It’s a dusty but jaw-dropping half-hour drive from the ferry terminal during which you will see some of the most spectacular coastal nooks, bays and crannies Waiheke has to offer. Breathtaking, bold and running up hill and down dale at the eastern end of the island, this is Waiheke’s largest producer. The Man O’ War farm has a very rural feel and by the time you arrive at the appealing beachside tasting room, sited on lovely picnic grounds, you’ll no doubt feel more than ready for one of the interesting, generous platters, accompanied by one of Man O’ War’s exceptional wines. The loop road will take you all the way around the island for some more sightseeing so you don’t need to back track when you reluctantly leave.
Things To Know
The cellar/bar with its wrap-around veranda is favoured by boaties who anchor within walking distance at Man O’ War Bay. On occasion a spontaneous game of cricket may develop or a half-hearted attempt at touch rugby, but too much good food and wine usually sees the latter abandoned after the first half.
Don’t go past the massive Dreadnought Syrah, or the delicate Exiled Pinot Gris.
Purchase the lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil, as well as the honey from Man O’ War’s own hives – both are as excellent as the wines.