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Food Lover's Guide to Auckland

Food Lover's Guide to Auckland

Auckland has nearly 2,000 eateries, ranging from fine dining restaurants to cheap market stands, with culinary options to please any traveler’s palate and budget. The North Island harbor city is a showcase for fresh-caught seafood and farm-to-table cuisine. Here’s an introduction to a few foods and activities in the City of Sails.

Must-Try Dishes

Though it’s still easy to find traditional Kiwi fare (think minced lamb and shepherd’s pie), Auckland takes much of its inspiration from the Pacific Rim with Asian- and Polynesian-influenced cuisine. Multi-ethnic night markets and food truck stops offer street food like beef bulgogi and pork belly buns, while oyster bars are plentiful alongside seafood hot spots doing creative fusion: soft-shell crab burger, anyone? Gourmet restaurants complete the culinary scene; try manuka honey–glazed lamb ribs followed by locally sourced, artisan-made ice cream. Pavlova is not to be missed with its crisp meringue topped with fruit and whipped cream.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Follow a guide through the Auckland Fish Market or Otara Market and sample specialty products, including baked goods, sourced by local food purveyors.
  • Stroll around the street food stalls of Queen Street or pair gourmet food with New Zealand’s award-winning wine on nearby Waiheke Island; there are multiple itineraries to follow.
  • Visit local watering holes, from classic pubs to cozy bars, on a tasting tour of craft beers or cocktails made with seasonal ingredients.
  • Delight in a 3-course dinner served during a sailing cruise on Waitemata Harbour.
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Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner

Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner

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Sail away on a harbor cruise in Auckland and enjoy a 3-course dinner during a memorable tour of Waitemata Harbour highlights, including the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge. Set out aboard a sailing yacht from Viaduct Harbour, then enjoy service in the dining room while at anchor in Westhaven Marina. As evening falls, your expert captain shares informative facts about Auckland and its iconic sights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.27
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$104.27

East Coast 'Matakana' Wine Tasting Day Tour from Auckland

East Coast 'Matakana' Wine Tasting Day Tour from Auckland

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Enjoy wine-tasting in the beautiful Matakana area, just north of Auckland, without having to worry about who will be designated driver—everyone in your party can try some wine. You’ll visit three boutique, family-run wineries that specialize mainly in red wines. Have a delicious lunch at one of the wineries. Make several side-trips throughout the day, such as to a beach, a cheese maker, ancient trees, and more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.65
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$214.65

Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

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Volcanic beaches, native rain forest, and vineyards abound on this full-day tour of West Auckland. Begin with a wine tasting in Henderson Valley, then continue to the Waitakere Ranges, where more than 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of coastline and forest await you. Get elevated views of the reserve from the Arataki visitor center, explore the black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare, and get close to the Karekare waterfalls. Then, enjoy an included lunch before finishing your tour with more wine tastings.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.62
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$200.62
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Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert

Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert

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Discover Auckland’s food and wine on a half-day tour with a local insider who shares the region’s freshest seafood, baked goods and other delectable treats. Enjoy morning tea, a light lunch and wine tasting of superb varietals; visit the Auckland Fish Market and meet the talented artisan producers at a farmers’ market; and travel by minivan to key landmarks including Ponsonby Road, Mt Eden and the Auckland Domain. You’ll discover a wealth of epicurean delights in Auckland on this small-group tour, limited to six people for personalized attention.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.19
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$151.19

Coast to Coast Auckland Wine Tasting Day Tour

Coast to Coast Auckland Wine Tasting Day Tour

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See the sights and savor the tastes of rural Northern Auckland on this full day tasting tour. Instead of going to a preselected set of wineries that might not be to your taste, enjoy an itinerary customized to you. Go behind the scenes at some of the region’s family-owned wineries and discover their winemaking secrets. In between the vineyards, drive through the dense forests and sprawling farmland of Northern Auckland, stopping for photos at black-sand Muriwai beach and Takapu gannet colony.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.65
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Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland

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Black sands, native wildlife, and award-winning wine awaits you on this tour of Auckland’s wild west coast. Following pickup from your central hotel, you’ll travel to Muriwai, a coastal enclave whose windswept beach and waves draw surfers and visitors from miles around. Stroll the beach and visit the cliff-top gannet colony, then continue to a nearby wine estate, where you’ll taste a selection of local varietals and blends.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$99.57
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Matakana Art and Wine Escape

Matakana Art and Wine Escape

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Escape Auckland for the day and head to the Matakana coast, just north of the city. Art lovers will enjoy spending time at Sculptureum, beautifully landscaped gardens (plus indoor galleries) full of quirky sculptures that kids and adults will enjoy. Foodies will also enjoy wine, chocolate, and honey tasting at various places in Matakana. This is a delightful and relaxing day out that will suit travelers with a range of interests.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Local Night Markets and Auckland's Amazing Night Lights

Local Night Markets and Auckland's Amazing Night Lights

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Benefit from a small-group experience of Auckland at night on a half-day tour that visits night markets, viewpoints, and other scenic destinations. Have time to enjoy the night market, watch the sunset from Mount Eden, and snap photos of the twinkling Harbour Bridge, and also check out the Auckland Domain, Mission Bay, and Wynyard Quarter. Your guide shares commentary along the way, and hotel transfers are provided.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.57
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$99.57
Price varies by group size

Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour

Waiheke Island Wine Day Tour

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Discover the wines of Waiheke on a day trip from Auckland with a small-group tour that visits boutique vineyards. It’s easy to hop a morning ferry and cross the Hauraki Gulf for the short ride to the island. Your guide meets you upon arrival and shares lively commentary as you head to local vineyards for tastings. Afterward, transfers to your lunch venue of choice and the return ferry are provided.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.94
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$106.94
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Waterfalls & Wines sightseeing & wine tasting combination day tour

Waterfalls & Wines sightseeing & wine tasting combination day tour

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Experience a combination of activities in Auckland on this guided all-day tour. First, head to the Waitakere Ranges and visit the black sands of Karekare Beach and two sets of waterfalls. Following lunch, stop at family-owned wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Lunch and wine tastings are included in the tour price.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$228.07
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$228.07

Gourmet Wine and Food Downtown Walking Tour in Auckland

Gourmet Wine and Food Downtown Walking Tour in Auckland

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Taste your way from one top Auckland restaurant to the next on this gourmet food and wine tour. Together with a food-loving guide, seek out downtown Auckland’s finest—and often hard to find—foodie hotspots on foot. Taste a variety of food spiced with Māori, European, Asian, and Pacific Islander flavors, and savor some of the award-winning wine for which New Zealand is famed. You also gain insight into how the area's evolved and its colonial history. Numbers limited to 10, ensuring a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.52
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Matakana Scenic Coastal Getaway from Auckland

Matakana Scenic Coastal Getaway from Auckland

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Escape the city and sample the local produce for which New Zealand’s North Island is famous on this 6.5-hour Matakana coastal getaway from Auckland. Travel with your guide through the seaside town of Orewa to the Waiwera Mineral Springs. Sample fine wines in local wineries and discover some of the grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Following a delicious lunch in an award-winning local restaurant, sample locally made organic ice cream and chocolate. Taste native Matakana honey and see the busy bees working in their wall hives.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.07
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$188.07
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Auckland Craft Beer Walking Tour

Auckland Craft Beer Walking Tour

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Taste a sampling of craft brews on a 2-hour walking tour of Auckland. An in-the-know guide leads your small group of beer-lovers to three watering holes, with four to six beer tastings included at each historical pub or newer brewhouse. Enjoy a food pairing at the last stop and learn about Auckland’s burgeoning beer scene — proving it’s not all about wine in New Zealand! Numbers are limited to 14 people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.94
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Flavours of our City Food Walk

Flavours of our City Food Walk

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Spend an afternoon on a 3-hour food walking tour of Auckland. You’ll stroll past city architecture while nibbling on sweet treats along the way. Walk with a knowledgeable local guide around the heart of the central city. Tantalize your taste buds with visits to local producers of artisan wine, beer, ice cream and other world-class offerings from Auckland's finest food purveyors.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.94
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Villa Maria Wine Tour and Airport Shuttle from Auckland

Villa Maria Wine Tour and Airport Shuttle from Auckland

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Discover some of the fine wines for which New Zealand is famous on this 3.5-hour winemaking experience from Auckland. Visit the lush vineyards of Villa Maria Estate Winery, nestled beneath a mighty volcano on the Ihimatao Peninsula. Explore the vineyards and winery with your guide, and learn of the different grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Gain insight into the workings of a modern winemaking estate and sample seven award-winning wines.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.88
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Half-Day Queen Street Food Tour

Half-Day Queen Street Food Tour

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Join a foodie guide for a 3-hour morning tour of Queen Street, located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD. Sample the city’s multicultural cuisine as you stroll past fascinating architecture and discover culinary hot spots. Bite into artisan bread, bakery goods, fresh produce and Asian-inspired dishes as you taste your way past hidden gems in this popular thoroughfare.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.94
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Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

Auckland's City Tour & Kumeu Wine Country Includes Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland with afternoon wine tasting on this full-day excursion, including a winery lunch. Travel by minivan with a professional guide past significant landmarks, appreciate the views over Auckland Harbour, and enjoy a beach stroll. Then savor wine at three award-winning North Island wineries in the Kumeu wine region. Numbers are limited to 18 people to ensure a memorable experience with like-minded wine lovers. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$237.29
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$237.29
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Wine and Food Tour of Matakana from Auckland

Wine and Food Tour of Matakana from Auckland

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Get to know the artisan wine and food producers of Matakana on this full-day wine and food tour from Auckland. With a guide taking care of navigation and transportation, you can simply sit back and enjoy the scenery, food samples, and high-quality vintages. Learn about the history of wine production in the area and the agricultural conditions that make the produce here so tasty. An antipasto platter for lunch, as well as stops for honey, chocolate, and cheese tastings are included to make sure you don't go hungry.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$232.32
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Wineries Honey and Black Sand Beaches from Auckland

Wineries Honey and Black Sand Beaches from Auckland

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Discover the produce and panoramas for which New Zealand’s North Island is famous on this 5.5-hour winery and black-sand beach tour from Auckland. Visit the Kumeu River Winery with your guide and learn of New Zealand’s early winemaking pioneers. Sample award-winning wines made from pinot gris, gewürztraminer and pinot noir grape varietals at the Coopers Creek and Matua wineries. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Provenance Matua Valley eatery, and perhaps try local Manuka honey. Explore the black sands of Muriwai Beach where the west coast meets the Tasman Sea.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.24
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West Coast Scenic Wine Tasting Day Tour from Auckland

West Coast Scenic Wine Tasting Day Tour from Auckland

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Get out of the city for a day and explore the wineries of Auckland’s west coast. You’ll visit four of the best wineries in the region to sample delicious New Zealand wines. Stop for lunch at an award-winning restaurant in one of the wineries. As well as these culinary delights, you’ll drive past some of the most spectacular scenery in the area, overlooking the wild Tasman Sea, and visit a gannet colony.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.78
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Original Cocktail Tour Auckland Central

Original Cocktail Tour Auckland Central

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Stirred or shaken, tall or short, this leisurely small group walking tour will suit cocktail-lovers and sightseers alike. Discover downtown Auckland bar-by-bar as you hop into several quirky and historic local watering-holes, some tucked away down laneways and hidden alleys that many tourists will miss, tasting a variety of delicious cocktails made using both local seasonal and imported ingredients.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.52
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Tour and Tastings in an Urban Craft Beer Brewery

Tour and Tastings in an Urban Craft Beer Brewery

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Taste locally brewed beer in Auckland on a tour of Urbanaut Brewing Co.'s Kingsland brewery. You'll learn how beer is made and hear about the evolution of the craft beer scene in New Zealand and around the world as you enjoy tastings of Urbanaut's current selections.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.13
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Original New Zealand Craft Beer Tour

Original New Zealand Craft Beer Tour

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On this afternoon walking tour around Auckland city, taste-test the products of New Zealand’s craft beer renaissance… and maybe discover something unexpected. Instead of stopping into a random bar and guessing what you might like, go behind the scenes at a number of Auckland bars and breweries and enjoy a series of tastings to help you find what you like and don’t like.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.52
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Fly & Dine - Wine Tasting Tour at Man O' War, Waiheke Island

Fly & Dine - Wine Tasting Tour at Man O' War, Waiheke Island

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See the spectacular geography of the North Island’s Hauraki Gulf from the air with a memorable seaplane tour to Waiheke Island. Fly over Rangitoto volcano, blue lakes, and secluded beches before a scenic landing in Man O’ War Bay, where you’ll step out for a gourmet lunch platter and wine tasting at an award-winning vineyard. Get ready for even more spectacular views on a different flight path back to Auckland Harbor.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$491.37
Price varies by group size
From
$491.37
Price varies by group size
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