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Our video guide highlights some of the best experiences in Auckland - more great examples of the best of food and drink, and opportunities to relax and rejuvenate..

Splash out on some boutique clothing or sample the delights of Italian cuisine. Wander the halls of Pah Homestead then finish off with a cake in the cafe. Enjoy!

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Hotel DeBrett.

Hotel DeBrett

A unique luxury boutique hotel experience settled in the heart of downtown Auckland, Hotel DeBrett links two unique precincts – High Street’s hip fashion and Shortland Street’s tailored commerce. Hotel DeBrett’s iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room luxury boutique hotel...more



At Toto’s a great meal is not just about food and the wine, it is an emotional experience. We try to make it an extraordinary one by creating a beautiful place, one filled with staff who cares about it as they do about their home, and cares for you as the most important guest in it. Sergio Maglione and his team are obsessive about the Italian cuisine, they will take you to the sources of pleasure you may have forgotten and introduce you the real Italian kitchen. ...more

The Matakana.

The Matakana

Built in 1903 in what has become the heart of Matakana Village, The Matakana is an institution. The Matakana has recently been revitalised and upgraded into a cool, relaxed and family friendly village pub. Duncan and Hannah Anderson and their partners vision is to provide a relaxed friendly environment, with fantastic service and a great selection of wines, beers and fresh food at really good value...more

Poderi Crisci.

Poderi Crisci

Poderi Crisci brings traditional Italian food to Waiheke Island. Enjoy al Fresco dining all year round in this stunning location looking across the valley, the east facing restaurant captures the final rays of the setting sun and is a perfecto place to be positioned après the beach enjoying the company of friends and the great service from the Poderi Crisci family. The restaurant and surrounds are suited to a casual lunch, family gatherings, a romantic dinner, weddings and celebrations. ...more



FABRIC is one of New Zealands premier retail destinations dealing entirely with major international labels including Comme des Garcons, Isabel Marant, Martin Margiela, Visvim, Kenzo and Rag & Bone...more

Taylor Boutique.

Taylor Boutique

Taylor is a leading New Zealand fashion brand that fosters individual creativity and experimentation, while ensuring garments are incredibly wearable. The boutique brand, established by designer Vicki Taylor in 1999, is perfect for the time-challenged woman. The striking and yet practical clothing allows the wearer to easily create individual styles that compliment their mood and personality. Elegant and fashionable, Taylor garments are superbly designed and manufactured in New Zealand with incredible skill and dedication...more

TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre Pah Homestead.

TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre Pah Homestead

The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre is Auckland’s exciting new cultural destination. Located in the historic Pah Homestead in Monte Cecilia Park, Hillsborough, the Arts Centre hosts a changing programme of exhibitions curated from the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection of over 6000 works as well as regional touring exhibitions...more

O’Connell St Bistro.

O’Connell St Bistro

O'Connell St Bistro is an intimate dining room of fourteen tables, created in the theme of a modern European back street bistro, with a cosy and well stocked bar. O’Connell Street Bistro has recently been awarded "Metro Restaurant of the Year Best Smart Dining 2013"...more

Takapuna Beach Café & Store.

Takapuna Beach Café & Store

Takapuna beach café is located on the promenade at Takapuna Beach with panoramic views of Rangitoto & Waitemata harbour. We are committed to serving a menu for all occasions, freshly baked artisan bread & pastries, multi award winning gelato & the best fish & chips in Auckland. We believe in working with the best seasonal produce available, making and growing as much as possible ourselves on our farm in Kumeu to provide a taste and experience that only the highest quality can achieve...more



Ebisu draws on a combination of classic Japanese and European training to present an outstanding mix of new-style sushi and sashimi as well as traditional Japanese dishes...more

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