Sunday, 27 April 2014

A Day On Waiheke Island

My Day Trip To Waiheke Island

My son had a wonderful idea a day trip to Waiheke.
A great chance to catch and enjoy a late summers day.

If you are visiting Auckland or even live near Auckland and are looking for a great day out. You may like to check out Waiheke Island.

Only about a half hour ferry ride from Auckland or Devenport .
You can make a day of it with family or friends and either take a picnic or have lunch at one of the many vineyards or cafes on the island.

Waiheke Island is quite large I discovered and most people use cars to get around. You can take a car on the car ferry, hire a car over there, hire scooters and push bikes, bus  or do as I did and start walking once you get off the ferry. I did notice a couple of people on horse back too.
I believe you can get a day bus ticket  cheap if you need to rest your legs along the way.

Visiting Waiheke on Foot.

I found walking to be a good way to get around. There is a slight rise from the ferry and a hill or two to  climb  but I would say I am med fitness and did not find it too challenging.

We just followed the roads and the footpaths, with one exception of a bush walk track or too as a short cut. We first walked into a the town area with shops and cafes and then called in on an local art gallery before checking out a slightly elevated road to see what awesome views we could find for photography.

Then after cutting through a bush track we found ourselves back on the Ocean view Road and headed off in another direction in search of a vineyard for lunch.

You  get to enjoy views of the ocean, bush, vineyards and olive groves as you move around the Island.
After a yummy lunch and wine it was time to head back towards the ferry terminal for the trip back to Auckland.
Once you visit Waiheke Island you quickly realise that you want to go back and I think the best way to see the Island is to stay a night or two and maybe hire a scooter. There is lots of accommodation available on the Island .

Great to catch up with my son and we had a top day out. Loved it. Can't wait to go back.
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