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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ananda News - Winter 2017



Ananda News - Winter 2017


We’ve enjoyed a busy summer season and we’re now gearing up for one of our busiest winters, with some major events for the region including the recent World Masters Games and the Lion’s Rugby Tour 2017 coming up in June and July. It’s an exciting time for us, as we take a moment to share some of our news with you.

Jenny McDonald


New addition to our team

Meet Emily the newest, smallest and cutest addition to our Team. Emily joined Ananda in January and as you can see she is a valuable asset to our company. Here she is inspecting the 2017 Vintage with Daddy at Stonyridge Vineyard. Mum Brooke, Dad Martin and our whole family couldn’t be prouder!




Mudbrick’s new onsite accommodation 

Brooke recently attended the launch of The Lodge at Mudbrick Vineyard, adding to their portfolio of stunning properties. The 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom lodge boasts views that surround the entire house, looking over Auckland to the Coromandel, the location is breathtaking. Learn More




Tantalus Estate newest  vineyard to Waiheke Island

Tantalus is the most recent vineyard to open on Waiheke Island. Situated in the Onetangi Valley the Estate opened in September 2016 and includes 5.3 hectares of vineyards, a winery, craft brewery and restaurant. Learn More





Fullers' winter sailing schedule

We’re excited to advise that Fullers have announced their winter sailing schedule. Fullers will continue with departures every 30 minutes from Auckland, continuing on with the schedule they ran in summer. This proves that Waiheke Island truly is a year round destination. Learn More




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ananda Black… a whole new level of experience on Waiheke Island.




Welcome to Ananda Black


Here at Ananda, we are excited to announce that we have answered the call for luxury vehicles on Waiheke and are now able to take our exclusive tours of Waiheke Island to the next level of sophistication.

Just arrived, our latest addition to the Ananda fleet is a luxurious 2017 Mercedes Benz V220D Avantgarde, with full leather interior and tinted windows, it’s a fitting vehicle for a new top-of-the-line VIP tour experience we’re calling “Ananda Black”. 

We have always prided ourselves on being able to go over and above our clients' expectations showcasing the best that Waiheke has to offer. With over 18 years' in the tourism industry, we have the knowledge and connections to design truly unique, individualised itineraries and we can now offer an even higher standard of luxury touring. 

We can introduce your clients to the winemakers, chefs and artists, take them to lesser-known wineries and scenic spots far from the general crowd… Whatever their pleasure, we will go out of our way to make it happen.

Ananda Black…  a whole new level of experience on Waiheke Island.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Private Tour Vehicle



Introducing Gynnie, the latest addition to our fleet! She's a 2013 Hyundai iMax. Currently a 7 seater however we have plans to refit her with 4 Captain style seats in the back for maximum comfort and leg room. She's very quiet and has plenty of room for luggage / all you wine purchases!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Team Complete Wine Diploma Course



On the 22nd of June the whole Ananda team took part in a specially organised Bob Campbell Wine Diploma Course at Cable Bay Vineyard to enhance their wine knowledge and learn some tricks of the trade. Bob Campbell is one of just over 300 Masters of Wine in the world (with only a handful located in New Zealand!). He has been running wine courses since 1986 and loves to share his wealth of knowledge. The course covered interesting topics such as the language of wine, how to taste wine like a professional and food and wine matching.



 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Waiheke and Ananda Tours in the top 20 reasons to visit Auckand - Sydney Morning Herald

 The Ananda Team were very happy to be included in a recent Sydney Morning Herald Article about the top 20 things to do in Auckland.


http://www.smh.com.au/travel/twenty-reasons-to-visit-auckland-20130606-2nrzg.html


Five Gold Medals for Waiheke Olive Oil in The Los Angeles Country Fair!


Waiheke Olive Oil producers deserve to have a big smile on their face after the latest results from the 2013 LA Country Fair International Olive Oil Awards. Out of the 10 medals handed out to New Zealand, 8 of them were for Waiheke Oils with 5 of those medals being Gold! 

Here is a list of the Waiheke winners! 

AZZURO GROVES

GOLD MEDAL Azzuro Blend, Waiheke Island 2013
SILVER MEDAL  Tuscan Blend, Waiheke Island 2013
SILVER MEDAL Koroneiki, Waiheke Island 2013

MAN O' WAR

GOLD MEDAL Waiheke Island 2013

MATIATIA GROVE

BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL Frantoio, Koroneiki, Pendolino Blend, Waiheke Island 2013
SILVER MEDAL Koroneiki, Frantoio, Leccino Blend, Waiheke Island 2013

RANGIHOUA ESTATE

GOLD MEDAL Picual, Hawkes Bay 2013
GOLD MEDAL Waiheke Blend, Waiheke Island 2013



Friday, March 22, 2013

Harvest Time Special $95pp

Harvest Time!

To celebrate the start of what looks to be a stunning 2013 vintage, we are offering a special rate of $95 for our Essence if Wine Tour for the month of April!




Monday, October 8, 2012

New Seafood Restaurant on Waiheke



Waiheke is excited about the new seafood restaurant, The Oyster Inn opening in Oneroa this November.

"The Oyster Inn's menu is devoted to honest, authentic and uncomplicated cooking under the direction of Chef Cristian Hossack. As its names suggests, the Oyster Inn celebrates oysters with a dedicated raw bar, and other simple fish and shellfish dishes. We are also proud to support a wide range of artisanal New Zealand food producers, including lamb from our own Taranaki family farm, Te Rahui."

With views overlooking Oneroa Bay, an exciting menu and enthusiastic, friendly owners, we think the Oyster Inn will be a great addition to our world class range of Waiheke restaurants.