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A Waiheke Island Getaway

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I recently turned 70. Yep – I have reached the magical biblical three score years and ten. Actually I guess magical should be mythical as we all tend to live a lot longer these days – and I certainly intend to live many more enjoyable years.

Anyway – my partner Lyn treated me to a most wonderful birthday present – a wonderful Waiheke Island getaway.

Neither of us had ever been there before and, not knowing what to expect, were delighted to discover a semi-tropical island less than an hour away by ferry from Auckland.

With a permanent resident population of just under 10,000 on the island, there is so much to do for the one million visitors to Waiheke Island each year.

There are stunning beaches, numerous vineyards and olive groves, food and art, with a good mix of adventure activities thrown in for good measure for those with energy to burn.

For us though it was a lovely relaxing getaway, and I am happy to share with you some of the photos I took while on Waiheke Island.


Wreck of the Rawhiri on Blackpool Beach, Waiheke Island
walkway on waiheke island
The walkway from Mudbrick Winery over to Blackpool Beach, Waiheke Island
the view from our motel on waiheke island
The lovely bush view from the deck of our motel on Waiheke Island


stony ridge waiheke island
Stonyridge Winery, Waiheke Island
view over anzac bay waiheke island
Overlooking Anzac Bay from the Oneroa to Onetangi Road, Waiheke Island
rural mailboxes on waiheke island
Roadside mailboxes, Waiheke Island
Beautiful Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island


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