25 January 2023

There’s something endless about January in New Zealand – working or not, everyone seems a bit more relaxed, dinner comes off the bbq every night and the weather (hopefully) has finally settled into a warm haze.

The summers of my childhood were always heralded by a roadtrip, jamming an improbable quantity of stuff into the car before jamming ourselves in there too to hit the road.  Four speed airconditioning (aka roll down windows), music we all complained about (but remember fondly to this day) and eventual arrival at campgrounds with shared facilities and cramped accommodation that we didn’t see until hunger and (later than usual) bedtimes drove us back to home base.

If you’re heading away on a roadtrip or summer holiday this year, preparation is key.  Here are some of my favourite finds from The Plaza to get everybody making the right kinds of memories while you’re away.

Beach tote Strandbags, Hooded towel Amazon, Sunscreen Life Pharmacy, Instax camera JB Hi Fi, Cooler combo Kmart, Sunglasses Sunglass Style, Beach toys Farmers.

In contrast with my younger years, these days, I’m more likely to stay closer to home through January, we’ve got into the habit of holidaying later in the summer when the crowds have thinned out.

But staying at home doesn’t mean a summer of no fun.  I’m a huge fan of staycations – and love the city when it has cleared out somewhat.  There’s a sleepy feel, a laid-back work vibe and plenty of daylight left at the end of the day to head to the park or host easy dinners for family and friends.

Weekends in Manawatu offer a wealth of daytrips – and I also like to keep a retreat to the airconditioned relief of The Plaza up my sleeve.

Grab a look in Hobby Zone for a new project or treat yourself and your mini with a well-deserved pedicure at Hair, Beauty Nails.  Then cool off with icy treats from Phat Philip.

Hat and Dress Max, Books Whitcoulls, Speaker JB Hi Fi, Unbreakable drinkware Farmers, Rainbow sprinkler Kmart.