Waiheke counts many stunning beaches. Most of them have BBQ's and picnic tables, as well as public toilets.
Our favorites are Enclosure Bay/Sandy Bay, Palm Beach, Man O War Bay, Onetangi and Oneroa. But honestly, we love them all. Please refer to the map at the bottom of the page to locate them.
Enclosure Bay (6) and Sandy Bay (5) are too little gems within walking distance
Enclosure gets its name from the rocks that enclose it from the open sea- especially at low tide. While it is at its best for swimming at high tide- it is also a great spot of rock pool hunting, and a fantastic place with kids for a safe kayaking or snorkelling. And, close by is the secluded Sandy Bay, facing west, and a great spot for an early evening swim. Also great for launching boats at high tide.
Palm Beach (7)
Palm beach has a great vibe, a large playground along with a nice lawn, barbecue and table. ideal for early outdoor dinners with kids. The beach faces north and is perfect for a swim. Just around the corner is The Palm Beach Store, and the newly open Bar and Restaurant Arcadia.
Man O War Bay (13)
Located at the less populated end of the island Man O War Bay takes you through an adventurous drive along a gravel road... to a secluded little bay. In summer, enjoy a wine at the beach-front cellar door of Man O War Estate, or just stay in the shadow of the majestic Pohutukawa trees, and wile away the afternoon relaxing on expansive lawn whilst soaking up the views over the bay to the Coromandel coastline.
Oneroa is a large and popular beach which faces north, with a stunning view. 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 medical center.
Onetangi Beach (11)
One of Waiheke's most famous beaches that stretches 3.3 kilometers, great for all sorts of beach activities.You will also find 2 beach-front cafes and restaurants with terrace to enjoy breathtaking views all year round.
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.
Little Oneroa (3)
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.
Matiatia, at the North west end of the island, is where the passenger ferry wharf is located. The bay often has boats anchored and is rocky. 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.
Picnic Bay (9)
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.
Shelly Beach (10)
This tidal beach is a hidden gem, safe for kids with a gentle sloping shelly beach.
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.
Rocky Bay (12)
This sheltered bay is great for a stroll or swim depending on the weather.