Waiheke Island is just a short boat trip from Auckland Harbour or Devonport and is a great getaway from the city – either for a day trip or for a weekend. Although this island is most famous for it’s wines and vineyards, it has no shortage of good eateries either.
Renowned for it’s breathtaking views, Mudbrick Restaurant & Vineyard is the perfect place on Waiheke to relax over a glass of wine and a plate of fine cuisine.
If it’s a tasty lunch that you’re after, accompanied by a glass of wine of course, then Stonyridge Vineyard is the place for you. Voted one of the top 10 ‘must visit wineries in the world’ by the Guardian newspaper in the UK, it will be hard to leave their comfortable café after sampling some of the fine reds from their wine list.
Another awarded vineyard, winning Metro Magazine’s ‘best place to pay to watch the sunset’ award is Cable Bay Vineyard. Their extensive menu and huge wine list ensures that there’s something for everyone, they even cater for functions too.
If it’s a taste of Italy that you’re after, there’s no better place to visit than Stefano’s Pizzeria. They offer the usual Italian delights such as pizza and pasta but also with gluten free variations so everyone can enjoy they’re delicious fair. This is a family friendly restaurant that’s definitely worth a visit.
If you’re one of the thousands of people that is planning a day trip to Waiheke and are looking to grab a quick and tasty lunch then you need to get to Island Thyme. What this café / deli lacks in seating it more than makes up for in the food. Using local produce from the island, their sandwiches are to die for! And, if like us you love their deli, take a trip upstairs in the evening to their restaurant Thymes Tables and enjoy their dinner menu.
Like any area, find a restaurant that’s filled with locals and you know you’ve hit the jackpot. Spice Café & Wine Bar on Ocean View Road is exactly that – a favourite of the Waiheke residents. Best known for it’s sweet treats (which we have on good authority are hand-made!) this café is only open until 4pm so get in early.
28 May 2010