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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Remember the good old days when retailers greeted you by name, were eager to serve, really knew their stuff and sold quality products at great value? Back then it was all good. The good times are back, it's out West and it's called blanc. Visit our on-line store, but experience what customer satisfaction is in-store.
Blanc is a slice of West Auckland, offering a broad range of craft beers, premium wine and boutique spirits, all unique with a story to tell.
Bonz Cajun Kitchen at Elliott Stables serves up non-pretentious food with cuisine from the heart of Cajun territory prepared with passion and lashings of Cajun spices at an affordable price.
One of NZ’s largest dedicated towns of shopping. Discover a wide variety of stores, cafés & restaurants as you roam cobbled lanes & covered walkways.
Brew on Quay is the latest project from the Brew boys with great atmosphere, ambience, fine food and the best brews from around the world.
A typical Italian eatery, Bruscheteria is halfway between a traditional Trattoria and an Osteria with the atmosphere of the traditional Italian home. Bruschetteria is simple Italian fare with our signature meal of genuine bruschetta. We take specially crafted bread, grilled and garnished with quality olive oil, rubbed lovingly with garlic, then topped with the freshest produce in various Italian combinations.
Choice Backpackers is located right in the heart of where all the action is. You will have amazing views of Auckland city no matter what floor you stay on.
THE BUDGET HOTEL IN AUCKLAND CITY Friendly, welcoming and affordable with efficient service in a safe and clean environment.