Most beaches have BBQ's and picnic tables available for use, as well as public toilets.
Matiatia is at the North west end of the island and is where the passenger ferry wharf is located. The bay often has boats anchored and is rocky although still fine for swimming. There are walks around the headlands surrounding the bay and if you are lucky you could spot sting-rays sunning themselves in the shallows or dolphins playing in the bay.
Oneroa or Big Oneroa is a large beach which faces north, also features a view back to Little Barrier Island. A short stroll up the hill from the beach you will find the islands largest township. There are a number of shops and amenities including banks, post shop, cafes, restaurants and a Four Square.
3. Little Oneroa
Located up round from the eastern end of "Big" Oneroa beach. There you will find a wonderful playground, pizza cart, dairy and fish and chip shop.
A short walk to Oneroa, Blackpool is a great spot to swim at high tide. As well as sheltered bay which is great for stand up paddle boarding.
5. Sandy Bay
This secluded bay faces west so is a great spot for an early evening swim. It is often used for launching boats at high tide.
6. Enclosure Bay
This bay gets its name from the rocks that enclose it from the open sea- especially at low tide. Parking is available right by the beach along with a picnic table. While it is at its best at high tide- its also a great spot of rock pool hunting at low tide.
7. Palm Beach
Palm beach has a large playground along with a diary. The beach faces north and is great for swimming at hight and low tide.
Surfdale is a large tidal beach, which has views back to south east Auckland. Great for dog walking or exploring with children when the tide is out.
There is a small set of shops including a diary, cafe, fruit and vege within 5 minutes walk from the beach.
9. Picnic Bay
On the West side of the island this bay accessible by a short walk through a reserve and then down some stairs. With views back to Auckland, its orientation makes it ideal for an evening swim and watching the sun go down.
10. Shelly Beach
This tidal beach is a hidden gem, safe for kids with a gentle sloping shelly beach.
11. Onetangi Beach
One of Waiheke's most famous beaches that stretches 3.3 kilometers, it is great for swimming and all other beach activities.
You will also find a pub and cafe near the beachfront so always great for an ice cream stop.
12. Rocky Bay
This sheltered bay is great for a stroll or swim depending on the weather.
13. Man O War Bay
Located at the less populated end of the island, Man O War Bay is tidal, good for swimming at high tide. The bay has lots of grass and may lovely spots for a picnic.