asked Nicky Sinden, host of TV show
to name her favourite weekend destinations with boat and trailer that offered something for everyone in the family. The location needed a boat ramp for easy access to that awesome fishing spot, along with a rich mix of great attractions nearby that combined together made for a great weekend away.
Matakana Village Farmers Market
I'm a Mangawhai local and I love to visit the surrounding markets for a change of scenery. The famous Matakana Village Farmers' Market is one of my faves. I can pick up a delicious hot coffee and something tasty for breakfast. There are also plenty of stalls of fresh produce, organic treats, artisan breads as well as cheeses, olive oils, preserves and meats.
Leigh Harbour Boat Ramp
If you're after a variety of fish rather than just snapper, then there are some great fishing spots just around the corner from sheltered Leigh Harbour. My Ford Everest and trailer easily handles the concrete boat ramp near the wharf. I just chuck it in 4L, and get my 750 Game King Extreme Boat out no worries!
After a busy morning catching fish, the mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas at the Sawmill Café in Leigh will always fill the gap. In the afternoon, their patio area is the perfect spot to soak up some sunshine. It makes me feel grateful to
live in such a gorgeous country.
Morris & James pottery studio
If you're looking for a gift, the renowned Morris & James' Pottery Studio has a magnificent display of locally made handcrafted and glazed terracotta. The clay is actually excavated right from the banks of the Matakana river.
Keeping fit is important to me, so on the way home I like to stop off for a walk through the native bush at Tawharanui Regional Park. You can check out the the birdlife, and of course there's the majestic white sandy beach where you can stretch your legs and soak up some sun.
I listen to a huge mix of different music when I'm driving the Everest. Some days I throw my hair up in a bun and listen to Snoop Dogg "Drop it like its hot". Then there's nothing better than cranking some Netsky "Go To". It's all right there using Spotify through Ford's SYNC3.
WIN! Your ultimate weekend road trip in a new Ford Everest Design your ultimate weekend road trip with a fishing angle, and you could win your perfect weekend away, with up to $1500 to spend, driving a brand new Ford Everest. Your road trip will be a breeze as the Ford Everest's intuitive technology and capability moves you seamlessly from the inner-city to the open road and beyond.
How to enter:
To enter, tell us what your ultimate weekend road trip would look like:
1. Where you'd go to fish
2. What you'd do nearby
3. Where you'd eat
4. Who you'd take
5. What music you'd listen to
The winning entry will be judged on originality and creativity.
To be in the draw to win, go to www.nzherald.co.nz/win Show us the best weekend road trip, and you could soon be taking to the road for a weekend in a sleek, new, rugged, yet refined Ford Everest.
Competition terms and conditions are available on the NZ Herald website. Entrants must be 18 years or older and have a full, valid, clean and current New Zealand drivers' licence. Deadline for entry is midnight, Monday 27 March 2017. The winner will be announced 1 April 2017.