Waiheke Island's glowing reputation as an arty and bohemian refuge away from New Zealand
's biggest and most cosmopolitan city is being further bolstered by excellent vineyard restaurants. Accessed by a sweeping, tree-lined entrance reminiscent of Tuscany or the south of France, Tantalus Estate is one of Waiheke's most impressive wineries. Make a reservation for lunch in its sunny pavilion dining room—booking ahead is especially recommended on summer weekends—and partner the vineyard's own wines with local oysters, and innovative dishes including pork belly with chili caramel, refreshing melon, and Vietnamese mint. Downstairs, the Brewing Lounge serves craft beer made on-site by the Alibi Brewing Company.