here. And after that initial foray, I took the plunge and set up a Waiheke Island wine tour option on my website.
The uptake has been modest, but the good news is that I have been able to share Waiheke's magic with many people over the last 12 months. Waiheke can be over hyped and its wines vary from year to year, but there is something magical about the Island. As soon as you step off the ferry, there is a feeling of having left all the rest of the world far behind - deep breath - exhale slowly. Relax.
That's part of the charm of Waiheke Island: nothing is done in a hurry, just be laid back and enjoy the day as it unfolds.
Waiheke does boast one of NZ's most famous red wine producers, the organic Stonyridge vineyards. Their 'Larose' Bordeaux style blend is legendary and tends to sell out even before it's released. Other overachievers are Te Whau and Te Motu along with Kennedy Point and Jurassic Ridge.
Along with some of NZ's best restaurants, stunning scenery and views of the Gulf, Waiheke does deliver.
Phil runs wine tours in Auckland New Zealand