Hosting 31% of the country’s population, Auckland metropolitan area is the largest, most populous and ethnically diverse metropolitan area in New Zealand. This multiculturalism is reflected in the thousands of places to eat from found in every precinct in the city. Auckland can most certainly be termed a foodie heaven, representing cuisine at its most inventive. Restaurants here range from internationally renowned five star cafes to small creative ones to chic, elegant and award winning restaurants serving a blend of Asian, Pacific and traditional European cuisine to smaller eateries representing the entire gamut of international cuisine including South East Asian, South Asian, North Asian, Vegan, Southern European, to Middle Eastern cuisine. Coffee houses serving everything from breakfast to dinner are also available. It is no surprise that wining and dining therefore is very much a part of Auckland city life. The main dining and nightlife options are to be found in areas such as the Viaduct Harbour, the suburb of Parnell, the suburb of Ponsonby and the city centre.
Viaduct Harbour is a very popular entertainment venue particularly in summer with fabulous views over the water and great restaurants such as the popular Loaded Hog a huge waterfront pub to elegant and expensive restaurants and themed bars serving an eclectic mix of ethnic options. Live music and entertainment are also a part of many of these venues.
Posonby Road is another centrally located entertainment area with elegant award winning eateries serving Asian, Pacific and traditional European cuisine to suit most tastes.
Parnell appears to be popular with students especially on Wednesday nights. However there is a range of establishments starting from an Irish Pub full of Irish memorabilia, to stylish small places and restaurants catering to the after work crowd and young people, in short a very varied clientele.
In the heart of the Central Business District, Sky City Tower, its most prominent building is hard to miss. It is the entertainment hub of the city with 24 hours a day, seven days a week nonstop fun and excitement including gaming, live entertainment and a plethora of restaurants serving a mix of great food and drink.
Auckland is also a wine lovers dream come true with some of the country’s most established vineyards that are well known for their Chardonnay, merlots and cabernet sauvignon. The regions vineyards are clustered in Waiheke Island, West Auckland, North West Auckland, Matakana and Clevedon valley. Many vineyards have restaurants that serve exquisite food accompanied by great New Zealand wines.
With its location on Auckland’s fashionable waterfront, Copthorne Hotel Auckland Harbour City provides its guests with easy access to the busy Viaduct area, the CBD and its many restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues. One of the best aspects of this Auckland New Zealand hotel is that all of its rooms provide panoramic views over Auckland’s Waitemata harbour, a beautiful sight any time of day. With its many facilities and services providing guests with all the conveniences required for a city stay, this hotel in Auckland is a good option for both business and leisure visitors.