The Sands - Waiheke Island
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Today we decided to go to Waiheke Island - about 20mins away from Auckland by ferry. We caught the ferry from Half Moon Bay and landed at Kennedy Point. We hopped on the Sealine tour bus and had a tour of the sights of Waiheke. We saw lots of vineyards (there are over 40 on Waiheke but only just over 20 make wine), and a few beaches. We were …
... creatures we might have missed. Between Obsidian Winery and the most famous New Zealand winery (as identified by our new friend Allan) Stonyridge, we chose to pass on the bus and walk up the hills and dales connecting vineyards and forests together. The route was more beautiful as the vines are all fruit-laden ready to be picked over the next month and the tireless crickets ...
... that developed into works by New Zealand artists but that part was closed for re-hanging so the nearest I could get was a picture of Chris's lens cloth from the shop showing a view of Lake Wakatipu painted by an Australian artist Eugene Bon Guerard during a visit in 1878.
We spent the rest of the day being abducted by aliens then going on an odyssey through a sensory ...
... our time wasn't. Now having spent 17 incredible days on the North Island, I think we made the right decision. We were able to explore each town from top to tail and got to do every tour and extreme adventure we wanted to do. When we mentioned it over dinner one night to Ant and Julie we were surprised that they too had never been to NZ and wanted to explore it. Within days, the four of us had booked flights and the planning had began! On our last day ...
... are more than 20 vineyards here which probably goes some way to explaining the laid back lifestyle!
We are staying near Lindsey and David and it has been great to catch up with them and all the family. We had a BBQ with them one night and then a wonderful dinner at Mud Brick Vineyard which is where Sophie and Matt, and Kevin and Magda got married. A really beautiful spot with stunning gardens and views over the bay.