“Start your Saturday bright and early at the Otara Markets and stock up on fresh and cheap fruit and veggies. Grab breakfast from one of the food trucks – mussel fritters are my favourite.”
Sir John Kirwin
Spend a few hours on a vineyard lunch and wine tasting at Villa Maria, New Zealand’s most awarded winery. It’s near the airport but feels worlds away from the city – sitting in an ancient crater that’s now gently rolling grassland surrounded by trees. Villa Maria was named New Zealand’s Most Admired Wine Brand by Drinks International in 2017, the third year in a row.
Bracu restaurant is known for its fine dining in an elegantly restored kauri villa, set in the beautiful Simunovich Olive Estate in Bombay. You can also taste and buy their olive oil on site. For a special occasion, book The Wine Library, a private dining room that’s dressed to impress.
Start your weekend at Otara markets on Saturday morning for fresh produce and food trucks serving up everything from hangi to Spanish doughnuts. The night markets at Papatoetoe are on every Friday, serving up tasty street food from diverse cultures, as well as live music and entertainment.
Need to brush up on your picnicking skills now warmer weather’s on its way? Pack a big lunch and grab a spot at one of the beaches on Awhitu Peninsula, or grab fresh organic produce, oils, preserves and gourmet mussels at the Awhitu Country Markets, held on the last Sunday of every month.