And for the lazy finish to a weekend of eating (last weekend!), a fine Sunday called for a brunch ride up the coast.
Waikanae felt about the right stopping distance, so a return visit to Long Beach was the go.
Long Beach is a peaceful spot at the beach with pleasant outdoor areas (next door to The Front Room), including a mini glass-house growing tomatoes and seedlings.
The brunch options that appealed were the Long Beach toasted muesli with house made mascarpone, and the strawberry brioche french toast (also with house made mascarpone).
Both were delicious, although the mascarpone was the texture of runny cream rather than the expected thicker cheese-like texture.
The coffee was good, and the service welcoming and friendly.
The lunch and dinner menus look good too, so another place worth a side excursion to if passing Waikanae.
With a wee wander up over the dune opposite to check out the sea after, what more could you ask for a cruisy weekend brunch.