Waiheke Island, Auckland

by James Wilkinson

Hop on a ferry and take the 40-minute journey across Waitemata Harbour to Waikehe Island, where you’ll find a haven of beaches, vineyards, boutique accommodation and an artistic community that’s becomingly increasingly well known.

Spend the morning exploring and sunbaking then have lunch, a wine tasting and spend the night at Mudbrick, where you can’t leave without having the seven-course degustation menu (you’ll want two serves of the hay cooked lamb loin); sampling the 2016 Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blend and the Chardonnay of the same vintage; and booking a stay in The Lodge, a three-bedroom cottage that comes complete with a kitchen, spa pool and views across to both Auckland and popular Coromandel Peninsula.