Our weekend on Waiheke

Last week we escaped the city for the tranquillity of Waiheke – the island known for its beaches and vineyards (pity I detest wine).


lounged on the beach and went for numerous swims, and a snorkel

…went on little adventures around all the rocks and cliffs at each beach

… did heaps of driving around – I love the fact that you never have to go far before catching a glimpse of the ocean, although some of the best views are now held on private property :S

….enjoyed a spa at the lodge, along with homemade afternoon teas – slices, biscuits, and scones with fresh cream and jam, not to mention fresh muffins every morning

….ate breakfast for lunch, along with a very pretty flat white, at the Lazy Lounge cafe

…had fish and chips for dinner on the beach, where a seagull proceeded to crap on me
…made a new friend, Tom (aka T’s brother’s GPS, who proved invaluable in getting around the island) …saw an old, naked guy on the beach
… used a longdrop public toilet
…watched Up, which had us both in tears
… and finally, I read A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman. Beautifully written and absolutely heartbreaking. Worth a read.

Cost: $365 for two nights at Punga Lodge – HIGHLY recommend it – including breakfasts and afternoon teas.

Just under $140 for all our other meals and snacks (two lunches, three dinners) plus an overpriced tube of sunblock ($20!!!)

And approximately $30, or a half tank of gas.

I don’t think I’ve ever come back from holiday feeling so good about the cost!

4 thoughts on “Our weekend on Waiheke

  • Reply Jessie March 1, 2010 at 19:28

    sounds like you had a great time!

  • Reply The Asian Pear March 2, 2010 at 05:02

    Everything looks so peaceful & tranquil. The food looks good too! I’m full of envy.

  • Reply Karen March 2, 2010 at 15:38

    I just read A Disobedient Girl myself! 🙂

  • Reply Reverb 10: Travel « Musings of an Abstract Aucklander December 23, 2010 at 11:31

    […] list. We booked a night at the Duxton in a spa room on New Year’s, and in February we spent a long weekend on Waiheke Island sunning, swimming and snorkelling. […]

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