If you like dining alfresco - then Ponsonby, Parnell, Mission Bay and the Viaduct are good places to start. Most menus are displayed in the window so you can make your choice from a variety of cafés in easy walking distance.
Don’t miss the wonderful views from Sky Tower’s Orbit revolving restaurant, or watch the ferries come and go from Auckland’s world renowned Harbourside Seafood Bar and Grill - it’s in the historic ferry building in Quay Street. Most restaurants are open from 11am until late, with some closing on Mondays.
The central city is a shopper’s paradise with a fascinating mix of upmarket boutique shops and small specialist stores. Work your way up Queen Street allowing plenty of time to explore the wonderful arcades and little side streets. When you reach the top of Queen Street turn right into Karangahape Road. This quirky, character street features high fashion alongside retro and street- wear styles, home décor from ethnic to kitsch and contemporary art galleries.
Weekend shopping plans should include a visit to suburban and country markets nearby. Some of the best retail therapy is in the inner suburbs, such as Parnell, Ponsonby, K’Road and Newmarket. The combination of special sale prices and favourable exchange rates for many overseas visitors, means that bargains are not too hard to find.
Central Auckland is also home to many attractions including beaches, islands, cruises and city tours which will show you the best of the best.
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At Adventure Capital, we’re dedicated to helping you experience a fantastic outdoor adventure holiday in New Zealand with a range of camping, tramping and mountain bike hire options from Auckland and Christchurch.
The ultimate thrill, Jet boating on Auckland Harbour. The Auckland Adventure Jet is the original and fastest adrenalin pumping activity on the Auckland Harbour.
Departing from Auckland City and Auckland Airport.
• Every 10 minutes weekdays (7am – 7pm)
Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action as we sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties, NZL40 and NZL41 offer the unique opportunity for everyone to participate sailing on these grand-prix racing machines.
Annabelles Restaurant on the Waterfront...
Swimming, walking, sunset watching, sleeping in, beachcombing, kite flying, camping, photography, picnicking, hiking. Visit us to discover the best options for you.
Just 25 mins from downtown Auckland. Exceptional local wines with international awards. Restaurant. Small and personal. Beautiful vineyard setting.
Welcome to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the home of the visual arts in New Zealand. Enjoy exploring our collection of more than 15,000 artworks, find out about upcoming events, increase your knowledge in the Learning Centre and much more...