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150 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
S.P.Q.R. on Ponsonby Road serves pizza and other Italian fare, but go for the fresh seafood. The scallops in New Zealand are always served with the roe on (and it's a tragedy that U.S. scallop-eaters have become accustomed to removing this...
8/4 Brown St, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
In the center of the stylish Ponsonby Central, Jimmy the Fish is a modest affair. Order at the counter and sit on one of the bar stools. The oysters—raw or fried—plus smoked fish cakes and the spaghetti alle vongole made a perfect meal for two. I...
Gillies St, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
139 Tepene Tablelands Rd, Matauri Bay 0245, New Zealand
At this luxury property perched over Matauri Bay near the top of the North Island, the colonial-style buildings are dwarfed by the endless wavy greens of a championship, par-72 golf course that ends at the Pacific. The ocean views and holes...
Matakana 0985, New Zealand
The Matakana Farmers Market is a Saturday pilgrimage for many Aucklanders; the little town is just 45 minutes north of the city and purveyors and producers from all over the Northland come to sell things like Manuka honey, cherry guavas...
Tau Henare Dr, Waitangi 0293, New Zealand
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are where the treaty between the Maori chiefs and the British settlers was signed in 1840, setting off decades of land wars and grievances that are not settled to this day. The visitor center offers tours of the Treaty...
35 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
The Duke of Marlborough is a comfortable place to stay, but it's also a friendly place to eat if you're exploring the Bay of Islands. Fresh seafood and friendly service. The outdoor patio is covered in the winter, and serves as a nice place to...
86 Federal St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The award-winning Depot is a restaurant with a difference run by quintessential Kiwi chef and author Al Brown. Squid ink linguine, pork hock and plump fresh oysters come hand-in-hand with wine on tap, old style crockery and super friendly service....
3, Maritime Building 130 Quay St, Auckland, 1140, New Zealand
On the second floor of the Seafarers Building in trendy Britomart, Josh Emett's Ostro commands incredible views of the Auckland harbor. The view into the kitchen, however—if you're sitting at the counter—is just as riveting. Anything from the raw...
21 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
At the Sofitel in Auckland, nothing was left wanting. The spacious rooms have both a tub and shower, and a very comfortable bed. Breakfast is a hearty smorgasbord of fresh tropical fruit, delicious breads or muesli, and eggs if you choose. And the...
An overnight cruise on the Doubtful Sound should not be missed. Outfitter Real Journeys, which has a long and respected history in New Zealand, does a fantastic job of escorting gobsmacked visitors through this incredible waterway. The boats make...
State Highway 12, Waipoua Kauri Forest 0376, New Zealand
The oldest kauri tree in the world, in New Zealand, has a name: Tane Mahuta—or lord of the forest in Maori. It's about 2,500 years old. If exploring the west coast of the Northland, stop for a moment and imagine all the world events that this tree...
841 Takatu Rd, Matakana 0986, New Zealand
Just about 15 minutes outside Matakana, which itself is a mere 45 minutes from Auckland, the Tawharanui Lodge still feel like a beautifully remote spot. Stay in the lodge or in the estuary villas, which have a private balcony that's a perfect...
Milford Track, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand
Steve from Trips and Tramps makes a great tour guide through the Milford Track. The guided half-day hike, an easy seven miles on a well-groomed trail, was just a tease—given the time, the full four-day, 33-mile track would be well worth it. We...
63 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier 7859, New Zealand
If there is one activity not to be missed in New Zealand, it's getting to explore Franz Josef Glacier in the South Island. One of the only glaciers in the world that drops down into a temperate rainforest, Franz Josef is a wonder to behold. The...
State Highway 6, Gibbston Valley, Queenstown 9384, New Zealand
Bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand, so if you're going to try it anywhere in the world, shouldn't it be at the world's first commercial bungee site? With a 140-foot drop from an old bridge straddling a beautiful turquoise river, the...
Oneroa, Auckland, New Zealand
Only 35 minutes away from Auckland City by ferry, Mudbrick Restaurant is one of the gems of Waiheke Island. A short taxi ride from Matiatia Wharf and you're there - trying to decide whether you should be looking at the view or the menu. A...
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