WHERE TO EXPLORE
While you’re in town for New Zealand Fashion Week, take the chance to explore all the city has to offer.
There’s an area in Auckland that suits every style.
Ponsonby epitomises urban style with edgy designer boutiques and uber-cool eateries where the food looks as sensational as it tastes.
2. Beach style
You’re never far from the sea in Auckland, whether it’s the black-sand surf beaches on the wild west coast or Mission Bay’s beachfront promenade just a stone’s throw from the city centre.
3. Eclectic – street style, retro and vintage
Karangahape ‘K’ Road is an inner-city favourite for artists, students, musicians and writers. High fashion sits beside vintage and streetwear, ethnically diverse eateries and colourful nightlife.
4. Sophisticated luxury
Auckland’s oldest suburb Parnell is one of its most sophisticated, boasting exclusive boutiques, small galleries, and the weekend French-style market La Cigale, for artisan food products and French cheeses.
5. Haute couture
Head to the heights for insta-worthy vistas from the top of Auckland’s 48 volcanic cones or New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure, the Sky Tower.
For thrill seekers, Auckland is one big playground. Base jump by wire from the Sky Tower, zipline above the trees on Waiheke Island, climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge or leap off it in New Zealand’s only ocean-touch bungy.
7. The New Look
The regenerated Britomart precinct has become the star of Auckland’s dining scene and a premium shopping destination, home to the flagship stores of New Zealand’s most famous designers.
8. Boho chic
Wander through thousands of artworks in the beautiful heritage building of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, including the renowned Māori Portraits by Bohemian-born New Zealand artist Gottfried Lindauer, recently home from temporary exhibit at DeYoung Art Museum in San Francisco.
9. Classic couture
The picturesque seaside village of Devonport is packed with boutiques and galleries selling New Zealand-made clothing, jewellery, locally made chocolate or works from some of New Zealand’s best local artists, while elegant colonial villas line the surrounding streets.
10. Winery finery
Auckland has not one but three distinctive wine regions, Matakana, Waiheke and Kumeu, producing superb wines in a range of varietals. Take a guided wine tour or use the wine trail maps to explore at your own pace.
Discover more things to see and do in Auckland at aucklandnz.com/visit.