BLAME AUCK­LAN­DERS

Cuisine - - TRAVEL -

look­ing for a quick get­away that doesn’t in­volve bat­tling the traf­fic, or the string of tourism top 10s it has made it on to in re­cent years, but Waiheke Is­land is grow­ing so fast it’s scar­ing some of the lo­cals. As vis­i­tor num­bers soar, how­ever, new places to eat and drink are pop­ping up all over the show, which is great news for those head­ing to the is­land for a quick break. Plus, es­pe­cially out­side of the heav­ing sum­mer months, it’s still sur­pris­ingly easy to find pock­ets of such tran­quil beauty you’ll for­get you’re just a 35-minute ferry ride from the big smoke. There are plenty of plea­sur­able ways you could spend a cou­ple of days on this Hau­raki Gulf gem, but here are our top picks for mak­ing the most of 48 hours.

The nikau for­est at One­tangi Re­serve OP­PO­SITE Tan­talus Es­tate

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