“Surfing is one of my passions, and Maori Bay, just south of Muriwai, is my favourite spot.”
Sir John Kirwan
The Hunting Lodge Winery in Waimauku has a café and cellar door onsite – the wine is fantastic and it’s a great place to spend an afternoon in the sun with a cheese platter; you can even play a game of petanque near the olive groves. And the drive is a beauty, whichever direction you’re coming from.
It’s so easy in Auckland to go from your own home to a quiet bushwalk through our native forest, and the Waitakere Ranges has so many walks to choose from. For a good weekend walk I’d probably pick the track out to Fairy Falls – it’s about an hour and a half there and back through kauri, nikau and rimu.
Surfing is one of my passions, and Maori Bay, just south of Muriwai, is my favourite spot. You have to be experienced for the west coast waves though – if you’ve never tried it but you’re keen to give it a go this summer, check out Piha Surf School or Muriwai Surf School.
Nominate a driver and get a tasting paddle of different craft beers at Hallertau Brewbar and Restaurant in Riverhead. They have a microbrewery onsite and the Biergarten (beer garden) is a great place for a bite to eat – especially on a sunny Sunday. The staff can recommend just the right beers to go with each dish too.