Let’s hear it for Auckland—she’s the food and wine haven that has been whetting our appetite for years with local and international culinary delights.
But while we can’t deny the epicness that is Waiheke Island (hello, 30 wineries and vineyards!), our mates at Auckland Tourism want to let you in on where you can find those lesser-known spots that are just as fresh and taste-bud tantalising.
Grab a pen, my friend. You’re going to want to take some notes…
Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter
Looking for some water views with your lamb ribs? Then head to Viaduct Harbour for a vast selection of restaurants that will surely knock the socks off even the seasoned foodie. Sit on the terrace of Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co and look over the glistening marina as you chow down on the best seafood platter this side of The Pacific. For undoubtedly the best Italian meal of your life (big call, we know), head across to Wynyard Quarter and dine along the North Wharf at the buzzing Baduzzi. The Conservatory is your one-stop shop as an all-in-one wine bar, cocktail bar and restaurant—complete with hanging chairs for a relaxed vibe.
Closer to the CBD, Britomart is filled with foodie hotspots. Soak in the spectacular views of the Waitemata Harbour while enjoying some of Auckland’s best seafood at Ostro. Or, sit under the sparkling fairy lights at Ortolana before feasting on delicious desserts from Milse.
This hip inner-city ‘burb is one of the best strips to indulge your foodie needs. BYO stretchy pants and hit up The Blue Breeze Inn. The staff wear Hawaiian shirts, so you’ll feel instantly relaxed. Grab a drink in one of their tiki-tastic cups and devour their epic dumplings. Pro tip: make sure you save room for the choc pot. If you’re after some fine dining, you can’t go past SIDART with its constantly evolving degustation menu or, indulge in some French glamour at Augustus Bistro. For a truly epic night out, hit up Vodka Room. This is one of Auckland’s most beautiful restaurants and it serves up more than 100 (you guessed it) vodkas as well as mouth-watering Russian food. When you’re nice and full, head to one of their karaoke rooms to sing the night away.
You want quirky? You’re going to get quirky at K’ Road. This funky strip is home to 100 restaurants and eateries that are as creative as the people who frequent them.
Chinese, European, Fusion, Indian, Iranian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Mongolian, Turkish and Vietnamese—it’s all here. Our pick? Head to the 90-year-old art deco St Kevins Arcade. Inside you’ll find vegan treats at Tart Bakery and Lord of the Fries, while Gemmayze Street serves up hearty and bold Lebanese food.
Auckland is well-known for its iconic Sky Tower in its skyline but it is also home to some delish eats, too. At its base, The Fed, as it is affectionately called, serves up deli-style fare that brings all the comfort. Suck back some freshly shucked oysters at Depot, devour crayfish at Huami or really take things up a notch (literally) at The Sugar Club. This fine dining restaurant is on the 53rd story of the Sky Tower, giving you some of the best views of Auckland.
City Works Depot
This precinct is a five-minute walk from the Sky Tower in the CBD and is where it’s at for a casual bite to eat or drink. Brothers Beer brewery has 18 beers on tap and more than 200 bottled beers. They also serve up the best thin-crust pizzas this side of town that you can chow down on while you watch some live music. Sunday sorted!
Just over the bridge, you’ll find Takapuna, a precinct that has long been a favourite for locals. Watch the chefs at Regatta Bar & Eatery prepare your meal just a stone’s throw from the beach. Or, head to Madam Woo and send your taste buds into a tailspin with a Malaysian fusion menu that will have you coming back for more.
Auckland has three distinctive wine regions, producing top-notch drops for everyone from the newbie through to the connoisseur.
Less than an hour’s drive from central Auckland and set amongst the picturesque countryside is the Matakana wine region, home to boutique wineries and spectacular beaches.
Brick Bay Wines is a must, bringing together wine, food and art. After tasting their newest vintage and sampling the best from their on-site restaurant, head to the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and gaze at more than 45 ever-changing pieces. Put Mahurangi River Winery next on your list and for those not into vino, Sawmill Brewery is the place for beer lovers to sip their brew in the relaxed outdoor area.
Kumeu is about 25-minute drive from the city centre and is Auckland’s oldest wine-growing region. It is home to both well-known labels and small family-run vineyards.
The Hunting Lodge brings a casual but upmarket feel to the region with its restaurant serving up contemporary fare in a family-friendly environment. Soljans Estate Winery has been family owned since 1937 and will have you buying boxes of the Fusion Sparkling Muscat, right before you sample their cute café onsite that is full of the classics. Beer lovers, we haven’t forgotten about you! Head to Hallertau Brewery and feast on the snacks that are paired with matching beers in the sun-soaked biergarten. Trust us when we say you’ll love the vibe.
Ok, we couldn’t leave out Waiheke Island! This is, of course, a must-visit for food and wine lovers alike. With beautiful scenery, this blissful island will have you leaving happy and (most importantly) full!
If you have a soft spot for epic views, amazing food and beautiful wine, then Cable Bay is your kinda place! Sit on a beanbag and enjoy a platter while soaking in the views of the sparkling ocean. Or, if fine dining is more your thing, then head inside to the restaurant for a meal you’ll never forget. Grab a premium red from Stonyridge Vineyard, where you can wash it down with an antipasto plate-to-end-all-antipasto-plates as you look out onto the rolling hills.
Well, there you have it! Auckland Tourism has wrapped up the best food and wine spots in and around the city, so what are you waiting for? We can hear your tummy grumbling from here!
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