You’ll be forgiven for thinking you're in Italy upon arrival at this acclaimed Waiheke winery, restaurant and function venue. With the founder being Antonio Crisci, the Italian genius behind Auckland Italian institutions Toto’s and Non Solo Pizza, this place is worth catching the ferry for.
The restaurant’s a la carte menu changes daily depending on the kitchen garden and the freshest available ingredients, ensuring the finest quality of food. Diners will be treated with spectacular views across the valley, with the west facing restaurant catching the last sunrays of the day. If you’re wanting a true Italian experience, head along on a Sunday for the ‘Italian Long Lunch’, an Italian tradition recreated every Sunday. As they say at Poderi Crisci ‘there is always plenty more thyme in the garden, and there is always another ferry.’
Image credit: Poderi Crisci via Facebook