looking for a quick getaway that doesn’t involve battling the traffic, or the string of tourism top 10s it has made it on to in recent years, but Waiheke Island is growing so fast it’s scaring some of the locals. As visitor numbers soar, however, new places to eat and drink are popping up all over the show, which is great news for those heading to the island for a quick break. Plus, especially outside of the heaving summer months, it’s still surprisingly easy to find pockets of such tranquil beauty you’ll forget you’re just a 35-minute ferry ride from the big smoke. There are plenty of pleasurable ways you could spend a couple of days on this Hauraki Gulf gem, but here are our top picks for making the most of 48 hours.
The nikau forest at Onetangi Reserve OPPOSITE Tantalus Estate