Wine Tasting and Olive Oil Shopping at Waiheke Island23 April, 2011
After arriving at Waiheke Island on a helicopter and lunch at Cable Bay Vineyards, we were whisked away for a half day half day tour of Waiheke Island with Waiheke Executive Transport. Waiheke Executive Transport specialises in Wine and Art tours as well as transport around Waiheke Island. If you are looking for taxi or bus transportation for wedding or corporate getaway, call them at 0800 372 200.
Waiheke – Island of Wine – is known for its high quality red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay grape varieties. So it is no surprise that most of the itinerary focused on wine-tasting. Although we are not avid fans of red wines, we were surprised that the vineyards we visited had provided different services beyond wine tasting. For example, Wild on Waiheke offers a unique multi-activity venue which allows guests to be engaged in a range of fun and challenging activities around the vineyard and brewery. There are Archery and Laser Clay Bird shooting for those looking for outdoor adventures or a giant chess set and comfortable bean bags for those looking just to chill out around the vineyards.
Stonyridge Vineyard span across a few hectares and offer guests a picturesque view of the Waiheke landscape, specifically Stony Ridge (the vineyard’s namesake), a long ridge running from one coast of Waiheke to the other.
Besides red wine production, Waiheke Island also has an international reputation for producing premium quality virgin olive oil. Harvesting takes place from April through to May/june with over 30,000 established trees on the island. We visited Azzuro Groves – this place provided for an unusual combination of olive groves and alpacas. Not only can we sample their award-winning extra virgin olive oil, we can also feel the softness of the alpaca cardigans and scarves. We also checked out the cute and beautiful alpacas grazing near the shop – they are quite a curious bunch but can also be quite aggressive if provoked – so look out if they approach you. 🙂