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Priya K.’s

Best brunch spots

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    14

    Amy's Kitchen
    Whitford

    Set in Whitford, eluded from the hustle & bustle of city! Amy's Kitchen is my most fav brunch spot. Love the Eggs Benedict with their special Hollandaise & Mocha!!! Try it once & you'll be addicted :)
  2. 2
    162

    Circus Circus Cafe
    Mount Eden

    Oh so circusy!! A local icon since 1995! Known for their Big Top Breakfast as much as for their Waffles. Go on lazy Saturday mornings to cure Friday night hangovers. Choose from food off the menu or in the cabinet and grab a coffee too - its always on point. You'll leave feeling on top of the world!
  3. 3
    35

    Garrison Public House
    Mount Wellington

    Confused? Well, Garrison is as much a brunch spot as it is a night one! Open a bottle of bubbles alongside or select from range of hot drinks - this place has it all! My Fav here are the Garrison Platter (make sure you are sharing with people who have some appetite), Salt & Pepper Squid (one of the best I have had) & most of their Pizzas & Quesadillas. Love it!
  4. 4
    3

    Columbus Coffee - Manukau
    Manukau

    Eggs Benni, Big Breakfast, Pancakes & oh their Mochas! Columbus Coffee never disappoints!
  5. 5
    15

    The Coffee Club Sylvia Park
    Mount Wellington

    All we need is a good seating and how brunch time turns into lunch - no one understands! They have their liquor license as well for those who prefer their cider over a coffee :)

SezNiederer’s

Family day out

  1. 1
    162

    Auckland Art Gallery
    Auckland Central

    Auckland Art Gallery have really upped their game in the last decade. The new building is stunning, a work of art itself. The New Zealand section is beautifully curated, with the pieces tastefully presented, with lots of space and well-balanced in each room. Very easy wandering.They are getting in more exciting exhibitions, like the recent success Who Shot Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is one of the best photographic exhibitions I have been to anywhere in the world. The centrepiece to the gallery is the Breathing Flowers, which I love. It is a huge hanging installation piece of inflated flowers, which move or ‘breathe’ as you watch them. It is quite captivating and will only be up until 3rd September this year. Have a look and see what’s on…
  2. 2
    113

    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    I really love the fact that Auckland’s Museum is actually good! Sounds harsh, but a lot of cities have very dull museums! I love the Maori and Pacifica section, so interesting. The marae is great. The giant waka is so cool! Loads of great stuff to look at and it’s free for Aucklanders - just bring a library card or a bill as proof!
  3. 3
    294

    Auckland Zoo
    Western Springs

    One of the best zoos in the world that I have been to. Huge open spaces for the animals, really natural habitats for them to hang out in. A lot of animals mixed in together, rather than always having one animal in each area. No tiny viewing cages/windows where the animals don’t have much space. Such a great zoo. One of my fave places in Auckland!
  4. 4
    90

    SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
    Orakei

    One of the pricier options, but such a good one too!! And how many places can you get a really good look at lots of exotic creatures while staying warm and dry inside?! The penguin train is the best! The tunnels to walk through the aquarium give you such an amzing perspecitve on some really exotic and exciting things, including huge mantarays, sharks and more!
  5. 5
    52

    Auckland Botanic Gardens
    Manurewa

    Tucked away out of the centre of town, a lot of Aucklanders have never been here, but it’s really great! Lots of incredible plants to look at and cool facts. Some amazing smelling flowers and a warm and vibrant and healthy environment to wander through.

Virginia W.’s

Family day out

  1. 1
    10

    Gloputt Mini Golf
    Takapuna

    Spectacular place for a night out with the kids playing mini putt golf, super bright neon style. The kids will be talking about this place for ages afterwards and they'll BEG you to please take them again :)
  2. 2
    16

    Paradice Ice Rink - Avondale
    Avondale

    They've got Paradice Ice in the Aotea in winter now and it's a great day out for the whole family. Once you've learned to ice skate it's like riding a bike - you never forget how to glide over the ice and have so much fun
  3. 3
    18

    New Zealand Maritime Museum
    Viaduct Harbour

    I love wandering through this place filled with so many memories from childhood spent close to the waters edge. The rocking ship's cabin really captivates what it must have felt like below decks and after the kids have had a good look throughout, you can have afternoon brunch in the cafe outside
  4. 4
    63

    Rainbow's End
    Manukau City

    The best place to spend a whole day with the kids, young and older riding the pirate ship and the log flume and best of all the roller coaster. Fun for the whole family
  5. 5
    94

    Butterfly Creek
    Auckland Airport

    Perfect day out for the littles - they'll love to wander amongst all the little critters and the interactive farmyard is sure to delight them and for the more adventurous ... croc encounters - they will even let you feed the fish and some of the animals

Luna L.’s

Things to do with the kids

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    107

    MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology
    Western Springs

    What kid (or grown up, for that matter) hasn't dreamed of flying? At MOTAT’s latest School Holiday Experience - Defying Gravity - you can learn all about this most wondrous of processes, including creating your very own flying machine! You'll also learn how a parachute and rocket works and obtain your very own MOTAT Aeronaut Licence.
  2. 2
    18

    New Zealand Maritime Museum
    Viaduct Harbour

    The kids will love the spine tingling tales about triumphs and tragedies from the deep on Voyager’s ‘Dangerous Trail’. Head along with the family and be guided through stories of dramatic shipwrecks and give you invaluable tips on survival at sea. It’s a Trail that will ignite your imagination - not only will you be identifying the potential dangers of the sea but you will also be learning how to avoid or survive them!
  3. 3
    94

    Butterfly Creek
    Auckland Airport

    These school holidays, Butterfly Creek presents Dino Days - featuring different dinosaur themed activities every day, including giveaways, colouring in, quizzes and a dino dig. A fantastic family outing, don't forget to check out the other animals too!
  4. 4
    30

    Spookers
    Kingseat

    If your kids are into gore, guts and ghouls, give them a good old scare at the Spooky School Holiday Scares. They'll be treated (or terrified) to a tour of the famous Spookers Haunted House with an in-character Spookers actor who will adjust the level of scares to suit the age of the victims, I mean kids. Restricted to kids eight years and older, and parents are welcome to come too.
  5. 5
    58

    Sky Tower
    Auckland Central

    It's a Winter Wonderland at the Sky Tower these school holidays! Go along with the kids - there's a treasure hunt, arts & crafts station and the kids can design their own mitten or 3D snowflake. Free hot chocolate and cookies for the kids to keep them going, too.

Lisa Michelle ..’s

Educational places for kids

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    107

    MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology
    Western Springs

    I love going back in time with each visit to MOTAT. It’s the perfect place to take the family for both fun and learning. From groping your way through textile tunnels to chugging along the tram track in a vintage carriage, there is something for everyone. I always come away having learnt something new!
  2. 2
    294

    Auckland Zoo
    Western Springs

    What is not to love about the Zoo? Even those of us who would prefer the animals lived in their natural environment, we have to admit the Auckland Zoo has created enclosures as similar as possible to their natural home, and provide for all their needs. Watch the elephants bathing, talk to the parrots, hug a lion. No, don’t do that one. Educate the family on the vast array of God’s creatures and have a picnic amongst the wildlife.
  3. 3
    94

    Butterfly Creek
    Auckland Airport

    It is quite a surreal experience to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies, flying around and even landing on you! The rainbow-coloured array of these beautiful winged creatures is just serene. But it’s not just about butterflies. There are other critters you can pat and feed, and even an alligator to hold! Well worth a visit with all the family.
  4. 4
    32

    Crystal Mountain
    Swanson

    This is a fascinating place to take the kids. With a petting zoo of farm animals to pat, feed and ride, a train and a mini rollercoaster to enjoy, and gold to be panned for, there is still enough time to spend admiring the incredible array of crystals in the shop - after a visit underground down the elevator! A wonderful combination of fun and learning!
  5. 5
    113

    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    Not just all about war - although there is something humbling about looking at uniforms worn by people who fought and died for our country - the Museum houses a fascinating display of relics and pieces of history drawn together to teach us about life. Visit the 1800’s on the top floor. Count how many bugs are in the critter display. Learn about volcanoes and hold on to your seat in the earthquake room!

Emma P.’s

Cake lovers Cafes for the Girls

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    18

    Sweetie Cafe
    New Windsor

    The perfect neighbourhood cafe, small and perfectly formed. The owners have changed but the quality seemed to have stayed.
  2. 2
    23

    Bluebells Cakery
    Hillsborough

    the cakes of course! in my eternal quest for the ultimate afghan this is a serious contender! A a real quiet hidden hideaway from the world to collect your thoughts on all things cake like.
  3. 3
    59

    Ripe Delicatessen
    Grey Lynn

    The cakes, they are luscious and huge, what's not to love!!?? The coffee is great and the outside tables are perfect for dog lovers...
  4. 4
    29

    Farro Fresh - Grey Lynn
    Grey Lynn

    The cakes are international standard plus they always have free tastings which is right up my alley!!
  5. 5
    36

    The Unbakery Summer Street (Little Bird Organics)
    Ponsonby

    The food the food the food. Where else can you indulge and feel virtuous at the same time??!!

Nureete B.’s

Fun ways to expand your mind

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    61

    Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
    Royal Oak

    Best way to spend an evening! A must during Matariki as well.
  2. 2
    113

    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    You can't go past a visit to the museum if your looking for something to do for a day. There's something for the littlies as well as something for the big kids. Always love looking at the street from the past.
  3. 3
    294

    Auckland Zoo
    Western Springs

    It doesn't matter how old you are, a day at the zoo is always a good thing.
  4. 4
    90

    SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
    Orakei

    Spent far too much time with the penguins.
  5. 5
    107

    MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology
    Western Springs

    Great way to spend a day!

Grant T.’s

Hump Day Drinks

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    13

    Ginger Minx
    Mt Eden

    This little beauty is tucked away just off Dominion Rd on Valley rd is Ginger Minx. Ornate decor, sumptuous sofas, nooks to hide in, eclectic edgy art and posters on the wall, fantastic beats and a real log fire to relax in front of. Stop in for a drink. Try a cocktail. Something there to please every palette and ease you into the rest of the week.
  2. 2
    35

    The Blue Breeze Inn
    Ponsonby

    Cool modern Chinese 'street' food. Wash it down with something fancy. Something made with freshly squeezed sugar cane. Sit up at the food counter or in at the table and watch Ponsonby buzz by.
  3. 3
    27

    SakeBar Nippon
    Epsom

    Something different. Japanese Chefs will prepare for you fresh sashimi, yakitori skewers, sushi, tempura and much more. complement these with have Japanese tap beer, local beers, a selection of hot and cold sakes as well as the usual wine and drinks.
  4. 4
    63

    Orbit Revolving Restaurant - Sky City
    Auckland Central

    On top of the world up here, well Auckland maybe, forget about the beginning of the week and toast in the next half with a bottle of bubbles. RAP jump down instead of taking the lift.
  5. 5
    26

    Brothers Beer
    Auckland Central

    Owners Andy and Ant first met over a beer and the rest is history. Bloody good tasty kiwi beer.

Marama M.’s

Winter Activities

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    2

    Devonport Wharf
    Devonport

    We enjoyed the military caves. Had alot of fun.
  2. 2
    294

    Auckland Zoo
    Western Springs

    It so wonderful to see how well the animals are looked after.
  3. 3
    113

    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    I never get sick of this place and give them a donation to keep them going.
  4. 4
    90

    SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
    Orakei

    I do like taking my children, but I enjoy it better on my own to be honest, then I can take my time.
  5. 5
    107

    MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology
    Western Springs

    This is definitely another place I love. The history that is attached to the machinery and telephones etc.

Priya K.’s

Best brunch spots

  1. 1
    14

    Amy's Kitchen
    Whitford

    Set in Whitford, eluded from the hustle & bustle of city! Amy's Kitchen is my most fav brunch spot. Love the Eggs Benedict with their special Hollandaise & Mocha!!! Try it once & you'll be addicted :)
  2. 2
    162

    Circus Circus Cafe
    Mount Eden

    Oh so circusy!! A local icon since 1995! Known for their Big Top Breakfast as much as for their Waffles. Go on lazy Saturday mornings to cure Friday night hangovers. Choose from food off the menu or in the cabinet and grab a coffee too - its always on point. You'll leave feeling on top of the world!
  3. 3
    35

    Garrison Public House
    Mount Wellington

    Confused? Well, Garrison is as much a brunch spot as it is a night one! Open a bottle of bubbles alongside or select from range of hot drinks - this place has it all! My Fav here are the Garrison Platter (make sure you are sharing with people who have some appetite), Salt & Pepper Squid (one of the best I have had) & most of their Pizzas & Quesadillas. Love it!
  4. 4
    3

    Columbus Coffee - Manukau
    Manukau

    Eggs Benni, Big Breakfast, Pancakes & oh their Mochas! Columbus Coffee never disappoints!
  5. 5
    15

    The Coffee Club Sylvia Park
    Mount Wellington

    All we need is a good seating and how brunch time turns into lunch - no one understands! They have their liquor license as well for those who prefer their cider over a coffee :)

SezNiederer’s

Family day out

  1. 1
    162

    Auckland Art Gallery
    Auckland Central

    Auckland Art Gallery have really upped their game in the last decade. The new building is stunning, a work of art itself. The New Zealand section is beautifully curated, with the pieces tastefully presented, with lots of space and well-balanced in each room. Very easy wandering.They are getting in more exciting exhibitions, like the recent success Who Shot Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is one of the best photographic exhibitions I have been to anywhere in the world. The centrepiece to the gallery is the Breathing Flowers, which I love. It is a huge hanging installation piece of inflated flowers, which move or ‘breathe’ as you watch them. It is quite captivating and will only be up until 3rd September this year. Have a look and see what’s on…
  2. 2
    113

    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    I really love the fact that Auckland’s Museum is actually good! Sounds harsh, but a lot of cities have very dull museums! I love the Maori and Pacifica section, so interesting. The marae is great. The giant waka is so cool! Loads of great stuff to look at and it’s free for Aucklanders - just bring a library card or a bill as proof!
  3. 3
    294

    Auckland Zoo
    Western Springs

    One of the best zoos in the world that I have been to. Huge open spaces for the animals, really natural habitats for them to hang out in. A lot of animals mixed in together, rather than always having one animal in each area. No tiny viewing cages/windows where the animals don’t have much space. Such a great zoo. One of my fave places in Auckland!
  4. 4
    90

    SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
    Orakei

    One of the pricier options, but such a good one too!! And how many places can you get a really good look at lots of exotic creatures while staying warm and dry inside?! The penguin train is the best! The tunnels to walk through the aquarium give you such an amzing perspecitve on some really exotic and exciting things, including huge mantarays, sharks and more!
  5. 5
    52

    Auckland Botanic Gardens
    Manurewa

    Tucked away out of the centre of town, a lot of Aucklanders have never been here, but it’s really great! Lots of incredible plants to look at and cool facts. Some amazing smelling flowers and a warm and vibrant and healthy environment to wander through.

Virginia W.’s

Family day out

  1. 1
    10

    Gloputt Mini Golf
    Takapuna

    Spectacular place for a night out with the kids playing mini putt golf, super bright neon style. The kids will be talking about this place for ages afterwards and they'll BEG you to please take them again :)
  2. 2
    16

    Paradice Ice Rink - Avondale
    Avondale

    They've got Paradice Ice in the Aotea in winter now and it's a great day out for the whole family. Once you've learned to ice skate it's like riding a bike - you never forget how to glide over the ice and have so much fun
  3. 3
    18

    New Zealand Maritime Museum
    Viaduct Harbour

    I love wandering through this place filled with so many memories from childhood spent close to the waters edge. The rocking ship's cabin really captivates what it must have felt like below decks and after the kids have had a good look throughout, you can have afternoon brunch in the cafe outside
  4. 4
    63

    Rainbow's End
    Manukau City

    The best place to spend a whole day with the kids, young and older riding the pirate ship and the log flume and best of all the roller coaster. Fun for the whole family
  5. 5
    94

    Butterfly Creek
    Auckland Airport

    Perfect day out for the littles - they'll love to wander amongst all the little critters and the interactive farmyard is sure to delight them and for the more adventurous ... croc encounters - they will even let you feed the fish and some of the animals
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