I love to take our pugs for a walk to the Waikanae River. Either side of the river there are great tracks, native and sea birds, and so many other dogs. Entry is from various roads off Te Moana Rd, or from State Highway 1 at Waikanae bridge. cheerful. When I feel overtired and lacking in iron I head to Fisherman’s Plate in Bond St and slurp at a very reasonable price the rare beef pho. I always leave I keep them here. If they show signs of cabin fever I take them to the beach, on a tour of Te Horo, or up to the Otaki Forks. It used to be Kirkcaldie & Stains, so I am hanging out for the advent of David Jones. And of course, I am totally in love with Moore Wilson’s. A sleep-in followed by scrambled eggs with French tarragon on lightly toasted Lewis Road bread with crispy bacon, and cups and cups of puerh tea and whatever is on Radio New Zealand National. In the afternoon a Waikanae River walk followed by wine, a big read, and dinner.
Food guru Ruth Pretty loves a lot about the capital, including pottering around her garden, walking her pugs Edie and Elsa along the Waikanae River, shopping at Moore Wilson’s, and taking friends to Te Horo and WoW.