Weekend on Waiheke

Ah, I ♥ this island life! And spending summer on the beach.


A couple of weekends ago, while Grant's parents were here, we hired a wonderful house on Waiheke Island and headed out of town. Having a boat and being within such close proximity to so many islands here in the gulf, means that it's relatively easy to get out and enjoy this island lifestyle in NZ.

Grant and his parents boated over to Waiheke that Friday morning; and after I'd fetched the kids from school and loaded Bailey into the car, I drove to the city and we caught the passenger ferry across to join them. My parents took their car on the car ferry so that we had some transport while we were there - and thank goodness they did because we got to pack all of our food and luggage into their boot. It would have been rather stressful to manage the kids, Bailey AND all the food and luggage by myself.

Turns out the only stressed one on the ferry was Bailey. She was so incredibly nervous when the ferry engines started up that she was actually shivering! Poor baby! I think it probably brought back some awful memories of the long plane trip she took at the beginning of this year. But she soon settled down, and by the time we caught the ferry back on the Sunday evening, she seemed much more at ease with the whole experience. She really is becoming a well-travelled dog.

Anyway, so we had a great weekend eating copious amounts of delicious food (as one does), playing ping pong and pool, taking walks along the cliff, kayaking and playing on the beach. The kids also had an absolute blast being pulled behind the boat on the 'shark'.

And with Waiheke being only a half an hour ferry trip from the mainland, friends of ours came over on Friday evening to spend the night with us - and we ended up having a yummy cocktail party (as one does), while the kids were enjoying ping pong and pool tournaments in the garage downstairs.

One of the lovely aspects of life in Auckland is the ease with which one can get to so many gorgeous places in the surrounding areas. It doesn't take very long to get anywhere (except of course if you're heading south on the highway on a Friday afternoon). I guess that's a positive of living in such a small country. Not so long ago we went snow skiing just 4 hours from home; and now that summer is here and we're out on the water more, we can hop in our boat or on a ferry and visit any of the hundreds of islands on our doorstep. It's just bloody marvelous!


  1. It all looks so beautiful! Love reading what you get up to. :)

  2. Thanks, Valentina! Love that you're reading my blog! :)

  3. sounds awesome - I need a holiday!!!


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