If New Zealand is known for anything, it’s for having some of the freshest, highest quality foods on the planet. From cheese, lamb, sea food and wine, the best of these foods are found right here in New Zealand and Auckland restaurants use these wonderful ingredients to full effect, offering up unforgettable dishes with style and flair.
As one would expect from a large, diverse city like Auckland, the food scene is quite varied, both in style and price. With its large international population, wide tourist base and vibrant foodie scene, Auckland cuisine does not disappoint.
There are many districts around Auckland that epitomise the city’s rich and vibrant food scene and whether it’s a low key lunch or fine dining experience you’re sure to find the best that New Zealand has to offer. Here are just a few key areas in the city where you can find beautiful dishes with an atmosphere to match.
Just a short walk west from the Britomart and Queens Wharf, this trendy waterfront area offers pleasant city and harbour views and a relaxing, family friendly atmosphere. Select from a wide variety of ethnic, contemporary and fine dining options where patrons can dine al fresco if they choose. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a good meal and glass of wine in a pleasant nautical setting. The Auckland fish market can also be found here and the fish and chip lunch is the perfect opportunity in which to sample the catch of the day.
Wine and dine with friends or enjoy a romantic dinner for two while admiring the super yachts and tall sail boats anchored at Viaduct Harbour. Located just across the marina from Wynyard Court, Viaduct Harbour is known for its many casual and fine dining restaurants. Select an appetising New Zealand cheese plate and wine to start, before moving on to the delicious main course of fresh sea food, a traditional roast lamb or contemporary Asian or Italian dish.
Within Britomart’s compact block of cobbled laneways, streets and open spaces is an eclectic collection of hip bars, cafés and restaurants. The district’s heritage buildings have been transformed with funky new fitouts, from a revamped industrial garage to minimalist modern spaces. Keep it casual with artisan French pastries and great coffee, or indulge in contemporary cuisine and cocktails.
From luxurious fine dining to New York Deli dishes, gourmands will find style and substance in equal measure here. One of Auckland’s newest foodie precincts, a number of the eateries feature renowned chefs, including Al Brown, Peter Gordon, Sean Connolly and Nic Watt. Indulge in freshly shucked oysters, authentic tapas, exquisite Italian, Japanese robata or contemporary New Zealand cuisine.
You’ll find it all in this chic little area. Ponsonby is the epitome of gentrification and the end result was a hip and trendy neighbourhood which today enjoys the best in dining. From quaint cafes serving up premium coffee and tasty desserts to five star cuisines ranging from French, Italian and Japanese, the selection found here will have you coming back for more.
Discover a selection of elegant cafés, wine bars and restaurants, which consistently rank among Auckland’s best. Relax with a bistro meal in a cobbled courtyard or dress up for a silver service affair. Japanese, Italian, Thai, modern New Zealand cuisine, Korean, Southern Chinese, Indian and Nepalese – Parnell itself is compact but the collective menu is long.