â€œThe thing you need to understand about Waiheke,â€ says Steve Robinson, â€œis that many of us came here as hippies, to drop out. The joke was that you could look across from Auckland and see the dope haze hovering. Now I can barely afford to live here.â€
Waiheke Island, located in the Hauraki Gulf, is a scenic 40-minute high-speed ferry trip from Fullers Ferry Terminal, which is a stroll from downtown Auckland.
A group of us, on a two-week New Zealand jaunt, have come to Waiheke â€“ a popular day trip from Auckland for locals and visitors â€“ for a wine tasting experience.