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Guidebook for Auckland

Stephen

Guidebook for Auckland

Food Scene
Our local bar and eatery showcasing 100% New Zealand food and drink from small artisan producers. Little Jimmy is a casual, down-to-earth bar and eatery where you can kick back and relax. Our kids (and we) were blown away by their desserts, a little indulgence once in a while.
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Little Jimmy
559 Manukau Rd
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Our local bar and eatery showcasing 100% New Zealand food and drink from small artisan producers. Little Jimmy is a casual, down-to-earth bar and eatery where you can kick back and relax. Our kids (and we) were blown away by their desserts, a little indulgence once in a while.
Great local Japanese diner with super friendly staff and wonderful sushi dishes and exciting teppanyaki, all done to high standard quality and made fresh every time. This is my Mum's favourite place to eat when she visits this house from Sydney.
Teppan Dining Bowz
Great local Japanese diner with super friendly staff and wonderful sushi dishes and exciting teppanyaki, all done to high standard quality and made fresh every time. This is my Mum's favourite place to eat when she visits this house from Sydney.
Awesome restaurant when you want some exotic Thai food. We're pretty fussy with Thai food, as we visit Thailand several times a year and this place hits the mark. Plus they have attentive service, innovative Thai dishes and a kids play area.
De GRAND Thai Restaurant and Bar
93 Great South Rd
Awesome restaurant when you want some exotic Thai food. We're pretty fussy with Thai food, as we visit Thailand several times a year and this place hits the mark. Plus they have attentive service, innovative Thai dishes and a kids play area.
High-end restaurant we go for special occasions. Provides an uncomplicated cozy modern atmosphere with creative NZ cuisine and a vast range of wine. Mainly open for dinner and recommend you book in advance.
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One Tree Grill
9 Pah Rd
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High-end restaurant we go for special occasions. Provides an uncomplicated cozy modern atmosphere with creative NZ cuisine and a vast range of wine. Mainly open for dinner and recommend you book in advance.
From a Korean born person, this is my recommendation to you. Great NZ meats with traditional Korean flavours grilled at your table with a charcoal BBQ, it doesn't get better than this. If you have a group of 4 or more, make sure you book a private booth in advance. Lively atmosphere and it's always busy with service that looks after you.
Faro Korean Restaurant
49 Nuffield St
From a Korean born person, this is my recommendation to you. Great NZ meats with traditional Korean flavours grilled at your table with a charcoal BBQ, it doesn't get better than this. If you have a group of 4 or more, make sure you book a private booth in advance. Lively atmosphere and it's always busy with service that looks after you.
Italian food done very well and worth the visit for their traditional meals in a small restaurant. Great portions and wonderful pasta and pizza.
Da Sette Soldi Restaurant & Takeaways
153 Manukau Road
Italian food done very well and worth the visit for their traditional meals in a small restaurant. Great portions and wonderful pasta and pizza.
Cheap and cheerful Chinese restaurants nearby (7 minutes drive) near the corner of Dominion Road and Balmoral Road. I would park the car in Wiremu Street but be mindful the area can be busy for parking. There are plenty of places to select from including Barilla Dumplings, Cinta Malaysian, Golden BBQ Noodle House, Jolin Shanghai, Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle, Spicy House, Cafe Manchuria.
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Dominion Road
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Cheap and cheerful Chinese restaurants nearby (7 minutes drive) near the corner of Dominion Road and Balmoral Road. I would park the car in Wiremu Street but be mindful the area can be busy for parking. There are plenty of places to select from including Barilla Dumplings, Cinta Malaysian, Golden BBQ Noodle House, Jolin Shanghai, Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle, Spicy House, Cafe Manchuria.
Yum, I do not need to say more about this little place across the road.
The Piery
61 Buckley Rd
Yum, I do not need to say more about this little place across the road.
Parks & Nature
Cornwall Park is your urban oasis, rich with history, nature, farm-life and places to explore. Centred on Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill (which you can view from our upstairs), Cornwall Park is a breath of countryside in the heart of Auckland. While being immersed in nature, Cornwall Park offers you space to wander, play, socialise, discover, learn, reflect, recharge, and enjoy spectacular views of Auckland. Cornwall Park has something for everyone from experiencing an urban working farm within New Zealand’s biggest city, finding off-road trails to run along, playing games on the open-lawns, bbq-ing with friends and family, to simply relaxing under your favourite tree.
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Cornwall Park
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Cornwall Park is your urban oasis, rich with history, nature, farm-life and places to explore. Centred on Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill (which you can view from our upstairs), Cornwall Park is a breath of countryside in the heart of Auckland. While being immersed in nature, Cornwall Park offers you space to wander, play, socialise, discover, learn, reflect, recharge, and enjoy spectacular views of Auckland. Cornwall Park has something for everyone from experiencing an urban working farm within New Zealand’s biggest city, finding off-road trails to run along, playing games on the open-lawns, bbq-ing with friends and family, to simply relaxing under your favourite tree.
Great views and a beautiful park next to the historical Pah homestead (and Wallace Trust Art gallery and cafe). A great place for a walk.
Monte Cecilia Park
Great views and a beautiful park next to the historical Pah homestead (and Wallace Trust Art gallery and cafe). A great place for a walk.
Beautifully kept botanical gardens 18 minutes away from the house and free entry. 10,000 plants with something new to explore and each season brings a different experience.
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Auckland Botanical Gardens
102 Hill Road
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Beautifully kept botanical gardens 18 minutes away from the house and free entry. 10,000 plants with something new to explore and each season brings a different experience.
Essentials
Supermarket for everyday items
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PAK'nSAVE Royal Oak
691 Manukau Rd
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Supermarket for everyday items
We go there for fresh produce, it has a much bigger selection of premium items and worth the additional distance.
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Countdown Greenlane
22 Ferguson Ave
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We go there for fresh produce, it has a much bigger selection of premium items and worth the additional distance.
Premium fresh food groceries, fruit, vegetables and meats closeby the house. We explore, experiment and stock up on our New Zealand items here and take them back to Singapore in our suitcase. Farro is all about creating and sharing good food. They are passionate about the quality of ingredients, produced in New Zealand and how their local, food loving communities have used them to create some of the most unique and exciting products in the world today.
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Farro Fresh
240 Green Ln W
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Premium fresh food groceries, fruit, vegetables and meats closeby the house. We explore, experiment and stock up on our New Zealand items here and take them back to Singapore in our suitcase. Farro is all about creating and sharing good food. They are passionate about the quality of ingredients, produced in New Zealand and how their local, food loving communities have used them to create some of the most unique and exciting products in the world today.
Local pharmacy for your medical and toiletry needs.
Eden Epsom Pharmacy
485 Manukau Rd
Local pharmacy for your medical and toiletry needs.
This is for local medical services. For medical emergencies, you have Green Lane Clinical Centre which is a public hospital.
Eden Epsom Medical Centre
475A Manukau Rd
This is for local medical services. For medical emergencies, you have Green Lane Clinical Centre which is a public hospital.
Across the road is a store which sells general convenience items open from 7am to 7.30pm.
Buckley Road Foodstore
55 Buckley Rd
Across the road is a store which sells general convenience items open from 7am to 7.30pm.
24 hour gas/petrol station with a car wash and vacuum.
Z - Royal Oak - Service Station
700 Mount Albert Rd
24 hour gas/petrol station with a car wash and vacuum.
Getting Around
Bus 295 is outside the house (across Buckley Road) and it takes 25 minutes to go to DownTown Auckland terminating at Civic Theatre/Wellesley Street. You can also alight at Newmarket to switch to the train network. The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology and Auckland Hospital are on this bus route. Bus 295 the other direction will take you to Royal Oak (5 minutes) for your nearest shopping mall and Ellerslie train station (20 minutes).
Buckley Road
Bus 295 is outside the house (across Buckley Road) and it takes 25 minutes to go to DownTown Auckland terminating at Civic Theatre/Wellesley Street. You can also alight at Newmarket to switch to the train network. The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology and Auckland Hospital are on this bus route. Bus 295 the other direction will take you to Royal Oak (5 minutes) for your nearest shopping mall and Ellerslie train station (20 minutes).
Budget DownTown for car rental collection and drop-off
Budget Car & Truck Rental Auckland Downtown
206 Victoria St W
Budget DownTown for car rental collection and drop-off
Budget Penrose for car rental collection and drop off
Budget Car & Truck Rental
374 Church St
Budget Penrose for car rental collection and drop off
Convenient with a 15 minute drive from our house to the Airport. Follow State Highway 20 and you can pick up/drop-off your fellow travellers with ease.
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Auckland Airport
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Convenient with a 15 minute drive from our house to the Airport. Follow State Highway 20 and you can pick up/drop-off your fellow travellers with ease.
Convenient with a 12 minute drive from our house to the Ferry Terminal. Access Rangitoto, Waiheke, Devonport, etc.
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Downtown Ferry Terminal
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Convenient with a 12 minute drive from our house to the Ferry Terminal. Access Rangitoto, Waiheke, Devonport, etc.
Entertainment & Activities
Our local movie cinema in an art deco building that is charming and quaint. The seats are big and comfortable and has boutique art house films.
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Lido Cinema
427 Manukau Rd
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Our local movie cinema in an art deco building that is charming and quaint. The seats are big and comfortable and has boutique art house films.
This is a favourite with our kids and worth the visit to have an aquarium with a different twist.
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Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
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This is a favourite with our kids and worth the visit to have an aquarium with a different twist.
Sightseeing
Any visitor to Auckland must go to the Mt Eden volcano summit for a stunning view over Auckland Harbour. If you are lucky, you might catch a Maori ceremony. Check out Heaven to Earth walking tours. Best to do this on a day with blue skies.
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Mount Eden Summit
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Any visitor to Auckland must go to the Mt Eden volcano summit for a stunning view over Auckland Harbour. If you are lucky, you might catch a Maori ceremony. Check out Heaven to Earth walking tours. Best to do this on a day with blue skies.
A trip to Auckland must include a day trip to Waiheke Island, on a bright sunny day. You catch the ferry from Down Town Ferry Terminal (park your car in Downtown car park or catch public transport towards Britomart) and it is about a 35 minute ride away. We like going on a Saturday to start the day with an early lunch at the Oyster Inn or a wander through the Waiheke Markets. If we have the car with us using the Sealink service, we drive to the best spot in Auckland at Man O'War vineyards, occasionally playing cricket on the lawns, dipping our feet in the clear waters, whilst grazing on a cheese board. We then work our way back to Oneroa stopping by beautiful beaches and other vineyards.
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Waiheke Island
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A trip to Auckland must include a day trip to Waiheke Island, on a bright sunny day. You catch the ferry from Down Town Ferry Terminal (park your car in Downtown car park or catch public transport towards Britomart) and it is about a 35 minute ride away. We like going on a Saturday to start the day with an early lunch at the Oyster Inn or a wander through the Waiheke Markets. If we have the car with us using the Sealink service, we drive to the best spot in Auckland at Man O'War vineyards, occasionally playing cricket on the lawns, dipping our feet in the clear waters, whilst grazing on a cheese board. We then work our way back to Oneroa stopping by beautiful beaches and other vineyards.
Driving along Tamiki Drive along the Eastern suburbs of Auckland is magical, with clear blue waters and Rangitoto as your backdrop. We like to stop by Mission Bay and have Belgian mussels and beer, walk along Kohimarama beach, look at the view from many different angles and have a meal at Moretons, Porch Bar & Eatery or St Helier Bay Cafe & Bistro, whichever has a nice sea view window seat. If it is all too difficult, a takeaway coffee and a seat on a park bench overlooking the sea is perfect.
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St Heliers Beach
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Driving along Tamiki Drive along the Eastern suburbs of Auckland is magical, with clear blue waters and Rangitoto as your backdrop. We like to stop by Mission Bay and have Belgian mussels and beer, walk along Kohimarama beach, look at the view from many different angles and have a meal at Moretons, Porch Bar & Eatery or St Helier Bay Cafe & Bistro, whichever has a nice sea view window seat. If it is all too difficult, a takeaway coffee and a seat on a park bench overlooking the sea is perfect.
45 minutes away on the State Highway 20 is the dramatic wild black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare. This is a beautiful drive through the Waikatare ranges viewing sub-tropical scenery. We often drive to Titirangi for its village atmosphere and shop for handcrafts and souvenirs. A beautiful day-trip.
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Piha
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45 minutes away on the State Highway 20 is the dramatic wild black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare. This is a beautiful drive through the Waikatare ranges viewing sub-tropical scenery. We often drive to Titirangi for its village atmosphere and shop for handcrafts and souvenirs. A beautiful day-trip.
Drinks & Nightlife
Catch the bus 295 towards Ellerslie for four stops to this lively pub.
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The Zookeeper's Son
715 Mt Albert Rd
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Catch the bus 295 towards Ellerslie for four stops to this lively pub.
Late night cocktails and lively atmosphere. Lots of see and do in Ponsonby and many other bars to select from if you want to be adventurous.
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Mea Culpa
3/175 Ponsonby Rd
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Late night cocktails and lively atmosphere. Lots of see and do in Ponsonby and many other bars to select from if you want to be adventurous.
Parnell is closeby with restaurants and bars. It tends to draw an older clientele as it is tucked away in a mainly residential area and close by the Auckland Museum. We also like to go there in the daytimes to look at antique and art shops, with the occasional stop to have a coffee, lunch or glass of wine.
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Pineapple on Parnell
207 Parnell Rd
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Parnell is closeby with restaurants and bars. It tends to draw an older clientele as it is tucked away in a mainly residential area and close by the Auckland Museum. We also like to go there in the daytimes to look at antique and art shops, with the occasional stop to have a coffee, lunch or glass of wine.
Located in Queens wharf near the Ferry Terminals, this is a great place to start your night with a couple of drinks and dinner. All the bars and restaurants are in the Viaduct area and you can wander along the sail boats until you find your perfect place to settle down for the night.
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White + Wong’s
149 Quay St
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Located in Queens wharf near the Ferry Terminals, this is a great place to start your night with a couple of drinks and dinner. All the bars and restaurants are in the Viaduct area and you can wander along the sail boats until you find your perfect place to settle down for the night.