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The Best of Auckland

87 Reasons to love Auckland as it pulls itself back together.

The Best of Auckland

Aug 1, 2022 City Life

Between the pandemic, the CRL installation, large scale construction projects, the housing crisis, the 501 wars, and at least 1oo Herald and Stuff stories about the CBD being a desolate ghost town plagued by extreme violence and out of control pedestrianisation it is easy to forget that somewhere hidden amongst all the gloom is a city full of interesting people doing interesting things.

Please read on for 87 recommendations and tips for making the most of Tāmaki Makaurau, broken into these helpful categories:

Food and Drink


This feature was published in Metro 434
Available here in print and pdf.


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In the Autumn 2024 issue of Metro we celebrate the best of Tāmaki Makaurau — 100 great things about life in Auckland, including our favourite florist, furniture store, cocktail, basketball court, tree, make-out spot, influencer, and psychic. The issue also includes the Metro Wine Awards, the battle over music technology company Serato, the end of The Pantograph Punch, the Billy Apple archives, a visit to Armenia, viral indie musician Lontalius, the state of fine dining, and the time we bombed West Auckland to kill a moth. Plus restaurants, movies, politics, astrology, and more.

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