The Best of Waiheke Island
On Waiheke Island “old-school beach shacks share the same stunning views as architect-designed mansions, and their millionaire inhabitants are usually indistinguishable from the vineyard workers and retired hippies who all call this island home,” writes Peter Dragicevich for Lonely Planet.
See below for Lonely Planet’s top Waiheke spots.
- Cable Bay Vineyard: Besides great architecture and incredible wine, Cable Bay Vineyard offers one of the most stunning views “over the sparkling waters of the island-studded Hauraki Gulf to the volcanoes and towers of Auckland in the distance” according to the article.
- Oneroa: Seaside settlement Oneroa “retains the languid, laid-back feel of a classic beach town” while at the same time it is home to “snazzy eateries and smart bars”.
- Stonyridge is the second vineyard on the list. Its vintages have been rated among the best on the planet.
- Wild on Waiheke, described as “unique, boutique, multi-activity venue” offers outdoor activities including archery and laser claybird shooting, set within a vineyard.
- Onetangi Beach and its long white sands stretch for nearly 2km. According to Lonely Planet it is “the archetypal New Zealand beach scene”.
- Poderi Crisci: Neapolitan immigrant Antonio Crisci brings a slice of la dolce vita to Waiheke with Waiheke’s top-rated Italian restaurant down the quiet end of the island.
- Man o’ War Bay: This little bay is well worth a visit and according to Lonely Planet is “particularly spectacular in December when the crimson flowers of the native pohutukawa tree blaze in the sun. The Man o’ War Vineyards also are close by.
- Sculpture on the Gulf: This sculpture walk happens early February during odd-numbered years and “shouldn’t be missed” with its interesting mix of art on display. The walking track that follows the cliffs alongside the coast is spectacular.
Article Source: Lonely Planet, Peter Dragicevich, October 19, 2015
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