Growing grapes for the winery industry is an intricate job that depends not only on the advanced technology but also on perfect geographical conditions. The combination of microclimate and the fertile volcanic soil makes Auckland one of the top locations for wine production, particularly Chardonnay and Merlot. Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf is one of the three wine regions in Auckland.
That said, there is so much to this oasis than just world-famous wines. To engage in all the outdoor activities, your best bet is to stay at one of the luxurious hotels on the island.
Because wine tasting is the primary activity here on Waiheke Island, you should consider the locations of the wineries when deciding where to stay on the Island. What you probably didn’t know is that a lot of the vineyards on Waiheke Island have their own guest houses.
Just imagine waking up to the lovely views of vast Waiheke Island vineyards and exquisite wine tasting outside your bedroom. If that describes your ideal vacation, here are some of Waiheke Island’s winery hotels you can stay in.
Kennedy Point Vineyard
When one thinks of Waiheke Island, the first image in mind is the centuries-old Pohutukawa trees. Tucked among these trees, Kennedy Point Vineyard offers an organic wine tasting with a backdrop of the pristine Kennedy Bay. The 12-acre property is famous for the syrah that even won a prize at an international award ceremony in London.
The vast vineyard has two guest houses near the pier and a villa on a hilltop. The guest houses can accommodate up to six people, while the villa with four bedrooms is more suitable for large families.
The list of facilities for all the guesthouses is endless, including free toiletries, private baths, soundproof walls, bbq facilities, flat-screen TV, fireplace, fully equipped kitchens, and Wi-Fi available 24-7. The best part is not any of these, but the fact that you can join wine tasting tours for free as a guest.
Couples and large families, vegan travelers, health junkies.
Kennedy Point is a tiny peninsula on the Southern tip of Waiheke Island, characterized by the pristine beaches backed by pohutukawa trees.
Established in 1996, Kennedy Point Vineyards is the obvious highlight, with a reputation for being the only certified organic vineyard on Waiheke Island. The management implements Biogro Organic regulations and biodynamics to cultivate cattle farming on the side. That’s why the place is also famous for award-winning honey, cheese, and olive oil.
Besides the vineyard, Kennedy Bay is full of coffee shops and art galleries run by the local artisans of Waiheke.
Top Things To Do
- Meet the celebrity horses of Waiheke at Surfdale. The horses that appeared in the movie Hobbit are now available for trekking tours around the island.
- Going beyond the famous wine tasting tours, Kennedy Point offers pairing tours such as wine-honey, wine-olive, and wine cheese.
- Improve your sports skills at the golf course or tennis court.
Click here to make a reservation at Kennedy Point Vineyards Guest House.
Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant
Behind the establishment of Mudbrick is a love story of a couple who quit their office jobs to live the life they always dreamed of. Starting with minimal business experience in 1992, Nicholas and Robyn Jones turned Mudbrick into a Waiheke Island award-winning vineyard.
Expanding slowly but surely over time, they managed to add a fine dining restaurant and luxury guest houses to the family. Today, the couple operates accommodation facilities on-site and off-site.
On the famous Waiheke Island vineyard, you have the options of a 3-bedroom fully furnished lodge and 2-bedroom vineyard cottages with panoramic views of the vineyard. Apart from those, the vineyard has four other private beach houses in the nearby Oneroa Beach.
The amenities in all the rooms are designed for your convenience. In all rooms, you will find indoor and outdoor bathrooms, spa pools, fireplaces, fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, and flatscreen tv with Netflix subscription, which we suppose you won’t have time from all the enjoyable activities in and around the Vineyard.
Couples, honeymooners, wine enthusiasts, beach bums, paddlers, adventure seekers, families with kids.
Oneroa, translating to Long beach, is located in the north of Waiheke Island. Many foreigners and Aucklanders deem it a slice of heaven with the white sandy beach and turquoise waters.
Idyllic and quiet during the weeks, it multiplies in livelihood on the weekends with boat cruises full of visitors. Watersports like kayak and bodyboarding are extremely popular, so are slow-paced activities like barbecue nights and wine tours. There is also a scenic promenade passing near the main beach and connecting the village to nearby vineyards.
Besides the main beach, you will also come across smaller beaches sheltered by large boulders. These areas on Waiheke Island are ideal for picnics, fishing, and rock-scrambling.
Top Things To Do
- Mudbrick Vineyard organizes regular vineyard tours to inform you about the wine-making process. Instead of sketchy wine tasting tours, you will first take a stroll in the vineyard with breathtaking views of the gulf while learning about the history of Mudbrick. You will then be taken to the cellar to witness the thorough wine production. The tour ends with your choice of three varieties.
- You can grant a lovely treat to your appetite at one of the two restaurants. Mudbrick Restaurant has an A La Carte Menu with Mudbrick specials made with freshly-picked organic products. The Archive Bar and Bistro is the more laidback sibling with savory but straightforward breakfast and lunch options, as well as superb cocktails.
- With additional charge, you can join day trips such as zip-lining, horse trekking, fishing, and coastal hikes.
Click here to book your stay at Mudbrick Restaurant & Vineyard
Cable Bay Vineyards
Established in 1998, Cable Bay Vineyards has come a long way. Only four years after its establishment, this Waiheke Island Vineyard has won the gold medal for its Chardonnay at a Wine Challenge in London.
This exponential growth continued in other fields, as the vineyard constructed restaurants, function venues, and a lovely villa regarded as one of the best hotels in Waiheke Islands’ vineyards.
The luxury villa on Waiheke Island is located between Church Bay and Matiatia Bay, surrounded by olive trees and conveniently close to the touristic points. The villa itself is large enough to accommodate 12 people.
The villa consists of two floors. While the ground floor is for gatherings at the spacious dining area and living room with a fully equipped kitchen, the double en-suite bedrooms, and their private bathrooms are found upstairs.
Cable View Villa’s spacious garden is capable of hosting functions, weddings, and celebrations. So, you can invite your friends without hesitation.
The villa has all the amenities you would need to either host significant events or spend a quiet weekend with your closest friends. The floors are equipped with private bathrooms, central heating system, washing machines, dryers, TV, kitchen facilities, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, BBQ area, and a large outdoor pool.
Do you want to visit only as a couple? Worry not; the management recently constructed three new studio-type houses with garden views and a two-bedroom apartment with breathtaking scenery of Oneroa.
Cable Bay Villa is better suited for large groups wanting to celebrate a special occasion or just wanting to chill out. Couples and smaller families can enjoy the newly-constructed cottages for privacy and quietness.
Cable Bay Vineyard combines the latest technologies with traditional methods of winemaking. Today, they have vineyards on Waiheke Island and in Marlborough, another wine region in Auckland.
The vineyard on the main site is situated atop ancient sandstone and mudstone that feed iron and manganese oxide into the clay-soil. These minerals are extremely helpful in getting a high yield of healthy grapes. Furthermore, the hand-harvesting techniques ensure that only the ripened grapes are processed. Simply put, the winery is writing the book on the chemical engineering of award-winning varieties, such as Pinot Gris, Syrah, Malbec, Chardonnay, and Bordeaux red.
Cable Bay Vineyards is also a favorite among visitors on Waiheke Island because of its central location. It is only a few kilometers from not only the other vineyards but also outdoor attractions like North Head Historic Reserve.
Top Things To Do
- Cable Bay Vineyards doesn’t rely on a single wine tasting tour company, but branches out into numerous options for adventurous souls.
- The standard Waiheke Island wine tasting package contains four varieties.
- Cellar door tour includes a walkthrough of winemaking in the barrel rooms, a wine library, and tasting of five varieties.
- Connoisseurs Tasting spices up wine tasting with delicious wine-cheese pairings
- Wine Trivia turns wine tasting into an exhilarating pub quiz, where you divide into two groups and answer trivia questions about the wines you are tasting.
Click here for detailed information about the wine tours.
- For dining, you can either choose between the Verandah or the Bistro or pay an extra fee for a private chef, who will ensure that the meals match exactly your preferences.
Click here to continue booking your dream holiday at Cable Bay Vineyards.
Waiheke Island is quite easy to reach in 35 minutes via a ferry from Auckland, but a day trip indeed would not do the trick to grasp everything this oasis offers, especially the splendid wines.
Luckily, the island has so many convenient options, and the holiday homes built at the vineyards make it even more advantageous since you get access to the most exquisite wine varieties from the comfort of one of Waiheke Island’s vineyard hotels.