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Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Cable Bay

Impressive ubermodern architecture, interesting sculpture and beautiful views set the scene for this acclaimed restaurant. The food is sublime, but if the budget won’t stretch to a meal, stop in for a wine tasting (…
Pizza in Waiheke Island

Dragonfired

Specialising in 'artisan woodfired food', this caravan by the beach serves the three Ps: pizza, polenta plates and pocket bread. It's easily Waiheke's best place for cheap eats. It has another location by the shop i…
Art in Waiheke Island

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

A 2.5km cliff-top sculpture walk, held for a month in February in odd-numbered years.
Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Shed at Te Motu

Secure a table shaded by umbrellas in the Shed's rustic courtyard for shared plates imbued with global culinary influences and served by the restaurant's savvy and equally international wait staff. Highlights includ…
Italian in Waiheke Island

Poderi Crisci

Poderi Crisci has quickly gained a sterling reputation for its food, particularly its legendary four-hour long lunches on Sundays ($70 per person). Italian varietals and olives have been planted alongside the existi…
Ice Cream in Waiheke Island

Island Gelato

Before school, after school, and on weekdays and weekends, Waiheke locals crowd Island Gelato's funky shipping container garden for delicious ice cream, coffee and bagels. Seasonal ice-cream flavours shine, includin…
Spanish in Waiheke Island

Casita Miro

A wrought-iron and glass pavilion backed with a Gaudi-esque mosaic garden is the stage for a very entertaining troupe of servers who will guide you through the menu of delectable tapas and ración (larger dishes), de…
Seafood in Waiheke Island

Oyster Inn

The Oyster Inn is a popular destination for Auckland's smart set. They're attracted by the excellent seafood-skewed bistro menu, oysters and champagne, and a buzzy but relaxed vibe that's part bar and part restauran…
Winery in Waiheke Island

Stonyridge

Waiheke's most famous vineyard is home to world-famous reds, an atmospheric cafe, tours ($10 including tastings of two wines, 30 minutes, 11.30am Saturday and Sunday) and the occasional dance party. Order a bottle o…
Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Te Whau

Perched on the end of Te Whau peninsula, this winery restaurant has exceptional views, food and service, and one of the finest wine lists you’ll see in the country. The attached tasting room offers samples of its ow…