Olympic gold-medal champion canoeist and patron of the newly-opened Vector Wero Whitewater Park, Ian Ferguson talks about the local spots that make a weekend in Manukau special.
First thing Saturday morning, I’m usually... Often at my bach up north, but if I’m in Auckland I go for a walk with my wife through the rose gardens at the Auckland Botanic Gardens (a particularly good idea if we have the grandkids staying with us).
Breakfast/brunch is... A flat white and a scone at Café Miko in the Botanic Gardens.
My favourite weekend activity is... Heading to Vector Wero for a paddle down the rapids. Alternatively, we all go on a bike ride through Totara Park.
On Sunday morning, I am usually... Out doing the shopping at Westfield Manukau, or going around the DIY shops. I love just looking in these shops to get good ideas.
I spend the rest of the day... If we have the grandkids staying with us, we often take them to Butterfly Creek. My favourite
Sunday dinner is... A roast: lamb, potatoes and pumpkin. I wind down on Sunday night by... Drinking good wine and catching
up on some TV.
↑ ↘︎ Auckland Botanic Gardens offers 64 hectares within which to walk, reflect and explore.