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Review: Mary's - St Mary's Bay

13 April 2015
Brainchild of the team behind three successful Auckland eateries – Remuera’sShore Road Café , Newton’sBenediction and Grey Lynn’sJafa – St Marys Bay’sMary’s combines much beloved dishes from other establishments with brand-new dishes on the breakfast and all day brunch menu.

Inhabiting an old brick fire station, the high stud and natural light make for a great place for a quick coffee or a daytime meal. The outdoor courtyard backs onto a reserve so there are no excuses not to burn off at least some of calories gained (but hey, it’s worth it).
Review: Mary's - St Mary's Bay
The crowd-pleasing Vegan Black Sticky Rice, served with coconut cream, seasonal fruit and topped with toasted coconut, is particularly delicious, while new brunch menu items are on offer, like the Red Flannel Hash with gourmet red potatoes sautéed with red onions, tomato and chorizo and topped with fried or poached eggs.

Run by a seasoned team,Mary’s is set to take off and garner city-wide attention, and will surely add to the list of respected gourmet eateries around the central city.

Serves breakfast and all day brunch. Open 7 days, from 7am till 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am till 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

13 St Marys Road 
St Marys Bay

(09) 360 7260

Product Review: The Aromatherapy Company

06 April 2015
We love New Zealand made products and here's a goodie for you.

With its feet still firmly on the ground,The Aromatherapy Company began from humble beginnings. Sarah Townsend, founder and director of the company, was inspired as a youngster by the beauty and brilliance of nature in her grandparents’ garden. This passion stayed with her into adulthood, where upon returning to New Zealand, Townsend saw a gap in the natural remedies market, and thusThe Aromatherapy Company was born.
Now 25 years old, the company has enjoyed strong success not only here, but across the ditch too. In offering its 100% pure oil-based everyday products,Aromatherapy has captured a growing local market looking for sustainable and healthy fragrance and body care products.

Offering a vast range of lotions, soaps, candles, diffusion sets and even men’s and baby care,Aromatherapy products are across the entire range of body care. With a timeless and elegant packaging, the products look the part, too.

We particularly love the Cocoa and Vanilla Naturals range!
Product Review: The Aromatherapy Company

Bluff Oyster season has begun

26 March 2015
The Bluff Oyster season officially began in March and runs until July/August. Grown slowly in the cold clean waters of the Foveaux Strait Bluff Oysters are exalted by many as the world's finest oysters and are a true taste of New Zealand's incredible seafood.
Bluff oysters
Although commonly known as the Bluff Oyster, it is known by others names, including mud oyster, flat oyster, dredge oyster, Foveaux Strait oyster and deep water oyster. The species is actually found throughout New Zealand, but is most common in the south. A quota system was introduced in 1963, the twelve oyster boats then engaged in the industry being set a limit of 170,000 sacks per season (each sack containing, on average, 800 oysters). The quota was progressively reduced until in 1970 with 23 boats operating, it was 115,000 or 5000 per boat (in eating terms that equates to two dozen oysters for every man, woman and child in the country). Seasons were relatively good until the 1986/87 season when the beds were struck by the parasitic protozoan Bonamia. This caused the oysters to become watery and black. Because of the Bonamia the season was ceased in 1991 and did not reopen until 1994 with a limited quota and fewer boats. Fortunately the oyster populations have been recovering, and quotas are gradually being increased.

When oystering first began it was a race to get the first oysters back to the wharf. Today some boats are met by helicopters who whisk the oysters away to be distributed throughout the country.

If you are a real fan make sure you head down to theBluff Oyster and Food Festival on the 25th of May.

APSNZ plays host during the Volvo Stopover and Cricket World Cup

26 March 2015
APSNZ took advantage of the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover and Cricket World Cup to host clients at events around Auckland.

As the official NZ/Pacific distributor for Musto, we partnered with MUSTO whose promotional events around the Stopover included the official Musto Bar in the heart of the Viaduct. An evening event saw speakers including Nigel Musto and several sailors discussing the evolution of racewear and the use of MUSTO gear in the current edition.

APSNZ plays host during the Volvo Stopover and Cricket World Cup
APSNZ also hosted a group of captains out on the water to watch the in-port racing, with the group loving the experience. " Thank you for the great time yesterday on the water, fantastic hospitality." -Newbuild/owners rep .
APSNZ plays host during the Volvo Stopover and Cricket World Cup
Not forgetting the cricket (and how could you, with the incredible performance by the Black Caps), we also hosted a group of superyacht captains at Match 20 of the ICC Cricket World Cup: Australia vs New Zealand. "Thank you again for organising the VIP tickets to the cricket for us, we had an incredible time" -Captain 50m .
APSNZ plays host during the Volvo Stopover and Cricket World Cup

Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes

26 March 2015
Located in the middle of the North Island the Taupo region is a historic area, with geothermal activity, fishing and hunting, stunning scenery and plenty of culture. Just over a three hour drive from Auckland it is well worth a visit.  Here's an overview of some of our recommendations to get the most out of the area. We can help you create your own bespoke itinerary to make the most of time spent in the region.

Luxury Accommodation

The last word in luxury/boutique accommodation Huka Lodge has earned itself countless awards and accolades and has even welcomed the Queen. In addition to the main lodge accommodation of 18 Junior suites and one Lodge Suite there is also the four-suite Owner's Cottage and two-suite Alan Pye Cottage on offer. Enjoy the hunting lodge setting by the clear waters of the Waikato river, this is the ultimate base for Taupo.

Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes

There is plenty of quarry in Taupo for keen hunters. The local Sika deer provides a challenging hunt, best hunted between April and June, and there are also red deer,  wild boar, pheasants, goats and more. Helicopter drops are available into more remote hunting areas, and a guide is highly recommended to ensure you have the best experience.
Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes

A visit to Taupo wouldn't be complete without a go at fly fishing for trout. The Tongariro River is ripe with trout and has a well-deserved
reputation as a world-class river to fish for prime rainbow and brown trout. Again, taking a guide is the best way to make the most of your experience - whether an amateur or experienced fisher - and heli-trips can be a particularly special way to get the most of of fishing in the region.
Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes

For keen hikers there are plenty of tracks around the wider region, taking you through forests, geothermal landscapes and stunning settings. There are a good range of options, from short walks to one-day hikes or even expeditions. One of the most popular is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which takes you through a volcanic setting, overlooking beautiful lakes and unique landforms. Taking a full day, it has a reputation as of the top 10 day treks in the world
Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes
White Water Rafting

Experience the thrill of white water rafting in beautiful surroundings on the Tongariro River. There are different grades of rafting available, to suit every ability.
Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes
Hot Springs

One of the many advantages of New Zealand's incredible geothermic activity is the hot springs they create. With healing properties, the warm waters have been swum in for centuries and are an amazing way to relax, rejuvinate and enjoy the benefits of their incredible minerals. We particularly like the Wairakei Terraces pools, which contain healing silica waters and have an on-site cultural experience as well.
Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes

There are golfing options aplenty in the Taupo Great Lakes Region
. A highlight is the award-winning Kinloch golf course, designed by Jack Niklaus and the Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary has just undergone an extensive redevelopment to enhance its stunning surroundings. If nothing else, make sure you have a go at the Lake Taupo Hole In One Challenge - sending a ball flying out into Lake Taupo itself.
Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes
Mountain Biking

Taupo boasts some of New Zealand's best biking tracks, with a huge range of options for riders of all levels. The well drained soil ensures great riding conditions and as well as being a healthy acitivity this is another way to take in some of New Zealand's incredible scenery.

Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes
Geothermal Activities

Like nearby Rotorua, Great Lakes Taupo has an abundance of geothermal activity (without Rotorua's smell!) . With boiling mud pools, hot springs, geysers and more, these are yet another demonstration of New Zealand's unique surroundings.
Spotlight on: Taupo Great Lakes
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