Winter Getaways

If you thought that Waiheke is only a summer destination you’re probably missing out on a well-kept secret…the wineries are warm and cosy (and so are our homes) and there is plenty to do to keep yourself interested and entertained.

If you thought that Waiheke is only a summer destination you’re probably missing out on a well-kept secret… Yes, the beach might not always be a good idea (although the island is always a bit warmer than the city) but the wineries are warm and cosy (and so are our homes) and there is plenty to do to keep yourself interested and entertained. Still not convinced? We have curated the ultimate Waiheke winter guide. Let us show you around the island!

Often referred to as  'Winterless Waiheke', the Island enjoys slightly warmer temperatures across the year than Auckland, and many parts of the country. With such mild weather, booking a trip over during the off season months can have it's perks. During this time of the year you'll find far less tourists around, so if you like a little more peace and quiet during your travels then this is the best time for you to visit! Lower winter rates and less people around are the two draw cards that bring visitors here over this period. The Island's many incredible restaurants and vineyards are open all year round, and booking a table near the large open fireplace at Tantalus or Mudbrick is one of our favourite recommendations. We've also put together our hot tips when selecting a 'winter' home for your stay. In our selection you'll find homes with fireplaces along with some nice snug interiors and lets not forget the hot tub!

Check our favourite holiday homes with Hot Tubs here.

Winter is a great time to visit Waiheke. The crowds have shrunk and locals begin to pop their heads out from behind their hedges. While you may have to contest with a fair amount of mud around the place, winter Waiheke has a lot to offer: the beaches are magnificent both on clear crisp days or in stormy winds; the stars twinkle extra brightly and there is nothing like a cosy place to stay with a board game underway, or a book in hand with a fabulous view as the back drop. If wining and dining is your thing, let’s face it, who cares if the weather isn’t great when there is world class food and wine for consumption!

When it really isn’t beach weather there is something for everyone at the Artworks complex, at the top of Oneroa village. The beautiful new Waiheke Library has free wifi and is a great place to play a game of chess or have a read.  If you are an Auckland resident you can use your library card to borrow books and DVDs. The fabulous library staff and other locals run regular and holiday events for children and adults, their website is kept up to date with events.

Artworks is also home to the Waiheke Community Cinema. Snuggle up on a sofa to watch a recent release or an international festival film. Bookings are advised.

As the name suggests Artworks also houses the Community Art Gallery which always has an interesting exhibition or two in the galleries. The shop has an excellent collection of Waiheke and New Zealand ceramics, jewellery, paintings, books and cards. 

Posted by Fleur Toogood on August 01, 2019