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My First-Ever Visit to Waiheke Island

My friend Cheryl invited me to go with our friend’s family to Waiheke Island on 2 March 2013. I’ve been wanting to visit this place for a long time, and this invitation was a good opportunity, and a very good timing at that.

We all went on a Waiheke Island Explorer Tour courtesy of Fullers Ferry. For one and a half hour, the tour guide showed us a few of the most popular places frequented by tourists from all over.

What I noticed is that their beaches here are much more calmer than most I’ve seen in Auckland. For me not being a good swimmer, I’d rather go to a calmer beach than a rough looking one with so many waves coming in and out.



After the tour, we then decided to go to a few places by ourselves. First stop is the Red Crab Thai Cuisine, where I had Phad Thai for lunch, worth NZ$10.


There’s a beautiful rose placed inside an equally beautiful vase (albeit simple looking), and I can’t help but take a few pics of it



 The interior and exterior of the restaurant



Next stop is Wild on Waiheke, a vineyard, wine & beer tasting facility, and cafe all in one place. I have started learning to drink wine slowly, and my favorite so far is a sweet Pinot Gris. I also love their Ginger Beer here, the taste is much more authentic than other brands I’ve tried. Experts said that eating few pieces of crystallized ginger or drinking ginger beer before boarding a boat or plane helps in calming your stomach to prevent that ugly vomiting feeling, that I have every time I travel.

Pinot Gris on left, Ginger Beer on right


Wild on Waiheke also has interesting activities for those keen to try. There’s a big chessboard with the pieces, there’s also archery and firing range.


Waiheke Island is a definite must-visit place if you are ever in Auckland. Good food, wide array of wine and other drinks available, also a good place to stay for a while or even forever, if you’d like.

Here are the websites for more information on Waiheke Island:


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My name is Charica Roche, a writer, food lover, adventure seeker, color addict, and curious-driven person who truly believes in personal and spiritual growth. Writing helps me become a better person because it makes me feel grounded and it encourages me to be honest about things. Currently based in New Zealand, I'm constantly searching for and following my curiosities through books, art, music, dancing, and other aspects of a life well-lived through my own terms.

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