Where is it?
Waiheke Island is only 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. It has a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful beaches, cafes, restaurants, and 47 vineyards (many with wine-tasting and great restaurants). A lovely place to relax and unwind, or enjoy some of the many outdoor sports and activities on offer.
Onetangi Beach is arguably the best beach on Waiheke Island. Its north-facing, so gets all day sun, and has beautiful white sand and clean clear water. Great for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, or just playing or relaxing on the beach. As well as the friendly locals, there are often dolphins in the bay, and last summer we had a pod of Orcas. There are many bush walks and bike tracks in the area, and several nice cafes and restaurants on the beach to keep you refreshed.
Its a very safe area, and our kids often go down to the beach by themselves, mainly to play on the rope swing. There is also a playground with slides and swings 2 minutes walk from the house.
The beach house is an easy 3 minutes walk to the beach, and is walking distance to cafes, restaurants, takeaways (fish and chip shop) and to a service station for fresh milk, bread and the daily paper. The bus stops at the end of the road. It is 5 minutes drive to the supermarket and the local Saturday market in Ostend.
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