Long weekends are always amazing; especially when the summer holidays start to fade into the depths of your memory, and before you know it, the working year is back in full swing. It was Anniversary weekend here in Auckland, so with an extra 24 hours on hand, Mathew and I went over to Palm Beach on Waiheke Island to stay with our lovely friends Ashleigh and Anthony. Last night we all went to Mudbrick Vineyard for wine, dinner and dessert and watched the sunset over Auckland city. Being surrounded by lush rolling hills, golden sand and clear blue seas was a nice reminder of what a naturally beautiful country we live in. Above are some Instagrams I took of our mini-escapade. No wonder the New York Times named Waiheke one of the top 46 places to visit in 2013.