Auckland Hot 5 - September 2012

Auckland Hot 5 - September 2012

Discover Auckland's greatest people, places and things this month with View Auckland's man-about-town Jono Park.

AUCKLAND HOT 5 - September 2012


I wish I had the time and energy to do one of these myself, but there’s no need when there are two fantastic Auckland-specific blogs already out there. Jesse Mulligan’s Auckland Food Blog ( is a great read, unpretentiously written and full of humour (Ben Hurley recently wrote a piece for it). Eat Here Now ( is a little more ‘foodie’ and continually comes up with some great tips and recommendations. Read There Now.

A workmate put me onto this great little store in Parnell. It’s definitely for the girls with some great fashion and accessories (who doesn’t love a moustache ring?), and a great line in cards too. Check them out online –

I was minding my own business enjoying duck-fat chips at Sean Connolly’s Federal St restaurant when a man climbed up the restaurant wall. Well, not exactly the wall but the wonderful giant wine rack next to the entrance which can be scaled by nimble sommeliers for your quaffing pleasure. Coupled with the meat station, this is a fantastic and unexpected feature.

The best news we’ve heard in ages! Mexicali Fresh is now part of the Ironbank building on K Rd, its fourth location after Princes Wharf, Newmarket and Botany Downs. Bring it on!

Ok I admit it, this doesn’t sound like the most exciting of topics, but I’m really liking the ease of parking at Auckland Airport, especially via online booking. All different types are available (Park and Ride definitely the best option IF you have time before your flight) but if you get in early enough online, you can get a great price for Business Express – it’s right next to the terminal and 30 seconds walk to check-in.

And one thing we don't

Are the rumours of another tall atrium building in the current one-level open space true? Will it be bye bye sunshine and hello short-term thinking? We’ll reserve judgement until it becomes a little more clear, but hopefully it’s designed to complement rather than take advantage of the current success of the area.

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