In the past volcanoes dominated the landscape here, so as a result there are plenty of rocky outcrops, stunning beaches and clusters of islands in the vicinity of this town. In the summer artisan fairs stream along the Canopy Bridge offering their wares and conversation about their work. Whangarei Arts Museum is the next stop on the itinerary, embracing both contemporary and heritage artwork. The town basin also offers voyeuristic experiences, at Burning Issues Gallery in The Bach you can watch glass-blowers hand-blowing their creations.
Jana Hocking: Men should always pay on the first date
Being tight with money on a date is a clear warning sign writes Hocking. Gents, there's something we women share with each other behind closed doors that you're not going to like. In fact, it's one of the first things we blurt out to the girls, should you make the mistake of doing it on a date.
Jana Hocking admits that sometimes she gets nervous on first dates. I was talking to celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge on my podcast ' Kinda Sorta Dating ' this week and we were chatting about the best and worst first dates he has witnessed while working as a chef, because let's face it, he's got a front-row seat. He was sharing some of the bonkers stories and it reminded me of a date I went on that left me shook. Our first date I'll admit didn't exactly rock my world, but I decided to give him a second date because as shallow as it sounds, he was hot. I figured it was a little bit 'meh' because nerves had just got the better of him.