All posts tagged: camping

Off The Grid

Without sounding spoilt, The Koala and I love to have long holiday outside of New Zealand once a year. But over the last few years, we have not left New Zealand, instead we have taken small holidays within New Zealand. I still yearn for foreign lands for new perspective and culinary delights, but there are world-class destinations within an hour from home. This is a story about one of them. Hidden in the remote hills behind Waiuku on the southernmost west tip of Auckland, is a secluded glamping gem. For the uninitiated, glamping is short for glamorous camping. Will and Kate (of the royal variety) went glamping in Uluru, Australia this week, so I think it is fair to say that glamping has reached the mainstream. The Koala and I stayed at Castaway’s glamping last Friday to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Expensive for camping, inexpensive for luxury, glamping is a careful balance. Our stay was paid for in full with real cash so this is an honest review, not an advertisement. Saying that, I must warn you I …

Labour Weekend in the sunshine

We had the most beautiful weather ever for Labour Weekend. The best weather that I can remember – blue skies and hot sun. Our friend Elijah invited us to his 30th birthday celebration at his fiancee Kristie’s family spot in Tairua. We drove down on Saturday around noon, partied it up on Saturday night, had a little bit of sleep and managed to do touristy, summertime activities on Sunday before we drove back to Auckland. Caught up with old friends, found new friends. Climbed the peak at Tairua and witness the amazing views as well as being fairly close to the stunt planes showing off in the area. Went for the first swim of the summer – in the river rather than the beach. I loved it, even if it was a little cold. Sunday night at home was a complete write off but Monday was spent eating with friends. We had the summer’s first BBQ at home — what a great way to end the long weekend. Here are a few pics from the …