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All LWFC events are open to EVERYONE!
Competitors & spectators, young & old, amateurs & pros, town & country, sponsors & volunteers.
LWFCs are so easy to be a part of, as a competitor simply include AT LEAST one wild ingredient in an entry of your choice. Hot, cold, liquid, frozen, raw, marinated, smoked, seared, preserved…ANYTHING! Spectators and volunteers can enjoy SEEING and TASTING dishes created by locals in a CASUAL, FUN environment.
This is a CELEBRATION of RESOURCES & COMMUNITY
All entries are anonymous to our judging panel. NO PRESSURE. Equipment to finish off and hold dishes are provided. Amazing PRIZE PACKAGES up for grabs, donated by GENEROUS COMMUNITY FOCUSED businesses and individuals. GET OUT THERE and join our GROWING global local wild food challenge community.
GET HERE BY SEA
Ferries depart from ‘Auckland Ferry Building’
The Downtown Ferry Terminal is located just behind the historic Ferry Building in Central Auckland, close to many cafes and restaurants. Information is available on all our tours from ticket offices located around the terminal area. Fullers also has ticket offices at Devonport Wharf and Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island.
Fullers has been the leading ferry operator in Auckland for over 20 years and offers a range of ferry trips, tours and charters around Auckland Harbour and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
Leisure trips include the historic seaside suburb of Devonport, the volcanic Rangitoto Island, beautiful Waiheke Island and Fullers established Harbour Cruise.
Commuter ferry services operate between Downtown Auckland and Birkenhead, Bayswater, Northcote Point, Stanley Bay and Half Moon Bay.
Fullers also owns and operates the Waiheke Bus Company, which runs bus services to and from all Fullers ferry arrivals and departures on the island.
Get here by air
Flight Hauraki are a group of highly experienced aviators based out of North Shore and Waiheke Aerodromes working together to showcase the remarkable sights of our area.
With thousands of hours cumulative flight time we offer a safe and professional service. We operate two aircraft, a 7 seat Cessna 207 and a 4 seat Cessna 172.
Flight Hauraki is proudly New Zealand owned and operated.
Get here by land
Waiheke Rental Cars offer there customers a wide range of rental vehicles including late-model sedans, hatchbacks, people movers, minivans and much more. We have special island packages including accommodation and can arrange vehicles for team-building or corporate events. Child seats are available for $15.00 per day. Plus we are offering anyone how mentions the Waiheke Wild Food Challenge a 10% Discount.
Whether you are visiting Waiheke Island for a holiday, conference or wedding we can offer a total rental vehicle solution to suit your needs. Travel the island in style and comfort with Waiheke Rental Cars. We can offer a range of child safety seats, we are always happy to help and can arrange all your needs ahead of your arrival.
Getting Around the Island
Fullers public bus services
Fullers operates regular bus services on Waiheke Island providing transport to the island’s key locations including dropping off directly outside Wild on Waiheke the venue for Waiheke Wild Food Challenge.
Buses are scheduled to meet most Auckland ferries arriving and departing Matiatia Wharf. Please check the timetable to ensure a bus meets your ferry service.
View the bus service timetables. Alternatively, please call Maxx: 09 366 6400
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Eco Zip Adventures
EcoZip Adventures offers state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers of all ages. You’ll enjoy the full Waiheke experience with a complimentary pick up from the island ferry and a range of drop-off locations afterward.
Ross Adventures / Kayak Waiheke
All our guides pride themselves with friendliness and knowledge of the area.
Professional sea kayaking guides are often hard to find. There is so much to sea kayaking and guiding that one never seems to stop learning. The Most important aspect to kayaking is safety. Ross Adventures has a perfect safety record after 15 years of operation. Each guide has their own style but we do have systems in place for safety reasons, hence why our record is so good.
Kayak Freedom Rentals
We have a large number of single and double kayak types available for hire from the kayak base at Matiatia. Including fishing kayaks.
Most popular are our Sit on top style with comfortable padded (Single and double kayaks) swim or snorkel from the kayak and find your own piece of paradise not for from our Kayak base. They are safe and easy to use. Recommended for 1 – 2 hours paddling in and around Matiatia Harbour or just outside along the coast.
Self Guided kayaking with Sit on Top Kayaks / includes lesson trip briefing drybag and safety equipment.
1 hr $30 pp / 2 hrs $45 pp / 3 hrs $50 pp / 4 – 6 hrs $60 pp
We have a variety of Sea kayaking single and double kayaks. Light weight singles kevlar and plastic. Day boats and expedition doubles. These can be hired to a minimum of 2 people for safety reasons. They are available to those with Sea kayaking experience only. Hire Rates are dependant on trip plan. Our guided trips are recommended for first time paddlers and all those that value the additional insight of our experience along Waiheke’s coastline.
Adventure Fishing Charter
Whether you are a keen fisho, a novice, young or old, experience the fun and excitement of fishing on Waiheke in a Fyran 580, with Phil Scott, your skipper with a life-time of experience.
Our Waiheke fishing trips leave from Matiatia Bay (near the Fullers Ferry Terminal) – charters are approximately 4 hours long and are either early morning or afternoon.
- Fryan 580 safe, stable and comfortable boat
- Operate 7 Days a week, 365 days a year
- Bait and Tackle Supplied
- Fish cleaned for you
- Soft bait fishing by request
- Small groups – a maximum of 5 persons per charter
Wild On Waiheke
Wild On Waiheke is a unique, boutique, multi-activity venue providing a diverse range of fun outdoor activities (including archery and laser claybird shooting), licensed café and brewery, set within the magic of a Waiheke vineyard.
These activities will be operating and the cafe will be open during the Waiheke Local Wild Food Challenge but bookings are highly advised for both as they will book up quickly.
We are children friendly and have a fabulous playground, trampoline and sandpit for them to enjoy while the adults relax on the deck with a glass of our wine or beers made on the premises. There are also free activities for everyone to enjoy including petanque, giant chess and volleyball. Dogs are welcome if kept in control and on a lead.
Have fun practicing your Robin Hood skills in a unique environment amongst the vines – no experience necessary. Our modern equipment and experienced instructors offer a range of fun sessions such as target archery, challenge circuits and novelty archery.
Laser Claybird Shooting
Waiheke’s only electronic laser claybird shooting system allows you to enjoy the thrill and excitement of shooting, without the risk associated with live ammunition. This unique computerised technology enables anyone over the age of ten to enjoy this fun and challenging activity.
We offer a range of activities that are free to use while you relax and enjoy yourself in our cafe or cellar room. Choose from petanque, Giant chess or volleyball. For the kids there is a fabulous playground and sandpit area, trampoline and lots of wide open space to run around in. Perfect for keeping the kids entertained.
Parking & Transport
Wild on Waiheke’s onsite parking area will be closed for the duration of the event and all parking will be directed to the area between Stonyridge Vineyard & Te Motu Vineyard.
This is a free event however the parking is being managed by a local league team as a fundraiser for their team. Parking will be $5 cash so please come prepared for this if you intend to use the parking. Alternately use public transport. Fullers are putting on an extra bus for the 4pm and 5pm sailings.
We will be capping this event at 700 people onsite at anytime. The gate will be keeping a count to ensure the number of patrons onsite does not exceed our allocated toilets and facilities. Please do not be disappointed if you turn up and we are full as hosts running a free event it is our responsibility to ensure the event is kept a safe and controlled environment.
Wild On Waiheke Cafe & Activity Bookings
The cafe at the venue will be operating a normal service alongside the festivities although the menu will be themed a little wild in honour of the event and the brewer is creating a wonderful Gorse Flower lager which will be for sale on the day both at the cafe and at the mobile bar at the event. The cafe will book up quickly so if you wish to dine in the cafe for lunch please ensure you book a table on (09)3723434. Also the Archery and Laser Claybird shooting activities only have so many spaces which book up quickly so if you want to go wild and test your skills we advise you book for this also.
All entrants should make there way to the registration table on arrival where one of our WLWFC team will clearly explain the process for entering your dish.
On arrival we will have an entry form for you to fill out.
All dishes must be pre-prepared, however there will be a refrigerator, hotplate, oven/bbq grills, prep tables and boards at the venue if you need to finish off your dish.
The Challenge starts at 11:00 am. With all onsite prep to be completed between 12-3pm.
The Judges will announce the winners of all the categories at 3.30pm
This event is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Waiheke’s extensive local artisan producers and we are thrilled to have a wonderful array of local food related stall holders selling their product at our event. We will have everything from local oysters, breads, spreads and dips plus fresh juices & local ice-cream.
We are also very excited to have 7 piece band Bonnie Strides coming from Auckland to perform at the festival. This talented group is just releasing their first EP.
They will be supported by Waiheke’s Soulsister Aotearoa aka Mel Davis and her band.