Waiheke Island Garden Festival has been delighting Island residents and visitors alike since 2001. It is a must-see event for gardeners and island visitors. 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.
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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.
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.
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!