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Butterfly Creek
10 Tom Pearce Drive, Airport Oaks, 2022
  • Warm tropical butterfly house undercover
  • Farm, insects, monkeys and crocs all undercover
  • Café with homemade baking and treats
  • Warm up on those cold, rainy days
  • Up close daily animal encounters
The Gallery café located on level 1 of Auckland Art Gallery offers quality food at a reasonable price. With a full selection of à la carte dishes, as well as a delicious range of hot and cold ready-to-go meals, salads and tempting treats, the café is a new destination to meet for lunch in the city.
Auckland Art Gallery,
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets,
Auckland,
1010
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Ben Gusto is a child friendly cafe in Browns Bay. Specialising in waffles!
111 Clyde Road,
Auckland,
0630
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Fast paced and fresh, Depot Restaurant by Al Brown will be a place to drop in and refuel.

Small plates of food to share, oysters shucked to order, and much of the produce cooked over charcoal or hard wood.

Depot by Al Brown will celebrate seasonal produce served in a straightforward style, with an emphasis on fun and attention to detail.

Depot Restaurant is SKYCITY's newest dining experience.
SKYCITY Auckland,
86 Federal Streets,
Auckland,
1010
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*****
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In the heart of Herne Bay, Dida’s Wine & Tapas Lounge has a comprehensive wine list and an innovative, ever-changing tapas menu. A great choice for afterwork drinks, lunch with the girls (or boys of course) or just to linger and take in the ambient surroundings, Dida's Wine and Tapas Lounge is your home away from home.
54 Jervois Road,
Auckland,
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Located just off Queen Street, The Occidental Hotel was opened on 2nd July 1870 by American sailor Edward Perkins, and became renowned as one of Auckland’s finest hotels. In 1999 the historic building was transformed into the first authentic Belgian Beer Café in the Southern Hemisphere. We proudly serve extensive selection of finest Belgian beers & some of the best wines from NZ & Australia, complimented by authentic Belgian cuisine. We recommend you try our signature steaming mussel pots, or our famous mussel platters. Enjoy a slice of Europe in the heart of Auckland.
6-8 Vulcan Lane,
Auckland,
1010
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*****
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Great Food, Great Service, Great Location! Piha Cafe is the place to stop next time you head out to this iconic New Zealand Beach!!
20 Seaview Road,
Piha,
Auckland,
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Shanghai Lil's Bar & Lounge, Parnell previously in Freeman's Bay.
311 Parnell Road,
Auckland,
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The Soul Bar & Bistro is in the heart of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. Its elegant all-weather terrace faces west to catch the spectacular sunsets. It has been - and continues to be - enjoyed by Aucklanders and tourists alike.

Soul Bar & Bistro prides itself on it's use of the finest and freshest local ingredients - rather appropriate, considering its prime Auckland Viaduct Harbour location by the water.

Viaduct Basin,
Viaduct Harbour Avenue,
Auckland,
1143
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*****
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The famed Takapuna Beach Cafe sits on Takapuna Beach, North Shore, Auckland.

It already has the upper hand of a great location that not every cafe would have on its side, but Takapuna Beach Cafe amps it up even more with food that even central Auckland city people would traipse over for.

Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store isn't only famous for its impeccable brunch and lunch food, but also for that exciting selections available in its shop section that does takeaways, pre-prepared gourmet food-to-go and what some claim to be the best gelato in Auckland. And if it isn't possible to love the Takapuna Beach Cafe & Store even more, they'd prepare a custom Gourmet Picnic Basket for you with advanced booking, in case you want to eat on the beach itself instead!
22 The Promenade,
Auckland,
0622
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*****
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