For many visitors to the Land of the Long White Cloud, Auckland is an easy starting point ... but it is far from just a gateway to the North Island.
New Zealand’s one-time capital and largest city dishes up some world-class dining opportunities. Foodies may sing the praises of Wellington’s coffee and Dunedin’s catch of the day, but unassuming Auckland is a secret hot pot of flavour.
If you find yourself in Auckland for a long weekend and are happy to let your tastebuds do the talking, start your day off right with a caffeine hit from Depot Eatery in the CBD or Chuffed – the new kid on the block who has the Auckland coffee scene buzzing.
When your pep is fading, the specialty brews at Allpress Coffee are a perfect pick-me-up. Throw in a cream doughnut from Good One on Douglas Street and you’ll be set for an afternoon of window shopping along hip strip Ponsonby Road.
Hang around after dark for dinner and call in for a nightcap at one of the too-cool bohemian bars like Revelry
On day two, it’s time to go to market, to market to buy a fat fig, and La Cigale is a standout on Auckland’s farm-fresh food scene. Held each Saturday from 8am and Sunday from 9am until 1.30pm, the bazaar boasts fresh Kiwi fare with just a pinch of French flair.
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A good fromage is nothing without a great drop of wine, however, and Auckland has an island’s worth.
Just a 35-minute ferry trip from the city will see you set foot on Waiheke Island – Auckland’s ‘Island of Wine’. Laced with vineyards and olive groves, Waiheke Island is one of four wine regions keeping Auckland’s glass full.
The wine regions of Auckland are a must for serious foodies. The trio of grape-growing areas extends from Waiheke Island to the Matakana region, known for its boutique vineyards and rolling countryside, as well as Kumeu, Auckland’s oldest wine region just half an hour west of the city.
To chew with a view with a tipple or two, there really is no place like Auckland.