Day two hundred and eighty two: Sawmill Brewery

IMG_3406For a number of years the team at the Sawmill Brewery have been brewing out of the old Sawmill just out of Leigh. The Sawmill Cafe became quite an institution, with live gigs, great food and some fantastic accommodation options. Nearly 12 months ago the team moved closer to Matakana with a custom made brewery that also houses a bar and eatery. The move has been a success with not only the beer receiving great reviews but also the delicious food.

The 50 minute north from the CBD is well worth it!

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Day two hundred and eighty one: The Body Laid Bare

901251-413159-34Auckland Art Gallery’s latest exhibition gets underway this Saturday the 18th of March. The Body Laid Bare, Masterpieces from the Tate will showcase over 100 pieces from the world famous London gallery. The star of the show will undoubtedly be the marble sculpture ‘The Kiss’ by Auguste Rodin.

Check out for full details and programme highlights.



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Day two hundred and eighty: Lots to do this weekend, shame about the weather


Summer activities are in full swing but sadly it looks like the weather might let us down this weekend. Lets hope the weather forecasters get it wrong:

St Patricks Day Festival, Sunday the 12th of March, 11am to 5pm- Ponsonby Raod

Sandringham Pasifika Community Day Saturday 11th of March, 11am to 3pm-Kitchener Road. Gold coin donation

The Kumeu Show, 11th and 12th of March, 8:30am to 5pm- Kumeu Showgrounds, adults $15, child $5

International Women’s Day Heritage Walk, Sunday the 12th of March – Manukau Memorial Gardens, free

Vintage Market, Saturday the 11th of March, 12pm to 6pm-Silo Park, free

Brass at the Falls, Sunday the 12th of March, 3pm to 4:30pm-Falls Park Henderson, free



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Day two hundred and seventy nine: Oaken

fullsizerender-2Oaken opened its doors mid 2016 and has proved to be quite a hit. The self styled wine bar/cafe is popular day and night.

We stopped by for brunch lured by the food and freehouse coffee concept. When ordering your cup of joe you are able to select which coffee roaster you prefer: Allpress, Peoples or Eighthirty. Food wise we ordered the ‘Saganaki’ described to us as Haloumi on steroids! It didn’t disappoint.

Our next visit will be for dinner to sample the artisan evening menu. No doubt we will wash it down with a wine from the well curated wine list. We are also tempted to take a seat at the chefs table one Tuesday or Saturday evening and watch as our two course meal is prepared in front of us.

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Day two hundred and seventy eight: Myers Park Medley


Myers Park Medley returns for its second year. This year the event is again partnering with the popular Music in the Parks series. Two stages will be setup with the main stage hosting the following acts:

  • 12pm-12.40pm – Blackbird Ensemble: Carnivale
  • 12.55pm-1.35pm – Hopetoun Brown
  • 1.50pm-2.30pm – Kong Fooey
  • 2.45pm-3.45pm – Esther Stephens & The Means
  • 4pm-5pm – Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes.

The event kicks off Sunday the 26th of February at 12 noon.  With the free, family-friendly festival promising to bring entertainment, art, fun, food and music to one of Auckland’s tucked away parks.

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Day two hundred and seventy eight: Tamaki River Festival


Here is a great day out for the family (lets hope the weather improves). Come and explore the Tamaki River this Saturday 19th of February. Head down to Bramley Reserve in Pakuranga for a day of water activity. Kayaking, sailing, Coastguard displays along with environmental information will ensure everyone leaves with a new respect for the Tamaki River and the activities you can enjoy on the river.


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Day two hundred and seventy seven: Vertical Pursuit


One of the stars from the New Zealand team at the recent Rio Olympics was pole vaulter Eliza McCartney. The likeable kiwi will be showing off her skills next Wednesday evening at Britomart in Auckland. The Vertical Pursuit event will let the public appreciate the heights that pole vault athletes reach. Things get underway at 6pm and entry is free.

If you like what you see then make sure you also head out to AUT Millennium Stadium on Sunday the 26th of February to see Eliza compete again, this time alongside other kiwi Tom Walsh, Jacko Gill and Liam Malone.

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