Waiheke Island is just a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland and well worth a visit (or regular visits!). I’d been keen to go for ages so when a couple of my friends from home (one of whom is, in my humble opinion, an expert on all things wine…) suggested a trip, I jumped at the chance.
We took the 9.30 am ferry to the island and once there, hopped on a local bus to Oneroa for some brunch with a view:
Then we got back on the bus and made our way to the first vineyard, Tantalus. It has only been open for 10 weeks but you wouldn’t have known. It was an absolutely stunning place.
It was $15 for the Reserves menu and $10 for the Estate. There are four wines to try on each. This was my first actual wine tasting and I must say, I am a fan. The staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable and the scenery is breathtaking. It looks like a great place to eat too. All in all, a great start to the day!
We then walked through the vines to our next vineyard, Te Motu. Here it was $20 for a tasting of five wines, including some aged ones which were lovely!
It’s fair to say, we picked the perfect day to visit the island! We then began the walk to Casita Miro, another vineyard where we were having lunch – I’ll be honest, I needed some food by this point! 9 wine tastings down…more to go!
The tapas lunch was delicious – no photos I’m afraid, we just wanted to get stuck in! I highly recommend a visit if you’re on the island – order the goats cheese croquettes, you won’t regret it! They do tastings here too, though like most places these finish around 4pm so make sure you plan your day so you don’t miss out. We all shared a fantastic bottle of red at lunch so weren’t too worried to have missed the tastings.
Our final winery of the day was Obsidian, which was conveniently open until 5pm (during the summer). There was a lovely chilled vibe here and a good choice of wines available to try.
Then we went for a wander down to Onetangi beach and had a couple of drinks at Charley Farley’s before catching the bus back to the port. Waiheke has a really relaxed atmosphere and it was hard to believe that it was only a short distance from Auckland CBD.
I had an absolutely wonderful day and a huge thank you to my lovely friends, Jen and Neil – when can we go back?!