autumn 2019 DINE Auckland

With so many choices, how can you not think about your next meal? So whatever you decide to bring with you to Auckland, make sure an appetite is first on the list. Auckland is New Zealand’s culinary epicentre – thanks to award-winning fine dining establishments, family-friendly eats and locales serving up everything from tasty cheap eats to avant-garde cuisine..


Located in the Heart of the City, Federal Street is the gateway to SKYCITY, the five star SKYCITY Grand Hotel and the Sky Tower. It has also transformed into an inner city hot spot for food lovers with some of the best eateries in Auckland, including restaurants by renowned chefs Peter Gordon, Al Brown, Nic Watt and Sean Connolly.  With an impressive accolade of awards between them, Federal Street features exquisite Japanese at MASU by Nic Watt, freshly shucked oysters at Depot, succulent steak at The Grill by Sean Connolly, Rustic Italian at Gusto and the Grand, Spanish tapas at Bellota by Peter Gordon and authentic Chinese cuisine with a modern twist at Huami, there is something to suit every taste at Federal Street.  There is also easy access to car parks with discounted rates at the SKYCITY Car Park when you spend $40 or more at any of the above restaurants. Just ask the restaurant to validate the ticket upon payment.  Watch the TV commercial promoting the dining district: 



Ponsonby Central brings you a fresh approach to the local food and retail scene. Morning, noon & night you can enjoy a coffee, cocktails or a bite to eat at one of our cafes, bars and restaurants. The Produce Market has the freshest organic fruit and vegetables, market fresh fish, wine, and of course the butcher, the baker and the cheese maker, who all know their stuff. Why not browse through one of the stylish homewares stores Zoo Warehouse, or Weekend Trader? Whether it’s modern Chinese and a rum cocktail at The Blue Breeze Inn, or a burger and a cold beer from Burger Burger, you’ll find everything you need at Ponsonby Central. 

Britomart is an important part of Auckland with a unique heritage of history, culture and architecture. Once neglected, it has emerged as a vibrant mixed-use community.  Lying between the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland’s lower CBD, Britomart is a waterfront precinct of heritage buildings, new developments and open and intimate public spaces. It is immediately adjacent to Auckland’s main transport hub, Britomart Transport Centre.  Today Britomart is a busy and diverse mix of restaurants, bars, boutiques, offices and services, with over 100 businesses now in the precinct. Britomart continues to grow and evolve as more and more people and companies join the community.  There are close to 250 businesses based here contributing to the 24/7 buzz of Britomart. 


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Auckland Night Markets are in seven different locations across Auckland. The markets are free.  Food is the big component, where you can sample cuisine from dozens of different cultures, but there is plenty of fashion, toys and lots of interesting sights and smells to tempt the senses! There are of course the ethnic favourites like Thai and Chinese, and for those looking for something different, there are some rare delicacies on offer from most regions of the world.

Great food is not always about the money. In fact, in many cuisines, the locals eat out regularly, so it has to be cheap.  Cheap Eats has sought out those places which offer well-cooked, fresh, great-tasting food at a reasonable cost.  Our budget is $20 for a main, not including drinks. If it is a tapas/nibbles places, then it is $20 for enough food to feel full. Many places we’ve reviewed are much cheaper than the maximum set.

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