Hands down, one of our highlights on 3 weeks in NZ! Waiheke is paradise, and if I had it to do over, I would have added two nights here to ease out of the jet lag and just ferry into Auckland. It's so incredibly beautiful and peaceful - parts reminiscent of Italy, the Oregon coastline, and the charm of spunkily independent vineyards each trying to make their distinguished mark - and they do a wonderful job. Cable Bay was our fave! Enjoy this! Oh and PS - book your ferry a couple days early. We didn't want one of the vineyard shuttles as we wanted to explore ourselves. Just know that the bus tour you get with the ferry package is great but you still won't be able to get to some places without a solid hike and/or outrageously expensive cab. But go, enjoy, and stay longer than we did!
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