Food-Related Activities in Auckland
From the city centre’s laneways to the outer islands’ vineyards, there are culinary experiences to discover across the region of Auckland. In this list of things to do in Auckland for foodies, we go over several food-related activities to suit a range of budgets and tastes. Combine your foodie visit to Auckland with a stay in one of the 10 Best Accommodation in Auckland for Foodies.
For more about food in Auckland, see The Foodie Guide to Auckland.
1. Browse One of the City’s Many Farmers’ Markets
Check out the local produce and products of Auckland’s markets. Farmers’ markets provide the authentic Kiwi market experience, with some of your best options being in the suburbs of Grey Lynn (Sunday mornings, Grey Lynn Community Centre) and Mt Albert (Saturday mornings, 847 New North Road). Closer to the city centre, La Cigale French Market (Saturday mornings, 545 Parnell Road) is always worth a visit for its handmade bread, olive oils, meats, pastries, chocolates, condiments, cheeses and more. Finally, take a road trip to the Matakana Village Farmers’ Market on Saturdays to pick up some artisan goodies and check out some of the surrounding wineries in the region.
2. Tour Waiheke Island’s Wineries and Vineyards
Auckland’s sunny climate is ideal for wine-producing. With that, north of the Auckland region and Waiheke Island have rows and rows of vines that decorate the landscape. For foodies, this means there are cellar doors to visit showcasing local wines. Waiheke Island provides your most comprehensive array of wineries, from boutique vineyards like the Bach winery to internationally-acclaimed brands like Cable Bay. Either make your own itinerary to visit the cellar doors with our 21 Vineyards & Wineries on Waiheke Island or enjoy the ease of a wine tour with companies like Waiheke Wine Tours (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor), Wai Tiki Tours (on Viator and Tripadvisor), Enjoi (on Viator and Tripadvisor) and Ananda Tours (on Viator and Tripadvisor). Check out more things to do in 9 Glorious Things to Do on Waiheke Island.
3. Join a Culinary Tour of Auckland’s City Centre
A great way to start a foodie trip to Auckland is to get orientated with a culinary tour. The Big Foody offers a range of food-related tours taking food-enthusiasts to laneway coffee roasters, supermarkets where the chefs shop, the Auckland Fish Market and some fantastic restaurants. What’s more, you’ll get some recommendations on where to eat in Auckland from your expert guide who is a judge for culinary competitions. Discover more about The Big Foody’s tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.
4. Treat Yourself to a Fine Dining Experience at Clooney, Harbourside, Kazuya and More!
To celebrate a special occasion or “just because”, treat yourself to some of the fine dining experiences in Auckland. A few venues worth mentioning include Clooney in Freeman’s Bay, known for its creative combination of flavours in a romantic setting. Harbourside in the city centre is your fine dining seafood restaurant. Kazuya on Eden Terrace serves beautifully-presented plates of Japanese cuisine. Check out more of our restaurant recommendations in 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Auckland.
5. Try the Local Craft Beers or Do a Brewery Tour of the Hallertau Brewery
Did you know that New Zealand is home to more than 160 microbreweries? Get started on visiting them all with a brewery tour in Auckland! Hallertau Brewery in Riverhead offers brewery tours on Saturdays providing they have enough people for the tour. Otherwise, just enjoy tasting some hoppy goodness. Brothers Brewery & Juke Joint in Mt Eden also serve their own beers.
6. Sample Kiwi-style Food at One Tree Grill, The Maori Kitchen and More!
You didn’t come to New Zealand to try food that you already eat back home, did you? Try Kiwi cuisine at One Tree Grill in Epsom for signature dishes including Hawke’s Bay lamb, Canterbury duck and local market fish. Try traditional “hangi”, food cooked in an underground oven, at The Maori Kitchen on Queen’s Wharf. Or head to Newmarket’s Teed St Larder for New Zealand-style baking and mains. Find more places to try local dishes in Where to Try Traditional New Zealand Food?
7. Discover Auckland’s Bar Culture on a Cocktail Tour
Sightseeing and cocktail-sampling unite in this small-group walking tour with Unique Tours. Join your guide for a bar-hopping experience discovering some of the best-hidden gems that you’d probably otherwise miss. The tour includes meeting each bar’s mixologist, sampling cocktails and learning about Auckland’s colonial and volcanic history for your guide. Find out more about Unique Tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.
8. Try Out the Auckland Street Eats
For foodies on a budget or unashamedly wanting the “street food” experience, there are a wealth of options in Auckland. Indulge in Korean-style sweet and savoury pancakes at the No.1 Pancakes food truck near the Auckland Library. Try Sri Pinang on Karangahape Road for their cheap and cheerful chicken curry laksa. Or stuff yourself silly with a 25-pack of pork, chive and prawn dumplings for under NZ$15 at Love Dumplings on Symonds Street… And the list goes on in our Cheap Eats in Auckland.