This trip to Waiheke was just for a night but sometimes that’s all you need to recharge the batteries. Waiheke is a short ferry ride from Auckland city or you can take the car ferry from Sealink at Half Moon Bay. After spending some time at Onetangi beach we visited two vineyards during the day. I had been to them both before but had to go back because they both have stunning locations and the tasting isn’t expensive.
The first stop was Mudbrick. We did the ‘premium tasting’ which included all wines from Waiheke Island for $15NZD. They even had a wine I had never tasted, it was a Syrah and it was delicious! Mudbrick is set up high and overlooks the water and you can even see Auckland City in the distance. It is a lovely setting with a restaurant and stunning gardens. After having our snaps taken by the lovely staff we enjoyed our wine and went on our way to the next vineyard.
Second stop was Cable Bay. I love this place! It has such an incredible location, again propped up on a hill overlooking the ocean it is an absolute dream sitting on their patio with a glass of wine. The wine tasting was again very cheap at $10NZD and included all but one wines from Waiheke but the one not from the island was a Sauvignon from Malborough which is my favourite so I didn’t mind! Again the staff were super friendly and nice and we all really enjoyed our afternoon there.
After our wine tasting we got some fish and chips and hung out at the bach (kiwi word for beach house or holiday home). The following day we went into Oneroa which is the main town on the island for some coffee and smoothies at a lovely cafe that overlooks Oneroa beach, this is pretty much one of the best views on the island. It’s one of those views that never gets old. Waiheke will always have a special place in my heart and I hope I continue to go back to this lovely island and drink some more of their delicious wines.