School Holiday Escape to Waiheke

Escape to Waiheke Island these school holidays for an unforgettable family adventure. Discover the island's famous beaches, thrilling eco-adventures, and kid-friendly attractions.
School Holiday Escape to Waiheke

Waiheke Island offers a perfect escape for families during the school holidays. With its stunning beaches, adventurous activities, and kid-friendly attractions, there’s something for everyone. Here are some top recommendations to make the most of your visit to Waiheke Island.

Explore Waiheke’s Famous Beaches

Start your adventure by visiting Waiheke’s renowned beaches: Oneroa, Palm Beach, and Onetangi. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic views. Most beaches are equipped with playgrounds, and many offer free BBQ facilities, making them ideal spots for a relaxing day by the sea.

Easy Transportation Options

Getting around Waiheke is a breeze. You can take a bus, walk, or hire bikes from, conveniently located at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal where Island Direct ferries arrive. Biking is a fantastic way to explore the island’s beauty at your own pace.

EcoZip Adventures

For a thrilling experience, embark on an EcoZip adventure experiencing Waiheke’s lush landscapes. This three-hour journey lets you glide side-by-side with a friend on dual cables, each stretching over 200 meters. You'll fly above vineyards and native bush, enjoying spectacular views of the island and the distant city skyline. This unique ziplining adventure is sure to be a highlight of your visit.


Family Fun at The Heke

The Heke is a family-friendly destination featuring a restaurant, the Waiheke Whisky Distillery, and a Craft Beer Brewery. While you enjoy a beer flight tasting and lunch from the Heke Kitchen, the kids can have a blast on the giant inflatable Jumping Pillow, play with vintage and new Tonka trucks, or explore the outdoor sandpit and play kitchen. It’s a perfect spot for a fun and relaxing family outing.


Plan Your Trip with Island Direct

Escape the city and make the most of your school holidays. Whether you're planning a day trip or a long weekend, Island Direct’s makes getting there a breeze. Start planning your adventure today and create unforgettable memories with your family on Waiheke Island.

Kids travel free on Island Direct for the July School Holidays. Book tickets online and use the promo code JULYHOLIDAYS for free childrens travel between 6–21 July.

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