Continuing on from our previous NZ post, (New Zealand | South Island edition) we’re now going up and through the North Island, landing in Wellington and Auckland. For this Journal post we will be giving you a few places to eat, stay, and play at while you are in each location.
Full of groovy, new restaurants, cafes and bars, Wellington’s Dixon St is home to The Hangar. The Hangar pride themselves on the the three option of coffee roasts and how different each taste. With the best ingredients, their food menu is off the chain and their staff are highly passionate and energetic with what they do, and how they communicate with their customers.
Instead of booking a restaurant, wander around the Wellington Night Market and grace your tastebuds with delicious street food from all over the world. Create a night out buy popping into a bar on the way and feel the vibes of Wellington at night.
Wellington Night Market
If you’ve ever stayed at the QT, at any of their locations, you know that it’s a must if you have the opportunity to in Wellington. The QT Museum Wellington is everything combined of class, style, quirkiness and fun. The walls are donned with absurd wallpaper, rooms are brightened with colourful sculptures and art flows naturally throughout the building. It’s definitely a place to stay in the city.
QT Museum Wellingtion
An hour and a half’s drive from Wellington centre, you will find yourself on the coastline of Wairarapa, staying in Wharekauhau Lodge and County estate. It is a working sheep and cattle farm that is eco friendly, growing their own lamb, vegetables and herbs, with rooms that invite the eye to the mountainous and ocean views. It is one of those locations that you stay at for a few days and nights, really absorbing as much of the facilities and nature surroundings as possible. Breath taking.
Like most cities it is always a good idea to spend a day or two just walking around and seeing things that take your eye in the moment. Try not to plan any specific site visits and walk around Wellington, taking in the scenery and the vibe that the city has to offer. You won’t be disappointed. There are hundreds of tours you can do in and around Wellington, but one of the nicer things to do, unguided, is visit the Botanical Gardens. The gardens are full of floral displays, walking tracks, historical monuments and views over Wellington. It is so peaceful there and a lovely way to enjoy nature whilst your on holiday.
The Wellington Botanical Gardens
The French Café is humbly one of the most fabulous restaurants to dine in whilst in Aukland. Included in 2017’s ‘La Liste’ - a list of the world’s 1000 most outstanding restaurants. It’s french outlook is modern and traditional combined and is the perfect place to privately dine in their French Kitchen, if you are visiting for a special occasion.
The French Cafe
Handmade works of art is what you leave with when visiting the Chocolate Boutique. With chocolatiers trained in Europe and with ingredients sourced locally, you can choose from over 100 different delicacies. They’re the most divine, handmade chocolates to have for after dinner or whilst wandering the streets of Aukland.
Hotel deBrett in the heart of Aukland city is an old backpackers, transformed into something outstanding in 2007. With emphasis on the restaurants and bars, there are 25 boutique rooms that are enlightened with colourful carpets and furniture, sea views and with fresh atmospheres. To amp up the building, in the heart there is a roof atrium, which allows light to shine down onto deBrett’s kitchen.
If you have a few days to spare and would like to get out of the city, Hot Water Beach is two and a half hours north of Aukland. A beach that has natural hot springs is something to experience. If not to the beach, the drive to the location is wonderful. The countryside and nature is something to marvel at.
Hot Water Beach