Monday, September 9, 2013

Waiheke Island

We are into Day 13 of our New Zealand travels and besides living out of a suitcase and inconsistent Wi-Fi (~grrrrr~), life has been delightful.  Before The Professor's first work week began, we spent our first weekend at Waiheke Island, a holiday spot with fine vineyards, restaurants and beautiful rolling hills.  Fortunately, being early spring, no crowds were present!

Much of our time there was spent driving through the countryside and visiting some of the fine wineries.  There are 25+ winegrowers on the island, thus making Waiheke known as New Zealand's "island of wine".


Of course, the wineries were a treat to visit, but for me ... well, let's just say I couldn't get enough of our drives and photographing the countryside.

Sheep were everywhere grazing on some very steep hillsides.

And there were a fair number of lambs frolicking and running around.
(Love that word "frolicking"!)







I also noted all the calla lilies that grew in the wild in the area.  
One of my favorite flowers.


A delightful winery we visited was Man O War Vineyards 
on the eastern end of Waiheke.  
It was such a gorgeous drive there that we did it two days in a row!

And on the second day, 
we stayed and enjoyed this cheeseboard and a glass of wine.  
The first of many that have occurred over the past two weeks.

We have long loved New Zealand wine but only got to visit a few of the vineyards on Weiheke for wine tasting.  One does have to pace themselves!  

Besides, on the second day of our arrival into Auckland as we drove to the ferry to Weiheke, the on ramp traffic came to a slow crawl.  As we drew nearer, we could see they were stopping every car.  As our turn approached, an officer shoved a breathalyzer into The Professor's face and told him to speak.  They were checking for drunks at 7 a.m. in the morning!

We were told this is quite common due to high incidences of drunk driving with a legal drinking age of 18.  Teenagers and alcohol ... bad mix.

This was our view looking down at Man O War Bay.  Such beauty!

Well, I'll end on this for now.  Downloading and putting this 
blog together only took about 3 hours!  Ugh!
There's a Starbucks in town (free wi-fi, bad coffee!) that I
think I'll try.  Maybe they have a faster bandwidth!

Later, my friends,


21 comments:

Brian Miller said...

mmm how beautiful the countryside...and that bay....looks like a good place to escape to if you as me...and not a bad little picnic you put together there as well..smiles.

Kerri Farley said...

What an absolutely beautiful place!!! So glad you are having FUN!!

She Who Carries Camera said...

I bet you won't ever want to leave!

S. Etole said...

Looks like a gentle countryside with such beautiful views.

Country Girl said...

Well, I'd like to thank you for persevering that long to get this post up. Incredible landscapes here, Reena. I want to put NZ on my bucket list. Just wow. And frolicking is a great word for what little lambs do.

Dodie Johnson said...

And "frolicking" is the right word, isn't it? You don't have to explain what you mean.

Meryl Baer said...

Beautiful pictures. Loved the cheese and wine picnic. New Zealand is on my bucket list, so some day...

Catherine said...

So many beautiful things you are seeing! And the colors ~ fantastic!!

Travel safe!
xo Catherine

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful, verdant place, Reena! Really breathtaking and such superb captures! I love them all!! And the lunch looks delicious! Thanks, as always, for sharing the beauty! Enjoy!!

ds said...

Oh, stunning! We were fortunate to spend about a week on NZ's South Island (Queenstown) after a week in Sydney, a trip our daughter has never forgiven us for having taken. It. Is. Breath. Taking. Oh, that green! Oh, those sheep! Oh, the wineries ; ) Thanks for the memories. Enjoy your stay.

Barb said...

So green! I remember those Calla Lilies - their white beauty shines along the roadsides. Enjoy yourselves.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful countryside and lovely views. The baby lambs are adorable. Beautiful photos of your trip! Have a happy week and safe travels.

Kathryn said...

The photos are stunning, looks like an amazing place.

Dianne said...

Isn't it annoying when the internet connection slows down or worse still ... comes to a grinding halt. I'm pleased you persevered Reena to bring us these gorgeous pics of Weiheke Island. Enjoy your holiday.

Daryl said...

oooh i am green with envy .. and am available to pack and join you ...;)

Out on the prairie said...

Well worth the time to share some really amazing shots. Need to find my way there. I don't think I have tried their wines.

bailey-road.com said...

What beautiful countryside! Your photos are delightful.

Linda R said...

All those rolling hills look so beautiful.. It look like a little bit of heaven right here on earth.. TFS..

Hugs~

rainfield61 said...

I love these places.

And beautiful photographs.

GailO said...

What gorgeous scenery! I would love to get there one day...

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! What scenery! I noticed the bench by the side of road facing the view. It looks like it's in the middle of nowhere, but was placed there to enjoy the view. Is that right?
Gorgeous photos!