Take a trail of discovery and experience Waiheke’s scenery and some of the art it has inspired. A family friendly 3km walk begins at the Matiatia ferry terminal with a stroll along the foreshore to the start of the Atawhai Whenua bush reserve track through native bush (or you can take the pathway up from the wharf alongside the main road, Oceanview Road). The 15 minute bush walk brings you back to the main road and Alison Park which showcases several sculptures that featured in past Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibitions (held every two years).
Opposite Alison Park, at the gateway to Oneroa, is the Artworks Centre with the Waiheke Community Art Galley which features creative work from around New Zealand and Waiheke. There’s Whittaker’s Musical Museum with an extraordinary range of antique, working instruments, Waiheke’s Cinema and the new library with architecture well worth a closer look.
Wander down to the village and you'll find The Artist Goldsmith and Toi Gallery with contemporary art, the amazing Tivoli art shop and more. In summer the whole village becomes an art exhibition when Sculpt Waiheke swings into action with art works in public spaces. At the end of Oneroa, drop down to Oneroa Beach. At low tide you can walk around the rocks to Little Oneroa Beach. Or there’s a track around the cliff top with amazing views over the bay. Little Oneroa Beach is the perfect place to rest, with free BBQ's, park, and a children’s playground. Opposite the beach is the iconic Little Oneroa Beach Store. And just behind the store is John Freemans Ancient Kauri culpture studio to visit.
Time now to relax, and you can either walk back, or catch a bus outside the store to return to the ferry terminal.