A winemaker's weekend on Waiheke Island

Te Motu winemaker and vineyard Manager Sam Dunleavy shares his weekend agenda on Waiheke.

After-work drinks Friday, 4pm

My weekend usually starts with a couple of drinks after work with the Te Motu crew to cap off a good week in the vineyard and winery. From there, a BBQ with mates on the deck at home or at the beach is usually the go, to ease into the weekend.

Beach breakfast Saturday, 8am

I always try and get to the gym. Following (or failing) that, I rustle up the crew and head out for breaky in Oneroa. If it’s a nice day, we’ll try and get a table out on the deck at Wai Kitchen. Eggs benny and a coffee looking out over Oneroa Beach is a top start to the day. 1/149 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa

Wine tasting Saturday, 12pm

It’s rock, paper, scissors with the crew to see who has to sober drive, then we’re off for a cruise around the island to taste some wine. Goldie is a great place to start – Waiheke’s oldest vineyard with a top winemaker. Next stop is Onetangi Valley – the heart of Waiheke wine country – where Te Motu, Stoneyridge and Tantalus are all within an easy walk of each other. We’ll finish off the afternoon with a scenic drive around the island out to the Man O’War cellar door to soak up the afternoon sun. 18 Causeway Rd; 76 Onetangi Rd; 80 Onetangi Rd; 70-72 Onetangi Rd; 725 Man O’War Bay Rd

Coffee and a swim Sunday, 9am

One of the island’s best hidden gems is The Annex. Jane and the ladies will serve you some of Waiheke’s best coffee and teas, with some delicious homemade treats to go with it. Following that, it’s down to Onetangi Beach for a swim and afternoon beach activities. 10 Putiki Rd, Ostend; Onetangi Bay

Fish ‘n’ chips Sunday, 5pm

I love to wrap up the weekend with fish and chips from Sarah and Simon at The Local (best on the island), and head to Oneroa Beach with the flatties and a bottle of wine for a sundowner and weekend debrief. 151 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa 


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