Out and about with Remuera Gardens
Your retirement should be about enjoying the finer things in life, experiencing things you never had the chance to, or revisiting familiar places where you have fond memories.
This is important to the team at Remuera Gardens Retirement Village, which is why they organise twice weekly bus trips for their residents, taking them to familiar, new or exciting ‘off the beaten track’ places in and around Auckland city.
Taking the residents somewhere new each week is important to bus driver John, who has been known to venture as far as Raglan, Matakana and even Thames, stopping at some great cafes and local attractions along the way.
One stand out trip for John was visiting the Zealong Tea Plantation in Gordonton, where you can enjoy high tea and an ‘endless cup of tea’. This was a great day for the residents, who appreciated its wonderful setting and getting the opportunity to travel somewhere different.
If the weather is unpleasant, there are plenty of local options like Devonport for a cafe lunch or a journey out to Puhoi Cheese Factory, prior to retiring to the Puhoi Pub for a fireside meal. .
From December through to March, the team at Remuera Gardens organise trips which make the most of the sunshine. Last summer, John made use of some of the reserves north of Auckland, where residents could have a leisurely walk or sit and enjoy the sunshine. Home-made picnic lunches are often included in the trip – to make the most of the location.
John has worked as a driver for retirement home’s for the past two years and states his favourite part of the job is seeing the residents come back happy after going somewhere they haven’t been before, or haven’t seen for a long time.
‘‘The trips are always a success, rain or shine. From the moment we set off from our destination, they are booking in for the next week,’’ he says.