With its burgeoning restaurant and arts scenes, Auckland is New Zealand’s up-and-coming creative hub. If you only have one night to stay in the big smoke before you hit the road, book a luxurious night at the Grand Mercure Auckland, located a skip away from the harbour and the hip Britomart area.
Taste the best that Auckland has to offer with the Big Foody Food Tours. Leave it up to founder Elle Armon-Jones and she'll lead your taste buds through a foodie's tour of the city's best dining spots, markets and more. Prefer a self-led tour? Book in a meal at Culprit, a casual diner serving tapas-style small dishes. Chefs Kyle Street and Jordan Macdonald use local ingredients which are highlighted in dishes like the chicken liver parfait with mini doughnuts or a kingfish ceviche with fish caught on the day. Finish off your meal with a visit to Miann in nearby Britomart – this dessert bar makes killer French-style gateaux and gelato flavours that are nothing but ordinary.
Don’t let your North Island adventure end there: consider Auckland as your launchpad for a roadtrip around the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty.