Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Grand Fairy Ball

The girls really enjoyed the "performance" of Cinderella at the Grand Fairy Ball in the Botanical Gardens, pictured here with Fairy Trina.

...and afterwards they were absolutely entranced by this fabulous tree scuplture!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our Christmas Break

Pictured: Eutopia Cafe, Kaiwaka

This Christmas we headed North for a big family get-together. Our road trip took us from Wellington to Auckland (via Taranaki) and onto Keri Keri in the fabulous Bay of Islands.

Here are our organic highlights(!)

Huckleberry Farms in Auckland is AMAZING. Just about every organic/eco-friendly product you can possible ever need, the staff are friendly and they have a great deli/juice counter (!) I was particularly taken with their banana/berry smoothies :)

Onto the Bay of Islands which is clearly not far behind Nelson in terms of eco awareness. Keri Keri is home to Living Nature - where their office and spa retreat is based.

We visited Mahoe Cheeses which has a gift shop as well as cheese factory where you can buy their cheeses at great(!) factory prices.
For eco-adventures, visit Pahia. We took a cruise but missed out on swimming with the dolphins , as you are not permitted to swim when they have young with them (did you know dolphins breastfeed their young every three minutes). Still it was wonderful to be out on the water and feel the sea breezes and sunshine.
On our journey south, we passed through Kaiwaka, a small town with an amazing looking organic cafe - Eutopia (which was sadly closed). Pictured above. If you want to visit Eutopia, it is about one and a 1/4 hours drive north of Auckland.

After checking out this amazing building, we endured a dodgy toasted sandwich over the road, but then chanced upon a wonderful Dutch shop which had a great selection of Dutch specialities and organic groceries - which made the stop worthwhile!

Just north of Kaiwaka is Koanga Gardens which has everything you will need to grow your own organic, nutrient dense, heirloom fruit and vegetables, plus books and two lines of NZ made shoes.

... our journey has come to an end, which means we are back in town, our Petone store is open, and we have lots of exciting new products arriving in store ... see you soon!

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