respite for the soul
The whole point of a weekend getaway, is to rest and get away from it all. It is a chance to slow the pace of life down and feel a little restored and uplifted. To grab a book instead of a DVD, a magazine instead of an iPad, to have a conversation instead of being ‘busy’. We are exceptionally lucky in Auckland to be an hour away from some very beautiful spots, making the commute to that more peaceful place not as arduous as the 3 hour trek we used to make out to Matarangi in the Coromandel. We rented a place there for a year or two as much as we loved it, the shine was definitely taken off by the unpleasant drive with three children who didn’t travel well.
Point Wells near Matakana is a small place that time seems to have forgotten a bit. Just a tiny community, with just a dairy (that does a mean curry and chips), on the surface there appears to be very little to enjoy. But maybe that is exactly what should be enjoyed. The slow pace of things, the friendly nod hello from the locals, the jetty for the kids to jump off into the tidal river estuary, the flat grass everywhere that makes it easy to cycle around. If you are desperate for the lights, there are the cafes at Matakana, and the sea around at Omaha, one bay over.
If shopping or browsing is something high on your priority list, there is The Vivian Gallery in Leigh, Mooi Mooi for homewares in Matakana with a fabulous candle shop next door. For food there is the farmers market on Saturday mornings, and I suggest you go early as it gets incredibly busy there. There is a handicraft market on the Sunday as well.
This holiday home belongs to the very talented couple of Erin OMalley and Darran Mangelsdorf of Madder & Rouge. It is rented out at certain times of the year, and is a completely beautiful space. Simple concrete floors and white walls hold a lifetime of well curated treasures that make for a wonderful home. With many things also from their store Madder & Rouge in Newmarket Auckland, complete with painted barn doors and other little treasures, it is a amazing space to spend time in. We stayed there recently (without our children I might add) and had a perfect weekend away. It pretty much consisted of reading, reading, talking, cooking and eating. The newly built barn has two bedrooms, one bathroom and sleeps five. It is available to rent (approx $280 per night two night minimum) through holidayhouses. We are just about to book another weekend away with friends, before the place fills up… here are some of the shots I took (with Erin’s permission) of the house.