Island dining

“There are lots of great wineries on Waiheke, but my favourite would have to be Poderi Crisci – it feels like I’m back in Italy – and Cable Bay for the views.”

Sir John Kirwan

Dinner on Rangitoto Island

Take a guided sunset kayak tour out to Rangitoto Island and enjoy dinner served at the summit before paddling back to the city under the stars. That’s a view that’s pretty hard to beat.

Five-star dining on Kawau Island

Most people don't think of Kawau Island as a fine dining destination, but The Beach House at Vivian Bay is a first-class experience. For smaller budgets, grab a meal at the café next to Mansion House, overlooking the tropical gardens and peacocks.

Picnic on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Pack a picnic and head over to Tiritiri Matangi Island, where you can set up with stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf and lighthouse. Walk off lunch on one of the walking trails to spot native birdlife.

A long lunch on Waiheke Island

Leave your local café behind for a day for a vineyard lunch on Waiheke Island. Lots of the island’s wineries have onsite cafés and restaurants – sharing platters are the way to go on a sunny day.

Cook your own catch

Head out on a fishing charter with mates to catch your own dinner. Book in a half-day or full-day charter with a guide who knows the best fishing spots, whether it’s around Great Barrier Island, Kawau, Waiheke or closer to the mainland. 

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