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Waiheke Island, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

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Waiheke Island
is in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, 17.7 km (about 35 minutes by ferry) from Auckland. Of the Hauraki Gulf islands, it is the second-largest), the most populated and the most accessible by regular ferry and air services. Waiheke is the third most populated island in New Zealand, after the North and South Islands.

My youngest son was married on Waiheke Island last January 2007, and our whole family of 16 rented a house for the week of the wedding. He and his lovely fiancée chose the vineyard, Stoney Ridge, to hold their wedding at, and as there were many overseas guests invited, they thought Waiheke Island would be a great place to introduce a small part of New Zealand to them.

It was a beautiful wedding ( see photo ) and we had a lovely family week together.


Geography
Waiheke Island is 19.3 km long from east to west and varies in width from 0.64 km to 9.65 km, with an area of 92 km2. The coastline is 133.5 km including 40 km of beaches. The port of Matiatia at the western end of the island is 17.7 km from Auckland and the eastern end is 21.4 km from Coromandel It is very hilly with few flat areas, the highest point being Maunganui at 231 m. The climate is generally warmer than Auckland with less humidity and rain and more sunshine hours.

Demographics
There is a permanent population of around 7,000 residents. Waiheke Island is a popular holiday spot. During the period around Christmas, it is said that the population on the island can swell to over 30,000 people

The Island has award winning vineyards, olive groves and pasture land. The residential areas are in small village settings each with it's own character. There is a slower pace of life than the city across the water and is a great place for a holiday or vacation and to relax and unwind.

Waiheke is also a popular destination for romantic weddings with venues ranging from white sandy beaches to vineyards and up market restaurants.

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