Waiheke Island is one of the treasures of the Hauraki Gulf. Situated about 35-40 minutes by ferry is this hidden gem. It has the making of paradise with it’s beautiful golden beaches, shopping parades ( Oneroa, Ostend) and multitudes of wineries.
Yesterday I did an excursion with my wife Lola for a prospective new tour that we were thinking of adding to our business. We ourselves had not been on the island for a while and had forgotton about this hidden treasure. So this could be a day trip or tour or maybe a few days because there is so much one can do on this little island.
So we started off at the ferry terminal in downtown Auckland where we found they were very helpful at the terminal when booking our ferry passes for that day. They informed us of that if we didn’t want the fuss of hiring a rental car we could use the Explorer Hop-on Hop-off bus service which runs all day long. This service proved to be perfect for our needs.
Initially we started the day off a bit late as we had to be somewhere earlier, this trip should start about 9:00am to get your money’s worth for that day. The directions to jump on that bus is really easy, just follow the duck feet on the ground. This service runs every half hour which makes this so convenient. Our first stop we chose was Onetangi as we were longing for some Te Matuku Oysters, which you could find on more than one place on the island but because it being Easter Monday the Fish market at Ostend was closed.
We chose to eat at Charlie’s just because The Boat House was full, there was no preference. The oysters we awesome and fairly priced. They have an awesome beach which is great for water activities like swimming, jet skiing but best for paddle boarding.
From this stop the next attraction to move on to would be wine Tasting. There are so many to choose from I would be lying if I chose a few. So on your way back (on the blue line) stop at the first stop (no.7) go to the museum first and after make your way to either Stonyridge Vineyard or Te Motu Vineyard which are basically side by side.
For the thrill seekers there is also the Zip lining at Ecozip Adventures.
There are clay pigeon shooting and archery as well, which are also great for team building and corporate functions.
Our two last stops were at the famous Mudbrick Vineyard with their beautiful vineyard and awesome sea views to backup a seasoned restuarant and cellar door. The cellar door hosts were very knowledgable and friendly with heaps of patients.The last stop is Cable Bay vineyard which has equally breathtaking views of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland city. Sitting either in the restuarant or on the grass embankment with picnic blankets supplied by the vineyard. This could so be such a romantic end to the day, sipping on the lovely Sauv with a cheese platter with your favourite other.
So with it being day light saving, it gets dark early and we left by 6 pm and returned to Auckland city when it was dark already, that’s why it’s advisible to get an early start to enjoy all the attractions.
It’s been fun narrating the days events with you and I look forward to inquiries about Waiheke Island from you or even to book my local tours to West Auckland, North of Auckland or the Hobbiton and Waitomo tours. Browse through our tours today, we guarantee it will not dissappoint. Book today.