What's it like living in the middle of paradise - an island retreat where things move slower, the temperatures are warmer (always 4 degrees more than Auckland) and life is just simpler. Follow our diary for the low down on life in the middle of paradise...Read more
As the sign says when you arrive on Waiheke 'Slow down, you're here'. There is definitely a chilled-out, relaxed vibe to the island. Shorts and jandals are the standard dress-code, welcome even at our 5-star restaurants.
But once you're fully de-stressed and relaxed, and start looking for things to do, the island certainly has some great options. Here is Christina and Kelly's Top 10 to Waiheke Island.
Welcome to the Waiheke Island Motel
Waiheke Island Motel (formerly Midway Motel) is conveniently located at Ostend, right in the centre of the populated western end of Waiheke Island. We are 10 minutes drive from Matiatia, where the passenger ferry docks, the shopping village of Oneroa, the Sealink vehicle ferry is a 5 minute drive, and the motel on the main bus route.
The motel is within an easy 10 minute drive of 10 of the island's most beautiful beaches, including busy Oneroa beach, pretty Palm Beach, and the long white beach at Onetangi. Many vineyards, restaurants, and local activities are also a short drive (or bus trip) away.