Spring is finally upon us, and with it comes the mack-daddy of springtime experiences. Charter your own helicopter to fly you right over the top of Rangitoto Island and to the heart of Waiheke Island faster than you can say ‘whoa!’ and enjoy a lavish three-course lunch at one of the island’s top wineries, Tantalus Estate.
Tantalus to the uninitiated is the relative new kid on the Waiheke winery block. Formerly a vineyard with just a rather charming barn, it was renovated in 2016 to become one of the island’s top must-visit destinations. Tantalus Estate has it all. With a craft brewery on site as well as the unrivalled quality wines, the space is gorgeous from every angle. A glorious light-filled restaurant with seamless indoor-outdoor flow onto the terrace overlooking the vines serves as the backdrop to some of the island’s best food. Using fresh seasonal produce the dishes produced here are nothing short of gram-worthy.
On this experience, you’ll leave the Heletranz heliport at 12.45pm where you’ll be whisked to Waiheke Island while taking in stunning views of Rangitoto, Motutapu and Motuihe before touching down in the beautiful Onetangi Valley at Tantalus. Here you’ll be welcomed with a glass of Tantalus’ Methode Traditionelle before being ushered to your table. Sit back and enjoy three courses of their mouth-wateringly delicious Spring menu with a glass of vino.
Then it’s time to jump back aboard for a sweeping flight back to the heliport seeing Auckland from an angle few get to experience.
Whether you’ve been hanging out for an unforgettable wedding proposal opportunity with a difference, or you want to celebrate a special birthday with your crew, this is an experience you’ll be talking about for years.
So if you’ve always wanted to ‘get to the chopper’ but have lacked the time and resources (money) to do it, now might just be the perfect time as prices have never been so good. So go on, live your best life, we’re here for it after all.
What: Heletranz Springtime Waiheke Lunch Special
Where: Tantalus Estate, Waiheke
When: September and October 2019
Find out more details here.
Image credit: Tantalus Estate, Armelle Frimpong, Logan Dodd, Mona Masoumi