Waiheke Island is considered by many, including Aucklanders, to be the most magical part of the Auckland experience – its beautiful beaches and native forest reserves harmonise diligently with cafes, vineyards and art studios. This island is perfect for a day’s shopping and wine tasting or just for the more adventurous ones, mountain biking, horse riding and hiking.
There are many ways to get to Waiheke Island from Auckland – the most stylish of all had to be via a 9-minute scenic helicopter flight with Helilink. Helilink is Auckland’s Only Downtown Helicopter Company operating at the Mechanics Bay Heli-port, located 5 minutes drive from the Central Business District and within easy reach of the many City Hotels. Helilink also offers a suite of different experiences catering to your needs e.g. wedding, aerial filming or just scenic tours around Auckland.
Some Helilink flights land right at the backyard of restaurants at Waiheke Island where guests can indulge in their lunch/dinner after a quick comfortable ride on one of their executive helicopters.
For a quick preview of the spectacular sights of Auckland from above on one of Helilink’s Helicopter Scenic Experiences, see the below video. For more pictures of our short flight to Waiheke Island, see PassportChop.com Facebook album.
Such experiences do not come cheap e.g. Helilink’s Volcanoes and Beaches tour starts at NZD$160 per person (min 5 people per booking) and includes a 12-minute flight over the Viaduct Harbour, around the Sky Tower and over Auckland’s CBD before flying over the Hauraki Gulf to the summit of Rangitoto Island.
For travellers who are not in a rush, they can consider a 40-minute ferry cruise across the Gulf from Auckland to Waiheke Island. With frequent services (about 19 per daily) at NZD$19 one way (or NZD$35 return), Fullers Ferry is a convenient way to reach Waiheke Island from the centrally located Devonport in Auckland. Travel around the island is made even more convenient with connecting Waiheke bus services which meet all Fuller ferries’ arrival. For more info e.g. timetable and ticket prices, see Fullers Ferry site.