27 JAN 2015

Summer Treats + Our Favourite Hot Spots

For us, Summer is a great excuse to pack the picnic basket (and some bubbles!) and head off to one of the spectacular beaches around Auckland.

To celebrate this fabulous weather, we've put together a list of some our favourite New Zealand locations and a suite of Summer loving vintage products to get your hearts racing. TEN SUMMER DESIGN IDEAS

Go for Designer Summer Furniture

1 / Salterini Orange Slice 3PC Outdoor Set

2 / Rare Otto Larsen Bar Cart

3 / Ladder Style String Wall Unit Summer Loving Gifts And Accessories

4 / Deluxe Bellflower Cushion

5 / Pair Mid Century Kosta Striped Beak Vases

6 / GHD Faceted Necklace

7 / Hutschenreuther Turqoise Lava Vase

8 / Pink Val St Lambert Twist Bowl

9 / Whites Aviation Photography - Whananaki

10 / Joe Colombo Desk Lamp

Lunch and Wine Tasting at Mt Difficulty, Otago

This famous wine producing region doesn't disappoint - there are so many incredible places to eat, drink and relax. Enjoy views of the Southern Alps at one of our favourite award winning wineries, Mt Difficulty. Share a platter and choose from the wine sampler menu for a truly memorable experience.
Catch the Ferry to View Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

One of New Zealand's most popular tourist attractions, Mitre Peak sits amidst some of our country's most idyllic, dramatic scenery. The ferry takes visitors for an up close view of the mighty Peak - and usually a bevy of seals. For an extension of the experience, book a helicopter flight to Queenstown over the Alps. It was one of the coolest things we've ever done.
Gaze Up At The 'Puzzle Trees' - Eastwood Hill Aboretum, Gisborne

If you are heading East, stop in to Gisborne. The Aboretum is a little way out of town but worth the effort. Wander through 135 hectares of beautifully cared for and presented arrangements of local and exotic forest. There's a cute little cafe, or take a picnic. Choose from a range of walking trails and look out above you for what the map calls 'Ocote Flat' but we've always called 'The Puzzle Trees'. Swaying slowly and beautifully, its a special moment to share with your loved ones.
Camp on a Deserted Beach

With so many beaches packed to full capacity this Summer, it's hard to think of anywhere left that's vast and vacant but there is still plenty of mostly uninhabited shoreline around New Zealand. We love the small caravans that have become popular again, perfect for that weekend road trip.
Go All The Way North - To Cape Reinga

Another well covered tourist spot, Cape Reinga is bursting with buses all waiting their turn to visit the northern tip of New Zealand. We went when the road leading up to it wasn't sealed, and it was still well worth the effort. On any sort of day this place is something else, with that meandering path down the the lighthouse and so many picturesque spots to set up a picnic.

Have fun celebrating the weather everyone.

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