Hen and stag: the new dos

Not enticed by the usual boozy options? Check out these inventive ways to celebrate the end of your single days.

  • Story by Words Margot Marshall

Not enticed by the usual boozy options? Check out these inventive ways to celebrate the end of your single days.

For the girls…

Cruise control One of the most fun ways to explore vineyards would have to be on a classic beach cruiser bike. Coastal Wine Cycles in Hawke’s Bay offers super-cool bicycles and routes that take in top local wineries and magical coastal scenery. And the best bit? The bikes come with a no-wedgie guarantee! Visit winecycles.co.nz

Green fingers Make something beautiful with your hands at an Annie O workshop hosted by creative professionals. From fresh florals to styling, baking and blogging, there’s a class to suit you and your girlfriends. Visit annieoxborough.co.nz

Swap meet Tired of your threads? Pop some bubbly and host a clothes-swap night for the bride-to-be and friends, complete with her favourite glossy magazines to flip through and DVDs for inspiration (think Valentino: The Last Emperor, Bill Cunningham New York, The September Issue or Dior and I). Fashion, finger food and fizzy flutes of champagne will make for a memorable night – and no one will leave empty-handed.

Bowl ’em over Grab the girls and some retro gears – sweatbands essential – and head to your local lawn bowls club for a day on the green. Cater the day with old-school snacks and Buck’s fizz.

… and the guys

On yer bike There’s nothing better than a non-weather-dependent activity, and quad biking is awesome rain, hail or shine. Suggest your groom and his crew head out on a guided safari through a rugged forest or along a surf beach, and finish with a barbecue lunch. Visit quadbikesrotorua.co.nz or adventureride.co.nz

Yeah, right If your bloke likes his beer but doesn’t want to paint the town red, try Tui Brewery, tucked away in rural Mangatainoka. He and his friends can enjoy a tour of the Tui HQ and museum before settling in for a feed and some brews. Visit tui.co.nz

Hola amigos! Get him a sombrero and encourage him to grow a mo for the ultimate Mexican cooking class with mates. At Auckland’s Main Course, he’ll learn how to make three authentic dishes and have a great time doing it. Visit maincourse.co.nz

Paddle power Get the guys to jump in kayaks and paddle their way up the Puhoi River from Wenderholm to the Puhoi Pub for a pint and a platter, or go west and depart from Herald Island, kayaking up the river to the Riverhead Historic Tavern for a long lunch and live music. Visit puhoirivercanoes.co.nz or aucklandseakayaks.co.nz

For more hen and stag party inspiration, check out the Spring 2015 issue of New Zealand Weddings, on sale Monday, October 5!


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