We had a dream: a home for our beer and whisky.

Two Waiheke families have created The 'HEKE in four acres of gardens. It’s home to our restaurant, Waiheke Whisky Distillery & Craft Beer Brewery. Bring your friends and be treated like a local from the minute you walk in. If you’re looking for things to do on Waiheke - you’ve found it, with New Zealand craft beer on tap & award-winning whisky! Of course there’s a range of zero-alcohol drinks for the driver. 

Working with Izzard Design, we have commissioned a striking design for the The HEKE Kitchen, and the new headquarters of Waiheke Whisky & Waiheke Brewing Co, which reflects the stunning profile of the island. Visit us to experience The 'HEKE Kitchen, Heke Beer from Waiheke Brewing Co. and award-winning Waiheke Whisky.

About Us

The HEKE embraces the kiwi lifestyle. For the very best of Waiheke Island bars - come and spend some time with us at The 'HEKE. Whānau-friendly - you can bring the whole gang to eat, play and laugh with us. 

We like to cook with fire! With a huge wood fired grill, and our Italian wood fired pizza oven, we serve fresh local food at it’s best. We have an inside and outside kitchen, so you’ll see your food being cooked in front of your eyes. There’s a big sharing menu too if you only have time for a bite.


  • Located on the main bus route.
  • Accessible via taxi, bus, self drive options.
  • Walking distance from the beach and other venues in Onetangi.
  • Helicopter landing located 5mins drive away (Reeves Airfield)


  • Tasting experiences
  • Tour Experiences
  • Masterclasses with head distiller or founder
  • Group bookings for mostly any size
  • Private events
  • Dedicated function space
  • Multiple kitchens with seasonal menus
  • Kitchen gardens
  • Māori art


Kaitiakitanga is the ethics and practice of protection and conservation of the natural environment and the resources within it, on which people depend. It is considered an obligation of mana whenua (the people of the land) to care for their lands and waters to which they whakapapa (have a genealogical relationship / are descended from). The 'HEKE is committed to having not only less negative impact but a net positive impact on our community, our region, and the world. 

  • We have undertaken a Toitū Envirocare emissions assessment which showed our measured carbon footprint for the FY2023 to be 18.36 kgCO2e/$1k. This is reported by Toitū as being massively lower in kgCO2e/$1k than average in our sector. 
  • In 2023 we joined a Sustainability Capability Building Programme. This is led by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) and Tataki Auckland Unlimited. We were assessed and were provided with an action plan to continue to improve in all aspects of our business and its impact on the environment.
  • We carry out on-site waste sorting of our glass into glass colours, tins, cans, and plastic. All recycling is able to be processed efficiently and avoids ‘mixed recycling’ which is often contaminated and rejected. 
  • All food waste is collected to be composted here on the island. Waste is substantially minimised, compost is used to produce local crops. 
  • We have an organic garden that supplies herbs and garnishes 
  • We select cleaning products that are biodegradable. We buy concentrates that are diluted into reusable bottles for everyday use. We also sterilise and reuse cleaning cloths where practical; many restaurants throw them out each day. 
  • Garden Maintenance. We purchased a fully-electric ride-on Ryobi lawn mower which lets us mow our 4 acres without using petrol. We have planted extensive native plants. 
64 Onetangi Road, Onetangi, Waiheke Island 1971
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Distance to Airport
Distance to CBD
Free onsite parking for all guests, bike parking, space for tour buses to drop off and pick up onsite, taxi parking


Room Name Banquet Cocktail
Full venue
100 185
Verandah and courtyard
55 -
Barrel Hall and Boilermaker Bar
60 80