a VirtualTourist member from Gauteng
My Family and I will be traveling to New Zealand in July and one of the places we are going is Waiheke. The fact is we will be moving to NZ , and we are not sure where we will be settling. Waiheke could be the place. I was wondering if the shops are adequate in that there are clothing , food shops etc.
There is a lot of information on Waiheke on the info-nz.co.uk links page under travel info.
Waiheke has heaps going on there. And its only a half hour ferry ride into downtown Auckland for more major shopping. Craic is right, Kiwis Waiheke page has a lot of info.
Yes - there's all sorts of shops there, and a supermarket. I don't think you'd NEED to leave the island as such if you didn't want to...
Either way, you'reNZ30 or something away from Auckland on the ferry (pp one way).
I would imagine its actually cheaper than that - I get the ferry via Waiheke into Auckland from Pine Harbour, and they put their prices up to match the bigger companies, and I pay20 per person return. If you buy tickets in bulk (a week at a time or more) the price comes down even further.
There are most things you need on Waiheke, a reasonable supermarket which has the same prices as the mainland but does run out of things at times during the busy season. A small department store that stocks appliances, furniture, curtains, TV's dvd's etc. Another enectrical and furniture shop that also sells carpets. A stand alone carpet retailer, specialist electrical store, a couple of garden / hardware stores. Also doctore, dentists,physio etc....
In fact there is everything you need for day to day living. If you need clothes, apart from the normal dress code on Waiheke of beachware and sandles, Auckland is onlt 35 minutes away.
The ferry prices as of today are:
Adult 10 Trip105.00
40 Ride Flexipass340.00
And if you plan to be a commuter a Monthly Pass unlimited use is260.00
More info about Waiheke at www.gotowaiheke.co.nz