Auckland is home to award-winning wineries, delicious local produce and buzzing restaurants in the inner-city precincts.
Auckland is a food lover’s paradise – surrounded by fertile land and rich waters, it’s home to world-class chefs, food producers and winemakers. Along with the city’s impressive range of restaurants, bars, cafés and markets, Auckland’s wine regions are a must for foodies. Award-winning pinot Gris and rich, full Syrah are among the area's specialties.
Choose from a great selection of cafés and restaurants at popular waterside precincts Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Harbour. Discover eclectic eateries and bars at the stylish Britomart precinct, enjoy a casual bite and award-winning cuisine on Federal Street or visit City Works Depot for food and craft beers with a kiwi twist.
The inner suburbs also have much to offer. Don’t miss the hip Ponsonby Central area, with its laneway of stylish bars and street vendor-style eateries and an organic produce market. If you’re keen to pick up fresh gourmet treats, head to Parnell’s French Style Farmers’ Markets(opens in new window) every Saturday and Sunday morning.
For the serious foodies there’s no better way to uncover the city’s superb cuisine than with a behind-the-scenes guided food tour – you’ll visit the best foodie spots, meet local producers and enjoy tastings as you go.
Visit beautiful Waiheke Island, just a 35-minute minute ferry ride across the harbour from downtown Auckland. Known as ‘the island of wine’, Waiheke has around 30 boutique wineries and vineyards. Complementing Waiheke’s fine wines are the award-winning restaurants, handmade specialty foods, olive oils and locally grown produce.
The Matakana region, just 45 minutes north of the city, is known for its superb wineries and boutique vineyards set amidst rolling countryside. Call in at the cellar doors for a wine tasting or visit one of the vineyard restaurants for a leisurely lunch.
This area is also known for its bustling Saturday Farmers’ Market(opens in new window), with fresh produce, gourmet food, condiments and more. Take a guided tour to indulge your tastebuds, or hire a car and explore on your own, being sure to stop and enjoy the stunning beaches of Tawharanui and Pakiri along the way.
Just 30 minutes’ drive west of the city you’ll find Kumeu, Auckland’s oldest wine region. Enjoy wine tasting, or head to the nearby micro-brewery for freshly brewed craft beers. Here you’ll also find New Zealand’s oldest riverside tavern, The Riverhead(opens in new window), great for a hearty meal and drinks overlooking the water.