Waiheke Island - as recommended by the New York Times
The New York Times listed Waiheke Island as one of 'The 46 Places to Go in 2013' and its a place that should be part of any Auckland visit.
Though only a short ferry ride from Auckland, you leave the city behind and enter an island paradise; with award winning vineyards, beaches and a thriving local art and crafts community.
From 25th January to 17th February you can experience an art exhibition like no other. The Headland Sculpture on the Gulf biennial arts festival displays 30 large-scale sculptures along a stunning coastal walking path.
Places to stay on Waiheke Island
Delamore Lodge - the epitome of elegance with opulent suites and amazing views of the bay from every turn.
The Boat Shed -a relaxed and intimate luxury hotel with panoramic ocean views from all suites.
Vineyards to visit for wine tasting, lunch or dinner