"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
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.
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.
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).