Waiheke Island is in the heart of the Hauraki Gulf, several miles due east(ish) of where we live in Murrays Bay. I won some business for my company, and as a reward we received a weekend away somewhere of our choice. We chose Waiheke as we had heard wonderful things about it, and also because it is just a 30 minute ferry drive from Devonport, which is not too far from our flat.

I had had a very busy week at work, but once we got on the ferry and started heading out towards Waiheke, all thoughts about work started to fade. This is Waiheke – SO close to the city, but a million miles away from the city in almost every aspect -a haven for the city weary. Several years ago it was populated by a large proportion of hippies and lifestylers, people looking to live a different life to the rat race in the city. Those hippies and lifestylers are still there, they are just a little older now… (and there really seemed to be some characters). The rest of the island seems to consist of holiday makers, Aucklanders visiting their weekend baches, and vineyards.

We stayed in a delightful bach, which backed onto Obsidian and Casa Mistro vineyards. On the Saturday, we went to Obsidian to do a wine tasting. There are LOTS of wines to taste, and we did wonder where to start. We are not, and do not even pretend to be wine conisseurs. However, The Obsidian folk were fantastic, they answered our questions, guided us through different aspects of the wine making process and through each type of wine. There was no wine snobbery at all, these folk were pleased we were interested and probably quite pleased we were not part of the inebriated wine bus tour folk. Saying that, they were still kind and endearing towards those folk who from what I could see were effectively on a wine crawl. Another plus, was that there was no pressure to buy. In the end, we bought The Obsidian, a classic Bourdeaux-style red wine, which is aged in a French oak barriques. The other wine we bought was The Weeping Sands Merlot, which was a delightful little number. We had a lovely time; Obisidian is a must visit vineyard.

Other fun stuff we did on the island included paddle boarding, eating tapas at a vineyard, swimming, running, and generally chilling.

Waiheke is truly wonderful, we highly recommend visiting this little gem of an island.

Enjoy.

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