Waiheke Island

Little Oneroa Beach
Little Oneroa Beach

A 40-minute ferry from downtown Auckland takes you to another world. Shay & I arrived at Maitiatia Wharf after sunset and found our way through the fields to Cable Bay vineyard using a cell phone flashlight. Cosying up by the fireplace in Cable Bay’s wine bar we missed the chance to do a wine tasting, but settled in with glasses of wine and a cheese platter. From there we walked to Vino Vino in Oneroa town where a senior citizen dance party was underweigh. Clearly Waiheke is a great place to retire!

The next morning we got an early start finding the perfect spot for Shay to tape her workout video for Fast Fitness To Go on Little Oneroa Beach. Having worked up an appetite, we stumbled upon the adorable Cove Bites and Brews. Their shabby chic interior with a nautical vibe made me feel instantly at home. Looking directly over Oneroa Beach it is easy to while away an hour or three sipping beer and taking in the view. Cove’s selection of tap beers is always good and constantly changing. Their shells (tacos) are the most delicious deal in town. I have since made this a permanent stop on my trips to Waiheke.

With full stomachs we hopped onto the Around Waiheke shuttle for our pre-booked wine tour and sampled a selection of wines from Waiheke and throughout New Zealand.

What I love about Waiheke is that it’s such a short trip, but feels a world away. I’ll be back soon!

Dates: 16-17 May 2014
Travel with: Shay
Weather: mostly sunny
Accommodation: Punga Lodge B&B; NZ$140/night; room was simple; hosts Dyan and Robert were very nice; good location walking distance from Oneroa

Vineyard at The Goldie Room
Vineyard at Goldie Room


  • wine tour with Around Waiheke included stops at Batch, Wild on Waiheke, & Goldie Room (grabone.co.nz offers half-price vouchers);
  • videoing Shay’s workout videos;
  • short coastal walk.


  • cheese and appetizers at Cable Bay;
  • drinks at Vino Vino;
  • lunch at Cove Bites and Brews.