The Best of Waiheke
A short ferry ride from the centre of Auckland lands you a world away. This island paradise is blissed out and beautiful.
Attracting all individuals from free-spirits, artists, wine-lovers and foodies, Waiheke has some of New Zealand’s best food, wine and art.
With over 30 wineries scattered across the island, it is hard to make the decision of where to go. Based on our knowledge and experience, here are our top recommendations of restaurants and vineyards on the wonderful Waiheke Island
Three Seven Two
Three Seven Two is the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 for Best Destination Restaurant and Best New Restaurant.
Named after the first three numbers of the Waiheke phone number, this beautifully spread restaurant is nestled across the road from Onetangi Beach.
There is a large dining room set in terracotta tiles, flowing out to the outdoor area perfect on a fine summers evening.
Bronwen Laight has introduced a menu that is balanced and fresh. Seasonal and produce-driven, choose from a range of shared-plate options to a la carte.
It would be wise to book ahead as this restaurant is extremely popular with the locals. However, if you are unable to get a table, there is a great bar menu ready to be explored.
Pop into Arcadia for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering a more relaxed dining experience, soak up the atmosphere at this palm beach cafe/restaurant and bar. With the understanding that Arcadia means “a simple land that provides great pleasure”, indulge in a menu that emulates the idea of simplicity.
Arcadia is great option when you want a change from the vineyards. Be apart of the island lifestyle in a warm and relaxing environment with great beer and wine and an inviting menu full of variety.
On the slopes overlooking Onetangi, this winery not only are the producers of a quality Syrah but home to one of Waiheke’s best restaurants.
Started more than 20 years ago by the Bond family, Casita Miro is inspired by the kitchens of Spain. Dive into the delicious menu and choose your own tastings from goats cheese croquettes to a ‘share plate’ paella. Or savour your time and opt for the 4 course Fiesta menu.
Above the restaurant is the Bond Bar showcasing a mosaic masterpiece. Inspired by Gaudi in Spain, the result of seven years work is truly something not to be missed.
Striving to create an atmosphere like no other, immerse yourself in the vineyard of Tantulas. The opening of Alibi (a craft brewery) now means you can sit back and taste a wide collection of wine, cocktails and beer.
Renovated in 2016, Tantalus has become a must-visit destination. The estate is situated in the heart of Onetangi Valley, surrounded by other amazing wineries. A seamless indoor-outdoor flow in the restaurant makes you feel right amidst the vines. Nothing short of spectacular, the seasonal dishes produced here make Tantalus an experience like no other.
If you consider yourself a part-time environmentalist - Kennedy Point is the place for you as it holds the title of the only certified organic winery on Waiheke. Becoming a certified organic winery is no easy task, only 8% of New Zealand vineyards can keep up with the standards.
Upholding a sustainable approach that emits the use of chemicals and pesticides in the vineyard means that the wines are fermented with wild yeast. Enhancing the wines complexities, not only will it taste incredible but you will feel good drinking this organic wine.
Situated between the vines and offering panoramic views of Auckland, Mudbrick is considered one of Waiheke’s most beautiful vineyards. Relax on the front veranda with a bottle of wine or explore the cellar doors with a tasting or two. This Italian-inspired vineyard upholds a stunning rustic charm.
With an incredible selection of wine comes a fantastic restaurant in tow. The impressive degustation menu allows you to sit back and relax for a minimum of 3 hours, as you feast on a 7 course menu with the option of a tailored wine match. This empire is nothing short of incredible.
If you do not get the chance to visit Waiheke, Auckland restaurants pride itself on creativity, friendly service and top-notch cuisine. Walk with us for the latest food finds and popular places. We show where the locals go on our Taste Auckland Food Tour, a moving feast of fun, food and good times.