The Hauraki gulf, east off
Auckland, is dotted with beautiful islands. Rangitoto is the famous one.
It is the largest and youngest of Auckland's volvanic cones and typically
shaped like one.
Another famous island is Waiheke. Only 40 minutes ferry trip away from
Auckland but with the slow pace of life of a tropical island. Many picturesque
bays and beaches plus lots of wineries as much of the island western half
hills are cloaked with vineyards.
On a warm autumns sunday we took the ferry and rented a car to do some
exploring. With us went Paul and Jenneke, just as us, freshly immigrated
toNew Zealand. Waiheke proved to be very lovely and we had a great day
enjoying its beauty.
Our mini 4 wheel drive took us around the island. Because the weather
was so beautiful, Paul wanted to drive without the top. The girls sat
wind swept, beautiful and freezing in the back.
Waiheke is green and hilly with great views
After all the driving, walking and admiring, we went of for a tasty meal
in one of the wineries.