Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke Island is a popular getaway for Aucklanders. It’s a 35 minute ferry ride from Quay Street right along the harbor. The island’s north shore boats several beautiful deserted beaches in addition to loads of wineries. Wine tasting tours are very popular. A return ferry + unlimited bus pass costs about 42 NZD. I went here for the day and spent most of my time over at Onetangi Beach, about 11km from the ferry terminal. The beach is picture perfect!

After some unsuccessful attempts at body surfing ( the wave breaks weren’t really strong enough to do it right) we stopped at the beach cafe for a couple of cold beers and green-lipped mussels. These were the biggest mussels I’ve ever seen and surprisingly enough I was pretty full on just a dozen of them.

On the way back to the ferry we stopped off at the Saratoga Winery and had an express wine tasting for 5 NZD. It was express cause by the time we sat down we only had about 10 minutes till the next bus came along. If we missed that one we would have had to have waited about 1 hour for the next one. The tasting was good although because we did it so fast we couldn’t savor the wines as much as we would’ve liked. Luckily for us we ran down the driveway and caught the bus we wanted and got to the ferry terminal in time for the sunset and the 8pm ferry back to the Harbour. The sunset was quite nice despite a low lying cloud coming in at the last moment. All in all a good day!

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