Auckland city is brimming with chefs who have an undying passion for culinary creativity. The
climate is obliging - with enough sunshine and rainfall to grow everything from the daintiest
tips of asparagus to the sweetest strawberries south of the equator. Nearby farms produce export
quality lamb, beef and venison. Restaurants are well supplied with scallops, snapper, tuna and
many other varieties of fish.
The newly developed Viaduct Basin offers both indoor and outdoor waterside dining - spacious
brasseries, intimate silver service or romantic balconies overlooking the harbour. Euro Bar and
MJ's should not be missed.
The city fringe suburbs of Ponsonby and Parnell offer restaurants, cafés and bars that
seem to never close.
Auckland dining isn't limited to the inner city. A half-hour boat-ride from downtown lands people
on Waiheke Island, where they can enjoy the delicious flavours of Pacific Rim style cuisine while
enjoying a drink with the amazing views. Alternately, within 30 minutes from downtown Auckland,
the areas of Waitakere, North Shore and Manukau offer a choice of wonderful food and wine experiences.
Winemaking has been alive and well in west Auckland since the turn of the century. Cabernet
sauvignons, Chardonnay's, Merlots, Chenin Blancs and world famous Sauvignon Blancs are all available.