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Top Choice Volcano in Auckland

Mt Eden

From the top of Auckland’s highest volcanic cone (196m) the entire isthmus and both harbours are laid bare. The symmetrical crater (50m deep) is known as Te Ipu Kai a Mataaho (the Food Bowl of Mataaho, the god of th…
Top Choice Volcano in Auckland

One Tree Hill

This volcanic cone was the isthmus’ key pa and the greatest fortress in the country. At the top (182m) there are 360-degree views and the grave of John Logan Campbell, who gifted the land to the city in 1901 and req…
Top Choice Market in Auckland

Otara Flea Market

Held in the car park between the Manukau Polytech and the Otara town centre, this market has a palpable Polynesian atmosphere and is good for South Pacific food, music and fashions. Take bus 472, 487 or 497 from 55 …
Top Choice Jewellery in Auckland

Royal Jewellery Studio

Work by local artisans, including beautiful Māori designs and authentic pounamu (greenstone) jewellery.
Top Choice Books in Auckland

Unity Books

The inner city's best independent bookshop.
Top Choice Clothing in Auckland


Iconic NZ label much sought after by local and international celebs. Also in Ponsonby and Newmarket.
Top Choice Music in Auckland

Real Groovy

Masses of new, second-hand and rare releases in vinyl and CD format, as well as concert tickets, giant posters, DVDs, books, magazines and clothes.
Top Choice Gallery in Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery

Following a significant 2011 refurbishment, Auckland's premier art repository now has a striking glass-and-wood atrium grafted onto its 1887 French-chateau frame. It showcases the best of NZ art, along with importan…
Top Choice Museum in Auckland

Auckland Museum

This imposing neoclassical temple (1929), capped with an impressive copper-and-glass dome (2007), dominates the Auckland Domain and is a prominent part of the Auckland skyline, especially when viewed from the harbou…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Auckland


Like the Hollywood actor of the same name, Clooney is suave, stylish and extremely sophisticated, suited up in basic black. While the taste combinations are complex, the results are faultless – which, coupled with i…