Heels and Gumboots

An English woman in New Zealand

Month: July 2016

Hanmer Springs, you are lovely, actually

Hanmer = massage + forest walks + beautiful light + hot springs + wineries

Just lovely, actually.

The thing about Hanmer Springs is it is always just a fantastic experience – the freshest air on tap, the jet boat whizzing down the river (I’ve been on it, and believe me ‘whizz’ is the word),  the feel and look of a mountain village and a winery on the way or way home. I must have been there more than a dozen times now and I can’t think of a time when it wasn’t lovely. I always feel like I can cope with anything after I’ve been there, and do anything really.

The Ferry Bridge Just outside Hanmer Springs

The Ferry Bridge just outside Hanmer Springs

The 90 minute drive from home through the Waipara Valley treats me to rows and rows of vines that belong to wineries such as Waipara Hills, Pegasus Bay and a bit further on past the Hanmer turn off, there’s the smaller Waipara Springs. with its pretty garden and wonderful wine dogs.

The Spa at Hanmer Springs does a lot of things right:

  • The smiling welcome at the front desk
  • The heated beds in the treatment rooms
  • The quiet treatment room and the fact that therapist doesn’t try and chat to you while they’re massaging you – not keen on chatting while I’m being massaged!
  • The therapist waits for you outside the room after your treatment with a glass of water, a goodbye and thank you
  • The hot pools are just next door so you can relax in 32 to 42 degree water before or after your treatment at the spa. Delish.
  • Hanmer Sprimgs Spa

    Hanmer Springs Spa

    Marble Point Winery is one of those places where you feel that the owners are putting their heart and soul into their business. They  sell their own chardonnay, sauvingon blanc, riesling, pinot noir and the other things they sell like honey, infused olive oil and organic goats’ milk soaps make the whole experience just so wholesome somehow, in a luxurious kind of way.

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Auckland Weekend

Auckland weekend

Auckland is a city that’s definitely growing on me each time I visit. It’s bold and stylish, cultural and historic –  the whole package really.

The Viaduct is gorgeous – wandering around there at night reminds me of holidays in the Greek Islands. The atmosphere is  Mediterranean: my favourites are ‘Portofino’ and ‘Snapdragon’ and these stylish joints rub shoulders with the Irish bar O’Hagans. They all have outdoor seating and views of the yachts and I always want to pop a dress and sandals on when I know I’m going to The Viaduct.

The Viaduct, Auckland

The Viaduct, Auckland

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