The World In Our Backyard

Travellers rejoice! Although our borders are still closed to most of the world, there are many ways to travel around the world right here in our very own backyard.

House of Ruinart Glass Kintsugi Workshop

Spend a relaxed couple of hours on the private mezzanine at Saxon + Parole learning about the art of Kintsuni; an age of Japanese art form of repairing broken ceramics by mending the broken areas with lacquer, dusted with a warm golden brass powder to create a finished product that is considered more beautiful than when it was whole.

This year, Ruinart is partnering with Yuka O’Shannessy, founder of Public Record. O’Shannessy’s philosophy is to resist what is disposable or temporary and instead focus on pieces that transcends trends and seasons which can be passed down for generations.

The workshops will be held on Saturday 31st July, limited tickets are on sale now.

Winter Wonderland Igloos

Dr Rudi’s is a wonderful place to be this winter for a prescribed two hours of cocktails, platter and bottomless bubbles or mimosas. On arrival meet a delicious selection of cold cuts, olives, cheese and crackers followed by a delightful dessert of creamy vanilla bean ice cream and topping with your choice of yummy sauces.

Spots are limited, grab yours now! 

A day in Montmartre

Transport yourself from this winter’s day to Paris’ iconic district, Montmartre. Glasshouse Fragrances celebrates the streets of Montmartre with a new limited-edition ceramic candle duo – Macaron & Sacred Heart.

Meander through the cobblestone lanes of Montmartre with Montmartre Macaron. Conjure the decadence of the local patisserie, which billows wafts of creamy vanilla, blueberry’s fruity zing and a dusting of sugared coconut. Top notes of wild blueberries, middle notes of Creamy Musk and base notes of sweet vanilla and sugared coconut husk. C’est si Bon!

Come closer to heaven, high on the hill of Montmartre with Sacred Heart. The temple richness of incense and myrrh blend with heady cedarwood to create sacred stillness, lifting you to the divine. Including top notes of incense, pink petter, middle notes of myrrh, tonka bean and base notes of cedarwood, amber and vanilla.

Blossom Valley Festival

Celebrate spring this September at the Blossom Valley Festival in Upper Hutt! Heading over to Aston Norwood Gardens, find yourself transported to Japan watching their annual Hanami celebrations. As the country’s largest collection of mature cherry blossom trees, this family-friendly event is the next best thing to lose yourself in the beauty of pink and white blooms. Pick up some Asian cuisine from their onsite café and picnic against a backdrop of blooms.

Book your magical experience here, don’t miss out! Tickets on sale from August.

Tales from New York

Feast in New York at Onslow’s one-off New York inspired brunch. Contemporary artist Martin Basher and his award-winning director & producer wife, Martha Jeffries, will be attending, sharing tales of their two decades of living in the Big Apple.

Chef, Josh Emett has created a rich, luxurious New York inspired brunch menu paired with irresistible cocktails and free-flowing champagne. Think Cured Salmon and scrambled eggs, smoked kahawai blinis with caviar and more. 

Tales from New York will be held Saturday 17th July, limited tickets available here.

Take a walk around the Globe

Walk alongside Singaporean artist, Heman Chong, as he takes you on a journey around the world in his pocket. With no music or dialogue, Chong’s ambient walking videos transport you to areas around the world. The 4K resolution is so vivid, it doesn’t take much to imagine yourself accompanying Chong on his walks.

The videos follow Chong’s perspective as he strolls along the cobbled paths of The National Orchid Garden in Singapore or takes in the breathtaking Louvre Abu Dhabi’s interlaced geometric designed ceilings and exhibitions.

Cocktails in the Jungle

Swing into Wellington’s hidden cocktail hangout, Concrete Bar and enjoy the lion’s share of winter blues escapism. Whisk away into the Glenlivet Concrete Jungle and enjoy one of their world-class cocktail on arrival before digging into a veritable feast. The toughest decision of the night will be choosing from four specially crafted cocktails.

More information on the pop-up here.

Dine in Paris for Dinner

Celebrating a certain je ne sais quoi at Euro Restaurant on Auckland’s waterfront is dishing up classic Parisian bistro gastronomy this winter. Euro executive chef, Gareth Stewart, who has a background in French cuisine and fine dining, has designed the menu to bring together all the rich comforting flavours with a kiwi twist. Merci!

Find out more information about Euro’s French menu here.

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