Saturday 18 February 2015
Dawn breaks with an amazing sunrise and clear skies. I get up briefly to enjoy the calm quiet morning for 1/2 hour before letting myself be lured back to the fluffy warmth of bed.
There are markets at Ostend on a Saturday morning so we head there for breakfast. After snagging a park on a grass verge we follow the crowd toward the small but nifty markets – a combination of food stalls, bric-a-brac and local crafts. We are surprised at the number of people from other parts of the world that have made Waiheke their home – like the French lady selling home made quiches and tarts (which are pretty tasty I must say) or the Austrian lady trading her hand made gift cards. The markets are full of them.
Following a recommendation we head to Peacock Sky Winery for a tea/coffee. It’s high on a ridge in the centre of the island. The winery gets its name from the wild peacocks that inhabit the next hill, set loose by some mad American woman years ago. Confusingly the logo is a monarch butterfly – go figure!
But its a beautiful spot to sit outside and enjoy a coffee. We are tempted to stay for lunch but we are committed elsewhere. Where I hear you ask – why Mudbrick Vineyard Restaurant of course!
But we still have time to kill so we check out Trig Hill and then a few of the small coves between Onetangi and Oneroa. Along the way we pick up a hitch-hiker – a loverly American girl, doing a day trip of the island. She has no particular destination in mind so we take her to Mudbrick with us.
Mudbrick is a misnomer – the name conjures up images of rough and ready buildings, where in-fact it is quiet chic. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
When we arrive, we find there is a outside cafe terrace and a restaurant. Luckily we have a reservation at the restaurant. Howard looks a bit under-dressed in shorts, t-shirt and thongs.
After due deliberation and discussion we place our orders and sit back and enjoy the ambiance and view.
The food and wine is excellent, as is the service. I’m happy to give this place a 10 out of 10.
We decline the delicious looking desert menu (our tummies are too full of yummy goodness) and check out the rest of the winery. There is a herb garden, a lovely topiary garden, behind the restaurant up the fill there is a lovely lavender garden and a further up a fabulous view of the island and Auckland Harbour.
What a wonderful way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon. No agenda, no rush, not a care in the world.