Brrrr... it feels, at time of writing, like The Land Global Warming Forgot. So keeping warm and nesting, and eating good hearty food are themes of the July newsletter (with a few adventure ideas for the Great Outdoors thrown in)
In Spotlight, we feature a nice little winter escape that won’t cost a fortune in petrol – the homespun delights of Maketu. We’re talking good, unpretentious food, empty sands, sea vistas, horse treks and history – and we’ll tell you how to rent a cosy log cabin with sea views.
There’s really no excuse not to visit this delightful coastal settlement within half an hour’s drive of Tauranga. Dine at Seaside Cafe Maketu, a quaint little takeaway-cafe-restaurant perched right on the coast. Or munch on a seafood-flavoured pie from legendary Maketu Pies.
For the more gung-ho, Spotlight has crucial details on where to get kitted out for a trip to the snow; our tips on where to go for skis, snowboards and clothing. And we have details on new trips on offer from Aerius Helicopters. The company mixes ‘n matches all sorts of air-land-water adventures (and throws in a couple of surprises).
Spotlight also has some tips for would-be migrants to the Bay of Plenty. If you’re considering a move to the Bay of Plenty from the U.K. - or elsewhere overseas - a Tauranga man may be just the person to help. Londoner Steve Mathews migrated to Tauranga at the beginning of the year with his family, and after their own house-hunting dramas, launched www.nzpropertylocation.com
See Spotlight for the details.
And sticking with the theme of keeping life simple, if you’re coming from overseas and want a snazzy home all set to move into - size up Silverwood Park at Bethlehem.
Tauranga’s newest homeware store Nest, at 73 Devonport Road, is a large, bright, welcoming affair full of clean, modern design – everything from kitchenware, dinnerware, to bathroom products and linen. Nest has a lot under one roof, and even stocks office accessories, and the furniture and lighting range from Habitat in the U.K. You’ll find some nice simplicity in designs such as the wooden trays made from willow, and stoneware based on traditional pottery. The Tauranga store is part of a chain of shops that until now, have all been in the main centres - Auckland Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.
Speaking of nesting... Tauranga pioneers of saucy maternity lingerie, HOTMilk, have been scooping up awards faster than you can say ‘why didn’t anyone think of this earlier?’ Lisa Ebbing and Ange Crosbie are the brains behind the label that is going global, stocked by 300 boutiques in countries including Australia, the UK, Europe, China, Malaysia, Tahiti and Singapore. After snapping up Best New Business and Best Micro Business at the Bloom Her Business Conference and Awards, the firm is now a finalist in the Bay of Plenty Export Awards. Lisa Ebbing had the idea for HOTmilk when she was pregnant with her first child. ‘After a lifetime of wearing beautiful lingerie I was horrified with the maternity options available,’ she says. ‘I was pregnant, not 90!’ Check www.hotmilklingerie.co.nz for local stockists of designs like ‘Delicate and Dangerous.’
As we tipped earlier, women’s fashion store Glassons is another chain to show its confidence in Tauranga – opening a large new shop as the anchor tenant in Goddard Centre. The shop has been doing brisk business, with, at time of writing, denim jeans on sale for silly prices. And the Paperplus chain has completed the roll out of its seven ‘new look’ stores. You’ll find the shops, that have an increased range of stationery and books, from Grey Street downtown, to Katikati: www.paperplus.co.nz
On the accommodation scene, BoTCom has frequently pushed Papamoa Top 10 Holiday Resort, so it comes as no surprise to see they’ve won the AA Spirit of Hospitality award, up against finalists from parks in places such as Queenstown and Te Anau. The win, based on customer feedback, provides a great lift in profile for the Resort as well as the region. The Resort will now go on AA and Jason's world-wide websites.
Meanwhile, the Te Puna Quarry Park Society has won the Supreme Award at the TrustPower Western Bay of Plenty Community Awards. The prize package included $1,500. They now have the opportunity to represent the district at the 2008 TrustPower National Community Awards next March. If you don’t know about the Quarry Park, a disused quarry transformed into an outdoor art centre, check out our Top Picks.
In keeping with our keep warm, nesting themes... a $50 voucher is on the way to Melissa from Tauranga, to be spent anywhere at all in the Greerton Village Shopping Centre. We are also giving away Best of Tauranga insider’s guides to Rochelle at the Gold Coast in Australia, and Cynthia in South Africa.
Slip slidin' away... yeah, the weather's been rotten so head for the Great Indoors. We have a family pass to Baywave including four Hydroslide passes! And that tranquil, hidden gem of a hot pool... a family pass is up for grabs to the Welcome Bay Hot Pools & Campground.
Our un-PC Place of the Month Award goes to Golliwogs Lunch Bar