Wild on Waiheke: Wine & Beer Tasting
After an hour spent wandering around the Ostend Saturday Market, we caught a local Waiheke buses to Wild on Waiheke. Bus No. 1 stops right outside the gates of the wine farm. This was one of the most recommended wine farms, on both travel blogs and chat forums. It wasn’t hard to find at all, and if – like us – you find yourself heading to Waiheke Island with barely any plans at all, simply pick up one of the Island maps on the ferry. You will see Wild on Waiheke roughly in the middle of the map. Its is located on Onetangi Road –> Check out THIS MAP TOO!
Wild on Waiheke is multi-activity venue, providing a diverse range of fun outdoor activities. These include archery, wild tag and laser claybird shooting, craft beer and wine tasting all set within the magic of a Waiheke vineyard. We were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived, and saw so much going on. Eli was asleep in the stroller, so we headed straight for the tasting room! It was the PERFECT time to squeeze in a “stolen date”. <This is what we call “dates” that we manage to get while we are traveling and he falls asleep for a few hours.> While scrolling through the pictures below, you will notice that there are none of Eli – that is why! We parked him in the shade, bought a “flight” of beer and another of wine, and enjoyed some alone time.
Wild on Waiheke is the home of Wild Estate Vineyard, Waiheke Island Brewery, and a relaxed style restaurant resembling a giant outdoor garden bar. It’s a place you can unwind and relax right among our vines and chill out on the beanbags in Beanvineland.
Here you can come and roam wild for the day. Enjoy cracking food matched with our handcrafted beers while contemplating a sedate game of petanque. Alternately hit the tasting room for sampling of our wine, beer, chutneys and sauces. It doesn’t matter if you’re on your own or with a large group – we cater to everyone. Being a multi-activity venue we provide a diverse range of fun outdoor activities including archery, wild tag and laser claybird shooting, a licensed café and brewery.
Tastings for Waiheke Island Brewery beer & Wild Estate wine are done in the cafe on quiet days. During the peak of summer and weekends in the shoulder season, the Cellar Door Tasting Room is open for casual tasting. Tastings are just $3 each, or a tray of all 6 wine or beer for just $18. Once you discover what you like you may purhcase by the glass, jug, or bottle to dine in or take away. We decided to get a flight of beer (FOR HIM) and another of wine (FOR HER).
Sitting at a table, by ourselves, we started talking to a group of guys at the table alongside ours. They were SO SURPRISED when we got up at the end, and went to get our stroller. hahaha… #BestBabyEver!
There is also a range of local products to taste, including Wild on Waiheke’s very own sauces and chutneys, plus other great local suppliers for sale such as No.29 Olive Oil, Man o War honey, and local soaps.
“Haere Ra” (the Māori term for Goodbye)
We absolutely loved our time spent at Wild on Waiheke. It was a pity that we didn’t have all day to spend here. Eli doesn’t even know that we stopped here, and there was a great wooden jungle gym he would have enjoyed. Our sweet sleeper! He often misses things during his nap, but we are very grateful for “stolen dates”.
Public transport on Waiheke’s super easy. You can simply step off the ferry at Matiatia, grab the No.1 bus to Onetangi, and there’s even a busstop at our gate! Check out the local Bus Timetable HERE.