After finishing work on Monday afternoon, I went home and Chris told me to pack my bag. He was taking me on a surprise getaway for my birthday! Very excited I jumped in the Uber with my love, not knowing at all what to expect. The driver dropped us off at the harbour. "Are we going on a boat??" went through my mind. Chris grabbed my hand and walked over to Pier 2. There was the Waiheke ferry. My heart skipped a beat, I got even more excited!! I love Waiheke so much, so knowing that's where I would spend my birthday made me so happy.
When we arrived we went to get the rental car that Chris had booked for us. We drove up a hill to get to the hotel we were staying at. The view of our room blew my mind completely! I have never in my life stayed at a hotel with a nicer view than that one. The room overlooked the ocean and the beautiful bays!
After checking in at the hotel, we went to the Mudbrick winery for a 7 course degustation dinner. It was absolutely divine! Probably the best dinner I have had in my entire life. And the wine was delicious too! I felt euphoric, everything was so perfect and romantic. I was thinking to myself "wow, my life is such a blessing".
The next day I woke up from Chris hugging me and whispering "happy birthday baby". I almost felt like I had my birthday the day before because of everything being so incredible at dinner, so waking up to another day of surprises made me feel very spoiled. We had coffee in bed and admired the incredible view, and I got my birthday present. Then we went to a cozy cafe with sea views for a birthday breakfast.
After breakfast Chris took me to a house near the beach. I had no idea what we were doing there. Turned out the lady living there had a massage room in her house, and Chris had booked me a relaxing full body massage. It was absolutely amazing!! The birds were singing outside the window and I could hear the waves hit the beach nearby during my massage. I was thinking to myself that it can't get much better than this. I was wrong.
After the massage we drove to three different galleries and looked at beautiful art. A woman working in one of the galleries said "you are the first couple I've seen all day that really look in love" and that comment from her made my heart ache in the best way possible. We finished the day with oysters, wine, gelato ice cream and a trip to the beach. When we got home around 7pm we lighted some candles, ate popcorn and watched a movie. A perfect end to a perfect birthday!
We were so lucky with the weather too. It was 23 degrees, blue sky and sunshine! Which is incredible considering the last few weeks has been rainy, windy and cold in Auckland. What a day! <3