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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Auckland Region > Auckland > Eating & drinking


Eating & drinking

Auckland has New Zealand’s most diverse and sophisticated dining scene, reflecting a blend of its many influences, particularly Polynesian and Asian. It also has an abundance of cheap eating options for backpackers.

Central Auckland is an almost endless blur of kebab joints and fast food outlets. More diverse and hip cafés and restaurants abound in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Ponsonby and Parnell.

One good rule of thumb when looking for a place to eat is to follow the locals. A few doors down from Base Auckland Central Backpackers, for example, is the Green Crocodile Café (10 Darby Street, Auckland). Lines run out the door at lunchtime for their tasty and inexpensive sandwiches and salads.

The Fresh Fish & Chip Co. (127 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby) serves what some consider to be Auckland’s best fish & chips to an always-packed shop. There are also very good fish and chip shops in Devonport and Mount Eden.

The Asian Food Court on Queen Street in the centre of the city has nine different counters selling everything from Indian to Korean, with big-enough-for-two portions and cheap prices, in the $7-$10 range per dish.

For greasy late-night munchies, try the brightly-lit White Lady food van on Shortland Street, near the corner of Queen Street.

The main supermarkets near the centre are the Foodtown (76 Quay Street, Auckland) near Britomart Transport Centre, a New World (2 College Hill, Freemans Bay) near Victoria Park between Ponsonby and the city centre. There is also a Foodtown in the 277 Newmarket complex (corner Broadway & Morrow Street, Newmarket).

There is no shortage of drinking options in the city centre, including several English and Irish pubs. Bars, cafés and clubs also surround Viaduct Harbour. Some of the bigger hostels have very lively bars as well, including Base ACB (229 Queen Street, Auckland), and the Fat Camel (38 Fort Street, Auckland). For a hipper drinking and club going experience, try Karangahape Road (also known as K Road), and Ponsonby Road.

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