Matariki on the Move: Waiata
Jun 26

Matariki on the Move: Waiata

  • Waiheke RSA

Matariki on the Move tours Māori arts around Tāmaki Makaurau. This year there are three very different Matariki on the Move events; Kōrero, Ngahau and Waiata.

Discover Māori entertainment and its significance to the music of the war era with an unmissable cabaret-style music showcase by the Modern Māori Quartet. This touring musical performance will be taking place at locations from Papakura to Pakiri.

Matariki on the Move: Waiata is proudly supported by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Waiheke Winter Arts Festival
Jun 5

Waiheke Winter Arts Festival

It's Waiheke Winter Arts Festival again coming up this Queens Birthday Weekend. 3-5 June.

Explore the depth of the Island Art Scene without having to call ahead for appointments. Every year there are new studios and activities featured in the festival. The island is a hub of creativity, there's a lot to enjoy over a long Waiheke weekend!

Studios Open 10am - 4pm.

Waiheke Half Marathon
6:00 am06:00

Waiheke Half Marathon

RACE DATE: Saturday 6 May 2017
DISTANCES: Half Marathon and 10km
START TIMES: Half Marathon - 9:00am; 10km - 9:00am
START/FINISH LINE: Alison Park, Waiheke Island
4:30pm – 7:30pm, Friday 5 May 2017, Alison Park
7:00am onwards, Saturday 6 May 2017, Alison Park
You will be issued with a race number and timing device.
AWARDS & SPOT PRIZES: Alison Park - 1:00pm

Waiheke Wine & Food Festival
12:00 pm12:00

Waiheke Wine & Food Festival

  • Te Motu Vineyard

An unmissable summer’s day out on Waiheke Island, taste boutique Waiheke wines and artisan food in one location, while basking in the sounds of some top live music.

Kicking off at 11am until 5:30pm on Saturday 1 April, enjoy gourmet food and wine with a live soundtrack of musicians.

Award-winning vineyards at the festival will serve their hand-crafted wines and there will be a tempting and tasty line-up of artisan food vendors.

Buses will run from both ferries to Te Motu “The Airstrip” and return, so all you need to worry about is having fun!
Ticket price includes the ferry, bus, a wine glass, lanyard, festival flyer and a glass of wine on arrival. On island tickets are also available.

Onetangi Beach Races
10:00 am10:00

Onetangi Beach Races

There's something for everyone at the Onetangi Beach races.   The day starts at 10am with a host of activities for children on and around the beach area. Don't miss the sandcastle competition, a big dig for awesome prizes or the wheelbarrow race where kids and adults team up to race across the sand.

Competition in the age-group beach sprints is fierce and kids of all ages and abilities are encouraged to enter.

Late morning the beach racing starts in earnest.  Make sure you buy a race book and use the Tote facilities to place your bets.  Additional races this year include a Partner's Wheelbarrow race and Uniformed Services race involving Waiheke's finest.

For the fashionistas, there's our annual Fashion in the Field event (or should we say sand?) - a not-too-serious nod at the raceday tradition.  Registrations can be made on the day.

Don't miss the Silent Auction - a fantastic chance to bid for some incredible products and services kindly donated by local businesses.   Browse the items on offer and place bids at the Auction tent between 10am and 3pm.

The beachside market operates all day, showcasing the best of Waiheke's artisan produce, products and of course coffee!  

Sculpture on the Gulf
Feb 19

Sculpture on the Gulf

"Voted 35th in The New York Times 100 top things to see in 2015"

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf will return from Friday 3rd – Sunday 26th of February 2017 on Waiheke Island. Sculpture on the Gulf is New Zealand’s foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition, and aims to make a unique contribution to the cultural life of New Zealand Aotearoa by creating opportunities for people to experience the power and beauty of contemporary sculpture in the landscape.

Waiheke Walking Festival
Nov 27

Waiheke Walking Festival

The Waiheke Walking Festival has been fully supported by the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust from the outset. The objective of the Trust is to initiate and support environmental projects in the Hauraki Gulf.

Waiheke Garden Safari
Nov 13

Waiheke Garden Safari

Waiheke Island Garden Safari has been delighting Island residents and visitors alike since 2001. It is a must-see event for gardeners and island visitors. Waiheke Garden Safari takes place over two days 12 & 13 November 2016. Our gardens are open 10 am to 4 pm both days. We are proudly sponsored by SeaLink and the Waiheke Marketplace. Ticket buyers get exclusive access to some of Waiheke Island's most interesting gardens while supporting the Jassy Dean Trust, a children's charity. Garden Safari has been delighting visitors and raising funds for the Jassy Dean Trust for the last 16 years. We hope you'll join us in this worthwhile cause and fun Waiheke weekend.

Waiheke Oyster Festival
9:00 am09:00

Waiheke Oyster Festival

  • Rangihoua Estate

This festival celebrates New Zealand's finest oysters with a day of cooking demonstrations, wine, craft beer and, of course, beautiful food.