With a nickname like “Island of Wine,” it’s easy to see why so many people book Waiheke holiday homes. If you love the idea of a blissful weekend getaway with your significant other, exploring a beautiful island and tasting delicious local food and wine, then Waiheke Island is the ideal destination for your next adventure.
If you want to get the most out of your time on the island and see as many wineries as possible while you’re here, check out these tips.
Choose your transportation. Once you arrive at Matiamatia Wharf, there is a full range of transportation options available to you. An all-day bus pass is a great way to get around, or you can rent a car or bicycle to get where you want to go.
Decide which vineyards you’d want to see. Some favourites include Stony Ridge Vineyard (one of the top vineyards in the world), Mudbrick Vineyard (with its stunning seaside vistas and French potager gardens), and Wild On Waiheke (offering not just wine but also craft beers and activities such as archery and laser clay bird shooting).
Sign up for a wine tour. As mentioned, many tour companies will show you around the island and lead you to some of the best wines in the country. Wine tours are lots of fun – your tour guide will know where to find the best vineyards.
If wine isn’t your thing – or you want to fit in some other activities as well – that’s fine; there’s lots to do here on Waiheke Island. Here are a few non-wine activities the whole family will love.
Take a walking tour. If you’re on a budget or want to be sure to fit in plenty of exercise on your holiday, a walking tour is an excellent option. You can sign up for a guided tour or you can simply set out on foot yourself. See the art galleries situated along the streets leading from the Matiamatia ferry terminal or stroll along the Atawhai Whenua bush reserve track.
Get your adrenaline pumping. Do you want something a little wilder? There are all kinds of ways to get your heart rate up and put a huge smile on your face, from sailing and cycling to sea kayaking and paddle boarding to ziplining, golfing, or attending one of the many festivals that come through Waiheke.
Don’t forget to refuel. You’ll need to replace the energy you use up having all that fun, so don’t miss the many incredible eateries on the island. If you do end up at a winery, stop by their restaurant and try out their menu.
Since 203, Visit Waiheke Island Holiday Homes has been hosting many guests every year in our comfortable and convenient holiday houses. Our staff possesses deep local knowledge of the area and will be happy to help you book the right accommodation and find the best ways to spend your time during your stay. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to start planning your trip.
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