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Things to See, Eat, and Do in Auckland, New Zealand

It's easy to indulge in Kiwi culture in New Zealand's biggest City.
Things to See, Eat, and Do in Auckland, New Zealand
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It's easy to indulge in Kiwi culture in New Zealand's biggest City.

Cuisine and couture, wilderness and wineries: Auckland, New Zealand is where you can spoil yourself silly, all while being surrounded by nature's finest—tropical jungle, stunning beaches, and endless ocean views. The city is booming as Kiwis come for work and play, which means visitors get to benefit from the newest hotspots—gourmet restaurants, flagship fashion houses, and funky boutique hotels.

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Pack your bags, but only half full: There's a lot in Auckland you'll want to bring home with you.

SHOP

Zambesi

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On of the coutry's leading fashion houses, visit it for its edgy pieces. The flagship store also carries pieces from Maison Martin Margiela and Raf Simons.

56 Tyler Street / +64 9 303 1701 / zambesi.co.nz

Kathryn Wilson

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Footwear designer, Kathryn Wilson, specializes in chic peep-toes and platforms, desert boots, and ballet slippers in bold colors and patterns.

10 Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Lane / +64 9 367 6865

World

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World calls itself "a factory of ideas and experiments," where playful clothing adorns the rakcs for both guys and girls. Don't forget to check out its beauty counter—on-hand are hard-to-find fragrances, luxe candles, and skin care.

60 Tyler Street / +64 9 373 3034 / worldbrand.co.nz

EAT

Ortolana

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With a bistro menu that focuses on Italian cuisine, this is the spot to see and be seen, where Aucklanders gather for a long lunch, or an even longer dinner.

31 Tyler Street / +64 9 368 9487

Milse

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Prepare yourself for a queue for Milse's sophisticated sweets. The atmospherre is dark and glossy, conducive to a tryst with its famed pecan and Pohutakawa honey tart.

27 Tyler Street / +64 9 215 8996

Devonport

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Stash the kiwi- and feijoa-flavored Koko the Kiwi and Praline the Pukeko chocolate cups in your carry-on. Shoe addicts, get the chocolate shoe a milk chocolate stiletto available in five styles.

devonportchocolates.co.nz

STAY

Hotel Debrett

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If you want to be in the heart of Auckland's action, this is the best choice for your home away from home. Decor is funky and colorful with a Kiwi touch that celebrates local designers: Staff is keen to help, be it with finding the best spa or simply helping with shopping bags. Plus, the location can't be beat—it's a five-minute walk to the shopping district and the waterfront.

hoteldebrett.com

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