Michael van Dinther, owner of Mizzinc, a successful Parnell-based website design and development company, hits the bike before heading for Waiheke.
I absolutely love getting away to the Island to relax and with great friends its a day at one of the many beautiful beaches (aren’t Kiwi’s lucky) or a long extended lunch at Te Motu Vineyard and Restaurant.
I suppose my weekends have changed a bit recently – I’ve just started road cycling, this year to conquer the 105km Bike the Bridge event in November which raises funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis – so my Friday evening is fairly subdued. I’ll catch up on an array of sports, Super Rugby, NRL, ASP Surfing or Supercross or any number of TV series being watched and call it for an early Saturday start.
Up early, I am out on the road cycling in ideally perfect conditions with a stunning Auckland sunrise. Usually with friends or the Hot Cycles group we will punch out a 60-80km ride or its up to Woodhill Forest for some mountain biking in summer. Anyway, a few hours later and a couple of cliché espresso’s its home for a much needed post ride breakfast.
My partner is an amazing cook, so breakfast can be served on a sun-drenched balcony or we venture down to the French markets at the bottom of Parnell and pick up some fresh produce at the same time.
Fast-track to Saturday evening – a light dinner at Ebisu, Orleans or Ortolana then hopefully its off to watch a test match followed by meeting friends at an event I’ve been co-hosting for the past five years at RedBar called ‘Right Turn’. A relaxed atmosphere, (second Saturday each month) which features local underground music and amazing cocktails. I guess to really top the night off everyone would migrate to a larger event I also co-host called ‘Oxygen’ featuring an international act.
With no doubt a bit of a fuzzy head, Sunday greets us and it’s a quick taxi down to Auckland’s ferry terminal to catch the Waiheke ferry to spend the day with close friends. I absolutely love getting away to the Island to relax and with great friends its a day at one of the many beautiful beaches (aren’t Kiwi’s lucky) or a long extended lunch at Te Motu Vineyard and Restaurant. Heads up, book in advance!
The hardest part is leaving the Island, so it usually ends up being a late ferry home or in some cases catching the early Monday ferry back to quickly prep for no doubt a full on week ahead.