New Zealand offers much more to the intrepid adventurer than sweeping vistas and breathtaking natural beauty. Home to some of the world’s finest dining, a trip to Waiheke, just off the coast from Auckland, will be an excursion your tastebuds will never forget. Celebrated by wealthy and discerning foodies the world over, Waiheke is not to be missed on your next New Zealand excursion.
Named Motu-Wai-Heke by the Maori, this “island of trickling water” is home to countless beaches and coves to explore. But with so many four-star accommodations, the greatest draw for most is the food. When on the island, it’s important that you make time to visit the north-western shore of Cable Bay. Known for its stellar views and superb wine selection, the Cable Bay Vineyards are a must-stop when running through your checklist of locations. Two restaurants, the Dining Room and the Verandah, represent Cable Bay’s claim to fame. Each offering beautiful views, The Verandah is for those looking for smaller bites and wood-fired pizzas, whereas the Dining Room offers a more traditional fine-dining experience.
Nearer the center of the island is Peacock Sky of Onetangi. Known for their comfortable setting and astounding wine selection, owners Connie and Rob offer a bevy of pairings from chardonnay with spiced meatballs, to a dry rosé with salmon. The nearby Rangihoua Estate offers a staggering selection of award-winning olive oils. Infused with thyme, sage and lavender, any foodie would be remiss in passing this location.
Arguably the most famous of New Zealand’s vineyards, Stonyridge provides views of Waiheke’s hills that are second to none. An excellent spot for lunch or dinner, Stonyridge has fed some of the most famous names to ever grace this tiny island. Sample their famous wines, and relax under a shady palm while the day rolls by. Waiheke, an island bursting with flavor, is waiting for you to dive in.