. A sea of coves, cliffs and rolling surf awaits you to be explored.

Take a look at this company to book lessons, a tour or just to rent some equipment:

Waiheke Island Tours and Kayak Adventures Website

Auckland Travel Guide

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