In Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Islands in the World 2015 list, New Zealand’s Waiheke Island has been placed fourth on the list. Chosen by the readers of the travel magazine, Waiheke Island received an overall rating of 84.447.
“A mix of Nantucket and Sonoma, with New Zealand charm, the island is a wine-lover’s nirvana. Just over 30 minutes from Auckland by boat, the island hosts a manageable number of vineyards and great restaurants, perfect for a day escape from the mainland. With beaches on the north side of the island and WWII tunnels to explore, there is no lack of excitement on Waiheke.
Pro tip: Rent a car, or better yet a driver, and try out our road maps for a great day trip through the Waiheke vineyards.
Getting there: Take the hourly ferry trip from Auckland to the western side of the island.”
The full list of Conde Nast Traveler’s best Islands in the World is:
1. Palawan, Philippines
2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
3. Moorea, French Polynesia
4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
6. Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, Australia
7. Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
8. Bali, Indonesia
9. Santorini, Greece
10. Tasmania, Australia
11. Cook Islands
12. British Virgin Islands
13. St. John, USVI
14. Mykonos, Greece
15. Boracay, Philippines
17. Orkney Islands, Scotland
18. St. Lucia
19. Cebu, Philippines
20. Hvar and Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
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