It’s the holiday season and time to take some well-deserved R&R. If you’re planning a staycation, this is what the team at BEQ are up to By Trudi Brewer.
Stay the night in a swanky hotel
SO/ Auckland Hotel
The latest place to stay in Auckland city is insanely cool. From the décor to the drinks, you will eat, spa and stay in style at SO/. Soak up the sparkling Waitemata Harbour while sipping a cocktail from the HI-SO rooftop bar, or indulge in a treatment at the underground luxe-y spa which opens in mid-January. For a shopping break, stroll into the heart of the city in downtown Britomart district and visit Tiffany, Chanel, Jo Malone London or Trelise Cooper while you stay. We are desperate to go back. Expect to pay from $469 per night.
Music in amongst the grapes
Enjoy a day of fine wine and good sounds at the gorgeous estate of Villa Maria. On January 27 from 4 pm, English musician Craig David, and the girl group All Saints will make their New Zealand debut among the vines. New Zealand RNB royalty Aaradhna and Opensouls are also part of the lineup. Pack a picnic and enjoy a bottle of rosè under the vines at this eco-friendly, luxe-y winery on Montgomerie Rd, Mangere, Auckland.
Take a trip to Leigh
The best house and techno sounds are coming to Sawmill Cafè, North of Auckland. DJ’s from around the country will play house and techno music for one night only. The doors open at 9 pm, with the sounds kicking off at 10 pm until 1 am. Door sales, from $15.
ASB Tennis Classic - Women's week
Commit to a summer of tennis and sit courtside at the ASB Classic, on Women's Week. Dress in white, and soak up the summer sun with a glass of bubbles, and a slice of fine Kapiti cheese while watching some of the best players in action. Book a 2019 ASB Classic Tournament Pass 31st, December until 6th January 2019.
Summer strawberry picking
A summer essential, pick fresh berries at Zaberri Strawberry Farm in Riverhead. There are dozens of self-service berry farms outside Auckland, but this is our pick. And after an afternoon of selecting only the best basket of fresh strawberries you can relax and enjoy a freshly whipped berry ice cream - it's bliss.
Our new Netflix obsession - 7 Days Out
We love Netflix, and the new up and coming doco series are brilliant. It kicks off December 21, featuring a week in the life of influencers from fashion, film, entertainment, sports, and the space industries. Notable peeps you will want to know more about, it features one of our icons Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, as he prepares for the iconic fashion house’s Spring 2018 Couture Show. Save the date and prepare to binge and chill, it's ideal timing if you are spending Christmas at home.