Waiheke Marketplace : January 6th 2016
16 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 6, 2016 Scenic beauty, laid-back charm Gavin Oliver, 48, Managing Director of EcoZip Adventures, lives between Auckland’s North Shore andWaiheke. Whatdo you like best about Waiheke? This is a list that’s almost too long to enumerate. As a fairly recent migrant toNewZealand, I find that I’m still often struck by the sheer beauty of this country. Waiheke simply amplifies that experience or emotion. That within 30-minutes you can be, quite literally, a world away from the hustle and bustle of NZ’s largest city is enthralling. There isn’t really one single thing that makes Waiheke special, it’s really a combination of factors like the people, the pace, the scenery, that conspire to deliver an experience that’s sufficiently both unique and authentic that it’s been picked up by the likes of Lonely Planet, Conde Nast and manyothers. Whatdo you like least andhow canwefix it? I think for a spot that has been likened to some of the greatest destinations in the world, our ferry terminal and its infrastructure lets us down a bit. It’s fine, but it isn’t great. Given how heavily the island’s economy relies on tourism, I thinkwe need to have a conversation about the Gavin Oliver LOOK WHO’S TALKING Gavin likes to take his family for a walk on the beach when he’s got any time off from EcoZip. ‘‘The beach at Little O’. That’s a milliondollar view, for free.’’ kind of experience the island’s visitors have when they first arrive.Myfather was fond of the expression ‘‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression’’ so while the Matiatia terminal is functional, it could do more towowour visitors. Where’s your favourite place to eat here? Myfirst dining experience on Waiheke, long before EcoZip was conceived, was a long, leisurely and fairly bacchanalian midsummer lunch at Stonyridge. Those halcyon memories ensure that, while there aremany other places I love to eat, I’m a regular visitor. I also love what Stephen and his team have achieved. Andwhodoes the best coffee? There’s a lot of good coffee on Waiheke, and fortunately not much bad. But let’s just say I know where not to buymy morning addition. Whois the Kiwi you admire most – and why? Right nowit’s Steve Hansen. I love his full-time comment, ‘‘worry is a wasted emotion’’ – after most of the nation had chewed their fingers down to the second knuckle.Whenyou run a small business worries abound, I’d love to be as sanguine as him. If Iwas Auckland’smayor I’d... Implement a thorough review of the region’s public transport infrastructure. As a growing city we need a world class, integrated, transport system that makes it easy for both our residents and visitors to get around. As the City of Sails there must be ways in which wecan better use ferry services to reduce congestion and pollution on our overloaded road network. WhenI’ve got a free few hours I like to... Watchmysons play rugby in winter, or cricket in summer. Or just take the whole family for a walk on the beach. The spot on Waiheke I recommend to tourists is... The beach at Little O’. That’s a million-dollar view, for free. Oh, and there’s a pretty good zipline at Trig Hill. Mytwo cents’ worth: Good things happen to businesses that do good things. That’s a corporate motto but it applies to one’s personal life too. stuff.co.nz IN BUSINESS ADVERTISING FEATURE 7021829AA BATCH WINERY LUNCH&SUNSET DINING At tHOMAS’S BACH “Lunch with a view” “Amazing food Very good prices Outstanding views” “Treat yourself to heavenly bubbles” Try our chef’s full vegetarian/vegan menu - Matched with the only Dishes to share as the sun goes down Spectacular views from Coromandel to Auckland Starter selection from the sea, farm & the garden Follow with your choice off the grill Lip-smacking desserts THOMAS’S BACH/WINERY SUMMER HRS 7 days 11am - 8.30pm From 26 Dec - 6 April 2016 T 09 372 3223 129 Carsons Rd, Waiheke E email@example.com BATCHWINERY.COM vegan wines on Waiheke!! Sunset dining at Thomas’s Bach Thomas’s Bach vineyard restaurant at Batch Winery has launched sunset dining daily. Early evening dining makes the most of long summer days and the spectacular sunsets at Batch Winery. Every day the setting sun puts on a different light show. 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