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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightNew Zealand

New Zealand's Treasured Island

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  • Publish Date: Sep 29, 2009

While Waiheke Island may sound like a remote destination within the Hawaiian archipelago, it is in fact tucked away across the International Dateline in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. A place of immense beauty, Waiheke is only a 35 minute ferry from Auckland; and while the pristine beaches are a popular attraction, the island is quickly gaining a reputation for its fine wine.

The Bordeaux-esque soils require the vines to struggle in Waiheke and have thus proven an ideal place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Chardonnay. One producer, Destiny Bay Vineyards, feels the conditions are among the best in the world to produce a Bordeaux blend on par with the great first growths. Having completed their 5th vintage, Destiny Bay has proven they can play with the big boys and one can’t help to think of the beautiful ocean views from their amphitheater of a vineyardas you take a sip.

Destiny Bay may represent the cult collector’s wine from Waiheke, but as you’ll discover, there are an array of excellent wineries to visit on Waiheke Island that will be a highlight of your trip should you head to the land of the Kiwis. Best of all, it’s a day trip you can squeeze in right after you land or before you depart from Auckland.

Take a glimpse at Waiheke’s best at or view a wine tasting map that will guide you around this Southern Hemisphere paradise.

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