Every day I stumble across new and interesting things here in Auckland. Are you curious about this week’s favourites? Then read on!
Favourite Stroll – Auckland Domain
Another beautiful spot to stroll around, have a picnic, do exercises or to enjoy the Winter Garden. Like most well-known spots in Auckland, it comes again with nice views on the city. You can also visit there the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Certainly a must-do when in Auckland! Oh, and did you know that entrance to the Museum is free for Aucklanders? For more information, click here.
Favourite Visit – Auckland Art Gallery
When it comes to world famous museums, New Zealand doesn’t have much to offer. So don’t expect to find here a second Rijksmuseum or Le Louvre, because you won’t. But of course, there’s still art to find here in New Zealand and there are great well-known artists. Besides changing (international) exhibitions, the Auckland Art Gallery displays all kinds of New Zealand art – from historic, contemporary to modern. The entry to the museum is free for everyone, except for special exhibitions. On top of that, free gallery tours are given daily at 11.30 and 13.30. Since the museum isn’t huge, you won’t spend your time there for hours and hours. So, ideal for a short visit to get a glimpse of New Zealand arts. I loved it!
Favourite Night Out – Mt. Albert Market
In case you’re a food lover like me, and you’re always in for something new, then the tiny but cosy Mt. Albert Market in Auckland is definitely worth a visit. There’re all different kind of food trucks and everything is prepared freshly right in front of you with only the best produce. On Friday night, two of my flatmates and I went for the authentic Italian wood oven pizza, which was absolutely delicious. The craft beer they served at one of the stalls, and the homemade ginger beer, were also very tasty. It doesn’t come cheap, though, but that’s just the way it is here in Auckland. You can better enjoy it once in a while! 🙂
Favourite Run – Pt. Chev
Now it’s getting dark early, it’s nice to have a running route I already know well, so that I won’t get lost and know what to expect. Besides, it’s also good to have a running spot nearby, so I don’t have to waste my time with travelling before even starting to run. In my case, running towards Pt. Chev is the ideal route when I want to clear my mind. It’s a relatively flat course towards the coast and it’s always quite busy, so I don’t feel unsafe. I can also mix it up with a few k’s through one of the nice reserves in that area and if I got some energy left, I can always decide to venture the steep climb – or my personal Mt. Doom, as I prefer to call it – to get that little extra into my training. Beautiful views, heavy breathing and sweats all included!
Favourite Sunday Morning – Grey Lynn Market
No better way to spend your Sunday morning than to get outside, visit the Grey Lynn Farmers Market and pamper yourself with some fresh goodness. It’s not a huge market, but all the produce is made or grown locally and is mostly organic. Especially the honey stall and the Turkish stall are my favourites. I finally found a place where I can get my olive cravings fixed. Happy me! Last weekend I also tried a matcha latte, made with coconut and macadamia milk, which was very tasty and warming. Matcha is a special variety of green tea, stoneground into a fine powder. In case you never tried it before, you should try to make one yourself. The only thing you need to do is to warm up the milk and add a little bit of matcha. Less than a teaspoon will be just enough to give you a bit of an extra boost.
Happy Friday you all!