Waiheke Island

Cable Bay Vineyard Waiheke Island

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Cable Bay Vineyard is within walking distance of Mudbrick (yes we bought a bus hopper ticket to take us to…one vineyard!) Still, it was a lovely walk with the sun shining down on us.

Cable Bay has a real wow factor upon it’s approach.  The view is expansive over the Hauraki Gulf looking over to Auckland, with plenty of bean bags perfectly positioned to soak up that view and sun.

We headed out to the sunshine with a variety of wines amongst us.  A glass of the 2013 Rosé, the 2012 single vineyard Viognier and a 2013 Pinot Gris just to mix things up a bit.  All were delightful.

Post cheese platter, my sweet tooth got the better of me and we were tempted to try a couple of deserts to share.  These were just divine! So delectable we didn’t even look up from our bowls when the waiter came over to check all was good.

I think this has got to be one of my favourite places in New Zealand.  If it wasn’t for our ferry that we ended up having to run for (much to the amusement of those already on board! Well, who wouldn’t be amused by three tipsy females charging down a hill in our ‘vineyard chic’ couture with bellies full of cheese and wine?) I could have gladly sat here all afternoon watching the sunset, drinking the wine and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.

To conclude, we managed all of two of Waiheke’s finest vineyards.  But they were so superb it would have been a crime to rush them, and surely it just means another trip very soon is required?

Cable Bay Restaurant is open for lunch 7 days from 12pm, and dinner 7 days from 6pm

http://cablebayvineyards.co.nz/default.cfm

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A day trip to Waiheke Island

My friends and I had great plans for our day trip over from Auckland to Waiheke Island.

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day as we boarded the ferry from Auckland with many other Aucklanders enjoying their long weekend.

The ferry journey was quick and scenic, we passed numerous islands that looked both uninhabited with stunning remote beaches, yet somehow perfectly manicured as if they were tended to by gardeners every day.

Upon arriving on the island, our tickets for the vineyard hopper bus in hand, we discussed our route and the many vineyards we would love to visit.

Our driver advised those on board to hop off and start at Jurassic Ridge vineyard as a good starting point.  Not wanting to follow the crowd, and starting as we meant to go on we thought we’d bite the bullet and go straight to Mudbrick Vineyard.

Mudbrick is simply beautiful!! The views from the vineyard overlooking the rolling hills on towards the water and the Auckland sky line on a clear sunny day cannot be beaten.

We enjoyed a wine tasting (standard tasting of 5 wines for $10pp) and an incredible variety of platters including one of the most stunning cheese boards I have ever witnessed.  The waitress took pleasure in telling us we were enjoying our cheese in the very same place Taylor Swift sat a few weeks previously.  Perhaps this comment, coupled with the stunning wine, the sunshine and the views are what caused us to sit up on the top deck of Mudbrick for far longer than expected….our schedule was already falling somewhat behind….

Mudbrick Vineyard offers wine tasting of 5 standard wines for $10 per person or $15 pp for the premium wines.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.  Opening hours vary, best to check ahead first

http://www.mudbrick.co.nz

The Waiheke Vineyard Hopper offers return ferry tickets, all day access to the vineyard hopper bus and all day access to the Fullers public buses for $54

http://waihekevineyardhopper.co.nz

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