Good question, but here are the reasons. There was a chance meeting with a work colleague on the same flight from Wellington to Auckland the night before, she had bought three ferry tickets for a return trip from Auckland to Waiheke Island but due to circumstances wasn’t able to go. She offered the tickets to us (score!).
The ferry trip from Auckland to Waiheke Island took 50 mins and passed by the scenic seaside suburb of Davenport on Auckland’s north shore, Rangitoto Island (an extinct volcano) and Motutapu Island before dropping anchor in Matiatia Bay.
When we arrived a Jazz festival was in full swing playing at venues around the island. We had the option of a bus tour, yacht and boat tour, self guided scooter tour, mountain bike or walk.
Being a beautiful sunny day, a walk was in order. Our round trip took us 3 hours to complete and took in some impressively built mansions and numerous vineyards dotted around the island. We also stopped by the seaside village of Oneroa before heading back to catch our sailing to Auckland.
Not bad considering a chance meeting and no immediate plans for that day. Not bad at all.