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By Jacqueline Taylor
Vines, vistas, and fine food and wine combine to create a magical day at Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant on Waiheke Island. Jacqueline Taylor reviews.
Imagine taking yourself away to a fairy-tale destination where views stretch across sparkling seas to verdant islands and distant cityscapes.
Discover a place where olive trees flank your meander down cobblestones and rustic sleepers, to gardens filled with lavender and rosemary. Where colourful potagers burst with vegetables and edible flowers, and garnishes and micro greens flourish in glasshouses. All around, you see vines, bursting with fruit that is ready for harvesting.
This is Mudbrick on Waiheke Island – a real-life getaway that offers charming cottage accommodation, fine food and wines, and tranquillity.
Escape the heat to the coolness of the mud-brick interior, from which the vineyard and restaurant takes its name. The cellar doors are open; take a breath and pause a while, absorbing the spectacle and aroma of barrels of award-winning wines.
Your lunch awaits. Come dine alfresco on the romantic terrace and indulge yourself with sublime wines matched to gourmet delights.
Savour the freshly shucked Te Matuku Bay oysters, with local bread and home-made olive oil. Take your time and savour the experience – this is island time and there’s no need to rush.
Retreat to your cottage a short walk away and take a nap as you’re soothed by the sea breeze. And when the sun sets, and the city lights twinkle on the horizon, return to enjoy the food and ambience at the Archive Bar and Bistro.
And, quite possibly, you have found the perfect place to relax. Gently pinch yourself – this magical day was no fairy tale.