Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Who would have thought that just a forty five minute ferry journey from the city centre of Auckland lies a vineyard covered beautiful island? It is one of my favourite places in the world.

Waiheke is the most populated island in the Hauraki Gulf and is home to world class vineyards, white sand beaches and stunning viewpoints. On this particular visit I decided to concentrate on walking over the headland but I did manage to fit in one vineyard on the way back to the ferry terminal.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

As you leave the ferry terminal walk about ten minutes up the hill and on the left there will be a track which follows the headland and eventually leads you to the main village on the island, Oneroa. The whole walk will take approximately three hours.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

The views from the headland truly are stunning.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Hidden bays appeared around corners.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

One of my favourite things to do was looking at all of the dream homes that must belong to some very wealthy people. The views from these houses were spectacular.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Views like these……..

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

And these……

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

More stunning coves kept appearing and unbelievably the views kept getting better and better.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

The water was so still it was like glass.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

 

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

The walk culminated in this beautiful lookout point. Probably one of the best views I have seen in New Zealand.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

The walk eventually led us into Oneroa village.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

We had lunch at Wai Kitchen overlooking this view.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

I had the mushrooms on sourdough toast with goats cheese, walnuts and a poached egg.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

On the way back to the ferry we stopped off for a glass of bubbles at Cable Bay Vineyard.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

The view in the picture above is the view from the vineyard – breathtaking.

We had a great day on Waiheke Island and the best thing is how accessible it is from the city centre.

Find out more about Waiheke here.

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4 Comments

  1. July 1, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Waiheke is so gorgeous! I really should go there more often

    • July 1, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      I always say that to myself too – I love it so much, I always forget how beautiful it is!

  2. July 1, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    What a gorgeous day! I try and get over to Waiheke once a year. Their oyster festival is a great time to go if you like oysters.

    • traceywelshkiwi
      July 1, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      I’ve heard about the oyster festival – I would love to go! I went to the wine and food festival there a couple of years ago and that was really good too 🙂

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