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Stroll through the picturesque village-like setting, and browse through boutique stores before settling into a relaxed café in these Auckland suburbs.

Devonport

A short ferry ride from Auckland city, Devonport has a charming seaside village vibe. The area is famous for its restored Victorian villas and rightfully shops in its main hub are located in grand heritage buildings.

Browse through acclaimed galleries boasting the works of local artists and crafts persons. There is also a monthly crafts market featuring handmade items by crafty Kiwis plus vintage treasures. If you love books, you’ll love Devonport’s many book stores. If you’re after an out-of-print or rare book, Devonport’s specialist stores hardly ever disappoint. Fashionistas can revel in boutique finds and exclusive jewellery.

While you’re there, don’t forget to treat yourself in Devonport’s cafes that feature an infectious relaxed vibe. A visit to boutique chocolatiers, Devonport Chocolates, is also called for. Try their unique Kiwi-flavoured chocolates for a true taste of the land.

Parnell

Auckland’s oldest suburb offers a sophisticated shopping experience with upmarket homewares and interiors, exquisite jewellery, designer fashion, fine wine, art and exclusive New Zealand-made gifts and handicrafts to be found in its boutique stores. Housed in heritage buildings, the stores here are a treat to visit.

Parnell is a foodie haven with a range of award-winning eateries. Visit the weekend French-style market for artisan products, French cheeses and an awesome vibe.

Matakana

An hour’s drive north from downtown Auckland, Matakana is one of Auckland’s three wines regions and home to boutique vineyards and wineries. Definitely treat yourself to a bottle or two of the region’s wines to take home. We recommend planning your visit on a Saturday market so you can see the famous Matakana Farmers’ Markets. It’s bursting with New Zealand artisan flavours and gourmet delights – ideal to carry back. For another special foodie experience, join a guided tour of the Mahurangi Oyster Farm.

As well as a food and wine destination, Matakana is also known for its thriving art scene. Check out the unique Kiwi artworks in the studios and galleries, visit the acclaimed Morris & James Pottery, and walk the outdoor sculpture trail at Brick Bay Wines.

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