Auckland Region - Waiheke Island and Auckland City
Waiheke Island was named as one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit by Lonely Planet a couple of years ago and is known for its numerous wineries, vineyards and beaches. Most tourists were getting the Waiheke Island hop-on-hop-off bus tour which is 65 dollars each. But we’ll let you in to a little secret... the public buses, which run just as regularly, are only 3 dollars per journey or 10 dollars for an all day travel card. Our first bus took us to Onetangi beach but we accidentally got off at the wrong end... but what a great mistake to make! It meant that we ended up going to Casita Miro for lunch - a beautiful Spanish restaurant with numerous awards. We were very lucky to get a seat (despite being slightly underdressed in comparison to the other customers!) Casita Miro have their own vineyard that you can see from your table (photo at the top of this blog) so we tried a couple of their red wines with our meal.
After lunch we took a leisurely stroll along the beach.
There are many wineries you can visit on the island and you could probably do with having a couple of days there really, but we only had the time to fit in one - Kennedy Point - before getting the ferry back to the mainland.
Our next stop was Auckland City.
Freedom camping is banned in the area, but we found a 24 hour car park for 20 dollars (about £10) on a marina with great views.
The following day we wandered around the city, played crazy golf and I shot a lot of aliens (in a virtual reality game) - all in all a great weekend!