Auckland – New Zealand

As you read in previous posts (you did read other New Zealand posts right?), we didn’t spend a lot of time in Auckland. It’s a little sleepy in downtown Auckland on a weekend. And we came for food, wine, oysters and beaches – as y0u read in previous posts (I repeat myself dear reader).

BUT we did do a few things to share with you.

Fortunately we found a GREAT AirBnB in the Viaduct area of Auckland. Chris’ place was all it advertised. Viaduct is a great area – walking distance to a bunch of restaurants (mostly for tourists and not GREAT food, but handy) and having a two bedroom, two bath for two women traveling was a real bonus. As I mentioned in previous posts (that just keeps coming up) worth having a car to get to Matakana – and Chris’ place has a parking space for a small charge -worth it!

We found a great place for Sunday FOOD in Auckland. City Works Depot is one stop shop for everyone – come hungry and bring friends. We had to settle on one of many options and the rain was with us so wanted indoor warmth. The Botanist cafe, bar and florist was a winner! Highly recommend a Reuben sandwich for brunch and chai tea was lovely. As was the space – buy fresh flowers, settle into a nice table, wood accents, chalk board menu. We watched and heard the rain pelt outside – and by the time we finished so was the rain. Cheap metered and plentiful parking is a bonus!

With some time left, Connie suggested the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. It’s a beautiful building and my fundraiser kicked in and I found the donor walls and messages interesting.

Off to airport to watch the rain pelt the windows and sun break before take off. Farewell to Auckland – I’ll be baaack!

See other New Zealand posts:
Waiheke Island
Matakana Farmer’s Market
Oysters, Beach & Wine

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