If you love incredible views, scrumptious food and beautiful wine, then look no further than Cable Bay. Located on the gorgeous Waiheke Island, this destination vineyard is the ultimate place to enjoy an unforgettable meal over a glass (or two) of vino.
When it comes to wining and dining, Cable Bay offers it all. For an elegant meal to remember, opt for a table in the on-site restaurant—aka The Dining Room. For a more casual meal, kick back in The Verandah or nab a beanbag on the vineyard’s sweeping lawn.
Allow us to break things down for you. The Dining Room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that open out to views across the lawn, towards the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City. The restaurant is housed in a large, open space with a warm and inviting interior. There are wooden tables, modern pendant lighting and pieces of contemporary art. During winter, the crackling fireplace creates a cosy sanctuary.
The Dining Room’s ever-changing menu features seasonal produce sourced from the vineyard’s organic garden and orchard. Following a garden-to-table philosophy, Cable Bay’s garden is flourishing with veges, herbs and edible flowers. They also raise their own chickens for eggs and have their very own honey hive—so cool!
The rest of their produce is sourced locally and used to create seasonal
dishes works of art. Expect to be served a stunning meal showcasing a thoughtful combination of flavours, colours and textures. What’s more, the dishes are created with Cable Bay’s wine offerings in mind to create the perfect pairing.
Alternatively, The Verandah is an outdoor terrace perfect for passing the day away. We’re talking marble tables, cushioned booths and a whooole lot of indoor-outdoor flow. The space transforms depending on the weather with sliding screens opening up onto the much-loved lawn. There are also beanbags and rugs on hand should you want laze on the lawn—bliss!
The Verandah’s menu has Mediterranean influences and encourages people to embrace a long, leisurely dining experience. Feast on dishes such as lamb cutlets, pork belly sliders, snapper ceviche and flavoursome salads. The food is designed to be shared with woodfired pizza and a dedicated platter menu starring cured meats, cheese, olives and dips.
Wherever you choose to dine, one thing’s for certain: no visit is complete without savouring Cable Bay’s award-winning wine. Enjoy a vino with your meal and be sure to check out the cellar door overlooking the winery below. Pro tip: stick around for a wine tasting!
But that’s not all—no siree! Cable Bay are only too happy to host your next event. Wedding, conference or birthday shindig…they’ve got you covered. The Dining Room and Verandah aside, Cable Bay also has a boardroom and underground cellar boasting an oh-so-romantic Wine Library.
There’s no doubt about it, Cable Bay is really something special. Get on that ferry quick smart before we beat you to it!
Image credit: Kellie Blizard