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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Taste the best wines from Auckland and New Zealand. Meet the Wine makers and taste their wines, in our interactive wine tasting theatre.
The perfect bar for any occasion! Black Salt is New Lynn’s friendly local bar, serving good food and keeping you entertained with different events each night.
1/2 minute walk to Piha beach. Self-contained, charming cottages, beautiful linen. Private sunny decks nestled in large, eco-sourced native garden.
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.
Visit our Boutique Cupcake Café where we create cupcake couture. Works of art that will tickle your taste buds.
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We are a fun, laid back and central, quality backpacker. We are just a 10 minute walk or 2 mins by bus to Queen street (main CBD street). The backpackers is close to bars, cafes, entertainment, supermarkets, banks, shops, car hire, markets, the zoo, the museum and Mt Eden.