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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Coopers Creek Vineyard has been crafting award winning fine wines for three decades
Escape the hustle & bustle of Auckland in beautiful Cornwall Park, with historic, specimen trees,
De Fontein is located in the heart of Mission Bay, just 8 minutes drive from Auckland’s CBD, and is the perfect place to escape the hustle & bustle of the city, especially from the sun drenched balcony overlooking the bay.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere for a delicious Italian meal before heading to the theatre or a movie, or somewhere to sit and savour the lovely surrounds of Elliott Stables whilst enjoying Italian cuisine cooked up by Alex and Jovan, then look no further than deniro ristorante. Tastefully decorated with extensive seating in the communal Elliott Stables area, there is plenty of room for large parties.
What a treasure to find a cozy getaway to have a rest from a city noise and rush! Restaurant-art gallery Delectable Desserts is a unique charming place with a beautiful environment right in the heart of Auckland for those who searchs for peace of mind and a piece of sweet treat.
Hospitality second to none in clean, large, affordable studio units with kitchens and superking beds. LCD TV, SKY and WiFi. Close to amenities, 25 mins to airport.
We exchange most currencies, including Chinese, Korean, Malaysian and Taiwanese. 'Best' Rates in Town. No Fees. No Commission & Service Charges.
El Faro Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar is a Spanish inspired restaurant and tapas bar with an intimate and rather eclectic atmosphere.
Whether it is a quick pre theatre meal, a romantic dinner or letting your hair down, you will love the mojitos caipirinhas sangria Spanish wines and beer. El Faro receives accolades for its sumptuous green lip mussel pots organic beef and vegetarian dishes. Find us down the end of the cobblestone lane.