20 Most Beautiful Islands in the World

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is the most populated and the second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. The island is just a 35 minutes ferry ride from Auckland. Enjoy this heaven of beautiful vineyards and olive groves, join a wine testing and relax over a delicious vineyard lunch.

Waiheke is an immersive adventure, where you can either wander along the cliffs, explore the beaches or fly smoothly in the forest with a zip-line. Swimming at night is also a magical experience at many Waiheke Island beaches as you can see phosphorescent plankton. You can also sometimes spot Penguins along the coast at dusk and dawn too.

If you want to stay on the island overnight, we advise you to stay at the “Delamore lodge”, where you will enjoy relaxing spa treatments, sophisticated food and wine and an irresistible swimming pool overlooking the bay. The sky above Waiheke is immense and dark, making the stars appear brighter. The island a great place to look for shooting stars or learn to pick out the constellations. The island is very safe and nocturnal walkers will be rewarded by the soothing sounds of the surrounding nature and perhaps by a couple of owls flying around bushes.

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