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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Natural Feature
“Another great ferry ride from the Downtown ferry terminal. Lots of walks and wineries. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great for lunch and dinner. Make sure you make a reservation. Number: 09-372 2222”
  • 49 locals recommend
“One of the most popular wineries, but it is consistently great, food, service, wine tastings, and choose from high-end​ dining at the formal restaurant, platters on the verandah or lovely food at the more casual Archive. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
“An outstanding spot for an afternoon drink overlooking beautiful Onetangi Beach, recently given a full make over it is an excellent little bar/restaurant and ideal for families. There are plenty of options for food and this is a more laid back casual vibe.”
  • 30 locals recommend
“Palm Beach is my personal favourite here on the island. If you love white sand, cliffed headlands and beach front homes this is the spot for you. Take a walk around the rocks to 'Little Palm' also known by the locals as 'Nudey Palm', watch out the naked bods! After a walk and a dip make sure to get a classic Kiwi Scoop Ice-cream from the local palm beach store. You can't miss it! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Beautiful setting and these guys always delivered on great food and service. Worth booking if you’d like to eat here.”
  • 35 locals recommend
“So worth the bumpy drive on gravel out to the far end of the Island! Stunning views all the way. Man O'War is quintessentially kiwi. It's understated but fabulous. A winery on a beach! Great swimming at higher tides too. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
“Tantalus is a stunning winery, does a great wine tasting, and has fabulous food. Downstairs in Alibi, a more casual eatery and brewery...something for everyone here :)”
  • 29 locals recommend
“Winery with tasting available as well as great food and views back towards Auckland.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
“Our favourite Italian restaurant located in the Oneroa village, great food, good atmosphere but you will want to book.”
  • 24 locals recommend
“The Veranda Cafe at Stonyridge is nestled in a thoroughly romantic and beautiful vineyard setting with great food and wine on offer. Enjoy the relaxed tasting lounge open daily from 11:30am for tastings. Stonyridge is the home of the famous ‘Stonyridge Larose’ wine.”
  • 20 locals recommend
“You can buy just about everything here, from dairy products, wine and delicious frozen meals.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“An outstanding forest adventure experience on Waiheke Island. Enjoy the stunning views from the zip lines as you soar above vineyards and ancient native forest.”
  • 16 locals recommend
National Park
“Best walks and native bush on the island. Finish your walk at the beach to cool off. Plenty of parking”
  • 14 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Impressive Art Gallery with changing exhibitions. Great shop. Open 10-4pm 7 days a week.”
  • 22 locals recommend
“Lovely long clean white sandy beach. Great or swimming, sunbathing and walking. Three restaurants at this beach including the award winning "372". Easily accessible from our property by bus. ”
  • 14 locals recommend