We love Grab One

Grab One is a website and service that gives deep discounts on a wide variety of things. You can visit their website to see what they have to offer, but you have to act fast if you see something you want. Each item lasts (usually) for just 24 hours. Every single day, new items are added as the old offers expire.

Lorne Street Cafe, downtown Auckland, New Zealand

Lunch at Lorne Street Cafe, a BLT

We have purchased several things from Grab One. This past weekend, we spent the day in Auckland. We won two vouchers each on Grab One for half price at a paint and decorating shop. We had decided a few months ago that we would repaint our metal roof this summer and had been looking at roof paints at the shops here in Thames. When we saw this half price voucher offered on Grab One, we grabbed TWO. Each. We decided that this past weekend would be the day we drove up to Auckland (about an hour and a half drive) to pick up our paint.

A few days before the weekend, Grab One also offered a $35 ($26.25 US) voucher at a cafe in downtown Auckland for the price of $15 ($11.25 US). So, we grabbed one of those, as well, and we had a delightful and delicious lunch at the Lorne Street Cafe.

Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand

After lunch, we took a quick walk through the new Auckland Art Gallery for just a few minutes, long enough to know that we’d like to return to spend time enjoying its many exhibits. We were rushed, because our parking spot had a 90 minute limit, and the cafe took about an hour.

Then it was off to North Shore to buy our roof paint from ColourPlus. We spent TWO HOURS in there, looking at little swatches of colors, and then slightly larger swatches of the few colors to which we had narrowed down our options, and then to very large swatches of the three colors we finally wanted to select. I’d never spent so much time trying to decide on a color for anything. It was fun and frustrating, but we finally agreed on a rich blue color. The paint costs nearly twice what we had expected it to cost, but we are pleased with our color choice.

Auckland's Disappearing Gun at North Head Bunkers

Disappearing Gun at North Head

On our way home, we drove out to Devonport to see the historic gun batteries and bunkers at Mount Victoria and North Head. These two hills are fascinating, with many historic gun emplacements, bunkers, and tunnels. We heartily recommend you take an hour or two to explore these. We arrived too late to watch the fifteen minute film at North Head, but we wandered many tunnels and enjoyed the views.

All in all, it was a great day, with many happy memories, as well as collecting items that we needed.


Andrew J. Wharton at North Head Observation Post

Andrew uses the speaking tube at North Head's Observation Post

Update:  Whenever we find a good deal on Grab One, we go ahead and buy the vouchure.  Then when we have enough, we take a trip to Auckland (or wherever) to redeem them.  Or we’ll redeem one or two while we are in Auckland for another purpose.

Other Grab One’s We’ve Purchased:
Edible Gardens for fruit and nut trees
Car and House Alarms, and Two Others
Eden Cloak Room for lunch
Clothing store voucher for a shirt for Andrew
Sleeping God Canyon Abseiling
John O’Connor Optometrists – glasses for Dave
Wetsuit for Dave
Nineteen Eighty One Restaurant for lunch
Kings Garden Cafe for lunch
Short pants and rain jackets for each of us
Mortar and Pestle
Protein Powder (a couple times)
Candy bars (twice)
Lunch at Britomart Country Club in Auckland
Double Decker Bus Tour of Christchurch
Swimming with the dolphins in Akaroa
Lunch at the Muddy Farmer in Auckland
Dave’s Dental Crown from Studio 114
EZ Street Cold Asphalt Repair from Central Landscape & Garden Supplies
Kerikeri Park Motel
Lunch at The Wharf Restaurant & Bar in Russell
Dinner at Ake Ake Vineyard and Restaurant
Car wash in Northland
A new Olympus SZ-10 Digital Camera
Milford Sound Cruise
Wanaka Beer Works
Wanaka’s Pembroke Putt mini golf
Coromandel Peninsula’s Waterworks
Inflatable Boat with Electric Motor

Auckland Stardome


Napier B&B

Auckland’s Newmarket Motel


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