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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Shopping Centre
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“The foodie scene ranges from gourmet taco trucks and burger stands in the market-like space of Ponsonby Central to upscale gastropubs and seafood bistros”
  • 188 locals recommend
Route
“The entire length of Ponsonby Road, caters for everyone and everything. Check out Ponsonby Central, there is a wonderful organic market /shop plus several cafe's and restaurants. Some favourites are Blue Breeze Inn, Saan, Azabu, and Award winning Sidart's. Plus great Brunch spots - Orphans Kitchen, Dizendorf and many more. Just ask for help.”
  • 107 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum of Transport and Technology is a science and technology museum located in Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand. It is located close to the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland Zoo and the Western Springs Park. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
“It is a large park with a lake and it is a refuge for many, many varieties of birds. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Amazing food! The prawn dumplings and Bali buns are excellent. Cocktails are also great! ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Traditional & contemporary Italian dishes in a lively, laid-back atmosphere.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Again, going with the classics here... the ones that have stood the test of time. Always reliable. It's not for everyone, some people like a bit more grit but SPQR is a favourite.... you'll understand why as soon as you enter, it's a bit fancy but in an Auckland way... put your Gucci sneakers on ladies and put the Clicquot on ice and keep it coming”
  • 41 locals recommend
Café
“Boutique roastery modern, light-filled cafe with gourmet coffee drinks & vegetarian light fare.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Skate Park
“Lovely bug park which is good for walking and exercise (basketball, tennis, rugby league, cycling, skateboarding). It's also the location of the iconic Grey Lynn Park Festival (held annually in November).”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“Western Park is a midsized public park located in the suburb of Freemans Bay, west of the CBD of Auckland, New Zealand. It is situated in two merging gullies which run downhill to the sea from what was once called Te Rimu Tahi ridge. Originally, the Tuna Mau stream used to run through the park's area. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
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“They make great cocktails and they also do tasty tea pot cocktails to share for someone with a tighter budget.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Stadium
“great walk in serene surroundings to unwind and feed the wild birds. a little exercise in stretching the legs. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
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“Ask any Aucklander to point you in the direction of the hippest place to be seen and you’ll inevitably get a different answer each time. However, one place that does tend to crop up is Dizengoff – a Ponsonby Road favourite that, despite many comings and goings on the hospitality strip, has proved a bit of a mainstay. Caffeine and Ponsonby Road go hand in hand and the fact that Dizengoff makes a decent cup of coffee probably has much to do with its success. Truth be told, Dizengoff doesn’t do too much out of the ordinary. Its interior is slick and stylish – mostly white, offset by a stripped back wooden floor and some good art on the walls, brunch is the focus (after all, Ponsonby Road is a brunchers’ destination) and the offerings largely centre on eggs. So how then does Dizengoff attract such a following when it sounds little different to the next café down the road? The real difference lies in the fact that at Dizengoff they do the basics well. It’s a quality place with quality offerings and an excellent service experience. And it seems that no matter how many new places might come and go quality is what will always stand the test of time.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Beautiful NZ food. Tom Hishon the chef is an amazing yet humble chef. You’ll love it. ! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Establishment
“A Ponsonby institution that has earned its rightful spot as one of Auckland’s best bistros. The chicken live pâté is a standout.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Classic dancing spot with fancy people. Friday or Saturday night after 10pm Most people have dinner in the Ponsonby street then the restaurants clear the tables and people dance into the morning.”
  • 15 locals recommend