|The view from Cable Bay Vineyard|
|A classic example of a one-way bridge in New Zealand|
seen while hiking. These are found everywhere!
|A view of Sandy Bay|
|Islington Bay on Motutapu Island before the hordes |
from Auckland descended - people outside Auckland
call them JAFA's (just another #$%^ Aucklander).
|The back side of the gun battery on Motutapu Island|
|Where the gun sat, looking out towards the Pacific Ocean.|
|Looking down into one|
of the magazine areas.
After thoroughly exploring Motutapu, we made our way over for a week or so at Waiheke Island – located just a little to the southeast. What a great island to explore – so many different things to see! Being a short ferry ride from Auckland and absolutely chock full of great wineries it is a VERY popular spot for city dwellers to get away for a day or two. We stayed in three different bays on Waiheke – Oneroa, Rocky and Man O’War Bay. We loved all three for very different reasons. Oneroa was our first stop and this is located right off the main “town” on the island (aptly named Oneroa!). Think quaint but upscale seaside village and you will have the picture in your head. Very sweet with lots of little shops, cafés and expensive restaurants, not to mention a bus service that will take you to one of the dozen or so wineries on the west half of the island - how great is that? The all day bus pass is only $14 NZD.
|Reading to start tasting!|
|A great sunset at Rocky Bay - note Auckland to the left!|
|The great mussel gatherers.|
|All done cleaning - do we get to eat them yet???|
cruising in New Zealand…..
|Hiking on Motutapu Island - incredible views!|