For foodies

"Taking a Sunday drive to one of Auckland’s markets is a good way to make your day seem longer, and the farmers' market at Clevedon is great for really fresh fruit and vegetables, most of it grown in the surrounding countryside. Don’t have breakfast before you go though – grab a crepe or a hot whitebait fritter."
Sir John Kirwan

Clevedon Village Farmers Market

Top pick for a Sunday morning drive is Clevedon Village Farmers Market for fresh seasonal produce that’s grown locally, plus artisanal breads, pastries, preserves, olive oils, cheeses, flowers, and on-the-go food. Arrive early with the locals for the best fruit and veg and a whitebatter fritter for breakfast.

Visit the vineyards

Stop in for lunch and wine tasting at a boutique winery. Tauranga Creek’s restaurant and cellar door in Whitford is a small, family-run operation, and John Hill Estate, at the foot of the Hunua Ranges, has al fresco dining overlooking the vineyards. Both are less than an hour’s drive from the city centre.

Strawberry picking in summer

Go strawberry picking at Clevedon Strawberries this summer – it’s much more fun than the supermarket. Their season usually runs around December/January and they also serve up freshly made ice creams to cool you down on the way out. 

Picnic in the park

Pack a picnic lunch and settle in at Omana, Duder or Waitawa regional parks, or tuck into fresh fish and chips with a view at Maraetai Beach or Bucklands Beach. Walk it off on one of the parks’ walking tracks or along the shore.

Brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks in Howick

Take your pick from the modern cafés in Howick village for brunch or lunch. Try The Apothecary; the original apothecary interior is from 1950s Northern France and the menus are mouthwatering. It’s also open for dinner, and serves up a selection of wines, spirits and craft beers in The Cellar in the evenings (Thursday to Sunday). 

Pine Harbour Fresh Market

Visit the French-style fresh market at Pine Harbour Marina on the first Saturday morning of every month, for fresh gourmet produce, meats, seafood, olive oils, chutneys, honey, artisanal breads and more, alongside imported products from France.

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