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    21 Pictures That Prove Waiheke Island Is One Of The Best Places In The World

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    1. This morning, Lonely Planet announced that Waiheke Island was its number five region to visit in the world for 2016.

    2. And there's good reason why they did that.

    3. Just a short ferry ride away from Auckland, Waiheke has some of the most incredible views of the city.

    4. Actually, just amazing views in general.

    5. Everywhere you look is bright green and blue.

    6. And every part of the island has a different variation.

    7. Half of the island ends in rocky cliffs.

    8. And the other half ends in beautiful beaches.

    9. The island features many walking trails, and few roads.

    10. A large amount of the island's 92 km-squared is taken up by vineyards and wineries.

    11. These wineries produce some of the best wine in the country.

    12. There is also a large amount of untouched grasslands and fields...

    13. ...for the island's animal population to roam.

    14. The island's few bus stops are designed to add to its beauty.

    15. It has one of the best climates in New Zealand.

    16. Less rain and humidity than Auckland, as well as more sunshine hours makes it one of the best places to be all year round.

    17. Every summer, a sculpture trail is installed on the island.

    18. Just in case the views weren't good enough for anyone.

    19. The best thing is that - aside from a ferry ticket - it's free to visit!

    20. That makes it the ideal place for a family trip or beach day.

    21. It's pretty cool tbh.

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