One of the days we were in Auckland, we did a day trip to Waiheke Island. From downtown Auckland, it takes just 40 minutes to reach the island by ferry. We spent a full day hiking around the island, doing a 15 mile loop around the west side of the island – starting and ending at the Matiatia Bay ferry wharf. Throughout the day, we enjoyed stunning cliff-top views of the ocean, landscapes full of vineyards and sheep grazing in grassy fields.
Mid-day, we reached a section where the trail was intersected by a bay of water. There was no bridge across and no rocks to step on to make your way across. There no way onward but to wade through the water. Jay was nice enough to give me a piggyback across so I didn’t have to get all wet. I believe his words to me were, “I’m already the Sherpa when we hike, now just add mule to my job description.” Which gave us both a good laugh.
Shortly after the water crossing, we found the perfect tree to sit in and eat our picnic lunch. Afterwards, we continued along the coast.
Once we reached Huruhi Bay, we left the coastline to cut across the island to Oneroa Beach on the other side. Along the way, we stopped for a wine tasting at Jurassic Ridge Vineyard. When we walked in, no one else was there except the winemaker. He was very passionate about his wines and was excited about a trip he has planned to come to the states and raft down the Grand Canyon.
From Oneroa Beach, we started our trek along the island’s northern shoreline, eventually ending back at the ferry wharf where we began.
On our way back to the Matiatia Bay wharf, we discovered that the last mile is only passable during low tide. Having no clue what time low tide was, we took our chances. Thankfully, the tide was low when we got to that section. And, by running the last 10 minutes back, we were able to make it back to the wharf just in time for the next ferry back to Auckland. What a day!