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Holidays are on the way! Check out a guide to lots of great activities you can do with your kids for holiday fun across Waikato!

For those looking for holiday programmes for the kids in Hamilton if you have theatre lovers then check out The Greatest Showman workshops with Artz On Show or if you have kids who love a great variety of great things to do including outings check out things like clay sculpture, monster bounce, trips to the movies, Leap and Tenpin Bowling fun and lots more with sKids Hamilton East. Both of these make sure you book early!

Otherwise check out our Linku2 School Holiday Hamilton page with lots of other options from Hamilton Gardens, and the fun Minature Trains at Minogue Park to The Fun Shed, Timezone, The Waikato Museum, Hamilton Zoo, Bucking Boar Cornfield Maze and lots, lots more ...

Outside of Hamilton of course there's so much more around the Waikato district. Check out our Waikato page which will link you to 9 districts within Waikato from Raglan to Taupo and the Coromandel reminding you about activities such as the Gallagher Bike Skills Park in Cambridge, the Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel, the beautiful Lake Hakanoa in Huntly, Trapd Escape Rooms in Matamata, Bridal Veil Falls at Makomako, the Putaruru Timber Museum in Linchfield, the Otorohanga Kiwi House, Te Awamutu Space Centre, Tokaanu Thermal Pools and of course lots to do in and around Taupo!

There's no need to be bored these holidays if you live or are visiting Waikato!

So it's Spring and time for us to think about getting out and about in the great fresh air! If your kids love the great outdoors then we have a couple of amazing programmes and activities they should be checking out.

This includes programmes across much of Auckland including at Northcote and Long Bay with Conscious Kids, a 100% nature based holiday programme to get our children out into the great outdoors, enjoy free play and let their imaginations run free!

For water lovers learn an adrenalin filled activity with Madloop Windsurf School with fully supervised fun courses at Lake Pupuke. Let the kids confidently master windsurfing basics and progress towards some advanced skills. Remember spaces are limited.

For those kids who prefer something indoors, if they are creative and love theatre, they'll love the amazing drama workshops from Artz On Show. They'll develop a range of art skills and experiences as well as have heaps of fun!

For kids who love theatre but would like to try something different they can learn the art of stage and screen combat with New Zealand Stage and Screen Combat School. Mention LINKU2 for a 10% discount.

If they love to build, and for any lego lovers, you can't go wrong with a holiday programme from Bricks 4 Kidz encourage their creativity whilst having lots of fun. With workshops across Auckland including Albany, Takapuna and this holiday alongside Estuary Arts Centre who also have a full programme of their own with a great variety of art classes to cover all kid's preferences!

For kids who love variety, stimulation or perhaps just don't know what they want to do there are a huge variety of activities, outings and shows with sKids Sunnynook and sKids Kingsway with both a junior and senior programme to cover all ages. Book 2 sessions before 9 Oct and go in their Ripper Food Draw for a $200 Countdown voucher!

Again for those who love variety and also those families who need that extra support there are also lots of fantastic things to do with Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre in Orewa. Any kids on holiday in the region are also very welcome.

Plus there are more things to do just check out our North Shore page, Hibiscus Coast page or our pages for all other regions across Auckland.

Happy Holidays!!

With domestic travel currently the only wise activity within Covid restrictions, our local tourism industry could really do with the support so Linku2 are featuring on a number of articles to help you pick what would suit you and your family to get out and enjoy our beautiful country!

100% Pure New Zealand have some great articles to give you great ideas and as well as their North Island Must Do Experiences (linked through our North Island pages) of course there is the South Island experiences including exploring the Marlborough Sounds, Mt Aspiring National Park as well as many other outstanding national parks and of course great cities like Queenstown and Dunedin. Check these out and enjoy every single one of them! top South Island Activities ...

Holidays are on the way! Check out a guide to lots of great activities you can do with your kids for holiday fun across Waikato!

For those looking for holiday programmes for the kids in Hamilton if you have theatre lovers then check out The Greatest Showman workshops with Artz On Show or if you have kids who love a great variety of great things to do including outings check out things like clay sculpture, monster bounce, trips to the movies, Leap and Tenpin Bowling fun and lots more with sKids Hamilton East. Both of these make sure you book early!

Otherwise check out our Linku2 School Holiday Hamilton page with lots of other options from Hamilton Gardens, and the fun Minature Trains at Minogue Park to The Fun Shed, Timezone, The Waikato Museum, Hamilton Zoo, Bucking Boar Cornfield Maze and lots, lots more ...

Outside of Hamilton of course there's so much more around the Waikato district. Check out our Waikato page which will link you to 9 districts within Waikato from Raglan to Taupo and the Coromandel reminding you about activities such as the Gallagher Bike Skills Park in Cambridge, the Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel, the beautiful Lake Hakanoa in Huntly, Trapd Escape Rooms in Matamata, Bridal Veil Falls at Makomako, the Putaruru Timber Museum in Linchfield, the Otorohanga Kiwi House, Te Awamutu Space Centre, Tokaanu Thermal Pools and of course lots to do in and around Taupo!

There's no need to be bored these holidays if you live or are visiting Waikato!

Visiting Hawke’s Bay for the school holidays? You’ve come to the right place as there are plenty of family-friendly activities on offer.

Here are just a few boredom-busters that will keep the kids entertained for ages.

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All year round it is a great time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. There are some wonderful parks and gardens around the country and lots of things for the kids to do apart from just enjoying being outside and so today we are featuring just a couple of the larger gardens you may want to visit while out and about with the family.

Auckland Domain

The Wintergardens are a feature of the Auckland Domain with the Auckland War Memorial Museum sitting at the highest point. There are formal gardens, duck ponds, large green open spaces edged by mature trees, bush walks and statuary. The 75ha park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. The 'tuff rings' created by volcanic activity thousands of years ago can be seen in the land contours and forms a natural amphitheatre with about 10 hectares developed as first-class sports fields.

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens are easy to reach on State Highway One just south of central Hamilton and have a wonderful selection of themed gardens. They have a wonderful Discovery Trail for the kids, also great Bingo fun for the kids as well as a Fantasy collection including mythical beasts in their Children's Tudor Trail

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English oak tree, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are extensive and contain an impressive array of plant collections that delight at any time of year

Wellington Botanic Gardens

Always a beautiful place to visit, the Wellington Botanic Gardens has an excellent  Children's Garden which is extra special for kids. This is a “living classroom” where the kids can have fun and learn about the plants that provide our food, clothes, houses and medicine. The Botanic Gardens also offer self-guided activities for the kids to enjoy.

​So make sure you get out and about and enjoy our parks and activities ...

Everyone is aware there are benefits both healthwise and mentally in learning a musical instrument. It has been said the piano is a gateway to all music, so what are some of the benefits in learning to play the piano?

Reduces stress – Something that plagues not just adults nowadays! Playing the piano allows you to get away from daily stress where you can focus on the music. Some of the most beautiful musical pieces have been written for the piano and it is believed piano lessons can help decrease depression,  and subsequently induce positive mind states.

Calm the mind – Hand in hand with the previous benefit, reducing stress calms the mind, this subsequently improves mental health. Research has shown people who create and play music experience less depression, anxiety and loneliness and also experience improved self-esteem.

Piano playing promotes better performance at school - Research has also shown students who studied piano for 3 years or longer scored higher in general and spatial cognitive tests and children who studied the piano for a few years could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than other students. Piano lessons have also been shown to improve a child’s ability to listen, focus, and learn and can help children finish projects quicker and more efficiently.

Develops hand/eye coordination – With having to both read the music and play at the same time this trains your eyes and hands to work effectively together. Also in playing each hand performs different movements and needs to learn to work independently but together thus stimulating multiple parts of the brain.

Aids in language development – As mentioned above learning the piano can increase the vocabulary range of a child which in turn aids language development and also in learning foreign languages. Also the brain activity acquired when young through music will continue to benefit into adulthood.

It is easy to play - When a student starts to learn an instrument like the guitar or trumpet, there’s a huge learning curve in the early stages which are not present when learning the piano. When learning a wind or brass instrument the use of facial muscles and shaping of the lips can take time to master, or learning how to build calluses on fingers for playing guitar takes time. Piano is also intuitive to learn.

Inspires creativity - Playing the piano requires you to be creative and thus use both sides of your brain. By having to use both hand and eye helps in the development of creative thinking. This will also aid in being able to think outside the box and have clearer problem solving skills.

Playing the Piano Brings Joy - The piano can be hauntingly beautiful. Whether you are playing it yourself or just listening piano music can bring great joy.


Freephone: 0800 426 800 - Telephone:  09 426 4123 - Website:
We're shipping online and offering a contactless collect service from 9 am to 3 pm - Monday-Friday. 


ABA - Associated Business Advisors
Accountants - Red Beach - 1/178 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Red Beach, Auckland - 09 426 8488  or 021 0864 7878
ABA Ltd would like to advise the local community that our office will remain closed during Covid-19 alert level three.  Our staff are continuing to work remotely, so please contact us if you have any questions or accounting needs.  We look forward to seeing you shortly.

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First Rate Mortgages
Level 2 16 Florence Ave Orewa - Phone: 09 426 8927 - Email: - Website:
We are open all the way through. 8 am to 8 pm. Working from home with all phones / emails redirected. Our Orewa Office will open after level 2

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iLender Mortgage Brokers
Ph: 65 Karepiro Drive Stanmore Bay Whangaparaoa - Phone: 09 428 5333 - Email: - Website:
Business as usual at iLender Mortgages, a local Company with a national reputation. First home buyers, Investment property or moving home, we cover all types of lenders, banks, non banks and private funding. All you have to do is ask! Call Jeff Royle 021 765 016 or visit

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Orewa Arts and Events Centre
76 Riverside Road,  Orewa - Ph: 021 155 2946 - - Web:
The OAEC will not be available for hire until restrictions are lifted to allow groups of people to congregate again, but we are able to answer any questions you may have in the meantime, and look forward to reopening and working with the community again soon.

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Hibiscus Coast Party Hire
611c Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 424 3424 -
Contactless pickup and returns from 28 April please book online and instructions for payment and collection will be emailed or phone us and we can process order and payment over the phone. Hours in store 10 am to 4 pm Mon-Fri, 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays for level 3. Thank you for your support. 
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Balanced Books
Ph: 021 151 4465 -
Balanced Books Services will be operating standard working hours throughout Level 3, however all meetings will be via Skype until further notice. Contact details are Cortney McGregor on the above contact phone or email. 
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NZ Sign Solutions
Unit 2, 18 Arklow Lane, Stanmore Bay - Ph 09 427 4402
We are fully operational and open from 8 am – 5 pm making your Covid-19 signs, labels and floor decals plus the usual banners, flags and vehicle graphics.
Order safely from  our e-shop and we’ll courier or you can do contactless pickup. 

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Think Financial Ltd
Contact Gary George for all your lending requirements – we specialise in both mainstream and non-bank lending scenarios.
Mobile: 029 235 3440 - E: - Web: - Location: Millwater

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Hibiscus Law
747B Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 424 7475  -
Hibiscus Law Limited is open for business (at Level 3 restrictions) and the team here can assist in all property matters that you may have as well as our normal range of law. We can assist remotely using Skype and Zoom, and also provide a secure isolated area for physical signature and witnessing of documents at our office at 747 Whangaparaoa Road. Please give us a call on 09 424 7475 or email with any legal enquiry you may have and we look forward to being available to assist in any way.


Coast Cakes
621 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay
Ph: 09 424 0403 - -
Coast Cakes are offering contactless delivery and contactless pickup of cakes, sweets and supplies. Ordering can be done online and through email with allocated time slots for collections to avoid any cross over of people.

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The Ship and Anchor
Ph: 09 426 1539 - Email: - Website:
Facebook: The Ship and Anchor
In Level 3 we will be open for takeaways and deliveries. Timings are 12 pm to 3 pm and  5 pm to 7:45 pm. Order online at or give us a call or text on 09 426 1539 or 022 198 0720. Takeaway from the restaurant will be done from the front window where we will observe a 2 meter distance. Link to our takeaway menu available soon and on our Facebook page.

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Cafe Manly
Manly Village, Manly, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 428 2211 or 0211 955 980
Please check our Takeaway Menu - If you aren't sure on our Level 3 policy you can check HERE
Cafe Manly will be providing a limited takeaway-only menu and service for the period that COVID-19 Alert Level 3 is in place. All orders need to be placed by phone on 09 428 2211 or 0211 955 980. We will ask for the name of the person who will collect the order and provide you with an order number. Only one person from your bubble may collect your order. Payment will be taken at the time you order. Only Credit Cards or "Scheme" Debit Cards (debit cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo) can be accepted. We will provide the best indication we can at the time your order is taken as to when it will be available to collect. Please do your best to arrive at the cafe at this time so we can avoid unnecessary gatherings of people outside. Orders will be taken up to 2 pm. Thank you for your support. 

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Frankies Gelato and Deli
Manly Village, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 600 8058 - Email: - Web:
For opening times in Level 3 see our Facebook post
As we have always operated as a Takeaway coffee provider, we will resume this service Tuesday 28 April 9:00-3:00 pm. Orders can be made at our Courtyard side door and we have a mobile payWave eftpos machine to make it contactless and safe. Please feel free to text us your order also on 022 644 7339 - We will have Frankie’s Coffee Card with a buy 4 get 5th free . Our front shop door will be open with a one in one out method to control foot flow.
Unfortunately no gelato and stock levels are not at 100% but we will continue to take specific orders for breads, meats, eggs and anything else there is enough demand for. Always open for suggestions. We will continue to review as need to analyse foot-flow and  demand but please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions or specific needs.

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Manly Bar and Grill
3/49 Rawhiti Road, Manly Village, Whangaparaoa
Ph: 09 424 5423 or 021 939 391 - Our Lockdown Menu
Will be open for takeaways only (no deliveries) from Thursday April 30 from 4 pm till 8 pm (last order taken 7.45 pm). You can order by phone 09 424 5423 or text 021 939 391. Contactless payments can be made on pick up or direct credit with proof of payment. No cash will be accepted. We look forward to serving you through L3 and beyond.

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Hammer & Tongs
Shop 4,12 Silverdale Street, Old Silverdale Village
Ph: 027 315 2831 -
Contactless pick up and deliveries from 28 April. Our Facebook page is the best place to get the most up to date information Check out our Level 3 Menu. We will be open for online ordering with contactless pick up or delivery using our staff to offer local deliveries within a 15 km radius and will also use NZ courier to deliver meals to the rest of the North Island. Opening hours are: Albany Monday-Thursday 9 am to 3 pm. Silverdale Monday-Thursday 11am to 3 pm. Local Deliveries are likely to be between 3 to 5 pm. We may open on Fridays depending on quantity of orders but presently we are closed on Fridays. 
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Local Cafe
Manly Village, Manly - Ph: 09 428 2330
Local Café  in Manly will be open during Alert Level 3! Our operating hours will be 8 am to -2 pm daily from 28 April. As per restrictions our cabinet food, cakes and coffee will be available for Takeaway only. Customers can't enter shop. Deliveries unavailable. We are accepting contactless payment or bank transfer. Bank a/c:  Delphino Cafe Ltd, A/c No: 12-3216-0196608-00.
Please confirm your method of payment when placing your order via: TXT - 021 0232 7666 or Phone - 09 428 2330.
We will also be offering pre-paid coffee cards. If you are a frequent customer, we encourage this method to further minimize contact. Prices for these vary slightly depending on the coffee order so please call us for details. We also sell gift vouchers - call us for details. Thank you for your support. Back to top

St Pierre's Sushi of Japan Silverdale and Whangaparaoa
61 Silverdale Street, Silverdale - Ph: 09 421 1122
Unit 4/651 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 424 0243
St.Pierre's Whangaparaoa and Silverdale branches will be open from 28th April for Click and Collect at the shop door. Customers can place their online orders now for pick up.  Pick up times will be from 10:30 am to 18:45 pm. Every meal fresh to order for all online orders.
20 minute lead time so by the time you get there it’s freshly made for you!You can VIEW OUR MENU and order at www.stpierres.onlineBack to top

9 Tamariki Ave, Orewa - Ph: 09 427 9264 - View our Menu
​Open from 5.30 pm on Thursday 30 April. Temporary hours - 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Collect only. Phone on 09 427 9264 to place your order and receive an order number. Make payment through internet banking to ASB 12 3042 0484588 00, use your order number, or eftpos available. Show a screenshot of payment on arrival. If using a voucher please bring with you. You can check our ordering details by CLICKING HERE. Collect your order at Hayami and enjoy!Back to top

Charm Thai Silverdale
​2 Milner Avenue, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 2977 -
Will be open in Level 3 for takeaways 7 days at 12 pm to  8 pm. Please view the menu online  All orders need to be placed by phone on 09 426 2977 or 021 258 7449.  You will receive you order number once you place your order, the payment will be accepted either credit card or internet banking. Please stay in your car we will bring the meal to you. Back to top

Freda's Roast
175 Millwater Parkway, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 8838 - For ordering information CLICK HERE
We thank you very much for supporting us. After 28 April we encourage you to use CLICK & COLLECT - Roast, Chinese Vegetarian Food, Takeaways, Dumpling, BBQ Buns, Drinks by scanning our QR code - Ring As Arrive and Wait Until Meals Are Ready and allowed in one at a time.  Alternatively Phone ordering Number 09 426 8838 - After confirming your order and amount using our direct credit account. Deliveries within 5 km when order amount over $20. Full details and further information CLICK HERE.  We appreciate your assistance in this unprecedented time.Back to top

Farida's Restaurant and Bar
226 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 5083
We have 2 special menus we are offering for takeaway in Level 3 lockdown. 
Menu 1 -  A variety of Pasta and Risotto food 
Menu 2 -  A variety of Pizza food
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Muldoons Irish Bar
8 Moana Ave, Orewa
​Muldoons would like to advise patrons they will not be open during Alert Level 3 but look forward to welcoming back locals once New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Thank you. Back to top

Manly Village, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 947 5213 - -
We are open for contactless orders during Level 3. Please check out OUR LEVEL 3 MENU - We also have our Allpress Coffee so please head along to join us and thank you for your support. Back to top

Thai Windows
747c Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 424 8288 -
We are open during the lockdown level 3 for Takeaways and Deliveries Tuesday to Sunday from 4.30pm - 9.00 pm.  For order online Order made by phone will only take internet banking for payment.  Please give us a call on 09 424 8288 when you arrive, we will bring the meal to you at the front door. Thank you Back to top


Fame Preschool
6 Karepiro Drive Stanmore Bay Whangaparaoa - Phone: 09 428 5048 - Email: - Website:
At Fame Preschool, we provide exceptional, loving care and education for children, and we develop their confidence and creativity through our amazing performing arts programme. We are open from Monday 4th of May, and we are very happy to talk with anyone who is interested in arranging childcare, and enrolling to join our Fame Family. We can discuss your plans and answer your questions over the phone, and also arrange an appointment for a centre tour with Cathy. (Note: the government has stated we are unable to accept walk-in visits at this time.). We have supported our families by not charging fees over the lockdown, and we now need our community’s support to build our roll, so we can keep up our high teacher ratios and amazing team of loving teachers.

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Online Art Lessons
Our online art classes are available at any time of the day or night for you watch and learn from in the comfort of your own home at
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Hannah's House
31 Thorburn Ave Red Beach - Ph: 09 426 9237 |
We open from the 4th of May 8 am to 4.30 pm. Unfortunately we will not allow any walk-ins from anyone with non-enrolled children for the foreseeable future. New parents must book a tour. Before the tour they must be asymptomatic and use our hand sanitizer. We will maintain the 2m distance rule as per requirements. New parents being toured will not touch/contact anything. We ask that you leave your child at home for these tours. Our enrolment forms are online. Please feel free to call to book a tour.Back to top

Dance Dimensions
2/8 Curley Ave, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 4888 - -
We are currently doing online classes for all ages and abilities, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical call or email and we will send you our timetable and prices, we will be back in the studio when alert level 2 kicks in.


Northern Arena
8 Polarity Rise, Silverdale
Northern Arena’s legendary brista made contactless coffee on text-to-order. NOW OPEN (Weekdays 8 am - 12 pm). Tell us your name, what you want to drink and when you want it. Text to order: 021 051 6969 - Call to order: 09 421 9700 - Email to order: Purchase pre-paid cards online by CLICKING HERE - We highly recommend purchasing a pre-paid coffee card (10 coffees per card) through our website or over the phone, this is the most efficient and contactless process.

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Three Sixty Osteopathy
Ph: 09 427 9306 - - Three Sixty Osteopathy Telehealth
Just because you're not so active (in fact perhaps because of it) it doesn't stop the aches and pains. ThreeSixty Osteopathy are now able to see people via video consultations to help with any lockdown aches and pains. It is likely this will continue into Level 3, as only acute cases will be able to be seen in clinics so don't delay - check out details and get yourself fixed!!Back to top

Enhanced Recovery
Stanmore Bay - Ph: 027 444 1434
To help out over the lockdown period Kate from Enhanced Recovery Physiotherapy of Stanmore Bay are offering FEES FREE Physiotherapy Consultations online or over the phone.  ACC approved, NO referral needed, specialising in Fractures, Surgery and Arthritis. Only Telehealth appointments are available during the Covid19 Level 3 lockdown period. We hope to reopen clinic and home visit options at Level 2. Contact 027 444 1434 for more details to top

The Little Beautique
55 Karepiro Drive, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 428 1264 - -
Our online store is open selling skincare and makeup as well as gift vouchers for our salon.  Gift vouchers will be emailed and we’re offering free shipping on our products.Back to top

Beauty Aspects
41 Fennell Crescent, Millwater - Ph: 0210 297 2587 -
As much as I miss seeing everyone and miss doing everyone’s treatments and desperately want to get back to work we will only be able to operate once we reach level 2. Our health and everyone’s wellbeing is the most important thing now.
1. Book in for a Zoom skin consultations available to all new clients wanting to start using Nimue skincare or anyone have issue with there skin 2. Delivering skincare to your door 3. Bespoke products to do your own “MINI” Facial at home for the skin and soul pick me up 4. Gift vouchers for that special occasion or birthday or just saying thank you and remember Mother’s Day Sunday 10th of May 5. Pre purchase treatments for the 12 weeks Nimue skin perfecting challenge 6. Bespoke skincare plans for your specific concerns (after zoom skin consultation) voucher can be purchased on SOS business for treatments. For any other questions or queries please get in touch 
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Life Pharmacy Orewa
8 Tamariki Ave, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 4087
9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm Sundays. Or shop online at - Shop health, wellness and beauty 7 Days a WeekBack to top

Hear Say Speech Therapy
Silverdale/Millwater - Ph: 09 4211337 - 021949539 -
I have a speech therapy practise in Silverdale/ Millwater. I am not able to see clients face to face currently, but I can do tele-therapy with interactive therapy activities for children aged 4-9 years old. I specialise in speech , language and learning disorders. I am happy to offer a free phone consultation if parents are concerned about their children’s speech, and would like to get some advice.
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Health by Logic
20 Silverdale Street, Silverdale - Ph: 09 421 1273
​We are operating under a contactless and social distancing environment. To see this regarding placing orders and making payments please CLICK HERE. Thank you for your support. Back to top

Nutritionsense - Nutrition Consulting
Red Beach/Orewa/Millwater/Silverdale -
What does level 3 look like for nutrition consultations? Hello everyone, I’m Paula, local Nutritionist (BSc Nutrition, Massey University) of NutritionSense, Red Beach. I write monthly nutrition articles for the wonderful Millwater Magazine and run healthy cooking classes locally. I am passionate about seeing people achieve their health goals, now more than ever, it is important to prioritise our health and I’d love to help you with that. I offer online nutrition consultations via Zoom, Google hangouts or WhatsApp – whichever platform you prefer. I have been doing online consultations for a while now, as I have clients in other parts of New Zealand and internationally, it works really well. So if you’d like to set up a consultation, please feel free to e-mail me or for more information see my website. Stay safe and stay well!Back to top

Hear Again 
Coast Plaza, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 424 6035 - -
We have been closed through Levels 4 and 3, but have still been dealing with online orders and repairs remotely.  We are yet to find out in what capacity we can operate during level 2 and hoping we can open largely as usual, with heightened infection control measures. We will keep you up to date. 

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Lumino The Dentists Orewa
18 Tamariki Ave, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 2251
We have been operating for Emergency only care during the full lockdown. Any patients requiring emergency need to call 0508 586 466 to be booked for treatment.  We will be back to working as usual from Level 2.
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Orewa Optics
10 Bakehouse Lane, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 6646 - -
We can help clients and locals in Level 3 under Ministry of Health guidelines. If you need our help please check out what we can do for you at our Level 3 Policy Information. Thank you for your support. Back to top


Peninsula Bay Veterinary Hospital
689 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 428 7017 - - -
We are open 7 days of the week to spread our staff members into small teams. Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm and Saturday-Sunday 9 am to 4 pm. Everyone MUST CALL AHEAD, DO NOT JUST SHOW UP - phone or email. Everything is being done over the phone or via email including but not limited to: product purchases, appointment and surgical bookings. We are accepting all types of bookings now. Pets enter the clinic, their owners do not- consults are done over the phone
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The Mutt Hut - Dog Grooming
350 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa - Ph: 027 204 9923 - -
The Mutt Hutt can operate in Level 2. But booking is still available through our website or by phone. Thanks Paulina
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Clip-a-Dog Grooming Studio
21 Karepiro Drive, Stanmore Bay
Open NOW during level 3. Professional All Breed Grooming.  We simply love animals,  love what we do and treat each dog as our own. 
Ring or text Karen - 09 428 3375 or 027 655 0571 - Or complete an online enquiry at to top


Bayleys Hibiscus Coast
Ph: 09 426 5911 -
Bayleys Hibiscus Coast is open for business at Level 3 onwards. Agents are working remotely and property inspections and appraisals can happen. Virtual auctions will commence. We don’t expect open homes to start again until Level 2. Clients can’t visit the Bayleys office but they can phone and email to arrange appointments.Back to top

Diggers R Us
Hibiscus Coast - Ph: 021423506
Diggers R Us Ltd are back in operation in Level 3.  Social Distancing is in place.  Hand sanitiser in both 8 Wheeler Truck & Cat305.5 Digger. Happy to discuss your needs for earthmoving anytime. Nelson Stanley-Hunt 021423506

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C & R Surveyors Ltd
172A Centreway Road, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 4051 - -
Under Covid-19 Level 3 we are open for business.  However we can't have face to face meetings, but emails and phone calls normally suffice.Back to top

Garage Door Repairman Ltd
Silverdale - Ph: 0800 63 63 45 - -
​Open Alert level 3 -:  For all repairs and or  replacements of Garage Doors and Garage Door Openers. Phones answered 24/7 -:  0800 63 63 48 - We are all about local!Back to top

Concept Decks
Hibiscus Coast - Ph: 021 715 608021715608 - -
We are back to work (deck building) as usual and just implementing health and safety guidelines as to safe distancing, handwashing and we are unable to enter clients homes at this level.Back to top

Peninsula Mowers and Heating
611 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 424 3104
We are open for sales, parts and repairs - this will be a contactless service and our showroom will be closed. Payment will be via internet banking or over the phone and we will have a contactless drop off and pick up zone for all repairs and orders. Please email us on or call us on 09 424 3104 ahead of time to arrange sales, parts or repair drop offs and pick ups. We can also pick up/drop off from your home if you prefer - please call us to arrange this service. Please remain in your car if you see someone else in the drop off/pick up zone. Thank you. Back to top


Freedom Companion Driving
Hibiscus Coast - Ph: 021 041 9486 -
As an essential service, Freedom Companion Driving -  Hibiscus Coast is your safe pair of hands. We can take you to your medical appointments, assist with groceries and run errands for you. We comply with all Covid-19 rules, santising our vehicle after every client and following strict personal hygiene. Freedom is both  an ACC and Auckland Transport Total Mobilty accredited provider.  Using your TM card now covers 100% of the cost of your trip (up to a max of $80 each way until June 2020).
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North Harbour Ford and Mazda
10 Keith Hay Court, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 0380 - How to Book Your Service
Contactless vehicle servicing. North Harbour Ford & Mazda Silverdale Service Centre is open and committed to providing the same high level of service that you have come to know and enjoy. In response to the global COVID-19 crisis we’d like to reassure you that our entire team is taking every precaution to ensure the highest level of hygiene and social distancing standards for the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff.  To view the procedure to book your service please CLICK HERE

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Orewa Panelbeaters
9 George Lowe Place, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 7341 -
Orewa Panelbeaters is open by appointment only at Alert Level 3.  Give us a call and we can make you an appointment.  Open 8 am to 4.30 pm  daily.Back to top

Silverdale Car Services
Unit 5, 14 Curley Avenue, Silverdale (Down the road in Silverdale Village by the corner of Hirepool / St John’s Ambulance Station) 
 Phone call - 09 421 1413 - - Online booking -
We will be operating under Alert Level 3, providing a contactless method of service for all mechanical repairs, servicing, WOF’s etc. We are a small Family owned and operated business with a highly skilled team of NZ/European trained mechanics and we specialise in European vehicles.  
SANITIZING: All vehicles will be sanitized before and after our mechanics work on them. Examples include (but is not limited to): Steering wheels, keys, seat belts, gear sticks, handbrakes, door handles, surfaces etc. Our team will be using disposable seat covers, disposable gloves, and other PPE equipment to keep you safe!
 DROP OFFS & PICK UPS: We require all cars being dropped off to be parked outside the work shop in an available space and keys left in the secured silver drop box next to the reception door or left in the vehicle.
You will be contacted via phone when the work has been completed and contactless pickup instructions will be explained.
 PAYMENTS: Payments must be made prior to collecting your vehicle and may be made through: 1. Internet Banking, 2. Over the phone payments for Credit Cards or Visa Debit cards
For bookings please use one of the following methods: 1. Phone call - 09 421 1413, 2. Email -, 3. Online booking -
OPENING HOURS: Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm, Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm, Sunday: CLOSEDBack to top

Calibre Collision Orewa
10 George Lowe Place, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 5086 - -
Calibre Collision Orewa is open under Level 3 following Ministry of Health Level 3 guidelinesBack to top


North Beach
61 Silverdale Street, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 6993 -
While our stores remain closed at level 3, you can order our full product range online for contactless delivery at There are no delays with picking and packing orders, so if you order before 12pm, your order will be packed the same day. Delivery may take longer than usual due to the high volumes Courier Post are currently experiencing. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and can't wait to see you back in store soon!Back to top

Stanmore Bay Laundromat
2/707 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 428 2008
Your laundry will be taken AFTER you Leave and placed outside BEFORE your arrival (appox 5 mins). Hence, please confirm us the pick-up time that will most suit you OR call us on 09.428.2008 to inform. (Must be contactless). During Alert level 3, our ’new normal’ Drop-off and Pick-up service will be from OUTSIDE the premises. Customers CAN NOT enter to the shop. Therefore, the self-service is temporarily NOT available. Contactless payments and bank transfer are both available. (Additional: Keypads will be sanitised after each use). Our temporarily Hour during Alert level 3 is from: 8.00 am  to 6.00 pm
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Paper Plus Orewa
Moana Ave, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 4063
Open Mon to Sat 9 am to 5 pm at the front door. Order online, over the phone or come down and “point and click” -
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Floosie NZ Design Store
Level 3: Open 9 – 12 every day for click & collect of online sales. Free door to door delivery on the Coast. Freight free courier to other areas (North Island)
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Ramada Suites by Wyndham Nautilus Orewa
9-13 Tamariki Ave, Orewa - Ph: 09 427 0131 -
Ramada Suites has stayed open as an essential service. We remain open for business and future reservations. At this time we are able to take immediate reservations only from Essential Services Workers or for those other businesses reopening under current guidelines and needing to house staff or support persons to get their services up and running. That can be as far reaching as examples of Supermarket, Trucking, Police or Medical folk needing to make a break for themselves. However under current limitations we cannot use our Gym, Sauna, Spa or Swimming Pool. We have not taken on any isolation arrivals. Future reservations can be made by anyone in anticipation of the end of restrictions. In this respect we would look at taking open reservations from anyone from 01-July-2020 (as perhaps a safe date).Back to top

Silver Service Transport
Silver Service Transport is still operating,  getting people to medical appointments doing deliveries for people, just not operating on group bookings, at this stage, but always there to help, phone Judy  0272460201  Ann 021543200Back to top


Pauline Moffat VCANZ - Celebrant
Ph: 027 208 7340 -
Level three allows me to now marry couples with a maximum of 10 people in attendance (this must include everyone) with social distancing between everyone except the couple or people from the same bubble.  I am available within the Hibiscus Coast, Rodney area for the time being. It’s a trying time for everyone however as we progress down the levels more restrictions will be lifted. I am more than happy to accommodate couples who wish to marry soon and are completely committed to the level three restrictions. Back to top

1. Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walk

Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Pathway provides an excellent bike ride, or riding with children on bikes or scooters.

Accessed from Western Reserve, at the southern end of Orewa beach and just 40 minutes drive north from Auckland centre. The path features tributes to the estuary's past as a significant food gathering place for Maori including six carved seats created by Auckland's prison's carving group, carved from Macrocarpa trees felled during the walkway construction. Five of the seats represent the various hapu of the Kaipara Harbour who travelled to their traditional fishing grounds in the Orewa estuary to collect seafood.

The sixth seat was unveiled in memory of Kiara Morgan, a young Orewa girl who died of cancer in 2011.

The pathway is 7.6 km long and passes along the edge of the estuary through bush trails and quiet residential areas. It is mostly sealed and flat.

The pathway (travelling anti-clockwise) follows the Millenium Walkway through Western Reserve and distance markers are placed every 1 km so you can track your progress! Connects to walk Nos 1, 2 and 3 below.

Orewa Walks
1. Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve
Old North Rd, Orewa. 30–45 mins. Fine remnant stand of native kauri and broadleaf forest at northern end of Orewa. Lower track beside Nukumea Stream to Kensington Park suitable for wheelchairs. Good examples of kauri and puriri. Pa site at Hillcrest Rd entrance.

2. Orewa Esplanade Reserve

Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa - 45–60 mins. Paved walking track along northern half of beachfront reserve. Runs from Arundel Reserve, at northern end, to the town centre. Links to No 1 above.

3. Orewa Millennium Walkway

Orewa Township. 2 hours. ‘Oval’ walkway. Start from south bridge, follow estuary to Centreway Reserve, turn left down Riverside Rd and cross road into Grant Park, along Hatton Rd through Victor Eaves Park to link with Eaves Bush returning to south bridge via Orewa beachfront. Follow the blue footprints.

4. Maygrove Reserve

Riverside/Lakeside Drives, Maygrove, Orewa. A variety of walkways through residential areas, esplanade reserve and around the artificial lake in Lakeside Reserve. Wet in winter. Range of short and long walks.

5. Pohutukawa Reserve/Orewa Estuary

Pohutukawa Ave and Moffat Rd, Orewa. 30–45 mins. Grass reserve walkway on south side of estuary running from Orewa south bridge to Jelas Rd/Kingsway School into Totara Views subdivision.

Whangaparaoa Walks

1. Amorino Reserve
SH1/Hibiscus Coast Highway, Red Beach. 15–30 mins. Reserve walkway beside Orewa estuary mouth, linking with surrounding residential streets. Start of Whangaparaoa Peninsula’s ‘Coastal Walkways’. Follow signs on lamp posts.

2. Red Beach Reserves
Vista Motu and Marellen Drive, Red Beach. 30-45 mins. An informal walk between various reserves in the centre of Red Beach. From Red Beach Lookout Reserve take walkways into Higham Ferrers Reserve, cross Bay Vista Dr into Gilshennan Reserve, follow path to right and follow walkways to Rushden Terrace and Red Beach Park, cross Marellen Drive to beach.

3. Red Beach section of Coastal Walkway
Ngapara St – Duncansby Rd, Red Beach. 30 mins. Walk along beach from Ngapara St to Duncansby Rd. May be restricted at high tide.

4. Stanmore Bay Beach
Cooper Rd and Stanmore Bay Reserve, Stanmore Bay. 15–30 mins. Walk along beach from Cooper Rd/Lea Reserve to Stanmore Bay Park. Cross arch bridge at eastern end of park to link to No. 3 above

5. Stanmore Bay Reserve to Manly Beach
Stanmore Bay Rd – Moreton Dr, Manly. 15–30 mins. Walk from end of Stanmore Bay Rd and take track up through historic cemetery. Left into Ardern Ave and cross to next accessway. Turn right into Swann Beach Rd to the top corner and next accessway with steps through to Hurdlow Place and Moreton Drive / beach.

6. Manly Beach to Tindalls Beach
Brown St – Tindalls Bay Rd, Tindalls Beach. 15–30 mins. From end of Brown St, walk along beach (restricted at high tide) to boatramp. Cross footbridge by sheds to accessway to The Crescent. Follow road round Crown Reserve to Tindalls Beach.

7. Tindalls Beach to Matakatia Beach
15–30mins. From centre of beach, take series of accessways through to Whangaparaoa Rd. Cross road and turn right to top of hill, then left into reserve accessway down to Matakatia Beach.

8. Gulf Harbour
Shakespear Rd – Gulf Harbour Drive, Gulf Harbour. Walkways progressing as Gulf Harbour estate develops. Network utilises reserves, roads and runs through the golf course. Range of short and long walks. Toilets at boatramp.

9. Fisherman’s Rock/Pacific Parade
Fisherman’s Rock Reserve, Army Bay. 60–90 mins. Coastal clifftop walk from Fisherman’s Rock Reserve to eastern end of Pacific Parade. Two clifftop staircases and stone ramp provide access onto rocky foreshore. Access between Fisherman’s Rock and Pacific Parade Reserves via foreshore, restricted at high tide.

10. Shakespear Regional Park
Army Bay, Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Various marked tracks ranging from 1 – 2 hrs around farm park at end of peninsula. Open sanctuary under development behind predator-proof fence. Bookable picnic sites and camping. Sweeping views of Hauraki Gulf and islands. The Heritage, Tiri and Okoromai tracks are medium difficulty and are approximately 9 km. Click here for basic Shakespear map.

11. Tiritiri Matangi Island
Take ferry from Gulf Harbour Marina. Open sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s rare and endangered plant and bird species. Home to saddlebacks, kiwi, takahe, bellbird and other native birds no longer seen on mainland. A variety of walking tracks across island.

12. Tiri Rd – East Ave Clifftop
Starts at 33 Tiri Rd, Little Manly. 5–15 mins. Short clifftop reserve walk between Tiri Rd and East Ave cul de sac. Good views of Hauraki Gulf.

13. Little Manly Beach
South Ave – Little Manly Beach, Little Manly. 5–15 mins. Shore reserve and clifftop walk from South Ave to beach.

14. Arkles Bay Clifftop
Ladies Mile – Arkles Bay. 5–15 mins. Short clifftop walk from Ladies Mile/Whangaparaoa Rd intersection to Arkles Bay beach through coastal bush. Steep flight of steps at Arkles Bay end.

15. Whangaparaoa Town Centre to Stanmore Bay beach
Town centre – Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay. 15–30 mins. From town centre via Palmgreen Court and reserve, walkway to Rata Rd. Walkway half way along Rimu Rd on right leads into Stanmore Bay Park past leisure Centre. Cross Brightside Rd to beach side of reserve.

16. Stanmore Bay Reserve to Town Centre
15–30 mins. From the back of the leisure centre, via wetland walk to Rata Rd, Palmgreen Court or Red Hibiscus Rd and onto Whangaparaoa Rd.

17. Ferry Road Reserve. Ferry Rd, Arkles Bay
5–15 mins. Short reserve walk through coastal bush to foreshore of Weiti River near mouth of river. Timber steps at top. Slippery rocks on foreshore.

18. Fairhaven Walk. Wade River Rd, Arkles Bay
30–45 mins. Rough dead end walking track off end of Wade River Rd past boat club on banks of Weiti River flanked by native bush with some big puriri trees.

19. Okura Walk
Duck Creek Rd, Stillwater or Haigh Access Rd, Redvale. 2–2.5 hours from Stillwater through muddy pastures and along foreshore to historic Dacre cottage (composting toilets alongside). 3–3.5 hours from Okura (Haigh Access Rd) through Scenic Bush Reserve. Coastal walk between Weiti and Okura Rivers. Boots required. Check out Okura Walk details

Again, there is a view of Mexican food that doesn’t do it justice and this is because of the way this has become one of the most popular #world cuisines in recent years. The

Mexican cuisine is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish. The basic staples include corn, beans and chili peppers with a number of other foods introduced by the Europeans, in particular, meats including beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep, dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and spices.

When conquered initially by the Spanish, they tried to impose their own diet on the country, however the foods and cooking techniques began to be mixed. Eventually African and Asian influences were also introduced into the mix.

Tortillas, chimichangas, fajitas and chili con carne have been adopted by Western restaurants as Mexican food, but this only really represents Northern Mexico. The food of Central and South Mexico is subtler with many dishes derived from the ancient Mayan culture.

Mexican cuisine is an important aspect of the culture, social structure and popular traditions of Mexico. Native ingredients include tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa and vanilla

The main meal of the day in Mexico is the "comida". This is eaten between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm.  It typically consists of an appetizer, a soup or salad and the main course: seafood, meat or poulty, rice and/ or beans and of course some hot tortillas.

You will find tortillas all over the country, along with plenty of eggs and vegetables. Chilies, chocolate, tomatoes and cumin are also major flavourings.

Mexicans work around their eating schedule unlike us in the Western world!

Traditionally we think of Mexican food as being tacos, salsa, quesadillas, beans, tortillas and enchiladas

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