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Waiheke's benign Mediterranean climate and the winemaker's philosophy of "small is beautiful" has produced some of New Zealand's most prestigious Bordeaux-style wines.
A natural complement to the fine wines you can taste on Waiheke is a range of hand-made specialty foods and locally grown produce.
A food lover's paradise
The Island has become a food lover’s paradise. While visiting the Island, here are a few destinations you may wish to include:
- Visiting the local Ostend Market on a Saturday morning can be a great introduction to some of the local fare, with an Artisan Baker just across the road.
- The Rangihoua Olive Mill offers the opportunity to learn about and taste high quality Extra Virgin olive oil.
- When in season, Te Matuku Bay Oysters can be found on the menu of most Waiheke Island restaurants, however if you fancy taking a dozen down to the beach with a bottle of wine, you can pick some up from their retail shop in Ostend.
- If you are interested in wine and food matching, Peacock Sky Vineyard offers morsels of tempting food created daily by the vineyard owners carefully matched with their wines.
- The Island also produces a range of chutney’s, wild honey, and the famous local green herb spread. Keep an eye out for them in the vineyards and shops around the Island.
A delicious day trip from Auckland
Combining some of these gourmet treats with a visit to several wineries can make for a very enjoyable day trip from Auckland. Ananda Tours offer a Gourmet's Food and Wine Tour, which includes some of the highlights and time to stop for lunch at one the the Islands vineyards or a beachside cafe.