Waiheke Island is home to over 40 vineyards, 25 of them with tasting rooms. We decided on a sampling of four and after breakfast we drove to the east end of the island to the Man-o-War Vineyard. Their wines we tried were bold and smokey and the ocean was only feet away from the sweeping front porch with comfy chairs. From there we headed to Wild on Waiheke, a family-friendly place with outdoor games, and sampled some of their beers and cider, which were very good.
After that, we drove up to Kennedy Point Vineyard, the only certified organic vineyard on the island, and had some lunch and some delicious wines including a 100% Malbec that we considered shipping home but the freight was almost as much as the case. Finally, we ended at Mudbrick Vineyard (pictured in the middle above) for a gorgeous view and some fantastic reserve wines.
Although we snacked most of the day, we still made room for dinner and headed to The Oyster Inn for a delicious meal. I had the gnocchi and shared a yummy lemon tart with lime marscapone with Brian for dessert. I’m pretty sure the 10-minute walk to and from dinner burned off all of the calories from the day. Viva vacation!

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