Monday, May 2, 2011

Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

February 2011

Since I've been working in Auckland this has been on the "to do list", it's mainly because it's been highly recommended by all the local Aucklanders I've been working with.

We started the day by catching the Fullers Ferry from Auckland, which is about 40 minutes and we had a beautiful day for it.

Once on Waiheke, you can do tours, catch the local bus, hire a car or do what we do and take the Hop on Hop off bus (buy it when you get your ferry ticket at Auckland). The Island Hopper was a great way to get around. There's three loops and we took the bus on all of them, stopping at the points we felt like, it was a great way to spend the day.

Our first stop was the Azzuro Groves , after trying some of the olive oil and checking out the cute Alpacas we took the short 5 minute walk to Te Whau Vineyard, which had awsome views and would be a great place for lunch (almost every table had a reserve sign on it).

We got back on the bus and headed to Mud Brick for lunch. We thought about eating in the restaurant, but decided to try one of the platters at the Cellar Door instead. It was a beautiful day and the view from Mudbrick is stunning.

We then caught the bus around the Bottom-End Loop, stopping only to check out the view from Trig Hill  and View East (you can tell we love the new panoramic function on the camera!).

We then caught the bus back to Onetangi Beach and walked down Seventh Avenue.

We finished the day by walking back from Oneroa Village to the ferry terminal.

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