Collected by Lauren Hayman
22 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
Takapuna locals are blessed. To have a café of this stature sitting on the doorstep of the Waitemata Harbour with views out to volcanic Rangitoto Island, is what foodie dreams are made of. A repeat winner of café awards, the Takapuna Beach Café is...
124 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
A favourite with Waihekians, The Oyster Inn has already made an impression despite being relatively young. The islanders love the laid-back atmosphere, and even if you're coming from 'town' - like me - you'll be given a cheery welcome before you...
Excelsior Building Cnr Galway &, Commerce St, Britomart, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Cafe Hanoi is choreographed dilapidation. Rough brick, crumbling plaster, and layers of scraped-back paint are softened with huge Noguchi globe lamps and planes of hand-oiled timber. —Nat Cheshire Galway and Commerce Streets, 64/(0)...
259 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand
Non Solo Pizza is a mainstay of Parnell Rd, one that continues to evolve and refresh as food - and customer - trends change. I've eaten there twice: once as part of a large work group dining in the fantastic outdoor garden, and the second time at...
12 Nick Johnstone Dr, Oneroa, Auckland 1840, New Zealand
Mudbrick Restaurant lives on a gorgeous vineyard of the same name in Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Overlooking rows of gnarled, green grapevines, full, fragrant bushes of lavender, and a glittering bay, the rustic, brick dining room really gets you...
Pakiri 0972, New Zealand
Not far from Matakana is my favourite place in the world for horse riding - the stunning 14km long white sand Pakiri Beach. Whether you're a novice saddling up for the very first time, or an experienced rider, you will love the guided rides in...
Takapuna Beach, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
The walk around the coastline from Takapuna to Milford is one of Auckland's best urban adventures. Lace up a good pair of walking shoes that can handle uneven surfaces, then start at the northern tip of Takapuna Beach. On the way you'll enjoy...
Long Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Nothing says summer in Auckland like a BBQ, and one of the best places to take your family is Long Bay Regional Park. You can book any of the electric or wood-fired BBQs and best of all, they're all free to use! There are also seven bookable table...
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