Land of the Long White Cloud: Auckland and Waiheke Island

8 Jun

Do yourself a favour and book a stopover in Auckland, New Zealand. Whether like us you’re passing through New Zealand to and from South America, or NZ’s your destination, a couple of days at the top of the North Island are a tonic.
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Breakfast and a wander around the Viaduct perving on the yachts. The America’s Cup yacht cruises and races only operate in summer so we missed out on the Saturday race this time but there are always beautiful boats to lust after.

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Rent a bicycle from Capital Adventure downtown (Stephanie could not have been more helpful).

Jump on a ferry to pretty Waiheke Island for winery touring and beach time. Forty minutes and you’re in an island paradise.

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20140608-120459-43499482.jpgFrom the ferry terminal near Oneroa village we cycled to Stonyridge Winery (8.5k each way and eight hills) to taste their premium reds and lunch in the cafe overlooking the vines. Some diners come by helicopter but that looked way too easy.

20140608-120609-43569775.jpgStonyridge has a strong reputation for Bordeaux-style red blends but we couldn’t understand the excitement. To be honest we found the Stonyridge sparkling chardonnay was the best of their wines. A Pinot Noir from Otago with lunch was actually our favourite.

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20140608-120729-43649955.jpgMenu prices are steep (NZ$34-37) but I guess you’re paying for the location. Stuart praised his roast lamb (what else in land of sheep) with truffle oil mash.

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20140608-121013-43813103.jpgThe croquet pitch looked tempting but sadly there was no one to play with so we cycled back to the ferry for the return to Auckland.

We had the England versus All Blacks match at Eden Park, Auckland, to watch (tickets sold out so telly for us). Saturday night in Auckland was sorted!

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Today we’re Brisbane-bound with Qantas. Fingers and toes crossed….

After a wonderful six weeks we’re ready to go home!

4 Responses to “Land of the Long White Cloud: Auckland and Waiheke Island”

  1. Heather watt June 9, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    Welcome home merry travellers.

    • Sharon Tickle June 9, 2014 at 12:21 am #

      Thanks Heather! Happy to be home. Both caught chest infections in BsAs so recovering in comfort is great. Hope to catch up when we are more presentable. Sxx

  2. Michelle Noble June 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    Looks like a great end to a great adventure on that side of the world! Both looking relaxed and happy…..put your feet up…or will you be testing out your flamenco floor – bet you’ve missed it.
    Love Us.xx

    • Sharon Tickle June 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

      We are loving being home Michelle, the Brisbane winter weather is great. And this weekend we have a visiting flamenco master from Spain so happy to be back! Plus the World Cup telly of course! Have a great summer. Sxx

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