10 Things To Do In New Zealand … According To The Founders of Ashley&Co The Great Escape

Get the scoop on this amazing travel destination, from the husband and wife duo behind home fragrance brand Ashley&Co.

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Besides fields of sheep and explorations into Middle Earth, New Zealand has so much to offer as your next travel destination! Uncover the best of what this fascinating country has to offer with these recommendations by Jackie and Ben Ashley, the husband and wife duo behind modern day scent company Ashley&Co. Started ten years ago in New Zealand, Ashley&Co specialises in the most captivating signature scents that feature in their products, ranging from body products for personal use (Soothe Tubes), as well as candles (Waxed Perfume), diffusers (Home Perfume), liquid soaps (Washup) for home.


1. Explore Bethells Beach sand dunes in West Coast Auckland

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“The Bethells Beach sand dunes are Auckland’s best kept secret. Located on Auckland’s west coast, these black sand beaches are rugged, wild and spectacular. Tucked away behind the beach sits a mountain terrain of black sand dunes stepping down to a beautiful lake. A great family day out!”


2. Summer at Lake Taupo

“Our family has owned a Bach at Lake Taupo, and the generation before that, for over 50 years. Located in the central North Island, it’s a playground for all sports, including waterskiing, trout fishing, biking, hiking, and skiing.”


3. Try Supreme coffee

“New Zealand produces a wealth of fine coffee roosters. Supreme happens to be one of our
favourite blends.”


4. Visit Biba, a yoga studio and hair salon in Auckland

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“Biba yoga studio and hair salon is part of our Birkenhead community on the North Shore, Auckland. It is the first studio of its kind that transforms from hair salon by day to yoga studio in the early morning and evening. Biba’s holistic approach brings a unique offering to our small community.”


5. Biking the Redwoords, Rotorua

“Try biking in the Redwoords in Rotorua, one of the oldest mountain bike networks, in the country. Its master crafted trails, well draining volcanic soils and varying topography make it suitable for all levels of riders.”


6. Dine at Cocos Cantina K Rd, Auckland

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“One of our favourite places to dine out. Always incredibly busy, friendly staff, and the food never disappoints.”


7. Art & Object Auction House, Auckland

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“Ben, being the designer of Ashely & Co, is also very into Contemporary Art, Photography, Modern Design, Decorative Arts, Rare Books, Asian Art and major private collections. Art & Object Auction House is one of his favourite places to be for inspiration.”


8. Check out New Zealand accessory brands Meadowlark Jewelry and Deadly Ponies Handbags

“Each piece of Meadowlark is beautifully handcrafted here in New Zealand. Available now throughout the US, Europe, Australia.

Another of our favourite brands is Deadly Ponies Handbags. Deadly Ponies’ signature leather is ethically sourced in New Zealand to create the world’s best accessories. Small-scale production, highest-quality and well-handled craftsmanship.”


9. For amazing kitchen and furniture design inspiration, go to IMO.

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“Their products are minimalist with attention to detail and quality. Recently, IMO created a purpose built stand for our first trade show in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, our new kitchen set for installation later this month has been designed by IMO – their classic, simple lines fit and adapt with all parts of life.”


10. Explore Rangitoto and lunch on Waiheke, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

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“Rangitoto is a large dormant volcano that sits literally in Auckland’s back yard – the Hauraki Gulf. Although it’s such a familiar landmark in Auckland, it is a place that every Aucklander should visit and climb at least once. A 40 minute walk to crater leads you to a breathtaking lookout that encompasses Auckland and it’s surrounding islands. Another spot, only a short getaway from Auckland, is Waiheke Island, full of beautiful sandy beaches and vineyards.”


Ashley&Co is available at kapok flagship store @ National Design Center, 11 Middle Road, as well as the stockists here.

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