Looking for things to do in Waiheke island? This charming little gem sits like a jewel in the waters of the Hauraki Gulf and is a must for every discerning world traveller.
Heletranz, New Zealand’s best-known helicopter company, offers a great range of all-inclusive packages to suit your taste from wine tasting to heli-dining, heli-adventures, lodging and personally tailored tours with a focus on wine, art and the hidden secrets of this beautiful island. Treat yourself to a Waiheke weekend away, discover some of the islands vineyards with a Waiheke winery tour or immerse yourself with one of our many Waiheke scenic experiences.
Not sure where to go or what to do?
Heletranz has been operating to Waiheke for over 30 years and our team have a love for all things food and wine. Use the lowdown below to decide where you might want to go.
Mudbrick Vineyard – One of the original vineyards on Waiheke, Mudbrick has a rich history, fine food & wine and spectacular views back to Auckland City. When flying over to Waiheke you dine in The Mudbrick Restaurant. The food will not disappoint as it showcases the best producers in Aotearoa and elements from their own garden. If you have time before/after lunch you can pop next door to the cellar door for a wine tasting or visit the Archive Bar & Bistro for a spicy margarita. Only 5 minutes drive from Matiatia Wharf, our team love booking customers in here as everyone out with a huge grin. Seasonal menu’s can be found here.
Stonyridge Vineyard – Known for their delicious Bordeaux style red wines, Stonyridge is a crowd favourite for its relaxed restaurant with vineyard views that will have you feeling as though you are in the South of France. Stonyridge is located near the centre of Waiheke Island and conveniently in walking distance of Tantalus Estate, Te Motu, Wild on Waiheke and The Heke. Stonyridge is a favourite with our private helicopter owners. Seasonal menu’s can be found here.
Tantalus Estate – The ‘new kid on the block’ Tantalus Estate raised the bar on Waiheke when it comes to fine food and service. The elegant restaurant looks over the botanical gardens and vines and if that wasn’t enough you can pop down to the Alibi Brewers Lounge below the restaurant for a beer (or espresso martini) after lunch. A number of our team have had birthday & anniversary lunches at Tantalus and it is truly exceptional. Seasonal menu’s can be found here.
Poderi Crisci – Want to be transported to Italy? Poderi Crisci is one of Waiheke’s best kept secrets (not anymore). Explore the gardens and enjoy Italian al Fresco dining all year round at this family owned vineyard and restaurant in a stunning location: perfect for a casual lunch, family gathering or romantic dinner. Seasonal menu’s can be found here.
Man O’ War – The ultimate summer destination is the beachfront restaurant at Man O’ War and trust us when we say you don’t want to drive there. Man O’ War is located the furtherest away from Auckland and the drive is only for the brave. A quick 15 – 20 minute flight, we have no doubt that we will have to drag you away from this stunning location. Light menu can be found here.
There are also other stunning vineyards and restaurants on Waiheke we might not be able to fly into, contact our team for ideas or pricing into the local airfield.