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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.
Enjoy the best Waiheke Island has to offer with Ananda Tours. Whether your interest is in wine, art, or sightseeing, Ananda Tours extensive local knowledge will ensure you get a memorable experience. Private or Group Tours available.