SnowplanetSilverdaleGreat chance to get your kids on the snow and try it out. For kids who can already ski it is a fun time. Dress up really warm as it is very very cold. They have morning and afternoon sessions in the school holidays. They take all school age kids and then 5-16 years to learn and progress in the separated into groups depending on their age, skill level and choice of skiing (from 5 years old) or snowboarding (from 8 years old) and then offer them tuition.
- 23Well priced horse riding camp in the Auckland region. It is a great place for kids to learn to ride and immerse themselves in thing equestrian and other outdoor activities. There is bible study/morals training every day but it is not over the top. The staff are very nice and the kids liked the food. The older kids help the younger ones.
Hotel DeBrettAuckland CentralWe stayed and made it a base to catch up with some friends in Auckland CBD. We stayed on Sunday night and saw the lovely Caitlin Smith singing jazz (happens every Sunday). We had dinner as well. The dining room is a beautiful atrium. A little oasis in the middle of Auckland. As we were staying we were able to use the cosy Art Deco Housebar giving a special treat to our friends as only people staying can use it. I noticed in the afternoon there is a High Tea with champagne (!) Saturday and Sunday from 3 - 5pm. Looks something nice for another winter visit. The rooms are stylish and cool with a modern Art Deco style.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct HarbourAuckland CentralBeautiful hotel to go for a meal or to stay for a treat. Great place to send your out of town friends or stay yourself to enjoy a first class, international standard hotel in Auckland. It is discreet, private and beautiful The room we had was large and spacious. Tastefully decorated. Glorious bathroom.
The Oyster InnOneroaYou want glamour, you want fun, you want style, you something special to get you out of your Auckland routine. You want close, so go to Waiheke. But not for a hippie experience. Andrew Glenn and Jonathan Rutherford-Best are international New Zealanders who have come back after the Big Life Overseas and created this fun spot on Waiheke. The rooms are minimalist. Let’s call them bach style. The food is fine. But if you want to have fun, drink some champagne, eat some oysters, have a few laughs with some pals and a fun weekend while being spoilt with great service this is the spot.
Peace & Plenty InnDevonportTruth told, I have not stayed but really do want to stay at Peace and Plenty! Had some friends up form Wellington who raved about this place. I did though meet them for afternoon tea which was lovely and had a peek at the room which was gorgeous, and have obviously been put together with a great deal of care. My friends were taken with extra touches like chocolates, a lavender bag on the pillow, gourmet biscuits beside the coffee, and sherry and port above the fireplace.
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality GroupAuckland CentralI love this hotel and its old world glamour. On arrival the door man is charming. Everybody we met there was polite and lovely to deal with and made you feel special. The bedrooms are quiet and luxurious and once you get used to it, the ‘turn down service’ is rather nice. The buffet in the morning is divine. Make sure you go there hungry as there is so much choice.
Flowers After HoursParnellI received a lovely bouquet from Flowers After Hours. While thanking my brother I found out he ordered the Florists Choice. The florist selects the best flowers on the day. Fresh, seasonal and lovely.
Enchanted Rose Floral DesignPonsonbyAt a funeral of a dear friend, I noticed the lovely flowers by Enchanted Rose Design. On Jervols Rd, they are my local. Easy to stop and get a park if you just want to dash in.
Vida FloresNewmarketLove the Wednesday Cash and Carry. The flowers are wrapped as they come from the market. Great flowers at a much lower price point.
State Of Grace LimitedNew LynnIf you are looking for an elegant, beautiful funerals. Intimate care of the living and those who have passed. State of Grace are a bunch of wonderful women who know how to care, celebrate and grieve for those who have died.
Enchanted Rose Floral DesignPonsonbyBased in Jervois Rd, Herne Bay this my local florist. I saw their beautiful flowers for a neighbourhood friend who died. Elegant and considered and perfect for the person.
Mt Eden Village CentreMt EdenPerfect place for an Auckland city funeral. The old church is now a hall so no problem using a celebrant. There are lots of beautiful spaces for people to meet and gather.
Moa UnlimitedGrey LynnOnce you get to a certain age and your figure has seen better days, shopping for clothes is not the experience it once was. The wonderful shop assistants at Moa in Grey Lynn no how to find something for your life style. The clothes are designed to flatter and work with women’s bodies as they are now. Terrific colours and styles that have you walk out feeling fabulous. Plus the clothes are really well made over on Waiheke, timeless and don’t date.
Westmere ButcheryWestmereThe rissoles, the bacon, the salami, the sausages, the haggis. It’s all delicous at the Westmere butcher.
Grey Lynn Farmers’ MarketGrey LynnEvery week the www.glfm.co.nz is a fun place to catch up with friends, stock up on some nice food for the next few days, grab something for Sunday lunch.