The Official Waiheke Island Tourism Site
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 for Toi Gallery with contemporary art, Space Gallery and many more shops which feature work from Waiheke's art community.
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 (closed late 2020) and just up the road on Goodwin Ave is John Freemans Ancient Kauri sculpture studio to visit.
Time now to relax, and you can either walk back, have a swim or catch a bus outside the store to return to the ferry terminal.
Note - Christine The Artist Goldsmith have closed and moved to Nelson in 2020