Our favourites on the ISLAND - If you do nothing else - try to fit a few of these in...

BEACHES

All the beaches are lovely – but PALM BEACH and SANDY BAY are my favourite beaches especially on high tides.

ONETANGI is gorgeous for a morning walk and you can get a good coffee at Charlie's (Island Coffee supply here)

VINEYARD &  DINING - too many to mention but for my money:

Fine Dining - TANTALUS is new and AMAZING - lovely scenery and fine dining - ask to be seated in the covered courtyard area.

MUDBRICK - is stunning and worth a visit, the gardens are fabulous and food fine dining too.

More relaxed dining - TE MOTU - along the Onetangi straight - very informal and delicious.

PODERI CRISCI - is absolutely lovely its a bit of a drive - but well worth it — they do a gorgeous long lunch on Sundays - I’d highly recommend it - but essential to book in advance.

BATCH WINERY is in a beautiful setting and a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere 

Vineyard Walk - There’s a fantastic vineyard walk in Onetangi - via Casito Miro / Obsidian then cross country over the vines to Tantalus / te Motu / Stonyridge and Wild on Waiheke!

VINEYARDS

If its off the beaten track you want then my absolute favourite Vineyard is FRENCHMANS HILL - Lucs wines are the best on Waiheke! It is the most wonderful place to relax - its not aimed at the touristy side of the vineyards, more for appreciation of great wines. So you don’t get big crowds here…

And for CELLAR DOOR WINES

OBSIDIAN - fab wines! and is in Onetangi - Mike the Winemaker is German trained and his wines are highly acclaimed.

RESTAURANTS

There are lots of lovely places - but I love

372 facing Onetangi Bay, but quite pricy

ARCADIA

FENICE if you are looking for something informal and casual - that is in Oneroa. They do delicious Italian food.

Or for Casual for breakfast or during the day you can’t beat

WAI KITCHEN & The Courtyard are both in Oneroa –and overlook Oneroa Bay

EXPLORE:

If you venture out then go to:

BOTTOM END - is a real joy to drive and lovely scenery I would recommend you go down to

MAN OF WAR - you can have a fantastic platter here - they have some great reds and I love their Rose (onion skin style) - this is at the 'bottom end' of the island.

Whilst down there - you can walk at

STONY BATTER - these are old gun embattlements - they have the most lovely painted rock (of a fish head) on the walk and if you follow the dirt road past the sheep station and past the rock - and keep walking up a slight hill (rather than turning down to the tunnels which are closed) you can follow a foot path to the right - and this takes you up onto the hillside with the most spectaculars views and you are able to walk down into one of the Gunning stations.

WALKING - all around the coastline from Matiatia is gorgeous! Something to fit in if you can - you can always end up on the terrace at Mudbrick.... 

Also from Omiha – you have the Whakanewha Regional park with gorgeous bush and waterfront walks

everywhere is wonderful... its hard to fit it all in. Good luck and enjoy!

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