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How to get to Waiheke Island


Now that you have made your booking at CrossTrees you need to make arrangements to get here. There are three ferry companies to choose from and two main wharves. Making travel arrangements is easy once you know how. 


It really helps to have your own transport if you are here for a few days because the island is huge…over 90 square kilometers.   Most of the 8500 residents live towards the western end of the island but Waiheke’s secret fort Stony Batter - one of the islands most popular visitor attractions - is at the far eastern end.  The vineyards and olive groves the island is famous for are scattered throughout. The freedom of having your own transport means you can explore the island at your convenience and easily pop down to the supermarket for supplies if needed.

Option 1: Bring Your Own Car.  Of the two wharves, Kennedy Point Wharf (where the Sealink car ferry arrives) is closest to CrossTrees - there is a scenic lookout point a short walk up the road that looks directly down on the wharf.  This is a great spot for taking photographs.  Most of the car ferries depart from Half Moon Bay in Auckland.  

During the summer season, public holidays and weekends the island is very popular.  We strongly recommend booking car ferries in advance.  You do not need to pre-book as a passenger.  You can print off a map with directions on how to get here from either Kennedy Point Wharf or Matiatia Wharf.  

Option 2: Hire a Car.  Foot passengers travel on Fullers ferry (from Downtown Auckland) or one of the Sealink car ferries (from Half Moon Bay, Auckland).  There are several rental car companies

Option 3: Bring your bike.  You can take your bike on the Fullers Ferry for free.  A high level of fitness is required as Waiheke is very hilly in parts. 

Option 5: Taxi.  There are several taxi companies.  We strongly recommend pre-booking a taxi. Try Waicabs on 0800 924 222. 

Please contact us a few days before your holiday to let us know what time you expect to arrive.  We look forward to meeting you!

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