What better way to enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend than with a long lunch or weekend away? Whether you choose to stay put in the city or hop in the car and head north, here’s our top picks which will make your holiday weekend just that little bit special.
1. The Sugar Club
Celebrate the city of sails up in the sky over looking all that Auckland has to offer. Located on the 53rd floor of the Sky Tower, The Sugar Club combines taste and class with an atmosphere like no other – think out-of-this world views with seasonal plates packed full of flavour crafted by one of New Zealand’s top chefs, Peter Gordon.
2 Casita Miro
After a quick ferry trip to Waiheke Island, you’ll feel a world away at this Spanish inspired restaurant. Casita Miro is all about shared dining around ‘tapas’ and ‘raciones’ (large plates) making it the go-to destination for groups of friends to enjoy a fun, relaxed and social dining experience.
3 Huntaway Lodge
If your wanting to head away from the city for the weekend we suggest making a reservation at Huntaway Lodge. Your stay at the lodge will have you switching off from everyday life. Spend the days by the beach exploring the beauty of Northland, and in the evening, let chef, Wayne Olsen welcome you with the best that Aotearoa has to offer. Huntaway lodge focuses on a variety of local, organic and authentic tastes for the heart of New Zealand.
4. Marsden Estate
Or, if a road trip north is on the cards for the weekend take some time out to explore Marsden Estate. The courtyard dining space overlooks the lake and vines so you can soak up the view while ordering from their menu full of innovative cuisine. Our suggestion is the braised lamb shoulder, its served alongside polenta, and chickpeas, topped with herbs, almonds, pickled carrot and goats cheese, simply delicious! The estate also offers wine sales, tastings and tours.