This is the way we WEEKEND, Bay style.

PHOTOS TRACIE HEASMAN

Daydreaming about the perfect afternoon, Team UNO. decided it would include the following: good friends, bubbles, oysters and a knockout view.

Fortunately for us, dreams do come true. We took friends with the same idea of perfection to Tauranga Trinity Wharf. Privately owned by Bay locals, Geoff and Shelley Payne, the hotel is an institution; the landmark white building is always the first thing you see travelling over the bridge to the city, tucked into the waterfront.

Head chef, Stuart Perry, must have known what we wanted to order when devising the summer menu; adventurous plates, such as marinated baby octopus, sit alongside favourites such as earthy venison, balanced with ash-whipped feta and beetroot, and the glamorous joy of a dozen oysters.

SPICED Char-grilled, marinated baby octopus
FRESH Smoked salmon with beetroot, orange and avocado

When you live in the most beautiful spot in the world, you want to enjoy it; so head over to this beautiful deck over the water, wrapped round the entire restaurant. Just make sure you’ve cancelled the rest of your afternoon so you can fully commit to a relaxed, elegant lunch.