When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions.
We asked photographer Norrie Montgomery for his insider scoop on Auckland including where to eat and play, and what would make for a quality day trip away from the city.
SPQR – This is the place to see and be seen. Pasta dishes combine with an excellent wine list to make you think you’re in Italy. There are also good vegetarian options and shared plates.
1885 Britomart – This place is usually pumping around 11pm, hosting many top local and visiting international DJs. Tyler Street Garage is another popular venue that fills up fast.
Piha Beach – My idea of play is to head out to the west coast beaches and go for surf. With its black sand beaches, Piha has been a magnet for travelling surfers from around the world.
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Waiheke Island – World-class vineyards, breathtaking views and pristine beaches make this the crown jewel in Auckland. Check out Stonyridge Vineyard, nestled among olive groves.
Insider info – See the sun rise on the east coast and watch it set on the west coast. There are not many countries in the world where you can travel from one coastline to the other in one hour.