Health advice for diabetics when traveling

While diabetes – be it type 1 or type 2 – is a serious condition that must be treated with respect, there is no reason why it should interfere too much with travel plans.  Travelers with diabetes probably need to plan ahead more carefully than most, but in the vast majority of cases they can go virtually anywhere, and see virtually anything, that their travelling ambitions suggest.

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Having decided on a destination(s) a traveler with diabetes should begin their planning by finding out whether crossing time zones will be involved; what types of food are likely to be available in each place (and the times at which they are likely to eat), and the expected level of activity (more or less than usual?) All of these factors can affect a medication regime.

 

To ensure that the traveler has effective control of their diabetes a pre-travel medical check is also a good idea.  Any immunization shots can also be administered at this time, since diabetic travelers may need more time to recover if those shots make them unwell.  The doctor should supply a prescription for the patient’s usual medication and a letter explaining what type of diabetes this patient has, and the means by which they control it, for example, by using pills or injecting insulin.  The letter should also explain whether the patient has any allergies.

 

An individual that has diabetes, of either type, should pack their medication and monitoring equipment in their hand luggage and keep it with them at all times – on the aircraft and throughout the trip.  On no account should medication or blood monitoring kits be placed in aircraft hold luggage – the danger of it going missing, or being damaged by extremes of temperature in the hold, is too great.

 

The general rule is to take at least twice as much medication and blood testing equipment as is likely to be needed, so it is important to be organized and get hold of all of these items well before departure.  Many such items can now be conveniently ordered on the Internet, for example patients can buy Januvia online.  The doctor’s prescription referred to above should be taken in addition to these medications, in case of need: it may be helpful to check out prescription laws in the destination country or countries, too, as these can vary.

 

Travelers should also keep travel insurance documents on their person at all times, and remember to declare their diabetes to the policy provider.  A list of English-speaking doctors overseas can be obtained from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT). Contact details can be found at www.iamat.org.

 

Any person that has diabetes should always wear a medical ID, for example a bracelet or necklace, at all times, however, this is particularly important when travelling, especially for those who inject insulin.  It is also a good idea to carry food (in case of none being available when needed) and to remember never to go barefoot, but to check the feet regularly and seek medical attention immediately if infection or inflammation appears.

 

An insider’s guide to Dublin

It can be fun to be a tourist when you are on holiday – taking those cheesy snaps with a pint of Guinness and crossing off all the famous sights. But it can also be great to get a real feel for a place and it would be a shame not to when the destination is quite as fabulous as Dublin.

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When you are bored of Temple Bar and done with Dublin Castle grab a rental car from Auto Europe and start exploring the lesser known bits of the city. If you don’t know where to start then read on for some ideas, but sssshhhh don’t tell everyone, otherwise they won’t be the hidden gems any longer.

National Leprechaun Museum

It is fair to say that leprechauns fit into the category of stereotype when it comes to Ireland, but this museum is way under-visited. Instead of just making money out of the little green fellows, it actually looks into the tradition and mythology behind the fairy folk, making it highly interesting.

It is also lots of fun, with the chance to find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and visit a giant’s house. It certainly won’t be as crowded as the Guinness Storehouse.

The U2 Wall

Windmill Lane Studios was originally opened as a venue for traditional Irish artists to record tracks in 1978, but has since been used by such mainstream acts as U2, Sinead O’Connor and Van Morrison. In reference to this a shrine has emerged on the outside walls, with lyrics, declarations of love and cartoons scrawled on it.

Music fans will surely love this gritty tribute to Irish music and the followers it has gathered across the world. Windmill Lane can be found near City Quay and the River Liffey. It can take a little bit of searching for, but is well worth it in the long run.

The Cobblestone

No trip to Ireland would be complete without an evening spent in the pub, but it can be difficult to find that famed, yet much elusive craic. Try the Cobblestone on Queen Street, which unlike Temple Bar is where the locals drink. The beer is well-kept and up-and-coming local bands can often be heard upstairs.

Green 19

As with many bustling tourist cities it is easy to spend a lot of cash on a meal that is just adequate, but not at Green 19. This relatively new establishment on Camden Street is making a name for itself due to its innovative menu and myriad of drinks on offer including craft ales and cocktails.

What’s more, you will be stunned by the bill and not in a bad way. This is one of the best places to get value for money when dining out in Dublin. Whether it is brunch, lunch or an evening meal, you will find your appetite sated.

The Secret Book and Record Store

No alternative guide to Dublin would be complete without mention of this charming emporium of books and records on Wicklow Street. Easy to miss, its entrance is shared by a yoga centre, but hidden inside is a treasure trove of bargain buys.

Even if you are not planning on purchasing anything, it is a great place to enjoy browsing and soaking up the atmosphere. And the chances are you will end up buying something in the end!

 

Travel to the Best Destinations in New Zealand

Are you planning a vacation with family and friends to New Zealand? Are you looking for the best places to visit or activities to experience? If you are looking for fun, excitement and adventure, New Zealand has plenty to offer. The country offers many diverse things to see and experience that will make your stay worthwhile.

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New Zealand is really blessed to have different wonderful sceneries and landscaping that will definitely amaze anyone. It is one of the best places tourists love to visit all year round. There are also many positive reviews about the country that can be found on the internet from the people who have already travelled there. The place is truly wonderful with its landscape and geographical location.

The following are some of the best destinations that you can visit to when you are in New Zealand:

Stewart Island is among the island that is considered unusual but exciting to visit. Here you can find the Rakuira National Park that covers eighty five percent of the island. The place is well known for its tropical rain forests, stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches and crystal clear water that everyone would definitely enjoy. The island is also referred to as the Place of the Golden Skies.

Rotorua is a place in New Zealand wherein the landscape is just amazing. You can find active volcanoes and hot springs here plus you can also view and experience the Maori culture. You can also find the best accommodations here with cottages and New Zealand Holiday Homes scattered all over the area. You will definitely enjoy and have fun with the natural beauty and scenic views of the place. You will have fun doing activities such as kayaking and hiking.

Tongariro is a place that you should not miss out when you travel to New Zealand. Here, you can be able to enjoy volcanoes, hiking, skiing as well as other activities. You can go to the Tongarino National Park which is also known as a world heritage site. In this park, you can find active volcanoes and stunning landscaping. The forest is also lush and ideal for mountain climbing and hiking. The rivers are clear and perfect for swimming for the whole family.

You can find a lot of activities to do and experience in New Zealand and lots of beautiful sceneries that your eyes can feast upon. It is also easier to travel from one island to another if you hire a campervan from Wilderness Motor Homes or from snap car rentals.

Enjoy traveling to the scenic and beautiful place of New Zealand and stay at Holiday Homes in Auckland. Travel in comfort with family and friends with the help of snap rentals or wilderness rentals.

A great thing to do is to start a travel blog to document your travels, if you want to learn how to start a travel blog click here.

The Five Best Beaches In The Maldives

If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime beach holiday, the Maldives is most certainly worth visiting. The Maldives are located approximately 430 miles from Sri Lanka, and the islands boast some of the most amazing and breathtaking scenery that the world has on offer.

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Whether you’re looking for a scenic spot to sunbathe, a memorable place to scuba dive or the perfect fishing location, the Maldives has all of these special traits. The Maldives has it all, and some say that it is the perfect holiday destination, it is the complete package.

A trip to the Maldives doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank, and great deals can now be got online if you do your research properly. Sites like Travelbag offer great deals for package holidays to the Maldives.

Once we hear the world ‘Maldives,’ we automatically conjure up an image of  a picture perfect beach – and rightly so! The sand is soft, the waters are idyllically turquoise, and the sky is brilliantly blue – what more could you want from a holiday?

Here is a selection of five of the best beaches that can be found in the Maldives:

1.   Cocoa Island Beaches

Cocoa Island beaches are without a doubt some of the best beaches that can be found in the Maldives. Located on Cocoa Island, these beaches are famous for their exotic appearance and intriguing atmosphere. The beaches are ideal for those that wish to partake in some snorkelling or scuba diving activities. This is mainly because of the location of the islands, and it is the perfect spot to get up close and personal with a large variety of marine life.

2.   Nika Island

Nika Island is surrounded by a reef and shallow lagoon. It is insanely beautiful, and the water can be seen glistening at both day and night. Nika Island is ideal for first time snorkelers as there is no sea current around the island, this ensures that the water is extremely safe and tranquil.

3.   Island of Vabbinfaru

The Island of Vabbinfaru is simply a tropical haven. If you’re an animal lover, a visit to this island will leave you feeling overjoyed and wanting a longer vacation! The island is surrounded by amazing corals with brightly coloured fish, and there is also a marine life conservation centre that is based out the Banyan Tree.

4.   Kuredu Island

Kuredu Island is located in the northern reef of Lhavyani Atoll, and visitors to the island must take a 40 minute ride from Male on a sea plane to get there. Once visitors set foot on the island, they are greeted with a breathtaking 3 kilometer tropical beach that is lined with coconut and palm trees. It is an island that is favourited with watersports fanatics as it offers facilities that include kayaking, windsurfing and many more adventure sports.

5.   Kunfunadhoo Island

Kunfunadhoo Island is considered to be one of the most romantic settings in the Maldives. Over the last number of years, it’s reputation has proceeded it, and it now a firm favourite with honeymoon couples.  The island is visually stunning because of the beautiful natural vegetation environment that can be found all over the island.

Those are just five of the top beaches that can be found in the Maldives, there are many more that may be equally as captivating and spectacular. If you’re looking for striking scenery, fun activities, mouth watering cuisine and a once in a lifetime holiday experience – The Maldives is most definitely the place to go!

Perfect honeymoon backdrops: the Maldives

In my opinion, there’s no honeymoon destination that can top the Maldives. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, this stunning archipelago has everything you could possibly need for a romantic holiday – seclusion, luxury, picture-perfect scenery and activities ranging from the fast-paced and thrilling to the laidback and relaxing.

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If you still need convincing, read my guide to what makes the Maldives the ultimate honeymoon destination.

Seclusion

If there’s one thing that really stands out about the Maldives in terms of its honeymoon credentials (aside from the fact that it offers incredible weather and paradise-like scenery, that is), it’s the seclusion you can enjoy. After all, I think it’s fair to say that most couples crave privacy on their honeymoon – and by staying in the Maldives you can feel like you and your partner are the only two people in the world.

I can say that with such confidence because there’s a strict rule of just one resort per island – something that’s enshrined in Maldivian law, in fact – which means your little slice of paradise never feels overcrowded. Plus, a lot of the hotels here (which I’ll talk more about in a moment) go out of their way to offer as much privacy as possible.

Luxury

Another Maldivian characteristic that lends the country so well to honeymoons is the fact that the hotels are overwhelmingly high-end and luxurious. For example, the bulk of resorts come equipped with their own lavish spa. This means that a holiday here almost automatically means ultimate luxury.

Within this luxury category there’s still plenty of scope to find somewhere that suits your particular interests. There’s a wealth of amazing resorts to choose from, many of which are so exciting (offering things like scuba diving, indulgent spas, island hopping and such) that I could easily rabbit on about them for hours – but I’ll spare you that! Instead, I’ll take a quick look at just one, which I think is absolutely ideal for honeymoons.

Medhufushi on the Meemu Atoll is an idyllic island getaway. Equipped with an over-water spa, abundant water sports facilities and over-water bar, this establishment offers that little something extra for couples in the form of ultra-private accommodation. Its honeymoon water villas are actually separated from the rest of the resort and only accessible by boat – could there be any setting more perfect than that?

Unforgettable activities

The final Maldivian charm I’m going to look at is the activities on offer. Now, I know that there are plenty of destinations that provide a decent variety of things to do – what makes the Maldives stand out is just how remarkable and memorable these are. And, of course, remarkable and memorable activities are exactly the kind of thing that your honeymoon should be filled with.

Scuba diving is one example. Every resort offers this, and with visibility up to 50 m this really is one of the best places in the world to dive – go to Fish Head to experience local diving at its best.

Another is night fishing. Head out at sunset with local fishermen, who will teach you the basics and help you catch your dinner. Then, sail away to an uninhabited island to cook and eat your catch as part of a delicious barbecue. Not only is the meal amazing, but sitting under the stars on a deserted island is an utterly incredible experience like no other – you’ll never forget it.

Other things to indulge in include romantic candlelit dinners under the stars, island hopping and being pampered in one of the destination’s world-class spas.

Kristy Moore is a travel writer working from various locations around the world; this article was written on behalf of Hayes and Jarvis.

 

A guide to fine dining in San Francisco

A holiday in San Francisco is full of colours and flavours, whether this is referring to the city’s culture and nightlife or its culinary scene. Spending the days visiting a wealth of tourist attractions is bound to build up an appetite and with so much to choose from in terms of eating establishments it can be hard to know where to begin.

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Be sure to sample the delights of all the different communities that make up San Francisco, as well as the destination’s obsession with fusion food. Having booked your trip with Air Express, then you can start planning your dining experiences. And there is no better place to start than right here.

Frances, 3870 17th Street

Since your San Francisco holiday is likely to take you on a culinary journey around the world, it makes good sense to start off in the place that you have chosen to travel to – California. Making a reservation well in advance or queuing up before 5pm when they open is the only way to get a table at Frances.

It is a world-class restaurant where chef Melissa Perello serves up great Californian cuisine alongside a huge helping of warmth and personal service. The produce is local and cooked with innovative creativity, leading to excellent dishes. Try the baked cherrystone clams or a bavette steak prepared perfectly.

State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore Street

This is another establishment where it is worth planning in advance to visit otherwise you may not find yourself getting seated. An ever-changing menu of imaginative dishes is presented to customers and carts – almost like a Californian tapas or mezze.

Guests can therefore experience a wide selection of flavours within the course of one meal. The fried state bird of the restaurant’s name is quail, with other notable delicacies including duck liver mousse and pancake with smoked sturgeon. Of course the offerings are likely to have changed by the time you visit, but there are bound to be a whole new selection of tempting morsels to try.

Namu Gaji, 499 Dolores Street

From California, wing your taste buds to Korea with this amazing restaurant that fuses flavours from the Asian nation with produce from the United States. It is the brainchild and collaborative project of three brothers – the Lees, who also run a small farm from which they source all their vegetables and herbs.

Expect Korean fried chicken, beef tongue and potato puffs to all grace the menu. The team of waiting staff will also be able to advise you on which of the fine selection of wines will complement the dishes perfectly. And if you can’t get here for your evening meal, they are also open at lunch times.

Nopalito, 306 Broderick Street and 1224 9th Avenue

It is always a good sign when an establishment has to open up a second restaurant in order to cope with demand and this is exactly the case with Nopalito. The selection of tequilas is just as good as the tamales and carnitas that are served up by chefs José Ramos and Gonzalo Guzman.

They have gathered inspiration from several different regions of Mexico, making the menu a varied mix of fine dishes. Many of these are the perfect way to warm yourself up on a foggy San Franciscan day.

 

Your Health and Travel Abroad

Whilst you may go to great lengths to make sure you’ve packed your favourite bikini and have enough shower gel for a small army, it’s important not to forget about your health when travelling abroad. From preventing DVT to getting vaccinated, there are lots of things to tick off on your holiday health checklist. Here are a few important pointers for you and your family to consider.

Your Health and Travel Abroad

Vaccinations

Trips to Western Europe, the US, Canada or Australia generally don’t require any travel vaccinations beforehand, but you should be cautious of travelling to most other places. The National Travel Health Network and Centre’s (NaTHNaC) interactive world map is a great online source that gives you up-to-date information about what vaccinations you will need when you travel to certain countries and also when to get them. You should plan well in advance for most vaccinations. Some need a minimum of six weeks to take full effect and could require more than one visit.

 

When it comes to the cost, not all vaccinations are available on the NHS and those that are, aren’t necessarily free of charge, so you could have quite a substantial investment on your hands. Once you know exactly what vaccinations you’ll need, shop around and compare your local NHS travel centres and private clinics to see who offers what and who has the best prices.

 

First Aid Kit

No matter where you’re going, having a well-prepared first aid kit with you will always be useful. Your checklist of health essentials should include:

 

High Factor Sun Screen

After-sun lotion

Insect repellent

Condoms

Antihistamines

Anti-diarrhoea tablets

Rehydration sachets

Plus the basic first aid equipment – plasters, fabric bandages, safety pins, painkillers, scissors, tweezers and tissues.

 

Travel Insurance

If you are travelling within the EU (including Switzerland and Norway) you will need a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card has replaced the now obsolete E111 form and entitles the cardholder to standard medical treatments for free or at a reduced-cost. The EHIC will only cover you for the basics though, so you will still need travel insurance to cover the cost of emergency situations like mountain rescue or return flights home should you become delayed due to illness. If you are going skiing or carrying out any hazardous sports like climbing, ensure your travel insurance policy will cover these activities as most require an additional add-on for an extra price.

 

DVT

DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein that can be brought on by a range of things, including prolonged lack of movement – as is the case with long haul flights. If you are worried about DVT on your next flight, the best thing you can do is refrain from sitting in your seat for long periods of time and walk around the plane to stretch your legs as often as possible. Staying hydrated and wearing compression stockings during the flight have been shown effective at reducing the risk of DVT.

 

Sun Protection

If you and your family are travelling to a hot destination during the peak summer season it’s important to stay protected from the sun. Skin cancer is caused by over-exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and most cases can be prevented by just wearing plenty of sunscreen with a minimum SPF 20 that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Stay sun-smart by keeping covered with t-shirts, hats and sunglasses and ensuring you get plenty of shade during the hottest hours from 11am to 3pm.

Discover the Boston Freedom Trail

If you’re planning your first-ever trip to Boston, make sure you factor in a little time to walk the amazing Freedom Trail. In my opinion, this is one of the city’s greatest attractions, plunging you into its history and culture and ushering you to its most important sights, all in a 2.5-mile walk.

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There are plenty of hostels in central Boston too, which are a reliable choice for keeping the cost of your trip down – though there are plenty of reasonably priced hotels too if you fancy a little extra comfort

The Freedom Trail – background and overview

First of all, let’s take a quick look at what the Freedom Trail is – and exactly why you should make the effort to visit it. A walking route with a difference, the Freedom Trail leads its followers to 16 of the city’s most historically important sites.

It was created back in the 1950s, when Bostonians decided that something needed to be done to safeguard the story of the American Revolution – after all, it did begin in Boston. As a result, the Freedom Trail was born, and today you can clearly see it marked out on the ground with either a painted red line or in brick.

Since it’s so clearly laid out, it’s really easy to follow it independently – and doing so means you can always stop to look at anything that interests you that little bit more closely. Alternatively, go on a 90-minute tour by the Freedom Trail Foundation; this is an absolutely brilliant way of learning more about the sights you’ll pass. And speaking of sights, here are a few of the highlights to whet your appetite…

Boston Common

First on my list is Boston Common, which is the oldest public park in America. It was founded back in 1643 and was used as a place to graze livestock until 1830; since this time, it has also acted as a camp for troops during the British occupation, as well as a site for puritanical punishments. Happily, today it’s used for public events and entertainment – much more appealing!

Massachusetts State House

With its spectacular golden dome, Massachusetts State House is pretty hard to miss. As well as being one of the oldest buildings on Beacon Hill, it is considered by many to be one of the most impressive state buildings in the country.

Old Corner Bookstore

This is one of my favourite spots on the Freedom Trail. Having begun its life as an apothecary shop, the Old Corner Bookstore opened in 1828 and thrived until 1903, seeing particular success when it was under the management of Ticknor and Fields, which was one of the nation’s favourite publishers in the mid-19th century. It is one of the most historical buildings in Boston.

Bunker Hill Monument

The first thing to remember about Bunker Hill Monument is that despite its name, it is actually on Breed’s Hill. This 221 ft high granite obelisk marks the site of the first major battle of the Revolutionary War, which took place on June 17th 1775. As a quick tip, you can find out more about the skirmish itself at the nearby Battle of Bunker Hill Museum.

USS Constitution

Last on my list is the USS Constitution, which is the oldest commercial warship still afloat today – not only in the US, but in the entire world. Usually she’s berthed at Charlestown Navy Yard, but around six times a year she’ll sail into Boston Harbor. To learn more about her, board the ship for a look around and check out the USS Constitution Museum.

 

Viva La Paz!

Not to be confused with the better-known Bolivian city of the same name, La Paz on the Baja California Peninsula is one of Mexico’s foremost coastal destinations, offering activities to suit even the most adventurous of travellers.

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It’s position on Mexico’s Pacific coast also makes it an ideal stopping place for those heading south from California to enjoy holidays in Central America – with its ferry crossing to Mazatlan allowing you to traverse the Gulf of California and continue your journey overland to Mexico City, and then on to Guatemala and Belize.

If you’d like to find out more about travel through the Baja California Peninsula follow this link, or read on for more information about the fantastic range of things to do there is in La Paz:

Watersports

Being a coastal city situated on sheltered gulf where water temperatures are regularly in the high 20s, one of the most obvious things to do is to get wet!

Depending on your preference, this could be as uncomplicated as putting on your boardshorts or bikini and going for a paddle at one of the region’s many stunning white sand beaches, or as involved as getting fully kitted up for a scuba diving adventure with hammerhead sharks and giant manta rays.

If getting wet is not your thing, but you still like to get out an enjoy the fresh sea breeze, why not cast line and see if you can catch a sea monster or two, including the fabled marlin or a powerful tuna?

Of course, you may just prefer to look at the water, so you can simply slap on the sun lotion (temperatures get well into the 30s in this part of the world, so you’ll need it), roll out your beach towel and lie back on the sand with a cool bottle of cerveza in your hand.

Sightseeing

Being a lively city, La Paz has plenty to keep you occupied away from the beach too. The best place to start is the city’s zocalo (main square), which is at the heart of everything that happens in La Paz.

Surrounded by historic buildings – the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Paz; the Library of Regional History of the Californias – this shaded space with a fountain at its centre is a hive of activity. Hang out with the locals, grab a bar in a nearby bar and dine on some delicious locally caught seafood in one of the restaurants.

Day trips

La Paz is also a great base for day trips to other places of interest on the peninsula, including the island of Espiritu Santo – an 11-mile by three-mile desert island rich in biological diversity.

Much like the Galapagos Islands, it is home to a number of endemic species such as the  ring-tailed cat, black jackrabbit and ground squirrel, while its waters are home to more common but no less spectacular species, including turtles, whales and sharks.

Although evidence of human habitation stretches back tens of thousands of years, the only visitors now are adventurers keen to camp in the wilderness or swim with dolphins.

With its stunning weather, beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, La Paz really is a top-class adventure destination, so don’t just fly straight to Mexico City, try the Baja Peninsula out for size.

 

Wineries & Wine Tours: Soaking Up The Sun in Auckland

A trip to New Zealand’s beautiful North Island is a treat at any time of year – and if you plan on booking flights to Auckland, you’ll also want to spend some time exploring the area’s spectacular wineries.

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There are plenty of excellent vineyards to explore just a short distance away from Auckland’s city centre, making them perfect for day-trips or longer overnight stays. Read on for some hotspots you won’t want to miss.

Build your own wine tour

If this is your first trip to New Zealand or you are new to the world of wine, you might want to set out on a wine tour to learn a bit more about how it is made.

The main wine-producing regions in the Auckland area include Henderson, South Auckland, Kumeu and Huapai. Each have their own unique specialities and in total, these regions contain more than 20 vineyards.

You can arrange wine tours that depart from central Auckland to suit your schedule – half-day and full-day tours are available, as well as quick tours of just a few hours for those who are short on time.

Brick Bay

Whether you’re a wine lover, an art lover or a bit of both, Brick Bay is a brilliant place to indulge your passions. Here, you’ll find the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail – a unique outdoor art gallery on a two-kilometre walking trail.

The facility also produces extra-virgin olive oil – olives are grown and cold-pressed right on the site. You can sample the olive oil, as well as the locally-produced wine, in the Glass House. Here, you’ll be able to arrange a personalised wine tasting, savour a relaxing coffee or try out a food platter.

Cable Bay

Cable Bay is home to five vineyards on the western end of Waiheke Island. Here, visitors can enjoy stunning sea views across Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf while they sample the local wines and produce, including delicious fresh olive oil.

One of the best venues to try the finest wines the region has to offer is The Wine Bar, which is among one of Auckland’s most frequently-awarded bars.

You can also sample the various locally-produced foods on offer at the Cable Bay restaurant. It’s a relative newcomer to Auckland (it has been in operation for approximately four years) but it is proving to be a particularly popular venue for visitors and newcomers alike.

blanc, West Auckland

If you are just planning a brief stop in Auckland and you don’t have time to make your way out to one of its wineries, you might want to check out a local venue where you can sample some of the region’s best beverages.

For wine-lovers in West Auckland, blanc is a brilliant choice – and is less than 20 minutes away from the city centre. Here, you’ll find a wide range of premium wines, as well as boutique spirits and a large selection of craft beers.

Wherever you choose to travel in and around the Auckland area, you can be sure to expect fabulous hospitality, plenty of sunshine and of course, delicious local wines!