Auckland, New Zealand

A CITY OF GREAT BEACHES

RESTAURANTS & VINEYARDS

WHY I LOVE

AUCKLAND

  1. Proximity to world class beaches
  2. Fab restaurants
  3. The vineyards with world class wine in scenic settings & great hospitality

24 HRS IN AUCKLAND

SEE, EAT & DO

Head out to Piha to see the rugged and wild West coast. Go for a walk through the bush and try the best fish and chips on the beach from a cool hut that cranks out reggae at top volume. It’s a 40 minute drive from the city centre.

For a sailing experience on the Hauraki Gulf, catch a ferry to Waiheke Island, and visit some of the island’s vineyards: Cable Bay, Stonyridge, or Man O War are just 3 of many!

Start off with a drink at Ostro, then have dinner at Peter Gordon’s The Sugar Club (he’s often referred to as the Godfather of fusion food). It’s up the Sky Tower so has amazing views over the whole of Auckland. Finish up with drinks in Britomart or Ponsonby.

TOP 3 BEST

SPOTS TO EAT

Recently voted the No. 4 restaurant in the world. The French Cafe is on an unlikely spot on Symonds Street, in central Auckland, with a black door and not much signage. Blink and you’ll miss it. Inside is a L shape restaurant with a courtyard, all clean lines, and huge pieces of art work on the walls. It’s fine dining so expect white tablecloths and a sense of occasion, which people dress up for. But it’s not in-your-face pretentious and the staff are all helpful and welcoming.

 

High End.  

Sidart is situated in Ponsonby’s Three Lamps shopping arcade. An unlikely place for a restaurant. The restaurant itself is small and intimate. Staff are extremely helpful and the ambience is relaxed and again white tablecloths and clean lines. Try and make sure you are here after dusk when the Auckland skyline twinkles through the main window.

 

High End.

Based in bustling Sky City Masu is all clean lines, and has a relaxed and bustling vibe. It can be slightly noisy and you can look on as the chefs prepare the food – which is outstanding.

 

High End.

ESSENTIALS

A picnic at Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park in Mission Bay with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and Devonport.

 

Or, cheap top quality sushi at Haro No Yume in Victoria Park ($1 a piece after 2pm)

  1. Did I mention the beaches and the vineyards??!
  2. A visit to the South Island for amazing scenery and proximity to nature. Highlights are Queen Charlotte Track, Otago Rail Trail, Stewart Island.
  3. The far north of the North Island for Maori culture and glow worm caves.

Public transport is useless! If you can hire a rentadent/cheap car do it! 

Auckland is a very safe city.

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