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, Start your night out at the stylish Corner Bar, located in the iconic Hotel De Brett building

HOTEL DE BRETT 2 High Street, Auckland CBD t 09 925 9000 e

Settled in Auckland CBD, Hotel De Brett links two unique precincts - High Street’s hip fashion and Shortland Street’s tailored commerce. Hotel De Brett’s iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room boutique hotel.

TE WHAU WINERY & CAFE 218 Te Whau Drive, PO Box 167, Oneroa, Waiheke Island t 09 372 7191 Dinner Sat From 6.30pm Lunch Mon & Wed-Fri Wine Tasting 11am-5pm

With breathtaking 360° views, stunning architecture, exquisite food, and New Zealand’s largest wine list, including it’s own 5-star wines, Te Whau Vineyard and Café is a truly unique wine lover’s experience.

GINA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 209 Symonds Street, Auckland City t 09 302 2061 w Dinner 7 days Lunch Mon-Fri, dine-in or takeaway

They’ve printed all sorts of crazy things about this place and for the most part – it’s true: “noisy, exciting and fun”, “gloriously over the top”, “delightful food”, “take this place and clone it” and our favourite “this place is on fire!”

THE GROVE St Patricks Square, Wyndham Street, Auckland City t 09 368 4129 w Mon-Fri 12pm-Late Sat 6pm-Late

Michael and Annette Dearth, owners of The Grove restaurant, have made their mark on Auckland’s dining scene with a unique approach to both food and service, which has seen them receive critical acclaim since it’s doors opened in late 2004.

PASTIS 128-132 Victoria Street West, (cnr Victoria & Nelson Streets), Auckland City t 09 309 4264 Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner, 11.30am-Late

‘Pastis’ is the name of a popular aniseed aperitif liquor from The South of France. Pastis serves popular classic French food for brunch, lunch and dinner - cuisine that everyone likes to eat - in a busy atmosphere, just like in St Germain. AUCKLAND



DINE BY PETER GORDON Sky City Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street, Auckland City t 09 363 7030 Lunch Fri 11.30am-2.30pm Dinner Mon-Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm

Dine is a chic elegant and award winning restaurant. Indulge in Peter’s unique blend of asia, pacific and european cuisine.

BELLOTA Federal Street, opp. Sky City Grand Hotel, Auckland City t 09 363 6301 Tue-Sat 4.30pm-Late Fri 12pm-Late

A truly authentic tapas experience. Bellota is the Spanish word for Acorn, and it’s the acorn that plays an essential part in the creation of one of the worlds most prized delicacie – Jamon Iderico (literally Iberian ham of acorns)

X.O. Level 2, Sky City, Corner of Federal and Victoria Streets, Auckland City t 09 363 6000 Fri-Sat 5.30pm-Late Every great city has it’s ultimate bar. One that epitomises quality. In Auckland that bar is X.O.

JADE DRAGON Sky City Atrium, Level 1, Corner of Federal and Victoria Streets, Auckland City t 09 363 6000 Yum Char Mon-Sat 11.30am-2pm Dinner Mon-Sun 5.30pm-9.30pm

Amazing yum cha restaurant with a delicious and varied selection of authentic and Cantonese cuisine and fine live seafood.

. Visit Bellota for a truely authentic tapas experience



SHAKY ISLES COFFEE CO. Excelsior House, 22 Customs Street East, Britomart, Auckland t 09 377 9310 w Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm Sat 8am-4pm

They may claim fondness for a bit of ‘mammal-straddling malarkey’, but when it comes to great food and coffee, the team at Shaky Isles are deadly serious.

SMITH WINE & COCKTAIL BAR Levy Building, 20 Customs Street East, Britomart, Auckland t 09 309 5529 w Mon-Sat 3pm-Late

Smith is a small treasure of a bar, with the lavish decor of a far-eastern victorian explorer’s club and a cocktail list very much of the modern world.

LAUNDROMAT BOUTIQUE Barrington Building, 12 Customs Street East, Britomart, Auckland t 09 303 3133 w Mon-Sat 10am-6.30pm Sun 11am-5pm

It’s the store formerly known as Federation, still fully loaded with Federation designer street-skate wear - but now with stacks of other cool stuff too.

A&M / RACKET 44 Customs Street East, Britomart, Auckland t 09 309 5854 w Mon-Fri 10am-4am Sun 4pm-4am

Tucked away down its own private cobbled lane you’ll find Agents & Merchants (A&M), a sophisticated wine and tapas bar which brings a truly international experience to the heart of Auckland City. t

09 309 5854

w Mon-Sat 4pm-4am

Just across the lane from A&M is Racket - like a small slice of Havana, with a laid-back vide, an impressive drinks list and a real nineteenth-century humidor.

. For a generous serving of street culture, fashion and art, check out Laundromat Boutique




, Relax with a wine or cocktail in the lavish decor of Smith Bar

NORTHERN STEAMSHIP CO. 122 Quay Street, Britomart, Auckland t 09 374 3952 w Mon-Sun 11.30am-Late

With it’s quirky, eclectic decor, excellent food menu and nine perfectly chilled Mac’s beers on tap, The Steamship is a bar to make yourself right at home in.

CAFE HANOI Excelsior House, cnr Galway & Commerce Streets, Britomart, Auckland t 09 302 3478 w Mon-Fri 12pm-Late Sat-Sun 5pm-Late

Inspired by the flavours and faded elegance of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Best New Venue & Maitre d’ of the Year (2011 Lewisham Awards). Top 50 Restaurant (2011 Cuisine & Metro).

THE LONELY DOG GALLERY 20 Customs Street East, cnr Commerce Street, Britomart, Auckland t 09 550 7170 w Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

A few years ago, as Ivan Clarke departed for a holiday, he looked back at his dog, looking wistfully after him. “That dog is lonely,” he said. Upon his return, he sketched, and then painted a picture like none he had ever done before. He called it “Bon Voyage.” And The Lonely Dog was born.

1885 Stanbeth House, 27 Galway Street, Britomart, Auckland t 09 551 3100 w Wed-Sat 3pm-4am

This stunning bar is like nothing else in the city. With its superb fitout and multiple distinct spaces, 1885 has all the ingredients for a serious night out.

BRITOMART COUNTRY CLUB 31 Galway Street, Britomart, Auckland t 09 303 2541 w Wed-Fri 12pm-Midnight Sat-Sun 10am-Midnight

Dedicated to long, lazy afternoons and languid evenings, the Britomart Country Club is an oasis of indolence in a hectic downtown world. 7

AUCKLAND MUSEUM The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland t 09 309 0443 w Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

Engaging children in educational experiences through innovative and interactive exhibitions. Exploring New Zealand culture, art, science and the environment.

SKY CITY Cnr of Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland t 0800 SKY CITY w Sky Tower: Mon-Sun 8.30am-Late

Journey up the Sky Tower to discover the biggest view in Auckland and experience two activities to challenge your sense of adventure, SkyWalk and SkyJump. At ground level, SkyCity Theatre has an ever changing programme of live entertainment.

AUCKLAND BOTANIC GARDENS 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland t 09 267 1457 w Mon-Sun 8am-8pm (Oct-Mar)

Auckland Botanic Gardens are a fabulous place to go any day of the week. You will find inspiring sculptures, a wealth of information on plants from friendly staff, amazing interactive educational displays and the delicious café Miko. The Potter Childrens’ Garden is not to missed, a true New Zealand experience

BUTTERFLY CREEK 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport t 09 275 8880 w Mon-Sun 8am-5.30pm

Butterfly Creek has a unique collection of animals, insects and critters. It has also recently introduced the Australian Crocodile. A fantastic venue with undercover attractions and café. , Meet crocs, critters and up to 700 butterflys, at Butterfly Creek




, Catch the tram and take a trip back in time at MOTAT

MOTAT 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland t 09 815 5800 w Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

Set within 40 acres, MOTAT will take you on an interactive journey through many of technological achievements that have helped shape New Zealand.

STARDOME 670 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, Auckland w Mon 9am-5pm Tue-Fri 9am-9.30pm Sat-Sun 1pm-9.30pm

The foyer is filled with interactive displays and exhibits. There are shows in our Planetarium every night and weekend afternoons about space, astronauts, black holes and many other topics. These shows change every month.

KAF 85 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland t 09 360 8131 w Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 10am-4pm

An exquisite selection of New Zealand made designer childrens’ wear. There is everything from bright, fun mix and match casual wear to formal silk taffeta skirts and tops for special occasions.

LONESTAR 792 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland t 09 985 0590 w Mon-Thur 5.30pm-Late Fri-Sun 5pm-Late

The cowboy theme, cool Country music and legendary service are what make the Lone Star such a memorable night out. With 20 restaurants throughout New Zealand you are bound to find one near you.

MESAMIS 545 Mt Eden Road, Auckland t 09 631 0012 w Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm Sat 9.30am-3pm

French fashion for babies and kids from top childrens’ clothes designers. Clothes you love for those you love. 9

, Take flight with Volcanic Air Safaris in a helicopter or float plane - you might even get to land on a live volcano

HELLS GATE State Highway 30, Rotorua t 07 345 3151 w Mon-Sun 8.30am-8.30pm

For more than 700 years, Rotorua maori have lived on this special site, treasured by maori as a place of healing and revitalisation. New Zealand’s only maori owned thermal park, Hells Gate is one place you do not want to miss out on.

KOURA LODGE 209 Kawaha Point Road, Rotorua t 07 348 5868 e

Koura Lodge is situated on the shores of Lake Rotorua, just 5 minutes from Rotorua city. A private and unique lake front retreat that is simply outstanding.

VOLCANIC AIR SAFARIS Rotorua City Lakefront, Memorial Drive, Rotorua t 07 348 9984 e w

Established in 1992 by the Barclay family who have had a long-standing involvement in the aviation industry in NZ. VAS operate scenic flights from Rotorua city lakefront and Rotorua airport. Scenic flights to White Island, Mt Tarawera and a range of other stunning destinations in the Bay Of Plenty.

TE PUIA Hemo Road, Rotorua t 07 348 9047 w Summer 8am-6pm Winter 8am-5pm

A truly sensational experience. Te Puia is the premier maori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers.

ZORB Cnr Western Road & State Highway 5, Ngongotaha, Rotorua t 07 357 5100 (Freephone 0800 22 74 74) w

Your latest abdominal workout; the new skip in your step; the latest thump thump in your chest; your new crush; the only experience on your bucket list; the dream of dreams... the reality. The ride of your life. ROTORUA



HAVANA 32a – 34 Wigan Street, Te Aro, Wellington t 04 384 7039 w Mon-Sat 3pm-Late Lunch Fri 11.30am-2.30pm

Situated in colourfull and cosy historical cottages, Havana is a cocktail bar and restaurant serving a diverse range of Spanish inspired tapas and seasonal plates.


04 384 7041

w Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm

When Havana began roasting coffee in 1989, people said you didn’t simply taste the coffee, you felt it. They roast a variety of exclusive blends including many ‘country of origin’ beans, and continue to roast their ‘hard-hitting’ beans.

MATTERHORN 106 Cuba Street, Wellington t 04 384 3359 w Mon-Sun 10am-Late

Setting the benchmark for the finest and freshest of New Zealand’s music, dining, drink design and culture, Matterhorn is a regular’s restaurant, cocktail bar and day café, where attitude is most certainly valued over attire.

MIGHTY MIGHTY Upstairs, 104 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington t 04 385 2890

A few doors down and a flight of stairs up from Matterhorn, Mighty Mighty is a bar for locals - with its gloriously and unashamedly kitsch interior, frequent live acts and perfectly sized dance floor, this bar is becoming a Wellington favourite.

FIDELS 234 Cuba Street, Wellington t 04 801 6868 w Mon 11.30am-10pm Tue-Fri 11.30am-11pm Sat 9am-11pm Sun 9am-10pm

The best café in Wellington, Great coffee, tunes and atmosphere. Breakfast or dinner, get in there and be blown away!

, For a taste of Cuba, don’t go past Havana Coffee



FOX GLOVE 33 Queens Wharf, Wellington t 04 460 9410 w Lunch Wed-Sun 11.30am-2pm Dinner Mon-Sun 5pm-10pm Brunch Sat-Sun 10.30am-3pm

Fox Glove bar and kitchen opened in 2010. There are three bars within Fox Glove that have their own unique personalities, adorned with a touch of 1940’s vintage glamour and coupled with sweeping harbour views.

MARTIN BOSLEY’S Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, 103 Oriental Parade, Wellington t 04 920 8302 w Mon-Fri Lunch Tue-Sun Dinner

Martin Bosley’s food philosophy is based on some very simple beliefs: Eat what’s in season, what’s local, and what’s fresh. They also believe that food should please the eye as well as the palate.

MUSEUM HOTEL 90 Cable Street, Wellington t 04 802 8900 (Freephone 0800 994 335)


Museum Hotel Wellington is a 165 room boutique hotel located in the center of Wellington city. The spacious lobby features opulent décor, walls adorned with original New Zealand art and a café/bar in which to relax.

THE WHITE HOUSE Upstairs – 232 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington t 04 385 8555 w Lunch Wed-Sun 11am-2pm Dinner Mon-Sun

Fine dining at its best! Escape the rush of the city atmosphere and enjoy the elevated views over Wellington harbour and bay. Cuisine finalist for Restaurant Of The Year 2011. You do not want to miss a night at The White House.

TE PAPA STORE Te Papa Tongarewa, Cable Street, Wellington t 04 381 7441 w Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Known as our National Treasure, Te Papa is an interactive and hands on museum. It has a beautiful store (level 1) full of the some of the nation’s treasures by New Zealand’s finest artists, authors, and craftspeople.



, Forget the hustle and bustle of the modern world and step briefly back in time to a more gracious era at Ugbrooke Country Estate

UGBROOKE COUNTRY ESTATE Ugbrooke Road, Blenheim, Marlborough t 03 575 7988 w

A truely unique, yet unpretentious nineteenth century boutique Marlborough property. Set in private park-like grounds with sweeping lawns and marvellous views of farmland, vineyards, Cook Strait and the North Island.

CLOUDY BAY Jacksons Road, Blenheim, Marlborough t 03 520 9197 w

Cloudy Bay winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot noir with lesser quantities of gewurztraminer, reisling and pinot gris.

MOA BREWING CO. Jacksons Road, Blenheim, Marlborough t 03 572 5146 w

New Zealand’s native Moa is the only beer to be fermented in the bottle like French Champagne. The vision of Moa beer came to Josh Scott, winemaker for Allan Scott Family Winemakers... “What if he used his winemaking expertise to craft an exceptional quality beer?”

NAUTILUS ESTATE 12 Rapaura Road, Renwick, Marlborough t 03 572 6008 w

Visit Nautilus Estate and enjoy the award-winning wines. Your wine tasting is free and friendly staff will be happy to tell you about the wines, the region, or recommend other places to visit!



FROMM Godfrey Road, Blenheim, Marlborough t 03 572 9355 w

Old world wine-making blended with new world innovation. Staying true to the roots of the European founder Georg Fromm, Fromm strives to make wines that reflect the vineyards in which the vines are grown. Since 1992 they have quietly developed a reputation for crafting distinctive single vineyard wines that illustrate The winery’s integrity, terroir and character.

THE HELMSMAN Havelock Marina, Marlborough t 03 355 4479 w

Cruise the Marlborough Sounds in style on the lovely Nirvana, a Maritimo 60 luxury vessel and indulge yourself and your guests on New Zealand’s pristine waters. Available for daytime and evening cruises from Havelock, or Picton.

OMAKA AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim, Marlborough t 03 579 1305 w

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses a display like no other and you don’t have to be an aviation buff to enjoy it! Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The rare memorabilia is worthy of any national collection and ranges from beautifully crafted ‘trench art’ through to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself.

. For fresh, flavoursome food in a warm relaxed atmosphere, visit Bella Cucina



, Emerse yourself in Ivan Clarke’s whimsical world of ‘The Lonely Dog’

IVAN CLARKE ART GALLERY The Forge Building, 35 Camp Street, Queenstown t 03 442 5232 e Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

Ivan Clarke is an artist that needs no introduction to many. He is a painter recognized as one of New Zealand’s foremost, known for the powerful luminous quality of his landscape paintings of ‘Grande-Scale’. Ivan is now fast gaining a reputation for quite a new direction he is taking as the creator of ‘The Lonely Dog’ series of paintings.

THE COW Cow Lane, Queenstown t 03 442 8588 e Mon-Sun 12pm-12am (takeaways available)

As soon as you swing open the barn doors of the historic Cow Restaurant you sense you are entering a very special place. The roaring fire, polished brass and copper antiques, stone walls and the unforgettable aroma of fresh garlic, bread baking and pizzas cooking. The Cow has served locals and tourists alike for over 30 years. You will not be disappointed.

BELLA CUCINA 6 Brecon Street, Queenstown t 03 442 6762 w Mon-Sun From 4pm

As you enter Bella Cucina you are instantly warmed by the huge wood-fired oven and embraced by the wonderful aromas of Italy. Much more than pizza and pasta, Bella Cucina is an authentic Italian kitchen, with a daily changing menu to incorporate the freshest produce. Eat Simple. Eat Well.



OVER THE TOP State Highway 30, Rotorua t 0800 123 FLY (0800 123 359)


Specialising in exclusive and customised helicopter tours, providing friendly, personalised service. Modern turbine helicopters and experienced pilots guarantee a safe and memorable journey into NZ’s mountain wilderness.

KAWARAU JET Main Town Pier, Marine Parade, Queenstown t 0800 529 272 (0800 Kawarau) w

The big yellow Kawarau Jets depart every hour from the Main Town Pier. In an unforgettable Jet boat experience, you’ll be transported from the sophisticated downtown area into the channels of two of New Zealand’s most scenic rivers.

BLACK Level 3 Mountaineer Building, 32 Rees Street, Queenstown t 03 450 0592 w

Discerning travellers to Queenstown expecting luxury transportation and drivers can now call on the exceptional team at Black ZQN. With their fleet of luxury vehicles and intimate knowledge of the area, Black are able to provide a first class, reliable, discreet and unrivalled chauffeur service.

POST OFFICE CAFÉ Ballarat Street, Queenstown t 03 442 8238 Mon-Sun 7.30am-4pm

A modern kiwiana café. Post Office Café is an ideal place to refuel. A private meeting room is also available, perfect for working lunches or business meetings.

, Experience the magnificent diversity of Queenstown’s waterways on a 43 kilometre, hour long Kawarau Jet adventure




, Discover why Gantleys has earnt the reputation for being one of New Zealand’s most romantic dining experiences

WAI WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Ground Floor Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown t 03 442 5969 w Lunch From 12pm Dinner From 6pm (Summer)

Wai Waterfront restaurant has pride of place overlooking Queenstown Bay and the Remarkable Mountains. At Wai the catch line “with food this good it’s easy to overlook the water” is very apt. Wai is all about your dining pleasure. The relaxed atmosphere is the prefect stage for an evening of fine dining.

GANTLEYS Authurs Point Road, Queenstown t 03 442 8999 w Mon-Sun 6pm-11.30pm

One of Queenstown’s best known pioneering landmarks is creating fresh history as a leading fine dining restaurant. Over the last decade and a half Gantleys has built a reputation as one of the country’s premier restaurants with New Zealand’s most award winning wine list.

THE REES & TRUE SOUTH 377 Frankton Road, Queenstown t 03 450 1100 w

The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Queenstown is the new gateway to the True South. We welcome you to enjoy the ultimate Queenstown accommodation experience and savor the rich heritage, vibrant culture and diverse attractions of New Zealand’s glorious Queenstown and Southern Lakes District. True South, the restaurant, offers monthly menu changes, with seasonal variations, to feature foods and a choice of the best wines from the different sub-regions of Central Otago, Emmerson’s ales from Dunedin and delicious local fruit juices. 17
















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Fun in the city for a natural high? _ _ _ City A little Vietnamese in the name, gourmet cuisine is their game at Café _ _ _ _ _ A Vintage glamour trio on the wharf but with no hands. _ _ _ Glove Mr and Mrs Dearth may have the best food on Earth at The _ _ _ _ _ Like a Clint Eastwood Western without the Star. _ _ _ _ It’s extinct yet the legend lives on with our taste buds at _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Ironically this bay can’t be beaten on a sunny day. _ _ _ _ _ _ This store is an absolute treasure! _ _ _ _ _ _ Smaller fashion, younger fun. _ _ _

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It’s round and rollie… And it’s all around you at _ _ _ _ Cocktail time in Welli-wood at a place that rhymes with banana _ _ _ _ _ _ The golf is mini, the drinks are cold and it’s right by the bus! Britomart _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Club Delicious, where is this old world wine from? Mmmm _ _ _ _ _ Experience a real Haka at _ _ _ _ _ _ Italian Aromas and the freshest produce. Only the Beautiful! _ _ _ _ _ Cucina Open these barn doors, you better be in the mooood for a drink or two at The _ _ _







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