EVENT Mapua Easter Fair 2016

   This annual fair is the largest one day event in the South Island and certainly the biggest thing in Mapua each year! Upwards of 15,000 people are reckoned to visit the Fair and it’s all organised as a school fundraiser by the parents, volunteers, children and businesses of Mapua – a huge achievement. It was…

EAT – Oh Joy! Gourmet food in Ruby Bay

Recently opened is the Ruby Bay Kitchen – run by chef, Tony Robson-Burrell and his wife, Holly.  Your dogged researchers, Neil and I, ate from their small and delicious menu last night. Highly recommended comes a light, refreshing Thai Green Curry with clean flavours and really singing with fragrant spices. Neil chose the Britain’s Best…

CHILL – Paddle boarding on a hot afternoon at Grossi

A hot, hot day in late summer and the tide is just right for a late afternoon paddle board in the sheltered waters at Grossi. Grossi Point is a favourite with families as the tiny beach is very shallow and the kids can play happily without coming to any harm, plenty of grown-ups bobbing about in…