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There are some amazing walks on Waiheke island. We are going to try and get to them all but on yet another spectacular spring day here we started local at Onetangi reserve.
With three small domeys in tow the track was perfect, nothing too difficult. Bit of squelchy mud here and there, some bridges and an accompanying chant of 'we're going on a lion hunt' followed suit!
Sadly no exotic/ rare bird sightings today (as hoped for by our entrepid journeyers) but Tui, piwakawaka and Kereru were a plenty. Lots of native fauna to take a closer look at too.
And it was a lovely reprieve from the hot day, walking amoung the shade and the dappled sunlight.
You can find more information here on this walk http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/reserves/onetangi-reserve-waiheke-island
Or check out the whole walking festival in November (14-22) here http://www.waihekewalkingfestival.org
We thought it would be nice to have a selection of easy reads on hand for you to peruse while you relax at the Dome House. So first to be added to the library is Waiheke. An island and its people. Written by John Hawkesby a well known and long time local broadcaster who moved to the island in 2001 and beautifully photographed by Duncan Innes a freelance photographer who travels the world but calls Auckland home. Hawkesby goes into a bit of detail about what brought him to the island, after his career hit a bump in the road. A chance holiday on the island to recuperate from a difficult time planted a seed for their move and it wasn't long before he and his wife find their perfect piece of paradise and set up home. He goes on to discuss the colour, quirkiness and idiosyncrasies of this island that attracts such a wide range of personalities.
The book is brought to life through the beautiful photography of both the scenery and magic spots on the island. Some of the characters that make up the islands colourful 8000 odd permanent residents are also captured with entertaining bios describing what brought them to this little piece of paradise.
By the time I had finished this read I was contemplating looking at real estate on the island! It completely sold me on the island life and I have been coming here for over 30 years. Such a great light read and a fun insight into what makes the island tick.
Waiheke, John Hawkesby with photography by Duncan Innes. Published by Penguin books, NZ. 2013.
So we noticed that the beautiful, detailed floors can get a bit chilly in the coldest months so we are adding rugs! Check out the hot new addition to the lounge in cosy orange shag pile, perfect for the conversation pit.... Also perfectly at home with the dulcet sounds of 'Boogie Wonderland' over the Bose wireless speakers!
Tested by the Dome kids and adults alike to much fanfare. Watch this space for more cosy toe warmers as we make the Dome the perfect place to be 365 days a year!!
A 2 minute drive from The Dome House
What a great place, be warned though- block out the afternoon!
They boast a fab, relaxed menu featuring their awesome burgers and the generous antipasto platter is a must. We also tried the kids menu - the sarnie Boxes were a hit and easy to take away to the beach afterwards too.
Sit there and sample the vineyards fine selection of vino and beer while the kids happily play in their own space, in your line of sight, but far enough away to enjoy them from a distance.
After you have your eye in, have a go at clay-bird shooting (as you do), but fear not its electronic so they have taken away the whole fear/excitement of booze/ammo. Not a shell in sight, just a really cool electronic version of the same thing less the shotgun recoil.
If you are in the mood for something a little more cause and effect orientated, venture over to the range and channel your inner Hunger Game.
What a great place, and we are lucky enough to nearly be neighbours.
Caught the 'other option' today to get to Waiheke. Must say it is a pretty nce boat! Staff are friendly, it's really clean, and the guys onboard sitting next to me tell me that the Cider is cold and kickass. I wonder if these blog posts time stamp when you publish... It's 9am and they are on their third.
Oh to be 20 again.