Best known for its captivating scenery and adventure tourism, the City of Sails is also home to some of New Zealand’s best dining experiences. From fresh fish and chips to elegant fusion cuisine, Auckland is filled with unmissable culinary delights, all within a few minutes’ walk of Copthorne Hotel Auckland City.
The Viaduct Harbour
Credit: Soul Bar and Bistro
New Zealand is famous for its incredible seafood and there is no better place to enjoy a plate of freshly shucked oysters or a hapuku steak than Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Take a stroll along the boardwalk to Silo Park before enjoying a long lunch at one of the world-class restaurants in the area. Euro and Baduzzi are rated among the best in the city, but if you want a sunny spot to relax with a glass of Marlborough sauvignon blanc, there is no better location than Soul Bar and Bistro. Tables on the verandah are prime real estate during the summer months and a perfect place for people watching. Order its famous seafood platter and wile away the afternoon watching the America’s Cup yachts come in and the sun go down across the water.
Fusion cuisine at Sky Tower
The Sugar Club. Credit: Manja Wachsmuth / SKYCITY
No holiday in Auckland is complete without a trip up the Sky Tower – at 328 metres, it’s the tallest building in New Zealand. Its breathtaking views across the city are best paired with a cocktail and a plate of fresh seafood. Located on level 53, The Sugar Club is the epitome of elegance and luxury, with a menu designed to encourage guests to step outside of their culinary comfort zones. The Art Deco-themed eatery was conceived by Peter Gordon, one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded chefs and the ‘godfather’ of fusion cuisine. Just one floor down is Orbit, Auckland’s only revolving restaurant, offering 360-degree views of the city and a delicious menu to match.
Orbit. Credit: SKYCITY
Wine on Waiheke
Hop on a ferry to the nearby island of Waiheke and enjoy a walk along Oneroa beach, or zip-line over the treetops before sampling some of New Zealand’s best wines. Book an organised tour or take the Vineyard Hopper bus and plan your own adventure at some of the island’s 30 wineries. Man O’ War, Stonyridge, Cable Bay and Mudbrick vineyards are all must-see stops on your tasting tour. In addition to its award-winning wines, Mudbrick also boasts an exceptional restaurant and an alfresco wine bar and bistro where guests can sit among the lush foliage and look out across Hauraki Gulf. Try its seven-course degustation menu with matching wines, or enjoy a vineyard platter on the bistro’s terrace.
The Waiheke ferry departs Auckland every hour and the terminal is a few minutes’ walk from Copthorne Hotel Auckland City.
A Kiwi classic at Mission Bay
Just a few minutes drive from Auckland Central, Mission Bay is the perfect little city beach retreat. The calm water, grassy picnic area and large fountain – which doubles as a paddling pool – makes it an ideal spot for families. After a hard day of play, stop in at one of the cosy restaurants along the promenade or enjoy a true-blue Kiwi experience and head to the award-winning Fish Pot Cafe for a parcel of fish and chips. This Mission Bay icon has been a local’s favourite for more than 25 years and while it is possible to dine in, it is far better to wander across the road and enjoy the sea views out to Rangitoto Island. With fresh battered snapper, a scoop of crispy chips and an ice-cold L&P soft drink on the beach, you will be living the Kiwi dream.
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