Staycation at the Vineyard Cottages - 48 hour itinerary
Vineyard cottages top way to spend 48 hours visiting North West Auckland.
There’s noting like a couple of days away to refresh yourself and rejuvenate. Away from the stresses of everyday life, exploring a new part of the city and tasting some AMAZING produce. North West Auckland has so much to offer and the Vineyard Cottages is the perfect base for your travels, with luxurious accomodation and the most welcoming and helpful hosts.
On your way out of Auckland, just before hitting Kumeu, make sure that you stop for a coffee and treat at one of the Strawberry / ice cream spots -this is sure to get you going!
Head straight down to Muriwai Beach, get a glimpse of the gannets and a walk on the black sanded beach is a must. If you are really keen, why not organise a horse trek along Muriwai beach.
After some fresh air and exploration, it’s time to head to your home base the Vineyard Cottages for your accommodation, beautifully set within the vines of Waikoukou Valley in Waimauku. Built in settler-style perfection, your hosts will make you feel like home. Get yourself a beverage and relax on your private patio.
Dinner tonight is a simple walk across the vineyard at the The Hunting Lodge (no need to drive tonight).
After a luxurious nights sleep and being woken by bird song, enjoy the Vineyard Cottages famous country breakfast hamper and don’t forget to add on the egg option, which are freshly laid and supplied to the Vineyard Cottages by a young entrepreneur, 10 year old Bentley.
A tiki tour of the North West continues with a slight drive north to Helensville. A quaint town with an emerging artistic flair and some cute cafes. Try the Kombuchery for something different, serving some not-so-ordinary Kombucha flavours and located out of the old butchery, and therefore named the Kombutchery.
Next on your stop is the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens and walk. An easy 1km walk through their property revealing sculptures made of wood, metal, stone, glass and ceramic as the path twists and turns exposing picnic spots and views while you get a chance to contemplate the artwork. New to the track is Don’s Conservation track which winds through native forest along streams and waterfalls and has been carved using traditional tools of a shovel, wheelbarrow and rake by the owner David and his father Don.
Time for some action! Take your pick from skydiving, high ropes course at Tree Adventures, mountain biking in the Woodhill Mountain bike park, 4 wheel driving or quad biking. Get your adrenaline pumping before heading back to your base at the Vineyard Cottages. Relax with a cold beverage as you reminisce on today’s adventures while wandering through the vines, before heading back to your cottage and getting reading for dinner at another award winning restaurant. What will be your pick tonight? The classic Riverhead Tavern? Or The Tasting shed for a unique dining experience?
As you wake up, again woken by birdsong, enjoy the last few hours of tranquility at the Vineyard Cottages.
On your drive back to the North-western motorway, there are still a couple of stops that are necessary, perfectly planned by us so that you don’t need to cross the main highway;
First off, on you way through to Huapai, stop at the Gourmet Gannet for a loaf of their amazing sourdough bread. Next stop, a pie for morning tea at The Pie Shop, these are no ordinary pies and worth a try, even if it’s still a bit early. Last stop before you hit the motorway, stock up on fruit and veggie and some delicacies at the Borich's food market.
This was just a taste of what North West has to offer, next time round, we’ll let you in on more secrets. Let us know when you are planning your next weekend escape to the Vineyard Cottages and we can help you build your own exciting itinerary.