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Waiheke Island

Imagine the forecast is looking good for the weekend ahead and you're thinking what should we do this weekend? Head to Waiheke!

As the days are getting longer and warmer and weekends are filling up with more adventures we thought why not explore the lavish little island named Waiheke and what the wine island of New Zealand has to offer. Award-winning, mouth-drooling wines have been produced in Waiheke for years and with a short little ferry trip from Auckland, it truly is the perfect weekend escape!

A quick fullers ferry from Downtown Auckland or Sea link car ferry from Half Moon Bay will have you arrive at your destination within an hour. There is a lot of to do, whether you are looking to impress with a degustation lunch at Mudbrick, looking for a kid-friendly venue at The Heke or looking for some special wine tasting at Man O War and Cable Bay.. Your trip away will be jam packed with fun wine-loving adventures for the full family.

Your Questions answered

How many wineries are there on Waiheke Island?

There are roughly 30 wineries on the Island of wine, Waiheke. Each of these wineries offer unique experiences to cater for a wide range of events
and occasions. Whether you are looking for a wine tasting at a cellar door at Cable Bay or Mudbrick or if you are wanting something a bit more casual,
like a picnic in a vineyard at Man O War Vineyards - there is lot's to discover!

What is Waiheke Island famous for?

Waiheke Island is known for many things like their wines and beautiful scenic views but they also have beautiful beaches, vibrant art and culture, diverse
restaurants, great tourism and Waiheke is a hot spot for Weddings and events.

Is Waiheke worth visiting?

Absolutely! There are activities and adventures for everyone. If you are wanting a romantic getaway, family-friendly holiday or a chilled and relaxing
weekend getaway Waiheke is the right place! The list of activities to do is endless, from cellar door wine tastings and posh eateries to boutique art
galleries and sandy white sand beaches, you can't go wrong.

What does Waiheke mean?

In Maori ‘Waiheke’ means cascading or ebbing water, the original Maori name for Waiheke is ‘Te Motu-arai-roa’ which means the long sheltering island. The second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf, with regular passenger and vehicle ferries to and from Auckland, this destination is a holiday lovers dream!

Waiheke (also known as the island of wine) is a hot spot for growing grapes, particularly Bordeaux wine blends. Waiheke wineries are renowned for producing award-winning wines that have caught the attention of wine enthusiasts around the world.

Top 2 wineries to visit:

Cable Bay Winery

Cable Bay is located on the west side of Waiheke which looks back over to the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City. Cable Bay is known for their premium styled wines and cellar door experiences.

Cable Bay is the perfect location to visit if you are after a luxurious vacation with their beautiful villa accommodation, they hold wine tastings in their cellar doors as well as more casual styled bistro settings or private dining experiences. And dare we forget, the gardens here are gorgeous, they have beautiful scenic walks and tracks to stroll around.

If you are on the look out for a wedding location, work function or a brunch with friends Cable Bay Winery is a top tier location.

Man O' War Winery

The Man O' War Vineyards is located on the east side of Waiheke looking over the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. Known for their high quality wines and Bordeaux styled blends.

This is the perfect spot to visit a cellar door, enjoying a glass of Pinot while picnicking as well as learning the history of the winery. Did you know that the name 'Man O War' actually refers back to the early 19th century and each of their vineyards is named after a ship or character from the British naval battleships!

This is a great winery to experience something a bit out of the ordinary, whether it is to check out their coastal location or sip on their award-winning wines, this winery definitely needs to be added on your go-to list!

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