Destiny Bay: aiming high on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island

Destiny Bay - amplitheatre
Destiny Bay’s bowl-shaped amphitheatre of vineyards on Waiheke Island, off Auckland in New Zealand.

Visitors to Auckland, New Zealand, known as the city of sails, usually have a list of activities they want to complete before leaving. Quite often this includes several days on Waiheke Island to enjoy the beaches, bush walks and great dining spots. And with more than 25 vineyards and wineries on the island, there’s a lot of wine culture to engage in too.

As a local from the Auckland mainland, I’ve notched up quite a few trips to Waiheke myself, and I’ll never forget the very first time I visited Destiny Bay.


Scroll down for tasting notes and scores of three vintages of Magna Praemia, Mystae and Destinae