An Aucklander's weekend of vegetarian eats, walks and a temple visit

Devonport’s Anya Merryfield on what she gets up to in the weekend.

Ōtara markets Saturday, 8am

This market has the best fresh veggies and plenty of hard-to-find produce, which I often don’t know how to use. No matter, the stallholders will tell you. I love the chatter, the guy with the 99-cent broccoli and the vegan food stall which sells battered tofu on a stick that reminds me of KFC. Newbury St, Ōtara

Lunch at our fave haunt Saturday, 1.30pm

Next is Mimosa for a matcha latte with coconut milk, and either the crispy tofu or the waffles. It’s the best place for people watching and everything is vegetarian or vegan! 460 Lake Rd, Takapuna

Pakuranga night markets Saturday, 7pm

Here, you can buy a phone case shaped like a zebra, scoff down fresh Vietnamese spring rolls and watch a Michael Jackson impersonator amongst the crowd. 1 Aylesbury St, Pakuranga

Catch a gig Saturday, 9.30pm

My husband is in a band, so I see gigs and live music a lot. Saturdays are a great time to hit Neck Of The Woods (the French barman makes a killer cocktail) or over to the ol’ workhorses – Whammy, Studio or Galatos. 155B K’ Rd, 183 K’ Rd, 340 K’ Rd, 17 Galatos St

A big walk Sunday, 8am

My fave spot for a walk is Duder Regional Park in Clevedon – velvet rolling hills peppered with sheep. The sea views are killer, and you can take a post-walk dip in the nearby beach. If you like to feel the burn, do the walk in reverse, so you start with a hilariously steep hill climb.

Temple visit Sunday, 1.30pm

Post-walk is the perfect time to visit my fave place in Auckland, the Fo Guang Shan temple where you can slow down, take some time and soak up the calm in the gardens, before heading to the cafe for a pot of rose tea and some noodles. 16 Stancombe Rd, Manukau