FreckleNZ: How to Spend a Weekend in Auckland


As I’m currently on a family holiday in Rarotonga, there will be a number of guest posts on my blogs from some of my blogging friends from New Zealand and abroad. Today’s post is by Auckland locals Chloe and Jess from

We are so excited to be posting on Girl In Between today! When we talked to Loz about guest posting we thought that we would share a little guide for a weekend in Auckland with a bit of a difference. Sure you could go up the Sky Tower, go to Rainbow’s End or check out Kelly Tarlton’s. But sometimes it is worth checking out some of the more hidden gems that the locals know about. So here is our little guide for a weekend in Auckland if we were showing you around. Hope you enjoy!



First things first, one of the best things about Auckland is the café scene. You are honestly spoiled for choice here so start your Saturday morning off with brunch. There are so many places to recommend but today let’s go to Jam in Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore. These guys make awesome eggs benedict and on point coffee.


Then you probably want to walk off that brunch so let’s head over to Devonport and climb up North Head for some beautiful views. Not only is this one of the most stunning 360 degree views of Auckland, we can also learn about the military history here.


After that fresh air, let’s head over to Junk and Disorderly. Made famous in New Zealand because of the TV show The Block, Junk and Disorderly is literally a treasure trove of items old and new. You can pick up a coffee from the caravan out the back and then browse at your leisure. We recommend allowing at least an hour for this! Be prepared to walk away with some treasure of your own to take home.


Let’s now go back over the harbour bridge and go take a rest at Silo Park. From here we could go have a drink and a snack at Wynyard Quarter or just enjoy whatever is going on at the park. Trust us there is always something happening here.


For dinner, we are heading to Al’s Deli on Upper Queen Street. Be prepared for some yummy burgers and shakes.


And we will finish the night checking out some live music at one of our favourite spots The Portland Public House in Kingsland.



So we have probably tired you out by now, so let’s start the day with another leisurely brunch. This time we are heading out West to the cool Humbug in Glen Eden. If you have a sweet tooth get the French toast, trust us on this one.


After that French toast we are heading to Te Uru gallery in Titirangi. This place is not only a work of art in itself; the contemporary art on offer is bound to give us something to talk about.


We really want to show you how in Auckland, you can be in the city one minute and then half an hour later you can be in the depths of New Zealand’s beautiful bush. So put your walking shoes on, we are going for a hike in the Waitakere ranges. Karekare is one of our favourite spots and is not as well- known as its neighbour Piha.


We definitely earned ice cream after that hike. So to finish the weekend, we are going to make a stop at The Tannery in New Lynn. Here you will find delicious Kohu Road ice cream.

So that is our guide to a weekend in Auckland. Hopefully if you check out these spots you will fall in love with Auckland as much as us!

Jess and Chloe are two best friends who blog over at FreckleNZ. They live together with a boy, two cats and a rabbit in Auckland, New Zealand. They blog together to have a place to share their love of their city and living life to its fullest.

You can follow them on twitter @Freckle_NZ

Thanks so much girls! There’s definitely things I’ll be adding to my list of things to do in Auckland later this year.

  • Loved this post and so many new places to try! French toast is one of my favourite breakfasts, so will definitely check out Humbug! Karekare also looks beautiful – is it part of the Sir Edmund Hilary walk do you know? It looks familiar, but I might be confusing it with something else! 🙂