As kids Sunday drives never appeared to have a definite destination in mind – it was simply a case of Mum or Dad saying, ‘let’s just see where we end up’. Whether life has got too busy, we don’t make time for leisurely pursuits or we feel the need for every outing to have a purpose, it’s time to bring back the Sunday drive and explore places nearby – you never know what you might discover.
After Saturday’s miserable damp and grey, Sunday’s winter solstice dawned brighter so with my parents in tow we headed off for a Sunday drive to the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market.
The seaplane hangar at the old Hobsonville Air Force base (closed 2002) provides a spacious location – children, dog and weather friendly too with heaps of free car parking and bike racks, it’s held every Saturday and Sunday 9am – 1pm.
With a saxophonist serenading, we enjoyed the relaxed convivial atmosphere and chatted with the stallholders about their products, coffee in hand:
- Fruit and veges
- Freshly baked breads, pies and cakes
- Artisan products:
- Spicy rubs, marinades and sauces
- Honey, relishes, cheese, juices and so much more .
Hobsonville Point Farmers Market – every Saturday and Sunday 9am – 1pm
For more information and how to get there visit www.hobsonvillepointfarmersmarket.co.nz. Fingers crossed one day the weekday commuter ferry services will extend to weekends too. It would be so relaxing to start your trip with a ferry ride from Auckland city.
Get out and enjoy your city, town or surrounds next weekend. You might discover somewhere new or take a trip down memory lane, like my parents who last visited the Hobsonville Air Force base more than 40 years ago – my uncle and family lived on Base in the 1960s when it was home to Sunderland, Walrus and Catalina seaplanes.