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From Bay of Islands, South again to Waiheke Island

On an equally rainy day, we head South again today, back to Auckland to catch the car ferry from Half Moon Bay (East of Auckland) over to Waiheke Island. Waiheke is World renowned for having a large range of wineries in what is effectively quite a small area, the Island has a number of micro climates which provide ideal conditions for a large variety of grapes and hence some wonderful wines.

Complimenting these wineries as one might expect are some fabulous opportunities to tour and partake of wine tastings and enjoy the signature restaurants that so often come hand in hand in New Zealand. One such renowned restaurant is the “Mud Brick”, but dinner there to be truthful was a disappointment. Nestled in between its vineyard’s the Mud Brick has all the hallmarks for something great, but completely lacks soul. Its spectacular views from the restaurant and magnetic and one can understand those who get married there, but poor service and mediocre food left us disappointed. Having said that, the views may just compel you to visit for a light lunch and a glass of wine.

But we were spoilt! The weather being poor did little to dampen our enthusiasm for the “The Boatshed”, the most wonderful Boutique hotel, run by Jonathan Scott, whose family have owned the property for some 30 years. Views from the hotel are just amazing;  even on a grey wet and windy day the bay of Little Onerua beckoned below and we took the short walk for a paddle in the rain and surprisingly warm sea.

 Jonathan smiles a wry smile when admitting to being somewhat obsessive about The Boatshed, but that obsession translates into fantastic interior design, beautiful accommodation, exquisite food and a very personal service – go stay there!

 

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