Waiheke Island, located in the Hauraki Gulf just outside of Auckland. Just a 35-min ferry from the central city to this little piece of paradise. A deceptively small island, there is always something to do. Over 27 Vineyards, many beaches and of course great people. And it's a great place to Couchsurf :)
Note you can take your own bicycle over on the ferry for free; you can also get around on the island by bus, or rent a scooter or car. Hitching is common & considered safe on Waiheke also.
Jana HesseI think about working on Waiheke Island for 1 or 2 month as grape picker. Unfortunately I don't know anyone and I'm also looking for a place to stay. Maybe you guys can give me some good advises.