Just a short ferry trip from Auckland you will find waiheke island, a paradise on earth and a great escape from the city life. Waiheke island definitely gives you the island vibe, no stress, no need to keep track on time, mostly you just embrace the fact that you on some parts of the island almost have 360 degree ocean views… around 25 percent of the population on the island commute to Auckland every day. There is a lot of artists living on the island and there is a lot of great wine being produced here as well. If you’re just visiting Auckland during your stay in New Zealand, Waiheke is a must visit, not only for the great wine but also for the great atmosphere and the ocean breeze.
One of the vineyards worth a visit is Man O War a short car ride from the ferry, the drive alone makes it worth it as you venture through vineyards, and as a reward you will get to taste some of New Zealand’s classic wines. The winemaking team here is working with the broadest possible palette from which to blend world class wines that are unique expressions of Man O’ War. And don’t forget to order their cheese plate as well, it goes well with the wine tasting.
If you want to get a European touch you will have to visit Casita Miro. It is a perfect place to stop for lunch and get your energy boost from their renowned fine dining and wines. Sit down in their garden under olive trees while you’re sipping on a glass of wine… a day on Waiheke definitely makes you feel replenished.