Waiheke Island

“One of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s a short 30 minute ferry over from Auckland’s Viaduct Harbor. The ride over alone is a remarkable view and you can have nibbles and wine on the ferry as you pass by volcanoes and admire the sea. Once there, prepare to stay a while. The island is full of adventures like jet skiing, swimming, and horseback riding, and is covered in gorgeous vineyards. Pop over to Tantalus Estate vineyard, Stonyridge, or my personal favorite Man O War vineyard for incredible views, food, and WINE.”  — Parson James

photo by: Brian Lamb