The Auckland waterfront has had its share of critics but it’s on its way to becoming a ‘must see’ destination for locals and visitors alike.
There are bars and restaurants, of course, a funky little weekend market, the Viaduct Events Centre with its fabulous (and under used) viewing platform and super yachts to drool over but there are also sculptures that sing, a blossoming veggie garden, and rows of tough little fishing boats preparing to do battle the Southern Ocean again. The car ferry to Great Barrier leaves from here and the sea plane too. It’s home to international conferences and visiting round-the-world boats and it’s a place where the locals walk their dogs and take early morning jogs. In summer, there are free movies projected onto the side of an old silo and musicians and food trucks hang out.
An old shipping container is the home of a community library where you can drop off books and browse for new ones. A lady on her way home from work had found a copy of The Call of the Wild/Black Beauty – one of 13 two-for-one Companion Library books that I remembered from my childhood. If I’d been 5 minutes earlier I would have grabbed it myself.
Fish and chips at the Auckland Fish Market, tucked at the Silo end of Wynyard Quarter should be a compulsory Auckland experience. You can buy, eat or learn to cook fish here and of course the fish is super fresh; there’s live music at the weekend and kids eat free on Sunday’s (1x kids meal to 1x adults main meal). For the adults, Big Picture Wine Auckland is a chance to learn about NZ wines from the wine makers themselves. An interactive film explains the wine making process while you last the wines they are talking about. It’s an awesome way to experience NZ wines if you don’t have time to get to any of the vineyards.
Categories: New Zealand