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Our favourite things

Wine Tours

There are lots of tours of the island, most of them offering wine-tasting as well as a general look around. Our favourite is See Waiheke. Kaye and Debbie have a lovely new luxury van, which seats only 6 guests, so you know that their tours are going to be personalised.

See Waiheke Tours

They are friendly and helpful, and will do their best to show you the things on Waiheke that you would most like to see and experience.  They are happy to pick you up from the Bungalows and deliver you back aftewards.  You can find them by calling 021 0553527 or emailing info@seewaiheke.co.nz.

We also recommend Ananda Tours – they are very customer-service orientated and have a very personal approach. They can tailor the tour to your preferences and interests, and their driver is immensely knowledgeable about wines. They are slightly more expensive than some of the others but their charge includes the fees for wine tasting, so that you don’t need to feel obligated to buy anything anywhere.

They will also collect you from our accommodation and deliver you back – ring Jenny to discuss your preferences: 372 7530.
Ananda Tours

 

 Activities

Palm Beach Bungalows is centrally located on Waiheke Island, so most activities are a short ride away, whether it be by public transport or hire vehicle. There are a full range of activities on offer, from action-packed watersports to peaceful gardens and galleries, leisurely winery tours or sun-drenched days at our many beaches.   Enjoy a sailing experience or a bike ride around the island, or get close to nature with a kayak trip or scenic walk.

We recommend the YooMe Waiheke app for information about activities, shopping, art galleries, vineyards, tours and attractions.

Guides to walking tracks on the island:

Auckland Council Walking Information

and

Waiheke “Te Ara Hura” Walking Tracks

The local cinema:

Waiheke Island Movie Listings

YooMe Waiheke – the best mobile app for finding stuff about Waiheke, including how to get here:

YooMe Waiheke

Ringawera Parāoa – Ringawera Bakery – are only open from 8.30 to 11.30am each day but they are worth a visit for breakfast. Only 10 minutes by car from the Bungalows, the Bakery is a tiny, private place, with great coffee and exceptional breads, muffins and treats…and award-winning lavash. Best on a nice day when you can sit outside and enjoy the view.

Ringawera

Timbuktu Nomadic Deli in Ostend (walking distance from the Bungalows, although probably about 20 minutes each way) offers really exceptional food, and an ever-changing menu. They’re pretty new so they don’t have a website yet but in the meantime you can find them on their Facebook page…

Timbuktu

Our favourite artist on the island, Ann Skelly, who also happens to be a mermaid. Her studio is close by, a short walk from Ostend village, at 40 Calais Terrace.  Ann is a delight and will talk happily about her art and her part-time existence as a mermaid!

Ann Skelly, artist and mermaid

Ann Skelly, mermaid

For opening times and contact details, visit her listing on the YooMe app or go to her Facebook page, where she posts her Open/Closed status every day:
Ann Skelly’s Facebook Page

And while we’re at it, here’s another piece of quiintessential Waiheke:

Upcycle Redesign Store in Oneroa, for quirky and clever ideas textile art:

Upcycle Redesign Store

Waiheke Community Art Gallery

Waiheke Art Gallery

Casita Miro Vineyard and Restaurant. A very short drive from the Bungalows – might even be worth walking there and getting a taxi back. Exceptionally good food – we love it anyway! Important to book as this is a popular place. In fact, it’s just been named in Metro’s top 50 Auckland Restaurants.

Casita Miro

Cable Bay Vineyards, Winery and Restaurant. Currently our favourite casual restaurant is The Verandah, with beautiful views across to Auckland, no matter what the weather. If you fancy something a bit more formal, try their Dining Room…and we love their wine-tasting too.

Cable Bay

If you feel like something more casual, Palm Beach Fish & Chips is just down the road. On a nice evening, you can take your meal down to the beach or the lovely grassy area just down from the shop. There is also seating inside but if the weather’s not so great, we usually like to bring ours home so we can drink wine and watch a movie… Something to watch out for – these guys close at 8.30pm. They don’t have a website, but here are their details on Zomato:

Palm Beach Fish & Chips

Waiheke’s Lonely Planet Listing – Number 5 place in the world to visit in 2016!

Lonely Planet Loves Waiheke

Waiheke Island Historical Society:

Waiheke Island Museum

Waiheke Cinema is like no other cinema you’ve been to…and much more fun! It’s located just above Oneroa shops, an easy busride from Palm Beach Bungalows.

Waiheke Cinema