A Travellerspoint blog

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

The 'Drunken Oyster'

Sanctury-f..leave_30-01.jpeg

Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland harbour front; it gave us a chance to see the city scape from the sea. We didn't take the car over and instead bought a combined ferry/bus ticket so that we could explore the island more easily.

Sanctury-f..leave_29-01.jpeg

Yet again it was a changeable weather day...sun, rain and wind (often all at once!). When we first got onto the island we took the bus to Onetangi Beach and had a stroll along the sea front. The weather was glorious and gave us an opportunity to sit outside in a lovely cafe bar to take in the views. We shared a platter of goodies; prawns, chicken, pork ribs, meatballs...delicious!

Sanctury-f..leave_34-01.jpegSanctury-f..leave_33-01.jpegSanctury-f..leave_35-01.jpeg

Then came the rain... Boo!

Sanctury-f..leave_36-01.jpeg

The only option was to take cover at a vineyard (it's a hard life).

Sanctury-f..leave_41-01.jpegSanctury-f..leave_39-01.jpeg

While the three of us enjoyed a few tasters of wine, Jason ordered a 'drunken oyster'. Grim! It was a dark ale with an oyster sat at the bottom of it. I don't know how he drank it. By the time he'd nearly finished his beer, the oyster had swollen to double its size and he had to down it in one at the end. Quote: "I won't be ordering that again!".

Sanctury-f..leave_37-01.jpegSanctury-f..leave_42-01.jpegSanctury-f..leave_43-01.jpeg

We then called in at another vineyard to try a few more wines.

Sanctury-f..leave_45-01.jpegSanctury-f..leave_48-01.jpegSanctury-f..leave_49-01.jpeg

Dad was in such a mood...I ordered a lovely large glass of wine, while he stuck with a taster. Mistake!

Sanctury-f..leave_50-01.jpeg

Waiheke Island is beautiful. We all said we'd like to spend a night or two there next time as there's plenty more of the island to explore (and more wines to sample).

Sanctury-f..leave_51-01.jpeg

The ferry home turned out to be LONG because it broke down.Unfortunately we didn't take any photographs of what happened. I could sense my mum getting anxious as the ferry continued to struggle to get any speed on the crossing. The captain then couldn't dock the boat. We got led through the engine rooms, only to be told to turn back around. Finally we had to crouch over a temporary ramp because the ferry couldn't get closer enough to the site to make it onto dry land. Panic over, we made it back in one piece.

Posted by bloorsontour 00:44 Archived in New Zealand

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Comments

Contrary to some of these blogs - I don't have narcolepsy! I was merely "resting my eyes". I enjoyed all the fantastic scenery! xxx

by ma and pa

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint