The 'Drunken Oyster'
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.
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!
Then came the rain... Boo!
The only option was to take cover at a vineyard (it's a hard life).
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!".
We then called in at another vineyard to try a few more wines.
Dad was in such a mood...I ordered a lovely large glass of wine, while he stuck with a taster. Mistake!
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).
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.