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Things to do in Western Springs

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.
Gift Shop
“Auckland Zoo is a 16.35-hectare zoological garden in Auckland, situated next to Western Springs park not far from Auckland’s central business district. Official site: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz”
  • 126 locals recommend
Museum
“MOTAT Museum is devoted to the history of technology and transport in NZ. Its exhibits include those relating to NZ aviation pioneer Richard Pearse, 90 Degrees South exhibition dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary, old coaches, railroad rolling stock, trams and vintage cars, and a vast collection of black and white photography. Official site: www.motat.org.nz”
  • 85 locals recommend
Park
“Grab a coffee and take a morning to discover this lovely natural occurring spring. The bridge is a great place to see the eels, but beware of the ducks and geese as they are confident in approaching you for food! There is currently a plan in place to rehome a lot of these geese as they have become too numerous but this doesn't detract from a lovely walk. Just dont wear nice shoes and watch where you step!”
  • 48 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
Café
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“Fab bar with good atmosphere that does lunch or dinner with great will priced food. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Stadium
“Western Springs is a wildlife sanctuary surrounding a natural spring-fed lake, one of Auckland's early water supplies. The park is surrounded by a cluster of major nearby attractions including the Auckland Zoo, Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), the Chamberlain Park Golf Course and the Western Springs stadium. Amenities and activities BBQ Drinking fountains Fishing Fishing for eels is strictly prohibited. The long-finned eel, which is found only in New Zealand, has recently been classified by the Department of Conservation as 'in gradual decline', which means it is likely to be extinct within 50 years. Eel populations are particularly vulnerable because eels take a long time to grow to their potential two metres (usually only between 1cm and 2cm per year) and female eels only spawn once before they die and it can be up to 80 years old before they do so. Anyone illegally fishing in the lake may put native eels at risk. According to Part 20 of the Auckland City Consolidated Bylaw (1998), it is illegal to kill or injure any animal in a public place, including lakes. Offenders can be fined up to $500. Other species that could be affected by the illegal fishing include tench, perch, catfish, goldfish, koi and grasscarp. Contact us if you see anyone fishing in the lake. Picnic tables Playground The Fukuoka Garden This traditional Japanese garden with a waterfall, pond and tea pavilion was opened in July 2017. It is located near the entrance to the park from the Auckland Zoo car park off Motions Road. The garden is free to the public and is open from 10am to 5.30pm in winter and 10am to 6.30pm in summer (during daylight saving). Walks You can explore the park by means of a well-developed network of footpaths that includes boardwalks through the wetlands and a walking track. Wildlife The lake is a refuge for the native orea (eel), who can be seen trailing the swans and ducks. Along with the birds, the orea are tame and can be coaxed to take food. The eels are an original part of the cultural and ecological heritage of Western Springs Lake - a fact that is reflected in the lake's Māori name 'Te Wai Orea', which means 'waters of the eel'. Around the shores and wetlands, wild fowl including native Pukeko, Teal, Australian Coot and Shovelers can be freely viewed amongst regenerating native plants, wide-open lawns, gardens, water gardens and water lilies”
  • 22 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Organics, Natural products, the conscious purchases with no nasties, everything from spiritual gift cards to incense or locally grown organic fresh fruit and Vege. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely park that looks out over the sea. On weekends there are local sports games.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“Nomad up by the shops is great for dinner and drinks, and they do cool dine in kids meals in bento boxes too ($10ish). ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“They have a great burger deal on Wednesdays $15 burgers that are massive. Thursday is build your own gin night which we also always enjoy. great range of beers and wine and not too pricy”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
“Twisted Tomato is a great casual café for coffees, brekkie and brunch with more yummy cabinet food. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Place to eat
“The food is great and so is the coffee! I'm an Almond Milk Latte girl and they do it well. Service is the best you'll get.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“A local hangout, slightly off the beaten track, and close to the MOTAT attraction and Central beach walks”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Worth the walk to nearby Herne Bay. Sunday Lunch with some Oysters and a wine is the go. The perfect neighbourhood spot. Andiamo has a Herne Bay provenance that spans three decades and a fresh and modern Italian-inspired menu. By day, classic brunch dishes and coffee. In the evening, a trattoria menu by executive chef Gareth Stewart, showcases ingredients such as artisan cheeses, salumi, housemade pastas and the very best cuts of fresh fish and meat. Situated on bustling Jervois Road, the new Andiamo — ‘let’s go’ in Italian — is the quintessential local eatery and watering hole.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Place to shop
“We think this is the best butcher in Auckland. Many agree and travel across town to buy their meat here.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Because the food is exotic, the people are friendly and the atmosphere is homely.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Nomad up by the shops is great for dinner and drinks, and they do cool dine in kids meals in bento boxes too ($10ish). ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Worth the walk to nearby Herne Bay. Sunday Lunch with some Oysters and a wine is the go. The perfect neighbourhood spot. Andiamo has a Herne Bay provenance that spans three decades and a fresh and modern Italian-inspired menu. By day, classic brunch dishes and coffee. In the evening, a trattoria menu by executive chef Gareth Stewart, showcases ingredients such as artisan cheeses, salumi, housemade pastas and the very best cuts of fresh fish and meat. Situated on bustling Jervois Road, the new Andiamo — ‘let’s go’ in Italian — is the quintessential local eatery and watering hole.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our favourite local pizza place, with fresh authentic Italian style pizza and pasta. It can be a bit of a long wait to get your food sometimes, but it's worth it!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing fish and chips. Pub next door let’s you eat them outside if you are buying beers/ drinks from them. Gets busy for 5-6pm so call up or go later”
  • 7 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
“Westmere, one suburb over has a better fish and chip shop. The Fish and Chip Shop 09-376 3597 ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A casual local neighbourhood cafe for good coffee & brunch. Serves light fresh & organic food & a great Mango smoothie.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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