As locals take their infamous traffic north and south via snaking queues and jams, there is no time like a long weekend to enjoy the plethora of adventures waiting to be discovered in Auckland.
Whether you’d like to commemorate the Queen’s birthday with a wholesome outdoor activity or by raising a glass to Liz from a Waihitiain winery or inner-city cocktail bar, locally-made experience-finding app, Romer, has you covered.
Like tens of thousands of tour guides in your pocket, Romer is crowd-sourced recommendations for the best specific food, drinks, activities and adventures in every city.
This long weekend, Romer has selected the best ways to spend your days exploring the city of sails for those on vacations and staycations alike.
Head to the morning markets for your weekend breakfast, fresh made coffee and even fresher local produce. La Cigale Markets in Parnell are an institution – but why not pop into the CBD and visit their younger sibling at Britomart. With less traffic, it’ll be easy to access and parking will be a breeze.
Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street, Britomart Saturday, 8am – 1pm
Did you even have brunch in Auckland if you didn’t snap it for the ‘gram? The vegan panna cotta and fruit salad at Parnell hotspot, Winona Forever, is one of the most recommended brunch meals on Romer.
Winona Forever, 100 Parnell Rd, Parnell
Sat and Sun, 8am – 4pm; Mon, 7am – 4pm
Get lost in flower heaven at the magical Auckland Domain Wintergardens. The scene of many a fashion editorial shoot, the wintergardens are an otherworldly escape in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the country’s largest city.
Auckland Domain Wintergardens, 20 Park Rd, Grafton
Mon to Sun, 9am – 4.30pm
Sample the wide selection of craft beers at The Block Cafe. A tranquil-out-of-the-city location, there is an expansive deck and great day to night menu to accompany your yeasty tipples.
The Block Cafe, 570 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay
Sat, 7am – late; Sun and Mon, 7am – 5pm.
Located on the city’s main street, Metrolanes is close to nearby restaurants and nightspots – making it easier than ever to insert some playful competition into your long weekend itinerary.
Metrolanes, 291 Queen Street, Auckland
Mon to Sun, 12pm – late
If you’ve got wheels – or are partial to an Uber – why not take a drive over the harbour bridge and look back at the cityscape. Auckland’s skyline is one to behold, especially when it’s lit up at night.
Auckland Harbour Bridge, Westhaven
The ultimate Auckland experience: Jumping on the ferry and heading to Waiheke Island paradise. Just 30-minutes from downtown Auckland you are transported to tropical wine-lovers paradise. Take a wine tour around the island’s bounty of vineyards, and let that cup overflow!
Enjoi Waiheke, 43 The Strand, Onetangi
Long weekends were made for indulging, so why not do so at the home of decadence, The House of Chocolate. House-made treats, sweets and unique cafe fare are on offer for the sweet tooths and culinary curious.
House of Chocolate Dessert Cafe & Cakery, 5/62-68 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna
Sat, 9am – 10pm; Sun, 10am – 5pm
Head west to one of the coolest craft bars in the region at Hallertau Brewery. Here you’ll find their own delicious craft beers on tap, extended garden dining, live music, and some of the crispiest fries known to New Zealand.
Home of inner city sleek, Amano in Britomart boasts rustic and urbane interiors with an exciting and innovative sharing plate menu. Delicious food and drinks meet cosy, chic interiors in the heart of the city.
Speakeasy-style bars are few and far between in Auckland. But central city abode Caretaker has nailed the prohibition-era atmosphere with its unique and old New York-styled basement bar. There is no drinks menu, instead, the bar staff create a drink for you based on your tastes and distates.