I ended up back in Auckland over Easter weekend. I wanted to spend as little time as possible in the city, so visiting one of the islands was top priority. I considered going to Rangitoto, but I didn’t quite feel up to that adventure at the time (I had been dehydrated all week). Instead, I decided this would be the perfect time to finally head to Waiheke Island.
I was really excited about spending a day on Waiheke Island. I took the ferry over on the morning of Easter Sunday, although I kept forgetting what day it was. I wanted to visit the beaches, explore Oneroa, and go on a short walk. I signed up for a guided tour of the island, just to get my bearings. The bus took us around some of the major points on Waiheke Island, giving us some background info about each place.
Interesting note: individual homes & buildings on the island are responsible for their own water supply—everyone catches rain water to use in their homes.
I didn’t end up doing most of the things I wanted to do because I spent the whole afternoon at a vineyard instead. Visiting one of the Waiheke Island vineyards was on my to-do list, but I didn’t get far after that (oops!).
The vineyard was so gorgeous and the food was so delicious, I couldn’t stand to leave. Next thing I knew, hours had passed, the heat intensified, and my forearms became lobster red—I got the worst sunburn I’ve had in years! Don’t forget your sunscreen in New Zealand.
Besides the sunburn and almost unbearable heat while waiting at the bus stop, I had a lovely time on Waiheke Island. If I ever return to Auckland, I’ll carve out a couple of days just for Waiheke (and one for Rangitoto).
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