What to Bring?
Backpacks are probably best. Swimsuits, walking shoes.. the usual stuff! Stores on the island but probably best to bring your own as prices might be higher As above Camping is available on the island so bring your equipment if you wish to do this.
Waiheke Island is only 35 mins from downtown Auckland by ferry and is a must see place if you have some time to spend in Auckland and surrounds.
In the past it was a very rural and some considered, alternative, place, but whilst the arts and craft continue to survive, it has also become home to a variety of vineyards, multimillion dollar homes (some of which can only be seen from the water) and a mixture of lovely beaches, historical sites and great restaurants and cafes.
You can either take the foot ferry from Downtown Auckland which deposits you in Matiatia Bay or drive to Bucklands Beach and take the car ferry. A car is a must if you want to explore the island - but if you don't want to take your own car there are both rental car and bike options on the island.
If you would like information on Waiheke go to:
Waiheke Information website
"Visit the Vineyards"
Waiheke is home to a number of well known and less well known vineyards and the eastern part of the island is being planted in even more new vines as you view this page.
One of the most well known and I believe most visited wineries is The Mudbrick which was established back in 1992.
They have a fine tasting room, great restaurant and beautiful surroundings. What better place for a weekend lunch or dinner, conference or even a wedding.
Also a must visit place is Te Whau. Although not as well developed as The Mudbrick, the restaurant is considered by those in the know to be the best on the island. Certainly when we visited it was superb - you have to try the Seafood Platter - the best I have ever tasted and the restaurant has a view to die for.
Te Whau Vineyard
Also try this website for a suggested list of vineyards to try.
Waiheke Vineyard Listings
ANZAC Parade 25 April 2003
"Remembering the War Veterans."
ANZAC Day is a national holiday in New Zealand and is the day when we remember the War Veterans, and especially those who lost their lives for our freedom.
ANZAC - Australia New Zealand Army Corps.
My reason for going to the Island was to accompany my Mother to this ANZAC parade. So I wanted build a couple of travelogues to show the ceremony in respect of those who lost their lives in the various theatres of war.
This was a small ceremony, on a coastal island, but nevertheless very meaningful and worthwhile.
Visiting from the Australian Army.
The veterans and supporters marching to the RSA. They set a cracking pace, I was rather amazed. The vets are thinning in ranks, so it is with more awe and respect that we attend these parades.