Tuesday, 7 February 2012


Few snapshots from my 3 day long weekend. Very cloudy and windy, but still managed to get away from the house a little bit.
First stop at Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana, about 60 min drive from Auckland.
Once you are there, 15 vineyards can be reached within 15 minutes drive.
Had a very nice lunch and some wine of course :)

Beautiful wine growes..

Next stop Omaha, which is about another 10 minutes drive from Matakana, a popular family beach resort, stunning white sandy beaches, great for watersports, also has a championship 18 hole golf course, art cafes, charming restaurants, galleries, farmers markets and more vineyards...

We visited our friends who got a beautiful 5 bedroom batch, right on the beach !
Look at the view !
Shame about the overcast, but still stunning, and the sand is sooo soft .
Step on to the sand dunes right from their deck..

Walking 10 meters and you will see this :)

'The batch'

Bit windy !

...sitting inside their batch...

..eating cheese and crackers with wine..mmmmm..

...we also visited Puhoi historical Pub for another drink :)

..tasted some honey at the Honey Centre..so many different flavours, lemon, blueberry, strawberry etc.

Celebration drinks !! Good work my gorgeous honeyplum getting an amazing new job !! 
New year new beginnings and better opportunities :)
Went out and had Japanese for dinner to celebrate....
....and some SAKE !
My mum making pasta from scratch, she is so good at it and it tastes so much better then bought pasta. I did eat way too much over this weekend hehe.
My babies :)
Well in need of a full groom !
Sess always curious on my flowers :)
Had some friends over for a bbq....
..more food !
..and drinks !
Had such a lovely cozy evening :)


  1. That will be hard for you to top next weekend.
    That is magical..............
    Tania Maree xx
    Scandi Coast Home

  2. Wow, looks like an amazing w/end with some of my favourite things - wine, bubbles, pasta, beach, alfresco dining, friends. xxx

  3. Oh my gosh what a wonderful weekend! The places you went to are beautiful! And a perfect way to end a weekend with friends and family.

  4. Oh Gaby...what a beautiful country you live in!! I so want to visit there someday. :) It looks like you had such a sweet, memorable weekend! (oh...and your honeyplum is a cutie-patootie!!) lol!

    xoxo laurie

  5. It looks like you had a wonderful long weekend, such a shame about the weather, it's been a bit of a nightmare this Summer! Congrats to your man on his new job!! xo K


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