Living a good life with boat, bikes and beer

ELLE HUNT
Last updated 05:00 30/01/2013
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CHILLING: Deb and Malcolm Hadlum of Celtic Organic Winery in Levin, outside their caravan in Paremata are living the good life.

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Deb and Malcolm Hadlum know how to make the most of summer: it takes a boat, a bike and a beer.

The Hadlums, of Levin, spend their weekends out and about in the greater Wellington region on their boat, their bikes, and in their 1940s-style caravan.

Deb says they parked their caravan beside the water at Ngatitoa Domain near Paremata before Christmas.

It was towed behind their four-wheel-drive, and gave them options for a couple of days away.

"We've taken it up to Whangamata, Taupo, Opunake - places like that."

But Ngatitoa Domain was one of their favourite places to spend the weekend with sheepdog-spaniel cross Jack in tow.

"We come quite often. We can just bring the caravan down, park up, and spend a couple of nights.

"It's such a beautiful spot. It's magnificent."

Their boat is kept at the nearby marina, where it's at hand for day trips, and they bring their bikes to ride the cycle trail to Plimmerton.

"The boat's there, got the dog, bring the bikes, have a beer at the yacht club. Perfect."

The Hadlums own Celtic Organic Winery, just outside Levin. They make boutique wines in flavours such as feijoa and black doris plum.

And "funnily enough", Malcolm says, that's how they make their living. "Just."

The couple also run the Organic River Festival, which is on this weekend after a three-year hiatus.

The "alternative outlook festival", founded more than a decade ago, has become a more family-oriented event, with food and craft beer stalls, yoga and meditation workshops, and musical performances.

"Moon man" Ken Ring, investigative journalist Nicky Hager and environmental scientist Mike Joy will be speaking at the event.

"We're bringing everyone controversial, all the ones who give the government a hard time. Bring it on."

 

THE DETAILS

The festival is open to the public from 10am till 7pm on Sunday, with day tickets $15. Friday and Saturday is for campers only. Details at ecofest.co.nz

 

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