With it's warm and dry weather, this 12 mile long island is a great spot to grow a variety of wines. Waiheke is home to 30+ boutique wineries and award winning wines, including Bordeaux style reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc), Syrah and even some Chardonnay.
Whether you are short on time or have a few days, Waiheke is well worth a visit.
Along with the vineyards are beautiful olive groves that produce equally delicious olive oils. Rangihoua Estate, New Zealand's most awarded olive oil producer, offers tours and the opportunity to stay at their Tuscan style holiday home.
Wine may have put Waiheke on the map, but many other experiences await visitors.
The island's main town of Onerea is a short bus ride/drive from where the ferry arrives, or about a 15 minute walk. Here you will find an eclectic array of art galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants for all interests and tastes. On Saturdays, experience wonderful local fare and deliccies at the Ostend Farmer's Market, just a few minutes drive from Onerea.
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