Ah, our last trip to Waiheke. I became really sentimental and sad thinking it was our last time, but Patrick kept saying “I promise we will come back. Hopefully some day we can make it our home base”. So, that kind of perked me up, but kind of not. 🙂
As much as we wanted to rent a car this trip to make our way to the other side of the island for some of the vineyards, we didn’t. Not exactly in our budget this trip, which was very unfortunate. So everywhere we wanted to go, was going to be by foot. An adventure as usual!!
We stayed at the ‘Fossil Bay Lodge’, which we stayed at the first time we came here. We rented the apartment, which has the most comfortable bed in the world! Ah! The property itself is so beautiful and peaceful. I love it here.
After we dropped our bags off, we walked into town for lunch. We had a beer and a platter at ‘Deep Creek Brew Bar’. You would think that after being here for almost a year, we would be used to the portion sizes here (drastically smaller than America), but we’re not. Our platter was such a tease, but oh well. We’re both fat men at heart. We walked to one of the beaches and had some wine.
Remember how I mentioned this island (so far) has always been warmer and sunnier than Auckland? Well, that’s what I packed for…. But it was NOT warm or sunny. I packed dresses and one pair of skinny jeans with sandals. So the beach became QUITE cold, really fast. So we walked back to town to grab supplies for dinner. After we dropped off the stuff at the apartment and changed into warm clothes, it was almost sunset (5:00, I hate Winter). We changed into warmer clothes and walked down to Fossil Bay. You have to climb down a super sketchy ladder and rocks to get to the bottom, because it’s literally off a cliff. We watched sunset there, but there wasn’t much to see because it was so cloudy out.
For dinner I made us Scotch Filet with spinach mashed potatoes and roasted Jerusalem artichokes (freaking amazing) and carrots. It was SOO good. 🙂
Next morning we went and grabbed a quick coffee and breakfast at a cafe, then set out for Little Palm Beach. We continuesly took wrong turns getting there, so it took us almost 2 hours to walk there. HA!
We were so sweaty by that point (sun was shining more than yesterday) that we wanted to go for a swim once we got there. Little Palm Beach is known for being a nude beach, so Patrick was really keen to get naked. The sweat wore off fast because it was freezing once we landed. Neither of us were going swimming. We only saw 2 naked men and one really hot woman, who went swimming (brave woman!). So that was enjoyable! Sitting back, snuggling to stay warm, and observing the nudists… Not a bad afternoon!
We walked back home around sunset and caught some good pictures along the way.
We went out to dinner at ‘The Oyster Inn’ for his birthday dinner. Last time we had the most amazing oysters, so we were dying for more. Service was crap, as usual. We had a dozen oysters that were different from last time. Not bad, but not as good as the last. Patrick had the Hapuka and I had gnocchi with beef ragout. Food was pretty good, and wine was excellent. We took our time walking back.. walking along the beach under the stars.. it was glorious!
Our last day, I got up early to cook the last 2 steaks we had bought. Patrick refused to eat it because it was Rump. What a fool! So I ate both steaks with left over mashed potatoes. Talk about a hearty breakfast!!
After we checked out, we headed back to town to grab him some breakfast. We really wanted to check out ‘Stony Ridge Winery’ because it’s one of the top two on the island, and we’ve never been. Unfortunately it was NOT within walking distance, so we snagged a taxi. It felt super tacky bringing our hiking packs into a nice vineyard, but we had no choice. We arrived just in time. We had the platter and two glasses of wine, with the best seats in the house. Shortly after that, the place was packed. It was such a beautiful property with olive trees all around the vineyard. The sun was shining bright, and it was a beautiful day! Not exactly warm, but not too cold either.
We took the bus back to town late in the afternoon. Then we walked to ‘Mudbrick Vineyard’, which took us about 45 minutes. ‘Mudbrick Vineyard’ is the second best vineyard on the island. We had a wine tasting, and then bought two glasses of wine and sat by the fireplace outside. Comfortable couches next to a wood fireplace, with an ocean view…. Can’t get much better than that!!
The sun was about to set, and it was so serene. A moment I truly wanted to freeze. Very far in the distance, you could see the city and sky tower. I snapped quite a few pictures of sunset, because it was SO pink and breathtaking. AH best way to end our little getaway.
After dark, we headed to the ferry. We took our time walking under the stars and discussing how much we love it here. I was on such a natural high, it was amazing. We made it to the ferry right in time. Guess who was standing behind us in line for the ferry? The hot naked woman from Little Palm Beach. HA. A funny moment we both appreciated. We sat outside on top of the ferry, which was frigid, but beautiful. First time we have taken the ferry at night time. Approaching the city lights was breathtaking. I’m happy I took some good photos of it.
Amazing weekend away… I can’t wait til we come back again someday! 🙂