Guidebook for Auckland

Julia

Guidebook for Auckland

Food Scene
This is one of our favourite restaurants - its not fine dining more smart casual delicious New Zealand bistro style food like Hapuka belly (fish) there is an oyster bar, skirt steak everything is delicious. Owned and run by legendary kiwi chef Al Brown. If you really want to make a night of it put your name on the list at Depot (you can't book) then go up to The Sugar Club in the sky tower which is a few steps away from Depot - you get an incredible view of the city from the top of the sky tower for free and drink some delicious cocktails (it is fine dining up here the food was just average the times we have eaten and very pricey)
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Depot
86 Federal St
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This is one of our favourite restaurants - its not fine dining more smart casual delicious New Zealand bistro style food like Hapuka belly (fish) there is an oyster bar, skirt steak everything is delicious. Owned and run by legendary kiwi chef Al Brown. If you really want to make a night of it put your name on the list at Depot (you can't book) then go up to The Sugar Club in the sky tower which is a few steps away from Depot - you get an incredible view of the city from the top of the sky tower for free and drink some delicious cocktails (it is fine dining up here the food was just average the times we have eaten and very pricey)
French market open Saturday mornings they have special events sometimes. Great food!
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La Cigale Market
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French market open Saturday mornings they have special events sometimes. Great food!
Cute country market but quite a trek if you are going to go here recommend going to Goat Island as well for a swim if its summer this is a marine reserve and very beautiful. And the Leigh Sawmill for a beer
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Matakana Village Farmers Market
2 Matakana Valley Rd
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Cute country market but quite a trek if you are going to go here recommend going to Goat Island as well for a swim if its summer this is a marine reserve and very beautiful. And the Leigh Sawmill for a beer
For a delicious wine tasting or glass of wine with a platter before you head to or from the airport Villa Maria is only 5 mins from our house - lovely setting, grab a gorgeous glass of wine and one of their delicious platters
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Villa Maria Estate
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For a delicious wine tasting or glass of wine with a platter before you head to or from the airport Villa Maria is only 5 mins from our house - lovely setting, grab a gorgeous glass of wine and one of their delicious platters
Delicious pork buns, cream donuts and cheesy bread
Hong Kong Bakery
28 Coronation Rd
Delicious pork buns, cream donuts and cheesy bread
Great french toast and breakfast salad and fresh salmon eggs benedict
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Ruby Red
30 Coronation Rd
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Great french toast and breakfast salad and fresh salmon eggs benedict
Its not very big but has mussel fritters, hangi (traditional maori steam cooked meats & veggies not as exotic as it sounds), hungarian fried bread, latino hotdogs, baking, cheeses and meats, dumplings etc on a Sunday
Mangere Bridge sunday market
Its not very big but has mussel fritters, hangi (traditional maori steam cooked meats & veggies not as exotic as it sounds), hungarian fried bread, latino hotdogs, baking, cheeses and meats, dumplings etc on a Sunday
Newest cafe in the area - beautiful interior and lovely outlook onto a river in an industrial part of the airport so perfect coming to and from the airport but worth a visit if you want delicious food in a lovely setting. 10 mins from our house.
Percy
2 Te Kapua Drive
Newest cafe in the area - beautiful interior and lovely outlook onto a river in an industrial part of the airport so perfect coming to and from the airport but worth a visit if you want delicious food in a lovely setting. 10 mins from our house.
Delicious modern take on italian food right in the centre of Britomart in the city. LOVE the tuatua spaghetti (a local shellfish)
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Amano
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Delicious modern take on italian food right in the centre of Britomart in the city. LOVE the tuatua spaghetti (a local shellfish)
Great selection of beers, nice atmosphere. Great selection of smoked meats (recommend the Rueben sandwich). Has a beer garden around the back. 10 mins drive from our house in Onehunga or you can catch a bus just outside our road.
Brothers Beer Onehunga
120 Onehunga Mall
Great selection of beers, nice atmosphere. Great selection of smoked meats (recommend the Rueben sandwich). Has a beer garden around the back. 10 mins drive from our house in Onehunga or you can catch a bus just outside our road.
Sightseeing
This is a must visit if you are in Auckland and the weather is good. There are numerous wineries highlights for us are Mudbrick Cafe, Cable Bay Winery, Man'O War (although this is tricky to get to). The Bach Winery has a free bus to the winery from the ferry if you book it online. Beautiful beaches etc
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Waiheke Island
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This is a must visit if you are in Auckland and the weather is good. There are numerous wineries highlights for us are Mudbrick Cafe, Cable Bay Winery, Man'O War (although this is tricky to get to). The Bach Winery has a free bus to the winery from the ferry if you book it online. Beautiful beaches etc
If you don't want to go as far as Waiheke Island then this is a great little ferry ride from the city where you can look back at the Auckland City from the water and then explore Devonport which is a small little village with lots of cafes and restaurants etc
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데본포트
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If you don't want to go as far as Waiheke Island then this is a great little ferry ride from the city where you can look back at the Auckland City from the water and then explore Devonport which is a small little village with lots of cafes and restaurants etc
Drinks & Nightlife
Loads of bars, restaurants, trendy boutiques recommend Blue Breeze Inn, Bedford Soda, Conch Records
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Ponsonby Road
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Loads of bars, restaurants, trendy boutiques recommend Blue Breeze Inn, Bedford Soda, Conch Records
Parks & Nature
Great trek to the top the island is covered in volcanic lava there is a great view from the top looking back at the city. Only warning is the ferry is quite expensive (around $45NZ return??) Edit
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Rangitoto Island
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Great trek to the top the island is covered in volcanic lava there is a great view from the top looking back at the city. Only warning is the ferry is quite expensive (around $45NZ return??) Edit
Park your car and go for a walk around here its pretty with a great view from the summit. A couple of nice cafes in the park.
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One Tree Hill
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Park your car and go for a walk around here its pretty with a great view from the summit. A couple of nice cafes in the park.
Stunning marine reserve quite far away but worth it - you don't actually go onto the island you go to Leigh and follow the signs to Goat Island there is a beach there opposite the island. Great for snorkeling and feeding fish by hand.
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Goat Island Marine Reserve
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Stunning marine reserve quite far away but worth it - you don't actually go onto the island you go to Leigh and follow the signs to Goat Island there is a beach there opposite the island. Great for snorkeling and feeding fish by hand.
This is a wild black sand beach fun to go to in the winter too for beautiful scenery there are a few bush walks around here including one at Huia. Make sure you stay between the red flags in the summer as there are some crazy rips at this beach.
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피하
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This is a wild black sand beach fun to go to in the winter too for beautiful scenery there are a few bush walks around here including one at Huia. Make sure you stay between the red flags in the summer as there are some crazy rips at this beach.
Stunning view of the city close to our house its a great walk lots of dog walkers and people jogging go up there
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Māngere Mountain
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Stunning view of the city close to our house its a great walk lots of dog walkers and people jogging go up there
Five minutes from our house - you can feed the lambs in the spring, this is a working farm which has beautiful scenery on a nice day and anyone can wander around and look at the animals
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Ambury Regional Park
43 Ambury Rd
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Five minutes from our house - you can feed the lambs in the spring, this is a working farm which has beautiful scenery on a nice day and anyone can wander around and look at the animals
Arts & Culture
Lots of exhibits which explain NZ culture great place to take the kids they love the kids area and also the war planes upstairs.
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Auckland War Memorial Museum
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Lots of exhibits which explain NZ culture great place to take the kids they love the kids area and also the war planes upstairs.
Shopping
Outlet shopping mall only a 5-10 min drive away mostly just clothing
Dress Smart Outlet Shopping
114 Church St
Outlet shopping mall only a 5-10 min drive away mostly just clothing
One of the biggest if not the biggest mall in Auckland.
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실비아 파크 쇼핑 센터
286 Mount Wellington Hwy
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One of the biggest if not the biggest mall in Auckland.
Essentials
You can buy tokens here for the laundromat next door left hand side. Get all your grocery essentials from here.
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FreshChoice Mangere Bridge
40 Coronation Road
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You can buy tokens here for the laundromat next door left hand side. Get all your grocery essentials from here.