It’s been almost a month since I celebrated my bachelorette in Auckland, surrounded by some of my beautiful friends.
I’ve only been to a handful of hen parties in my lifetime and each has been completely different from the former. A few were tightly organised, with every detail carefully thought out. Others took a more, “let’s see where the day takes us” approach. For mine, I really wanted a city escape and to stay right downtown.
I’ll never forget my friend, Kirsten’s bachelorette when we went to New York City. There was no itinerary and the group sometimes would break into groups of two or three depending on our moods and interests. I was able to catch up with a friend in Williamsburg and my sister, Stephanie and I even joined a march in Greenwich Village. It was a week rather than a weekend and we all made memories to last a lifetime.
Personally, I don’t believe in a one size fits all mentality when it comes to bachelor/bachelorette parties. The event should be customised to the individual’s tastes whether they want one last hurrah or a relaxing spa retreat to unwind after all the stressful preparations. There’s absolutely no wrong way to do it, and here’s what mine entailed…
A Quick Note…
I decided on Auckland for the location because it’s where I lived and went to university for three years. Many of my friends still live there and were travelling down to Christchurch the following weekend. Also, my Canadian family and friends were all stopping over in Auckland from Vancouver before flying domestically to other parts of the country before the wedding.
Faced with rain, we refused to let the forecast dampen our spirits. We met at our gorgeous central city apartment (who knew you could find Airbnbs in the heart of the Britomart?!) before walking to Parnell for a barre class. There’s nothing I love more than a sweat session to kick off the day, so I was excited to try Bloom Barre and Pilates on Gibraltor Street. The light-filled studio is a wonderful place to workout, and owner/instructor is classically trained, so you can expect the best possible training and technique. She ensured our morning class was heaps of fun and we spent the entire hour laughing. I’m sure I’ll be back the next time I’m in Auckland.
We discovered Bloom thanks to our friends at Romer App.
On our way home, I was seriously tempted to stop for coffee at Winona Forever, but we had brunch waiting for us at the apartment. Here, we played some games and got into the champagne and cupcakes my friend Robyn kindly brought along. After a few sips and a light bite, it was time to head to the ferry.
By this point, it was pouring, so a few of us grabbed Ubers while the others braved the rain. By the time we got on the ferry, the rain had subsided somewhat, but it was still a pretty bumpy ride. Despite being a bit nervous on boats, with some bubbles in my system and good pals by my side, I was having a ball.
Our wine tastings commenced at Mudbrick, which is my go-to Waiheke winery. I’ve been so many times and yet, I never tire of the space. It’s extra special on a sunny day, when you can sit outside and sip rosé. The cellar is equally impressive, a cosy place to spend a few hours.
As we polished off a few glasses, my sisters and Nick’s sister surprised me with a photographer, Joanna Walker, who took a bunch of amazing photos to help commemorate this part of the day. It’s been lovely to look back and relive my hen’s party all over again.
She also joined us at Cable Bay (our second winery of the day). Another Waiheke favourite, Cable Bay is a lot more modern than Mudbrick. Sadly, they’ve recently closed off their lawn to guests, so you can’t sit with a bottle of wine and relax like you could in the past. Regardless, the views are still pretty epic and I love the sleek space!
Dinner, Drinks, Dancing & Karaoke
After the wineries, we ventured back to the city to freshen up and meet up with a few more friends before dinner. Dinner was at nearby Ima (recommended by my friend, Emma) and it was the highlight of my day. A Middle Eastern restaurant with the best service (seriously we big time bonded with our waitress…) We ordered way too much and ended up having leftovers for breakfast the next day. Anyway, I can’t reclmmend Ima enough! The hummus is legendary and it’s PERFECT for groups. They also gave me a free cocktail, which was so sweet!
Full disclosure: I was quite unwell in the lead up and during my hens party, so I wasn’t up for a massive night.
That said, we managed to make it to a few bars (Saint Alice on the Viaduct is a new fave!) and to karaoke (Luxury Karaoke on Queen Street is great for groups!) I was in bed by 1am, which was not a bad effort for this sick gal.
It was an incredible day. I was surrounded by many of my lovely ladies and we managed to fit in many of my favourite activities!