Waiheke Local

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Waiheke Local is produced by a small but passionate team who strive to deliver a quality website that aims to promote the island and local business. We ourselves, are Waiheke locals and are raising our kids here and love everything the island has to offer. We hope that this website shows you what is on offer and becomes the place for all things local on Waiheke Island. Whether you are already a Waiheke local, or a visitor to the island, and have any comments, suggestions, or questions – we’d love to hear from you.

Paul Ashworth

The Waiheke Local Team

Paul Ashworth

I am a web developer running my web design business Creative Lounge from my studio on Waiheke Island. I have a passion for designing and building web sites that not only look great, and function well, but sites that can also can be found in search.

I built Waiheke Local in order to provide a “one stop shop” experience for users looking for all local information on Waiheke Island. I continually work on this site in order to improve the user experience, whilst also actively promoting local businesses and services of Waiheke.

Waiheke Island is best known for its stunning scenery, white sandy beaches, fishing, world class wines, olive oils and a delicious range of restaurants and cafes to dine in. The island is also known for the great selection of artist studios, and art galleries.

Travel to Waiheke Island and walk one of the many stunning coastal tracks, have lunch at a world class winery and enjoy a glass of wine, go kayaking or go fishing, visit an art gallery, read a book and relax to the soft sounds of the ocean. Waiheke Island is paradise and it is the perfect destination for a day trip, short break, family holiday, wedding, conference, honeymoon, or a fishing trip.


Waiheke Island was discovered by the Maori approximately 1000 years ago who gave the island the name that translates to 'cascading waters'. Some Maori legends say that one of the pioneering waka (canoes) to New Zealand came upon the island.

Waiheke is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf, after the Great Barrier Island. Regular passenger and vehicle ferry services (a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland) has helped make the island the most populated and accessible island in the Gulf.

Waiheke Island has a population of permanent residents that is close to 8000, many of whom commute to Auckland for work. Numbers swell significantly during the summer months and holiday periods.

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