A quick ferry ride form Auckland lies the magical island escape Waiheke and the perfect place to celebrate a birthday. My birthday usually welcomes Winter and we eat curry and wear socks, but short sleeves and pizza on the beach ruled the day. Waiheke has about 30 boutique wineries, galleries, restaurants, sandy beaches, walking trails, kayaking and ziplines to keep you amused, but a nap on the beach followed by ice cream was birthday perfection. Waiheke means cascading water and its the Hauraki Gulf’s subtropical gem. We visited sunny Little Oneroa, a small secluded beach where there is an artisan pizza food truck on the beach! A day spent on ‘the 5th best destination in the world to visit’, as rated by Lonely Planet (2016) was a good distraction to the escalating number in my forties.