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Waiheke: Where sea kayaking and sculptures collide

Thinking of lazy sunny days on Waiheke? Why not make a day of it and combine our new Waiheke Coastal Kayak tour with  the headland Sculpture on the Gulf outdoor art exhibition?

courtesy of headland Sculpture on the Gulf












 If you were considering a trip to Waiheke island this summer, there is no better time to do it than in February when 34 of New Zealand’s top artists will show work in the eighth Sculpture on the Gulf biennial, exhibited along a spectacular 2.5km coastal walkway overlooking Matiatia harbour, the gateway to Waiheke.

The art and sculpture festival, which runs until February 19, is New Zealand’s premier contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition. The New York Times rates it as number 35 in the top 46 destination events in the world to visit. Waiheke is the ultimate island retreat and is only 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Win!

We suggest your ideal itinerary:

Start the day at 9am with our Waiheke Coastal Kayak tour in the calm waters of Matiatia Bay and head north-west to explore the stunning, diverse coastline abundant with wildlife. Upon arriving in Owhanake Bay we stop for refreshments and take in this stunning island paradise.









The second paddle section explores the more exposed and remote northern point of the island – home to historic sites, wildlife and diverse habitats –  before rounding the headland into spectacular Oneroa Bay.

Then spend the afternoon exploring the amazing sculptures on view with a 1-2 hour coastal art walk .




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