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Guidebook for Auckland

Zeenie & Sarah

Guidebook for Auckland

Food Scene
Best Tapas in Auckland - by renowned Chef Peter Gordon. Quick, easy, delicious food and a great spot for people watching! $$
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Bellota
91 Federal St
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Best Tapas in Auckland - by renowned Chef Peter Gordon. Quick, easy, delicious food and a great spot for people watching! $$
Pricey BUT the best views in Auckland and the extraordinary service and food make it all worthwhile. And of course, this is Peter Gordon at his best. $$$
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The Sugar Club
72 Victoria St W
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Pricey BUT the best views in Auckland and the extraordinary service and food make it all worthwhile. And of course, this is Peter Gordon at his best. $$$
Simple food made fabulous! Great people watching from the outside seating, reasonably priced, and of course, delicious!
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Depot
86 Federal St
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Simple food made fabulous! Great people watching from the outside seating, reasonably priced, and of course, delicious!
Unforgettable modern Indian food - SUPREME WINNER of the Metro top 50 Restaurants award in the Smart Dining Category.
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Cassia
5 Fort Ln
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Unforgettable modern Indian food - SUPREME WINNER of the Metro top 50 Restaurants award in the Smart Dining Category.
Fabulously consistent food and cheerful service. Great for brunch. Excellent coffee.
Scratch Bakers
5 Graham St
Fabulously consistent food and cheerful service. Great for brunch. Excellent coffee.
Fine dining - refined modern NZ cuisine. 5 - 9 Course degustations - very chic and professional service. $$$
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The Grove Restaurant
43 Wyndham St
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Fine dining - refined modern NZ cuisine. 5 - 9 Course degustations - very chic and professional service. $$$
Awesome $10 lunch deals; add a freshly blended juice for another $5
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Mexican Cafe
67 Victoria St W
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Awesome $10 lunch deals; add a freshly blended juice for another $5
This is where locals hang out after work; fabulous small plates for $8.
Underpass
This is where locals hang out after work; fabulous small plates for $8.
Hand-made wood-fire bagels; super cool industrial venue. Montreal-bagels with an authentically artisan twist
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Best Ugly Bagels
90 Wellesley St W
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Hand-made wood-fire bagels; super cool industrial venue. Montreal-bagels with an authentically artisan twist
Sweet and savoury pancakes to die for.. and very reasonably priced!
No1 Pancake
Sweet and savoury pancakes to die for.. and very reasonably priced!
Healthy, simple, yet delicious fast-food; try the jelly tip dessert... YUM!
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Food Truck Garage
90 Wellesley St W
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Healthy, simple, yet delicious fast-food; try the jelly tip dessert... YUM!
A lively inner-city market set in a beautiful historic complex. Open every Saturday and Sunday. Loads of stalls featuring artisan food, arts and crafts, street food and NZ–made products.
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Victoria Park Market
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A lively inner-city market set in a beautiful historic complex. Open every Saturday and Sunday. Loads of stalls featuring artisan food, arts and crafts, street food and NZ–made products.
Held in Takutai Square in Britomart, CBD every Saturday 8am to 1pm. Drawing inspiration from the incredible food markets found across France, this is Auckland’s best food market, and has been voted as such by Metro Magazine for the last 8 years. Locally grown fresh produce, meat and fish, freshly baked breads and pastries, French cheeses, healthy salads, desserts and juices.. freshly brewed coffees, delectable street food, and the list goes on.
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La Cigale Market at Britomart
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Held in Takutai Square in Britomart, CBD every Saturday 8am to 1pm. Drawing inspiration from the incredible food markets found across France, this is Auckland’s best food market, and has been voted as such by Metro Magazine for the last 8 years. Locally grown fresh produce, meat and fish, freshly baked breads and pastries, French cheeses, healthy salads, desserts and juices.. freshly brewed coffees, delectable street food, and the list goes on.
Fab coffee, free wi-fi available + entertainment (board games, arcade machine, book exchange). Super friendly environment and staff. Just a cool place to hang out.
Remedy Coffee
1 Wellesley St W
Fab coffee, free wi-fi available + entertainment (board games, arcade machine, book exchange). Super friendly environment and staff. Just a cool place to hang out.
Set in the super cool High Street with a cute little back patio - an inner city sanctuary. Excellent coffee, breakfast, lunches. Moderately priced but good value. Can get busy but worth it!
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Chuffed
43 High St
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Set in the super cool High Street with a cute little back patio - an inner city sanctuary. Excellent coffee, breakfast, lunches. Moderately priced but good value. Can get busy but worth it!
The staff here are genuine coffee connoisseurs with a range of intricate techniques that will appeal to caffeine addicts and coffee enthusiasts alike. A great place to grab a quick coffee or have a sit down breakfast or lunch. The caffeine however is definitely what draws in the crowds.
Espresso Workshop Britomart
11 Britomart Place
The staff here are genuine coffee connoisseurs with a range of intricate techniques that will appeal to caffeine addicts and coffee enthusiasts alike. A great place to grab a quick coffee or have a sit down breakfast or lunch. The caffeine however is definitely what draws in the crowds.
Found at Elliott Stables, Bonz Cajun has a non-pretentious and affordable menu with cuisine from the heart of Cajun territory. Prices range from $6 for skillet corn bread to $30 for a full rack of the best BBQ Babyback Ribs served with Homemade Orange Kumara Wedges & Coleslaw.
Bonz Cajun Kitchen
39 Elliott St
Found at Elliott Stables, Bonz Cajun has a non-pretentious and affordable menu with cuisine from the heart of Cajun territory. Prices range from $6 for skillet corn bread to $30 for a full rack of the best BBQ Babyback Ribs served with Homemade Orange Kumara Wedges & Coleslaw.
A well known Friday night drinking hole, Britomart Country Club serves $10 burgers, sandwiches and Margherita pizza from Saturday to Wednesday. Get in before 3pm though!
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The Britomart Country Club
31 Galway Street
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A well known Friday night drinking hole, Britomart Country Club serves $10 burgers, sandwiches and Margherita pizza from Saturday to Wednesday. Get in before 3pm though!
Cheap and cheerful indian food, try their Palak Paneer - absolutely divine!
Chawla's Indian Restaurant
21A Wellesley St W
Cheap and cheerful indian food, try their Palak Paneer - absolutely divine!
Ostro offers sweeping ocean views and a delectable menu to match. The menu is locally-sourced and features seasonal dishes created by NZ's own celebrity Chef - Josh Emett (a judge on NZ's Masterchef). Approx $120 (2 ppl). Try the Mushroom gnocchi or the creme brulee!
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Ostro Brasserie & Bar
52 Tyler St
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Ostro offers sweeping ocean views and a delectable menu to match. The menu is locally-sourced and features seasonal dishes created by NZ's own celebrity Chef - Josh Emett (a judge on NZ's Masterchef). Approx $120 (2 ppl). Try the Mushroom gnocchi or the creme brulee!
Sightseeing
Beautiful views of Rangitoto Island. Lovely walk along the waterfront to neighbouring beaches (Okahu Bay, Kohimarama). Nice grassy areas to sit and relax. Playground for kids. Several food and drink options. SeaCow has the best fish and chips!
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Mission Bay
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Beautiful views of Rangitoto Island. Lovely walk along the waterfront to neighbouring beaches (Okahu Bay, Kohimarama). Nice grassy areas to sit and relax. Playground for kids. Several food and drink options. SeaCow has the best fish and chips!
A former industrial area (hence Silos) now transformed into a buzzing hive of activity. An easy walk from the apartment and lots to see and do! - Night markets and outdoor movies on Friday nights throughout summer. - Live entertainment on the weekends. - Lots of great food options (Baduzzi, Live Fish, North Park); - Windtree waterpark - Bike Hire available - Waterfront Tai Chi (Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8am); - Wynyard Playspace - a must if you have kids under 12; Basketball Courts. - Silo 6 - has exhibitions throughout the year.
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Silo Park
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A former industrial area (hence Silos) now transformed into a buzzing hive of activity. An easy walk from the apartment and lots to see and do! - Night markets and outdoor movies on Friday nights throughout summer. - Live entertainment on the weekends. - Lots of great food options (Baduzzi, Live Fish, North Park); - Windtree waterpark - Bike Hire available - Waterfront Tai Chi (Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8am); - Wynyard Playspace - a must if you have kids under 12; Basketball Courts. - Silo 6 - has exhibitions throughout the year.
Britomart has a rich history and culture as Auckland’s first mercantile centre. It features one of the largest concentrations of heritage buildings in the city . A once forgotten part of lower-downtown Auckland, in recent years it has been transformed into a vibrant 6.5 hectare mixed-use community. The Britomart precinct features heritage buildings, new developments and open and intimate public spaces. Conveniently located directly adjacent to Auckland’s main transport hub, Britomart Transport Centre, Britomart is a must-see destination
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Britomart
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Britomart has a rich history and culture as Auckland’s first mercantile centre. It features one of the largest concentrations of heritage buildings in the city . A once forgotten part of lower-downtown Auckland, in recent years it has been transformed into a vibrant 6.5 hectare mixed-use community. The Britomart precinct features heritage buildings, new developments and open and intimate public spaces. Conveniently located directly adjacent to Auckland’s main transport hub, Britomart Transport Centre, Britomart is a must-see destination
A day trip to Waiheke Island (island retreat 35 min from Auckland) via car ferry/ ferry is fantastic on a sunny day. Think vineyards, olive groves and stunning beaches. All ferry info can be found here: http://www.sealink.co.nz/waiheke There are great bus tours of the island; or else you can choose to be more adventurous and venture out on your own.
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Waiheke Island
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A day trip to Waiheke Island (island retreat 35 min from Auckland) via car ferry/ ferry is fantastic on a sunny day. Think vineyards, olive groves and stunning beaches. All ferry info can be found here: http://www.sealink.co.nz/waiheke There are great bus tours of the island; or else you can choose to be more adventurous and venture out on your own.
Devonport is a lovely historical seaside town just 20 minutes north of the city. You can drive/ uber/ bus or catch a ferry from the city. Enjoy beautiful views of the city skyline and Rangitoto Island. Some fabulous art galleries worth checking out, as well as a nice selection of restaurants and cafes.
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Devonport
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Devonport is a lovely historical seaside town just 20 minutes north of the city. You can drive/ uber/ bus or catch a ferry from the city. Enjoy beautiful views of the city skyline and Rangitoto Island. Some fabulous art galleries worth checking out, as well as a nice selection of restaurants and cafes.
Aucklands oldest park is set on 75 hectares of land and has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. The park features formal gardens, a wintergarden, duck ponds, large green open spaces, sports fields, and bush walks.
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Auckland Domain
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Aucklands oldest park is set on 75 hectares of land and has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. The park features formal gardens, a wintergarden, duck ponds, large green open spaces, sports fields, and bush walks.
Essentials
Has all the essentials - but limited variety. For a full-scale supermarket visit Countdown on Quay Street
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Countdown Auckland Metro
28 Victoria St W
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Has all the essentials - but limited variety. For a full-scale supermarket visit Countdown on Quay Street
Full sized supermarket with incredible range and very reasonable prices.
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Countdown Auckland City
76 Quay St
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Full sized supermarket with incredible range and very reasonable prices.
Entertainment & Activities
NZ's most famous aquarium. A great rainy day activity (especially if travelling with kids) - can get a bit crowded so get there early. Prebook online for cheaper tickets - otherwise can get expensive. Parking is easy, and there is also a free 'shark' shuttle (shaped like a shark) that will take you back to the ferry terminal.
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
23 Tamaki Dr
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NZ's most famous aquarium. A great rainy day activity (especially if travelling with kids) - can get a bit crowded so get there early. Prebook online for cheaper tickets - otherwise can get expensive. Parking is easy, and there is also a free 'shark' shuttle (shaped like a shark) that will take you back to the ferry terminal.
Auckland Zoo is located about 15mins from Downtown Auckland and is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. There are daily talks on NZ native reptiles and birds - plan your visit so you can make the most of your day. Open daily from 9:30am. Highly recommend taking your own food as food options inside the Zoo are limited.
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Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo is located about 15mins from Downtown Auckland and is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. There are daily talks on NZ native reptiles and birds - plan your visit so you can make the most of your day. Open daily from 9:30am. Highly recommend taking your own food as food options inside the Zoo are limited.
Arts & Culture
One of NZ's most iconic buildings. The Museum features a large collection focusing on NZ history, natural history, Maori Treasures and war history. Auckland Museum is the only venue in Auckland where visitors can experience a Maori cultural performance daily. Open daily 10am – 5pm (except Christmas Day).
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Auckland War Memorial Museum
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One of NZ's most iconic buildings. The Museum features a large collection focusing on NZ history, natural history, Maori Treasures and war history. Auckland Museum is the only venue in Auckland where visitors can experience a Maori cultural performance daily. Open daily 10am – 5pm (except Christmas Day).
Drinks & Nightlife
Open 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week (Excluding Christmas Day, Good Friday and between 3am - 1pm on Anzac Day). Almost 1000 casino games, fantastic live entertainment and great food and bar offerings. You must be aged 20 years or older to enter the gaming areas at SKYCITY Auckland.
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Sky Tower
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Open 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week (Excluding Christmas Day, Good Friday and between 3am - 1pm on Anzac Day). Almost 1000 casino games, fantastic live entertainment and great food and bar offerings. You must be aged 20 years or older to enter the gaming areas at SKYCITY Auckland.
Shopping
Aucklands premier fashion, shopping and entertainment district located only minutes away from Auckland's CBD. Bus, train or uber - its all very easy. Newmarket has a great mix of urban, street and high fashion. Check out Nuffield Street, Teed Street, and Westfield Newmarket. While you are there, drop in at & Sushi on 10-12 Teed Street for the most intricately created and exquisite tasting Sushi in Auckland. If you are there around breakfast time, drop in at Teed Street Larder on 7 Teed Street for a memorable feast.
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Newmarket
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Aucklands premier fashion, shopping and entertainment district located only minutes away from Auckland's CBD. Bus, train or uber - its all very easy. Newmarket has a great mix of urban, street and high fashion. Check out Nuffield Street, Teed Street, and Westfield Newmarket. While you are there, drop in at & Sushi on 10-12 Teed Street for the most intricately created and exquisite tasting Sushi in Auckland. If you are there around breakfast time, drop in at Teed Street Larder on 7 Teed Street for a memorable feast.
Chic boutiques, eclectic fashion and homewares, artisan collections, mainstream brands - its all here in Ponsonby. Well known for its edgy, artistic vibe and array of food and shopping options, Ponsonby is a must-see inner city precinct.
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Ponsonby
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Chic boutiques, eclectic fashion and homewares, artisan collections, mainstream brands - its all here in Ponsonby. Well known for its edgy, artistic vibe and array of food and shopping options, Ponsonby is a must-see inner city precinct.