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!
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 11 & 12 November 2017. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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