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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Waiheke Island - 40 mins Away from Auckland

A Kiwi friend of A.S suggested that she visit Waiheke Island which he thought to be a must-visit place. A.S did not initially buy that idea since she had not learnt the art of wine drinking which is what Waiheke is famous for producing. Nevertheless, she went, for the sake of spectacular sights of vineyards, ocean, and cattle farms. 

Transportation is mainly by bus, or if one were adventurous, do some hitchhiking, of course with caution. Else, spend some money renting cars or scooters, or do the Oh-What-A-Torture biking up and down the hills, of which some is gravel road. 

What a blessing, A.S just arrived at paradise!!!

It's nice to cycle but wait till you see the hills and gravel roads

Waiheke Island is basically all about vineyards and beaches.

A fort with adjoining tunnels from the WWII, a contrast to the green pastures.

Too cold for fishing but A.S is kinda proud to catch this shot.

Old sheep, still and panting away which puzzled A.S.

A.S: What would you guess the diameter is?

Alpacas and ocean, SOOO LOVELY!

More of them and don't you like this picture?

The first time A.S caught sight of a bull and many more but no cows.
Go 'All Blacks'!

"Turn it upside down and here's how the name Silver Fern' originated," a proud Kiwi lady said.
Facts about living on this island....
Pros : You feel like you're on vacation everyday and people would die to live here like you. You swim, fish, sail, kayak, BBQ whenever the day's warm. A.S even sighted a school of dolphins at one of the beaches, and 2 kayakers were thrilled to be following them.

Cons: If you're not rich, you rely on rain water (limited availability) for use at home. Even though A.S went through water rationing at home in Malaysia, she never had to be this cautious. Groceries cost double  compared to the city - Auckland.

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