How to Get Here
Fullers operate a regular passenger service from the Downtown Ferry Terminal at the end of Queen St. Tickets can be purchased on the day at their kiosk. The ferry trip will take 35 minutes to Waiheke and you will arrive at Matiatia Ferry Terminal.
There will be taxis and buses waiting at the ferry terminal to collect ferry passengers. Car rental companies operate at Matiatia also. A taxi ride will take approximately 15 minutes to The Sands. Alternatively a bus ride will take approximately 30 minutes. If coming by bus, catch the ‘Onetangi Direct’ and get off at the last stop on The Strand. The bus driver will point you in the right direct to The Sands to walk the last 30 metres.
Bringing a car?
Sealink operate a regular service leaving from Half Moon Bay (Howick) in Auckland and arriving at Kennedy Point on Waiheke Island. The ferry crossing takes approximately 45 minutes. After arriving at Kennedy Point, follow the bright blue ‘Onetangi’ signs. Turn left when you reach the beach and drive all the way down The Strand to the end of the road where you will find The Sands.
Coming from Auckland Airport?
If arriving at either Auckland domestic or international airport you can take an Airbus Express into Auckland. These buses run every 10 minutes and will take you to the Downtown Ferry terminal which is the last stop.
Should you wish to take a taxi to the Ferry Terminal we recommend Discount Taxis. Phone them on 09 529 1000 to order a taxi when you arrive at the airport. You will be given directions as to where you will be collected and the fare will be significantly cheaper if you pay by cash.
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