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3 Things To Do In Auckland This Long Weekend!

Silo Park 

Location: Corner Beaumont Street and Jellicoe, Jellicoe St, Auckland
When: Friday 25th January
Ticket Prices: FREE

Head down to Silo Park on Friday evening, and enjoy a dinner from one of the many delicious food trucks. The film “Whale Rider” will be projected at 7pm whilst you lounge on the grass enjoying the sunset. Food & Drinks begin and 5pm, don’t forget to take a picnic rug and maybe a blanket!


Cirque Grande 

Location: Stella Maris Catholic School, 50 Silverdale St, Silverdale, Auckland
When: 23rd-28th January
Ticket Prices: $40-$60

If your looking for a laugh this weekend, the Cirque Grande is just the event for you and the whole family. This award-winning performance is said to be both hilarious and jaw dropping. The show is on until Monday, 28th January – tickets available online.

Laneway Festival 

Location: Albert Park Precinct 
When: Monday 28th January 
Ticket Prices: $180

Last but not least… The Laneway Festival, is back with another outstanding line-up, including Florence and the Machine, Jorja Smith, A boogie wit da Hoodie and many other jazz and R&B acts



Guy Fawkes in Auckland

With Guy Fawkes creeping up on us after halloween, we've picked out the best Firework displays that are happening in Auckland this holiday for you and your family to enjoy. Why not celebrate with a bang!

Spooks & Sparks 

Location - The Trusts Arena (65-67 Central Park Dr, Henderson, Auckland)
When - Saturday 3rd November at 6.00pm
Ticket Prices - Adult $27.00 & Under 16 $10.50

Aucklands largest firework display is back! Spooks and Sparks is a great family friendly event which mixes hallwoeen dress up, fireworks and an amazing laser display! The gates will open at 6.00pm and to compliment the display The Trust Arena are transforming their carpark into a family fairground with rides, attractions, entertainment and a great variety of food trucks to tickle the taste buds of you, your family and friends. So bring along a warm blanket, chairs and pillows, sit back, relax and watch the amazing fireworks and laser display.


Western Springs Speedway

Location - Western Springs Stadium (Stadium Road, Western Springs)
When - Saturday 3rd November at 6.00pm - 10.30pm
Ticket Prices - Adult $30.00,  5-14yrs $5.00, Under 5yrs FREE

Speed into the night this Guy Fawkes at Western Springs. Hosting the opening night of Speedway along with the Fireworks setting off at 10.30pm sharp by NZ's best pyro company, light the fuse you won't be let down! 



Auckland Sky Tower

Location - Auckland CBD

What better place to watch the fireworks than right in central Auckland up the tallest building in our city?

Wine or dine with friends and family - choose from The Sugar Club, The Sky Cafe or Orbit 360 then make your way over to the viewing platform once the diplays kick off. You'll have an incredible 360-degree view of the whole city, seeing all of the fireworks from the south, and central to the shore... If the weathers good that is!



Mt Eden

With the views at the top of Mt Eden we promise that you will not be let down! With views across the whole city and towards the North Shore, why not take the family and friends up one of Aucklands most well known volcanic peaks. 

Take along the picnic rug, blankets, a basket of food and a few beverages, pick a spot and take it all in. Celebrate Guy Fawkes like a true Kiwi!



Killer Halloween Recipes

Can you believe that it’s almost Halloween already?! With the holiday quickly approaching why not celebrate with some blood warming baking to keep the kids and their taste buds satisfied! We thought we’d put together some  killer creative and super easy recipes to get you into that spine-chilling Halloween spirit!


Succulous Strawberry Ghosts

2 cups strawberries
1 1/2 cups melted white chocolate
1 tsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup. mini chocolate chips
1 cup melted chocolate chips

Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine melted white chocolate and coconut oil and stir until combined. Dip strawberries into white chocolate and place two mini chocolate chips on the top half of the strawberries for eyes. Place strawberries on prepared baking sheet and place in the refrigerator to harden, about 10 minutes.
Place melted chocolate chips in a ziploc bag and pipe mouths on the strawberries.
Let cool again in the refrigerator, 5 minutes. Serve.

Recipe Source www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55595/strawberry-ghosts-recipe/

Mummy Hot Dogs

Frankfurters or Cheerios
Savoury Pastry

Preheat oven to 190*c
Cut pastry into thin strips and wrap the dough around each frankfurter/cheerio to make them look like little mummieBake for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.


Edible Eyeballs Cut slices of cheese as thick as you want your eyeballs to be and cut off the sides of an olive so they can lay flat on top of the cheese.
Using a large straw cut large circles out of the cheese. Cut the centers out of your circles using a small straw.
Using the small straw, cut pieces out of your dark veggie. Pop the little pieces of olive into the cheese circle (it will fit perfectly).


Bat Cupcakes

  • Chocolate Cupcake Mix (or homemade)
    1 cup butter
    2 cups icing sugar
    1/2 cup cocoa powder
    2 Tablespoons milk
    2 oz melting chocolate

  • Prepare the cake mix according to box directions and bake as stated until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
    Whip the butter, icing sugar, and cocoa powder together and adjust the consistency with milk (or more icing sugar if it gets too runny). Spoon the frosting into a piping bag with a spiral tip.
    Melt the melting chocolate in a microwave proof dish in 30 second intervals, stirring well in between heatings.
    Using a sharp kitchen knife, cut the OREO cookies in half and attach the googly eyes and there you have it!

Super Easy Stringers & Pretzel Broomsticks

Stringers Cheese Sticks
Pretzel Sticks

Fresh Chives



Cut the cheese sticks in half.
Dice the “bristles” about 3/4 of the way from the top.
Cut 2-3 planks on one side, then rotate the cheese and cut 3-4 slices again, giving you matchsticks, or “bristles”.

Tie a single fresh chive around the top, just for cuteness. 
Gently insert a pretzel stick.



Luxury Homes With Every Dad In Mind

This Father’s Day, give Dad the gift that keeps on giving. Say goodbye to the simple way of living and say hello to the luxury man cave. Between home theaters, custom bars, lounges and endless games, every day should feel like Father’s Day for the man of the house. With their holiday weekend approaching, we combed through some of New Zealand’s properties to find entertainment rooms and spaces to fit every Dad’s interests.

For those dads who can’t get enough of the big screen..
look no further than this stunning waterfront property in Herne Bay, Auckland. This home theatre will definately fit his needs so roll out the red carpet and get comfortable becasue dad will not want to leave. 

It's easier to have fun when you are... playing pool in the heart of Remuera. 
With a wealth of relaxing and entertaining spaces, this 5 bedroom home in the heart of Remuera lets Dad indulge in a friendly pool match while socialising in style! Tastefully refurbished throughout, this home will pleasantly surprise you at every turn, from the lovely street appeal to the warm entrance flowing through to the heart of the home and chef's kitchen.

Because every dad needs his own helipad
With demanding work schedules and inevitable traffic dads need time to really enjoy what life has to offer! This stunning property on Waiheke Island won't leave dad bored.

Afterwards... let Dad treat himself with a well deserved drink
With approxiametely 6 acres of vineyard, a celler and tasting room this Architect designed Church Bay Escape on Waiheke island also will not leave Dad thirsty this fathers day! In one of New Zealand's top and private locations, this luxury property will seize to impress.

Because today is Dads Day
Fathers day is all about letting dad do what dad wants to do. Let him hit a few golf balls on his own private putting green in St Heliers whilst looking out at the beautiful view of Rangitoto Island. What more could he ask for?

To finish off..
After an action packed day Dad deserves some down time and this Beautifully designed spa with breathtaking views over Queenstown ought to do the trick. Situated in Wyuna Rise in one of New Zealands most beautiful cities, this is the way all dads should finish off their days.


Happy Kids, Happy Parents, Happy Holidays!

Happy Kids, Happy Parents, Happy Holidays

Activities for you & your family these school holidays

There’s nothing like keeping the kids occupied these school holidays to avoid the phrase “I’m Bored”. Why not be the cool parents and line up a few great activities for you and your family this winter break? Here are our top 5!

Homemade Pizza & Movie Night 
The way to a Kids heart is through their stomach. You don’t have to break the bank to keep the kids occupied these holidays. It can be as easy as this, take a trip down to the supermarket, grab a few pizza bases and toppings, head home and let them design their own signature pizza! Once ready, put on a family movie and enjoy the relaxation.

Ice Skating 
Let the little ones have fun while you sit on the side line and enjoy a nice hot beverage. Find your nearest ice rink and watch the kids burn some energy on the ice.

Day Trip! 
Is there somewhere within driving distance you’ve always wanted to visit but never got around to? Why not make a day of it! Prepare some food in a chilly bag the night before in case family members get peckish on the way there, park up somewhere nice and make some new family memories. 

Zap to the Zoo
A lot of kids have great interest in animals, so why not take them along to the nearest zoo and let them admire the great species of our world. Grab your camera and take a few snaps to get them really involved, they’ll love it.

Why not take a little Break? 
Everyone needs a little time to themselves every so often? This is the best activity for you these holidays! Why not book your kids in with the grandparents or sitter for a day and really have some time to yourself, sit down, relax, have a wine, do nothing. Remember, it’s doesn’t have to be all about the kids, make sure you enjoy yourself just as much this break!


Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

Choose To Refuse! 

Do you have what it takes to take on the challenge? Come on, give it a go! 

Plastic Free July is a global yearly challenge where millions of people give up single use plastic. The purpose of this challenge is to raise awareness on how much single use plastic we are using on a day to day basis & helps us try and find more alternatives that are better for our environment and sea life! 

‘Single use’ plastic includes; plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, coffee cup lids and plastic packaging – Anything that is used once only and then thrown away. For those of you like us that love your everyday takeaway coffee… don’t worry, you don’t have to give it up! Simply take your own alternative ‘metal’ cup to your daily café and ask them to fill this instead.

Ministry for the Environment statistics estimate that New Zealanders send approximately 200,000 tonnes of plastic to landfill every year, roughly half of which is packaging. And that’s not the worst of it! All these single use items no matter what has happened with them, still exist somewhere on our earth, so let’s try our best to bring this number down.


The guidelines for the challenge are:

  1. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
  2. Remember it’s not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition, so don’t worry about being perfect.
  3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep it in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.
  4. It’s up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose, it will still make a contribution. 

    If you’re participating we’d be very interested to see how you  go!  Contact us through our details below and let us know what the hardest thing for you to give up was.

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