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Your winemakers: Francis Hutt & Heike Sonnenschein
At 12 miles long, Waiheke is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf, and boasts 83 miles of sparkling coastline and emerald waters. Just a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke is also the most populated and most accessible of the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Waiheke has a diverse landscape, and is home to historic reserves, working farmland and bustling villages.
Discovered and settled by Maori approximately 1000 years ago, Waiheke translates to ‘cascading waters’. Signs of Maori occupation on Waiheke Island still exist today. Archeological sites are scattered over the island including more than forty pa sites, cooking pits and terraced areas. The first traces of Europeans arrived with the missionary Samuel Marsden in the early 1800s, several years after Captain Cook passed by and acknowledged the island in his travels through the Hauraki Gulf.
Kennedy Point vineyard is tucked among the Pohutukawa Trees overlooking Waiheke Island’s Kennedy Bay.
Kennedy Point is home of Port Kennedy where the main car ferries arrive on Waiheke Island. Car ferries depart from Pakaranga at Half Moon Bay and the journey takes approximately 50 minutes. You can also take a passenger ferry from Auckland but this will take you to the Matiatia Waiheke terminal (35 mins) – a hired car or taxi would be required. Go to www.sealink.co.nz for sailing times and rates.