Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is a fantastic place to explore with vibrant waterfront districts, superb shopping, hip bars and diverse restaurants serving everything from burger sliders to Japanese to the latest culinary trends.

Sprawling across two harbours and a volcanic landscape, everything is within easy reach for a 24-hour stopover or a longer stay.  Here are some of our favourite places to eat, sleep and play:

Start your journey

After arriving at Auckland International Airport, you’ll be pleased to be welcomed with Black Label Experience’s fast track customs process after which you can head straight to the central city’s Britomart precinct where you can shake off your jet lag at trendy Ortolana for breakfast.

This chic eatery serves ‘light fresh fare straight from the garden’ and you’ll savour figs and citrus from Kumeu orchards washed down with sparkling water spiked with refreshing rosemary or passionfruit syrups.

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Ortolana, Britomart precinct

Go shopping

After breakfast grab some raw, organic food treats from Little Bird Unbakery before buying the latest Kiwi fashion from powerhouse boutiques at Zambesi, WORLD and Trelise Cooper.  Don’t forget Black Label Experience has VIP packages for the upcoming New Zealand Fashion Week so get in touch to reserve your limited place today.

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WORLD, Britomart precinct

Experience luxury accommodation at its finest

Following a lazy morning discovering the shopping in Britomart, your Black Label Experience reservation at the beautiful St Mary’s Residence is met with exceptional service and stunning harbour views.   St Mary’s Residence was described in the July issue of CEO Magazine as a ‘cross between a Ralph Lauren showroom, a private penthouse and a retreat in the Hamptons’ and we’re sure you’ll agree.

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St Mary’s Residence, boutique accommodation for a 24-hour stopover in Auckland

Explore our city

Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’ so start your afternoon with a luxury cruise on the Waitemata Harbour, or a scenic helicopter flight to Waiheke Island where you’ll be spoiled for choice from the island’s amazing range of over 20 unique vineyards.  If you prefer to stay land-locked,  head to eclectic Ponsonby Road with its selection of cafeterias, homewares and fashion boutiques – the perfect place to while away the afternoon before heading for a sundowner at Revelry.

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Wine tasting on Waiheke Island

Exceptional wining & dining

For dinner, we recommend Beirut or make a reservation at Ostro Bar & Brasserie on the second floor of the Seafarers building where on select dates from July to October you can enjoy fine dining with a dinner menu prepared by top chef Josh Emett accompanied by music from Peter Urlich, Nathan Haines, Hollie Smith or Iva Lamkum.

Cocktail lovers should make a bee line after dinner for Soul Bar at the Viaduct Harbour where the magnificent location for people watching matches the drink mixing, or Bedford Soda & Liquor in Ponsonby for a neighbourhood spin on refreshing drinks. Whiskey connoisseurs can take a detour to The Jefferson where the selection of 600 whiskies will tempt you to stay longer.

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Cocktails at Soul Bar at the Viaduct Harbour

Black Label Experience believes that 24 hours in Auckland is never enough, we hope to see you again soon!

Contact us today to book your Auckland experience including luxury private transfers, boutique accommodation, scenic flights and sightseeing and concierge services.