HEN & STAG EVENTS
By Michelle Gras
Imagine leaving the city and foregoing the usual Hen or Stag nights for a weekend of luxury, pampering, indulgence and adventure, all organised for you.
Waiheke Island offers you the opportunity to partake in a special pre-wedding weekend, staying in one of the luxury private homes or one of the resorts. It’s a weekend you, your friends and family would never forget.
Forget about themed restaurants, rowdy nightclubs, sore feet, ridiculous outfits and how to get home – instead think fresh air, amazing scenery, the best food and wine, luxury, and memories you will treasure forever. Waiheke can cater to all wedding pre-parties but luxury, adventure and the best times are the priority.
The ladies can get picked up from the ferry and transported to your weekend accommodation.
Arriving on a Friday night, the oysters and champagne would be on ice waiting for you while you take in the magnificent views. Indulge in a fully catered dinner or head out to one of the great restaurants on the island. Revel in a night of dancing and frivolity with your besties, or perhaps kick back and enjoy a few girly movies in the comfort of a gorgeous home. That’s the time to bring out those hen outfits and paraphernalia – no public humiliation, no queues, no taxis, no stress.
Wake up on Saturday to a fridge stocked with all you need for your favourite breakfast. To fill the day, you could have a yoga instructor come to the house, or you could explore one of Waiheke’s stunning walks, enjoy a pampering session or indulge in manicures and pedicures. If you’re up for a new experience, why not try making your own perfume, bath bombs or lip balm before lunch!
Get picked up by your private driver, taken on a wine tasting tour of Waiheke or lunch at your favourite venue – this may be the time to find out a few secrets and share stories about the bride or groom to be. At day’s end, head to one of the bars for a nightcap – then home again to a fridge stocked with chocolate and bubbles!
The lads will enjoy kicking off the dust of the working week by jumping on the ferry with their mates. Better still, how about a helicopter trip … enjoy a few beverages on board before being whisked to your accommodation of choice for the weekend. We know the guys won’t want to muck about in the kitchen, so how dinner out, or catered in a way that leaves you with nothing to do but enjoy yourself and contemplate tomorrow.
Fishing, diving, golf, or something more adventurous – the choice is yours on Waiheke. Head out on a fishing charter with one of the local boats, find the best spots to drop your lines, and enjoy a chilled out day on the water. You want to fly across the landscape on an eco- zip, pit your archery or paintball skills against each other, visit one of the breweries or perhaps test your wine knowledge and add to your cellar collection with Waiheke’s finest wines.
Saturday night could include a gourmet BBQ – if you were lucky enough to catch fish or haul a prized cray or two, a seafood feast could be on the cards. There could be a big game on the telly or that poker game you keep talking about – lunch on the loser the next day? You can always hit the town knowing it’s only 5 to 10 minutes home – no one gets lost on the way home or goes missing in action.
Why not indulge in the ultimate boys’ dinner at a vineyard – imagine seafood, gourmet meats and a cheese platter to finish, all washed down with Waiheke’s finest reds, while recalling memories, the loss of your bachelorhood and the antics that go along with it.
Sunday could see you heading home with a chilly bin full of fish, a case of wine or speciality beers and great memories. No dodgy photo’s or personal damage … or maybe there will be … have you seen what those paintball guns can do?
Consider making the weekend simultaneous for both parties – that Sunday lunch sure could hold true of the saying “What goes on tour stays on tour”. Note to self – delete those selfies!
Waiheke Island – where personalised weddings and events are made all the more memorable.