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Waiheke without a car?

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Waiheke without a car?

We we be flying into Auckland from the US and want to spend the first few days of our trip on Waiheke Island. Can we do that without renting a car on the island? Is there an optimal place to stay if you are carless?

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1. Re: Waiheke without a car?

Hi vissidarte,

The developed areas of the island are served by passenger buses. There is also an Explorer bus as well as various tours and taxis. Have a look at Oneroa which is the main village, located nearer to the ferry terminal. Very good facilities and some nice options for accommodation. Pretty beach.

Alternatively there is accommodation in Onetangi, a lovely beach area with several cafes. Both are on passenger bus routes. Onetangi is further away from the ferries.

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2. Re: Waiheke without a car?

We quite often pop over to Waiheke Island and go by ferry without our car and often just for the day.

We have always had excellent service from Jaguar Tours. They are not as expensive as taxis and will collect you from most places on the island and drop you where you wish to go. They will customize their pick ups and drop offs to your itinerary.

http://www.waihekejaguartours.co.nz/

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Should have added above, that when your book your Waiheke accommodation, your hosts will assist with ferry transfers by arranging a pickup or meet and greet service from the wharf you are arriving into. Accommodators can also help with rental car arrangements.

waiheke.aucklandnz.com/accommodation.html

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4. Re: Waiheke without a car?

We really enjoyed visiting the bombardment battery. …govt.nz/conservation/…20emplacements

but it is at the far end of the island so would require transport either by tour or otherwise. We hired a car and it gave us the flexibility to travel around at will and visit beaches, restaurants vineyards, olive oil places etc. However, if you just want to base in main areas and use tours/bus/ etc that is an option.

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5. Re: Waiheke without a car?

There are a number of companies available to you but the one to definitely avoid would be Jaguar Tours, as their vehicles are very old and barely fit for purpose. We recently used them to ferry wedding guests from the beach to the reception, however we were let down badly as one of the buses ran out of fuel leaving our guests stranded for over an hour. The company were unsympathetic, abusive, and totally uninterested.

ONE TO AVOID

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6. Re: Waiheke without a car?

Can only add to the above that jaguar tours and many of the tour operators seem to operate old smelly smoky things. Just come without the car. Visit the island in your own time, the public bus service works - and several companies inland give a better service than the ones at the wharf.... They have to work a bit harder see.

Hiking is good, distances are small - and ebikes / scooters is easy . Western side of island has 80 % of what there is to see ... 90 % of wineries and the dusty road to stony batter is not fun in a car anyway. As for most islands in the world it pays to shop around and avoid the tourist traps - hurrah for tripadvisor :)

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7. Re: Waiheke without a car?

Can you rent bikes or a scooter when you arrive on the ferry? Or is it better to rent a car in Auckland and take it over on the ferry? Visited few years ago but just walked around and can't really remember much apart from going to a cafe called vino vino!

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8. Re: Waiheke without a car?

Hi amit,

Push bikes and scooters are available for hire. You'll find the rental site about 200 metres inland from the main harbour entry at Matiatia, on the rightside towards Oneroa.

The bus services have improved with an Explorer hop on/off bus as well as the usual buses to main villages. Plenty of tour and taxi options too - http://waihekevineyardhopper.co.nz/, fullers.co.nz/destinations-tours/waiheke-isl…

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9. Re: Waiheke without a car?

Hi there

www.eCyclesNZ.com can rent u electric bikes that get u about the island quite easily. Call them either before u head to Waiheke or while you're on the ferry - they'll come pick u up and get u started:) +64 (0)22 050 2233

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