September 2, 2013

Cool things to do on a girls weekend in Auckland

I was asked to write a story about the Top 10 best things to do on a girls’ weekend in Auckland for Yahoo!New Zealand.

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Drinks at Everybody’s on Fort Lane. Pic courtesy of Auckland Tourism

Narrowing it down to just 10 things was a bit of a mission, so instead I grouped them into 10 categories and was able to give readers a bunch of ideas for some of the best things to do in Auckland – for girls and boys! In fact there’s so many ideas it’ll probably take a month of weekends to do them all.

Things like where to shop, where the best markets are, newcomers to the dining scene, what to do for a bit of outdoor activity, afternoon tea and my favourite places for a decadent spa treatment.

Here is the first three…

1. Shopping
No one comes to Auckland without hitting the shops, but with limited time and so many places to choose from, we like to head for Ponsonby Road, starting at Williamson Ave and shopping along to Richmond Road.

Newmarket has a new lane of boutiques behind Broadway on Teed and Morrow Streets including a bunch of new stores in the converted ironworks warehouse.

Britomart’s laneways and surrounding streets hide a plethora of independent designers and big name brands.

2. Markets
There are markets dotted all over Auckland every weekend. Our favourites are La Cigale on a Saturday morning in Parnell for French fare, fresh produce and artisan breads and cheeses. But to make a day of it, drive an hour north to Matakana’s busy market surrounded by loads of little shops. It’s a veritable treasure trove up here.

3. Foodies
Some new gems have popped up recently and if your girlfriends haven’t visited Auckland for a few months they’ll enjoy checking out the vast options at Ponsonby Central. Settle in for a Mexican theme or South American barbecue meat fix, Thai for a lighter option and plenty more – all to the sounds of the resident DJ.

A groovy little lunch spot is the new City Works Depot. This former plot of warehouses now boasts several eateries, ad agencies and a hair salon. It is where Al Brown’s Ugly Bagel is located and the Food Truck’s Michael Van de Elzen serves healthy fast food.

For a fancy fine dining option, Peter Gordon has just opened his new Sugar Club high up the Sky Tower. They serve delicious small plates with a minimum spend per person of just $35. A great price for the views alone!

 

Here is the full story on Yahoo!: Top 10 things to do on a girls’ weekend in Auckland >>

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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