We spend a leisurely afternoon paddling the Puhoi River from the historic village of Puhoi to the picturesque Wenderholm estuary. Read More.
Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Coatesville Market is a great mix of handcrafted and vintage wares and a variety of food and home made treats to share. We go for a wander! Read more.
With Easter just a few weeks away, it’s almost hot cross bun time and, with the help of a bread maker, making your own is super easy. Read more.
As daylight savings comes to an end, take advantage of the earlier sunsets to have a family dinner at the beach – the cool nights are a great excuse to grab a pile of blankets, a warming one-pot meal and head outdoors! read more.
Blow away the cobwebs with walk with stunnng views at Whatipu on Auckland’s wild west coast. Read more. Blow away the cobwebs with walk with stunnng views at Whatipu on Auckland’s wild west coast.
Not just for the little kids – everyone enjoys messing around with play dough! Read more. Not just for the little kids – everyone enjoys messing
Playgrounds and beaches – the perfect combination for kids! Here are four of our favorite beachside playgrounds in the Auckland region. Read more.
Strawberry farms open to the public for pick-you-own as soon as the Christmas rush is over. Here’s our round-up of pyo farms around the Auckland region. Read more.
A sunny day and with a bunch of eager explorers, we set off on an adventure to Pudding Island in Mahurangi Regional Park! Read more.
Reminiscent of a chewy, delicious fruit cake with a spicy kick, panforte is the perfect sweet treat to gift or share at Christmas. Read more.
We added cranberries and pistachios to our homemade granola to give it a festive twist. Make a big batch and you’ve got a tasty (last minute!) Christmas gift for family and friends! Read more.
Here’s an easy activity to do together to add even more festive cheer to your Christmas tree or walls – a pom-pom garland! REad more.
Ho ho ho! Adorn your front door with our easy to make Christmas wreath! READ MORE. …………………………………………………………………………
Say NO to bad jokes and paper hats and make your own Christmas crackers this year. They are super easy to make! READ more.
We’ve got 3 ways of serving asparagus that are likely to be a hit with the kids – after all: bread, batter and bacon? You can’t go wrong! READ more.
In this project we take old tins and give them a new coat of paint and a new lease on life! Perfect for Christmas baking and gifts. Our DIY will show you how. Read more.
Easy and tasty, our chicken kebabs are a novel change from the usual barbequed sausage and kids always love food on a sticK! Read more.
A sunny autumn weekend and we are off camping on beautiful Motuihe Island – an island sanctuary only 45 minutes by sea shuttle from downtown Auckland. REad more.
With the Autumn school holidays fast approaching, here’s a fun game to make - and then play! – on those long rainy afternoons ahead. READ MORE.
Enjoy stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf and Little Barrier Island on this gentle loop walk at Tawharanui Regional Park. The walk ends on the beach where there are lots of shells to collect and pools to explore. Read more.
With cooler mornings just around the corner – its time for an autumny breakfast! Here’s how to Make your own granola. Read more.
Grab a couple of cardboard boxes and a group of little friends and make your own cake stall these summer school holidays! Read more.
Omana is a lovely coastal farm park with a safe swimming beach, farm animals to meet and a fantastic Maori themed playground. It’s a great day out! READ MORE.
45 minutes west of the CBD on Auckland’s wild west coast is the little settlement of Muriwai, home to one of only 3 mainland New Zealand gannet (takapu) colonies. Read more.
Pan-bagnat is a specialty sandwich from France traditionally made with tuna, eggs and raw vegetables. It’s a sandwich gone fancy and perfect for picnics. read more.
Boasting a pohutukawa fringed beach, a Pretty estuary and lovely walks through coastal forest – Wenderholm Regional Park is a great family-friendly Day trip. read more.
A rainy spring day? Here’s a fun indoor activity to keep boredom at bay – make your own peg people! Our short video will show you how! read more.
Warmer days = cooler drinks! Celebrate the weather with our pink lemonade recipe! Read more. Warmer days = cooler drinks!
Is the sun shining? how about a beach adventure to Shakespear Regional Park? Read more. Is the sun shining? how about a beach adventure to Shakespear Regional Park?
Stick bread! It’s bread on a stick! Our short video will show you how to make your own. The kids will love it! Read more. Stick bread! It’s bread on a stick! Our short video will show you how to make your own.
With a fun maritime themed playground and the wonderful (and free!) Workshops on the Wharf, Sundays are a great time to check out Silo Park down on Auckland’s waterfront. read more.
These little rhubarb tarts are a delicious addition to a picnic basket. If rhubarb season has passed, you could use any other seasonal fruit – berries perhaps? Slices of fresh peaches? Read more.
Whether you are after a hike in the bush, a stroll along a beach or a meander over the fields, the Auckland region has a huge variety of walks suitable for families. we went for an evening stroll along the Tiritiri Track in Shakespear Regional Park which has all three. Read more.