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March 4th 2012
Published: March 4th 2012
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We've spent 5 days on Waiheke now. Enough to know it's New Zealand's best kept secret!! Check out the photoes and you'll see why.

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View from the balconyView from the balcony
View from the balcony

Beach is 5 minutes away.
Onetangi beachOnetangi beach
Onetangi beach

flat, clean white sand

planted grasses to keep the coastlines from erosion
Sunset OnetangiSunset Onetangi
Sunset Onetangi

Onetangi is in the north, sheltered side of Waiheke. The sun sets in the south of the island

We didn't see much sunset over New Zealand but Waiheke seems to like red sky's
Matiatia harbourMatiatia harbour
Matiatia harbour

The Fullers ferry is taking the daytrippers from Auckland back. We begin our 2 hour coastal walk to Mudbrick Vineyard. Gorgeous walk!!!
Walk uphill.Walk uphill.
Walk uphill.

Dark clouds threatened, but it didn't rain. Thank goodness because when it rains you know all about it.
Top of the hill.Top of the hill.
Top of the hill.

Time for some wine. Mudbrick vineyard was calling at the top of the hill. We breathed a sigh of relief because we were big time lost. Need to get a proper OS map of Waiheke. Anyone got one handy?

Got the best table in the house as I booked months ago.
Enjoying the food and wine.Enjoying the food and wine.
Enjoying the food and wine.

Didn't realise I could eat and drink so much
Sunset over AucklandSunset over Auckland
Sunset over Auckland

Mudbrick looks directly over Auckland and is famous for it's amazing views.
Waiheke Golf courseWaiheke Golf course
Waiheke Golf course

There's a really quiet 9 hole course 5 minutes by bus from Onetangi. How lucky is that?
Koru- at the front doorKoru- at the front door
Koru- at the front door

The Maori word for the unfurling leaf of the fern is koru. They use it a lot in their carvings. There's a Maori Marai (traditional village) on Waiheke that we'll visit.

6th March 2012

It looks gorgeous! I need to do a research trip to Mudbrick to try their wines!

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