Autumn has arrived at many of Auckland restaurants, with ultimate comfort menus that we cannot wait to try. Celebrate the beginning of the season and enjoy fresh organic produce from Ahi restaurant’s own kitchen garden. What is better than having fresh produce being harvested and going straight to the guests table. Ahi’s menu honours and celebrates complex and intense flavour of produce, growing on NZ’s rich red volcanic soil, telling an authentic story of Aotearoa. There are also 100 much-loved eats that can be enjoyed in Tāmaki Makaurau. Click to find out more about Auckland Iconic Eats.
Craving those holiday vibes? Sometimes all you need is a little getaway but not too far from home. With a stunning waterfront location and unbeatable views across the harbour, the team at Park Hyatt will make you feel at home – they even have a resident Labrador welcoming guests. How cute is that?! After a busy day exploring the heart of the city, make sure to unwind in the 25m infinity pool. Then indulge in a delicious dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Onemata. To end your night on a perfect note, make sure to sip on a rum or a delicious cocktail at Captain’s Bar. Sit by the fireplace or on the outdoor terrace for stunning views of Wynyard Quarter's Basin and the Sky Tower at night – glorious!
Plan a weekend away on Waiheke Island and make your first stop at the picturesque Stonyridge vineyard. Nestled in a shimmering valley of olive trees, colourful vines, Stonyridge has an iconic building covered in leaves that turn orange and red in Autumn. It is a must-stop for enjoying the delicious aromas of the south of France in a glass of wine and taking an Instagram-worthy shot of the building. Set atop the mountain with enticing views of Auckland, Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant is the perfect second stop on your journey over Waiheke. The food, the wine, the ambience and the views.
Ditch the shorts and singlets and visit Auckland’s premiere fashion, shopping and entertainment destination – Newmarket before the cold snap hits. There you will find a stellar line-up of international and local brands including top fashion designers Karen Walker, Juliette Hogan and Kate Sylvester. Newmarket is your one-stop hub for shopping but is also great for fun, relaxation and dining. There are a range of nice cafes and boutiques in the Teed St and Nuffield St area worth checking out too. After a long day shopping, enjoy sunset views, impressive garden terraces, a sky pool and artworks dotted around Westfield Newmarket's rooftop – home of different cuisines ranging from German to Peruvian, Mediterranean, South American, Asian, classic burgers and more. Make sure to get there between 3pm-6pm to enjoy $2 oyster happy hour at New York Grill or to try out White and Wong’s Iconic Auckland Eat, the master stock crispy pork hock – delicious.
What is better than wandering through a beautiful gallery? Auckland is filled with amazing galleries to explore. From top international exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, to rising artists at Gus Fisher Gallery, a fantastic showcase of contemporary New Zealand art at The Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead and Artspace Aotearoa, a non-profit contemporary art organisation on K Road. There are so many galleries to be discovered around Tāmaki Makaurau and classic and contemporary art lovers are in for a treat!
Island paradises await just a quick ferry ride from Auckland. Whether you want to do birdwatching on Tiritiri Matangi Island, experience the less-visited Motuihe island, step onto the rugged black volcanic rock of Rangitoto, do wine-tasting on Waiheke Island or go stargazing on Great Barrier Island. There are islands for every taste in the Hauraki Gulf. Visiting the islands is one of the best things to do in Auckland, especially when the weather is not too hot.
Auckland Zoo is New Zealand’s biggest zoo and is home to at least 135 different species, including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, primates, red pandas, New Zealand and exotic birds, reptiles, tortoises and many more. There's always something happening. With events, exhibitions and free zookeeper talks daily, there's never a dull moment at the Zoo. Plus, did you know that the zoo is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and you can be part of the celebrations? To find out more about what’s on at the zoo and the centenary celebrations click here.
Usually held on the weekend, markets are the best places to find fresh local produce, crafts, handmade jewellery, delicious food and more. Make sure you bring your appetite and visit Matakana Village Farmers’ Market every Saturday between 8am–1pm. Located 1 hour north of Auckland and close to some stunning beaches, there is plenty to sample and savour there. Plus, the kids will love exploring the local treehouse and playground. Combine your visit with a must stop at Sculptureum. If you’re looking for a local market, Avondale Sunday Market is your go to for food from all over the pacific and Asian continents, along with great deals on vegetables and fruit and car boot items. Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market is idyllic for locals and visitors due to its relaxed rural setting, great selection of produce, coffee, and the pony rides for children on fine days.
Love camping but want to make it a bit lusher? Camp in luxury and try a glamping spot around Auckland. Just 50 minutes drive from Auckland Central, Castaways Resort Glam Camping Experience provides the ultimate blend of nature and luxury. Think breath-taking views straight from your pillow to the ocean, a gourmet dinner and breakfast package, an outdoor “under the stars” bath experience while sipping on a glass of wine and much more. Avid campers will love staying in one of Wainamu Luxury Tents set among the farmland and bush-clad hills that shelter behind the huge sand dunes of West Auckland’s Bethells Beach – the views are incredible! Late season camping is the best for night sky’s and stars.
Breathe in the fresh air and admire the season’s red and gold leaves with a leisurely walk through one of Auckland’s picturesque parks. See farm animals under the huge oak trees at Cornwall Park, take a stroll in The Auckland Botanic Gardens - home to more than 10,000 plants from around the world or discover Auckland's 'hidden gem', Eden Garden located on the slopes of Auckland's Mt Eden.