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Fast Ferry Catamaran to Rotoroa Island for some exploration. Onetangi Beach Horse Racing day. Rocky Bay, the Causeway and Puteki Bay.
Escape with us and relax on our closest resort island, Waiheke. We’ve always wanted to be at the Onetangi Beach Horse Races and finally we’ve managed to secure the Onetangi Beachfront Apartments for front row seats!
We are booked on the midday Ferry to Waiheke Is. Oneroa for lunch and time to wander through the island’s main shopping area. Then drive through Blackpool, Palm Beach, Surfdale and Ostend before arriving our home for three nights – Onetangi Beachfront Apartments. Dinner is at Wild on Waiheke.
This morning we drive to Orapiu to board our Fast Ferry Catamaran for the 15-minute crossing to Rotoroa Island. We spend all day enjoying the magic that’s been created on Rotoroa - explore the history of the old Salvation Army Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Settlement, including the jail, schoolhouse, butchery and chapel. Rotoroa combines its rich social history with beautiful beaches, walking trails, heritage buildings and fantastic sculptures dotted about the island. Bring your togs! Late avo, we reboard our ferry and return to our awaiting bus at Orapiu, to return us to Onetangi Beach. Dinner tonight is at the nearby Charlie Farleys Restaurant.
Here it is – The Onetangi Beach Horse Racing is a full day, with a carnival atmosphere and while the horse gallop races are the main attraction they are by no means the only events today. Races include - tractors, kids kart (ponies and gigs), Sealegs (amphibious craft), wheelbarrow and waka. There is the Fullers Fashion Parade, Market and Food Stalls, Silent Auction and Raffles. Organised by Rotary Waiheke it is their key fundraiser supporting local charities. It will be a great day! Dinner tonight is at Ki Maha Restaurant, right next door to our accommodation.
Before we leave, drive through Rocky Bay, the Causeway and Puteki Bay to see all the house boats in the mud. We have lunch with the locals (incl.) and then return to Auckland on the 2pm Ferry. Shuttles will be waiting.