3. Waiheke walking and cycling

Circumnavigate an island - on land

Waiheke is a paradise for walkers. Small enough to envisage your destination.

Big enough to hike for days if you like. Hilly, to provide authentic exercise. And no hassles with traffic, noise, or pollution.

Just beaches and baches, and hills and forests, and stunning views across the Hauraki Gulf.

And all easily accessible to Auckland.

The network of walking tracks around Waiheke were linked in 2014 into a continuous 100km route all around the island.

The walk is called Te Ara Hura – the path of revealing.

Te Ara Hura can be done as a challenging multi-day adventure – or easily in short stages at your own pace.

Te Ara Hura is divided into four zones – each with its own distinctive character

Headlands - Million dollar views; Hauraki Gulf highlights; the best of what Waiheke has to offer. The headlands walks are an introduction to the highlights of the island, all in one accessible space.

Beaches 'n' Baches – In the villages, but off the beaten track. Always close to a cafe. Quiet and quirky walkways full of essential island character, and of course Te Ara Hura threading through them.

Forest Heart – Beautiful native bush, old trees safe from possums, regenerating forest and streams, wetlands and birds aplenty. The living core of Waiheke, where you'll escape the hustle and bustle.

Far End - A place apart - big skies, big views, and fresh air therapy.

You can start, stop or rest at a number of places.