Grab the gang (and your snuggliest coat) and head across the water to Waiheke Island aka home to some of Auckland's best wineries and most spectacular beaches for Fullers360's annual Winter Wine & Dine experience, now in its third year.
Fullers360 know as well as we do that the chilly weather doesn't exactly scream island-hopping, so they're pulling out the big guns for this one. For just $112 per person, they'll hook you up with a return ferry trip to Waiheke from Auckland, along with on-island transport to and from one of four participating vineyards, where you'll be wined and dined with some of the tastiest food and vino our amazing city has to offer. Yip, we can definitely think of worse ways to spend a crappy winter day, hbu?
Waiheke's vineyards are world-class and with Winter Wine & Dine, you'll get to choose from four of the best—each offering a delish multi-course lunch along with a glass of top-notch vino.
Tuck into a 'Gram-worthy grazing platter and some syrah while taking in the gorgeous, Bordeaux-style surrounds of Stonyridge—get amongst braised red wine beef pie, rhubarb and apple crumble and 360-degree views at Batch Winery—warm up on the verandah at Cable Bay with a big ol' bowl of seafood tortellini with lobster bisque, washed down with their organic sav—or dine out on yet another incredible grazing platter, sweet treats and stunning island-top vistas at Mudbrick (plus, did we mention they have a fireplace?).
Winter Wine & Dine is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now until October, with bookings essential. So round up the crew and experience some of Waiheke's finest wineries, no matter what the weather (just don't forget your brolly!).
What: Fullers360 Winter Wine & Dine experience
Where: Waiheke Island
When: Every weekend until October.
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