The day dawned on another beautiful bright and hot Waiheke summer day. It was one of the last outings for a record dry summer (great for our guests, but not so good for us locals with our rain water tanks!) and my first season guiding with WWT. I have loved our awesome visitors and this great crew we have, among the funniest people I’ve known, even after 30 wild years in the music industry.

A super friendly semi-retired American couple arrived off a cruise ship, beaming as they walked off, absolutely loving their time in NZ. They wisely bought an attractive sun hat at the wharf, and we headed out on a glorious adventure. I love the way our guests get the WOW factor when they come to our stunning island paradise, and this couple were up for making the very most of this once in a lifetime experience.

We started our tastings at Goldie, where they loved sitting outside under umbrellas, meeting some fellow travellers, being informed of the 40 year wine history of Waiheke by the gorgeous Argentinian sommelier, and being awed by the coastal views from the vineyard’s majestic high point. They loved the story of the Rothschild Cold War bunker house we could see across the bay.

 

A drive along the volcanic island took us winding up to an even higher point of Waiheke, close to our small grass runway airport, and in to the mighty Batch Winery. Here our guests gorged on a delicious seafood lunch, as they gazed back to Auckland city in the distance where their ship was berthed. At each stop the visitors were asking me “And which is your favourite wine…”

 

After a quick drive bay of awesome Onetangi beach, our third stop was at Te Motu, like Goldie, one of our older boutique vineyards, and our American couple were so appreciative of the expertise and warm hospitality of the staff. They bought a few bottles here, as they did at each stop. They had time in Auckland city to savour these delights over the next couple of days, before continuing with their cruise.

 

Finally we drove next door to Stoneyridge for a last tasting and I could tell our guests were reluctant to leave, after what they enthusiastically expressed was the day out of a life time.

As I dropped them back to the ferry, we were firm friends, and I realised that one of the reasons why they had been asking me about my favourite wines, was that they had bought one of the top Te Motu wines for my wife and I to savour, and as a thank you, a bottle we wouldn’t normally afford…so very touched as always by our guests kindness and generosity.

 

We want to meet you! Come and experience a wonderful relaxed fun and classy day out like this with us,  as so many of our clients have experienced. We all need some recovery time from this season we unexpectedly find ourselves in….Waiheke… a world away from the hustle and bustle…we know, we have previously lived 15 years in old London town!The day dawned on another beautiful bright and hot Waiheke summer day. It was one of the last outings for a record dry summer (great for our guests, but not so good for us locals with our rain water tanks!) and my first season guiding with WWT. I have loved our awesome visitors and this great crew we have, among the funniest people I’ve known, even after 30 wild years in the music industry.

A super friendly semi-retired American couple arrived off a cruise ship, beaming as they walked off, absolutely loving their time in NZ. They wisely bought an attractive sun hat at the wharf, and we headed out on a glorious adventure. I love the way our guests get the WOW factor when they come to our stunning island paradise, and this couple were up for making the very most of this once in a lifetime experience.

We started our tastings at Goldie, where they loved sitting outside under umbrellas, meeting some fellow travellers, being informed of the 40 year wine history of Waiheke by the gorgeous Argentinian sommelier, and being awed by the coastal views from the vineyard’s majestic high point. They loved the story of the Rothschild Cold War bunker house we could see across the bay.

 

A drive along the volcanic island took us winding up to an even higher point of Waiheke, close to our small grass runway airport, and in to the mighty Batch Winery. Here our guests gorged on a delicious seafood lunch, as they gazed back to Auckland city in the distance where their ship was berthed. At each stop the visitors were asking me “And which is your favourite wine…”

 

After a quick drive bay of awesome Onetangi beach, our third stop was at Te Motu, like Goldie, one of our older boutique vineyards, and our American couple were so appreciative of the expertise and warm hospitality of the staff. They bought a few bottles here, as they did at each stop. They had time in Auckland city to savour these delights over the next couple of days, before continuing with their cruise.

 

Finally we drove next door to Stoneyridge for a last tasting and I could tell our guests were reluctant to leave, after what they enthusiastically expressed was the day out of a life time.

As I dropped them back to the ferry, we were firm friends, and I realised that one of the reasons why they had been asking me about my favourite wines, was that they had bought one of the top Te Motu wines for my wife and I to savour, and as a thank you, a bottle we wouldn’t normally afford…so very touched as always by our guests kindness and generosity.

 

We want to meet you! Come and experience a wonderful relaxed fun and classy day out like this with us,  as so many of our clients have experienced. We all need some recovery time from this season we unexpectedly find ourselves in….Waiheke… a world away from the hustle and bustle…we know, we have previously lived 15 years in old London town!

 
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