Wai­heke Walk­ing Fes­ti­val

For all 50+ walks avail­able dur­ing the fes­ti­val re­fer to www.wai­heke­walk­ingfes­ti­val.org

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To Do

At the wharf in Auck­land or Ma­ti­a­tia, grab the Wai­heke Is­land “free vis­i­tor guide” for ferry times, taxi num­bers, tours, a map, and in­for­ma­tion about all things Wai­heke. It even in­cludes a his­tor­i­cal time­line of the is­land.

Os­tend Mar­ket An al­ter­na­tive school started this mar­ket way back in 1975; now it’s an in­sti­tu­tion and stall rentals help fund the Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Child­care Cen­tre. Stock up on ar­ti­san breads, cheese, honey, jams and hand­made sausages; artist Jay Lloyd’s fine “Koa” bronze sculp­ture and jew­ellery; net­tle tea; and, if you’re lucky, books di­rect from lo­cals Mike John­son (fic­tion and po­etry), and Mark and Rowan Som­mer­set (chil­dren’s books). Os­tend, Satur­day, 7.30am-1pm Os­tend Al­though un­de­ni­ably rus­tic, Os­tend is the nerve cen­tre of Wai­heke. This is where you will find the Satur­day mar­kets, the su­per­mar­ket, Is­land Cof­fee, The An­nex cafe ( Metro magazine’s Best Des­ti­na­tion Café 2017), Te Matuku Bay Oys­ters, and ex­cel­lent de­sign/decor/art/cloth­ing shops like Colony, True Blue, the Os­tend Gallery, Weave and Eclec­tic Bou­tique.

Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Art Gallery This Oneroa gallery is only two bus stops from the ferry ter­mi­nal, so it would be a crime not to visit. The gallery shop stocks ce­ram­ics and jew­ellery from artists through­out the coun­try. 2 Korora Rd; 7 days, 10am- 4pm; ph (09) 372-9907

Wai­heke Is­land Walk­ing Fes­ti­val With more than 50 free guided walks, some on pri­vate land, this an­nual nine- day fes­ti­val (17-25 Novem­ber) has some­thing for every­one, even small fry.

Whether it’s tak­ing part in the epic five- day guided cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of Wai­heke, on Te Ara Hura, or a gen­tle ram­ble, in some cases this is the only way you will ever get to see some of the is­land’s most glo­ri­ous nooks and cran­nies.

Check out the web­site for ex­tras such as con­certs and din­ners, and to make a book­ing for a walk. And you must book, as num­bers for each walk are lim­ited. wai­heke­walk­ingfes­ti­val.org

The pas­sen­ger ferry from Auck­land city ar­rives at Ma­ti­a­tia, and walk­ing tracks ex­tend from the ter­mi­nal. The dot­ted white line shows Te Ara Hura, a 100km track that cir­cum­nav­i­gates the is­land. Most sec­tions can be reached by bus or car. Jan Ramp says a very fit per­son can do it in three days – but most al­low five. Much of Wai­heke is farm­land or bush.

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