A melting pot of cultures, Auckland’s buzzing and constantly evolving food scene and award-wining wineries makes it a mecca for food and wine lovers.
New Zealand’s largest city is not short of memorable food and wine experiences for the gastro adventurer. Enjoy world-class food precincts in Auckland city’s vibrant heart, head further afield to explore its diverse wine regions or find a farmers’ market to revel the local flavours.
In the heart of Auckland city, you’ll find a concentration of food and wine precincts that boast something for everyone’s taste and budget. There is a world of flavours to explore at Britomart, Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. Located close to the Waitemata Harbour, they are ideal for casual eating, enjoying a chilled glass of wine or an elegant evening experience.
If you’re visiting the Sky Tower, you can’t miss Federal Street, Auckland’s newest food precinct boasting more than 20 bars and eateries. A number of these are led by internationally renowned chefs such as Al Brown, Peter Gordon, Sean Connolly and Nic Watt.
A long-time favourite of the locals and the city’s chicest suburb, Ponsonby is where you go for stylist cafes and restaurants, street-style food and hip bars.
You can sip the best of local wines in many city restaurants, but an experience not to be missed is exploring Auckland’s distinct wine regions. The most popular by many miles is Waiheke Island – only about half-an-hour’s ferry ride from Central City. The ‘island of wine’, as it is also called, is bursting with award-winning vineyards and wineries. There are on-site cafes or restaurants in most with superb harbour or vineyard views to complete the experience.
In west Auckland, Kumeu is a heritage wine area with origins dating back to the 1930s when Croatians first settled here. As a result it is home to some of New Zealand’s oldest wineries. If you’re heading north from the city, Matakana is a wine region not to be missed. A gourmet haven, the eateries here (including ones on the vineyards) do justice to the local bounty.
Visit one of Auckland’s bustling markets for a true taste of the city. In the inner city, markets such as La Cigale in Parnell and City markets are most popular. The Matakana market, a true country market, is a gourmet haven with locals and visitors packing it to the seams every weekend. Coatesville Country Market and Clevedon Village Market are other country markets that get a special mention. The Otara Markets and Auckland Night Markets are perfect spots to get a taste of the city’s vibrant and mixed culture.