Out and about with Remuera Gar­dens

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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