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: