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Dinner at Auckland’s Sofitel

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013

I recently spent some pillow time at the Sofitel in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter in a room with a fabulous view of the harbour – and I am now an evangelist! I also did the...

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Under The Sea At Kelly Tarlton’s.

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012

Kelly Tarlton was a man of legend in our childhood. We used to holiday up in Paihia and visit the old ship housing a museum of artifacts, wreck debris and stories about sunken...

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Under The Sea At Kelly Tarlton’s.

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012

Kelly Tarlton was a man of legend in our childhood. We used to holiday up in Paihia and visit the old ship housing a museum of artifacts, wreck debris and stories about sunken...

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Shoe of the week!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012

Shoe of the Week If you see a great shoe, take a pic and email it to us pics@aucklandscene.co.nz with how much it is and where you can get it. Add your name and we’ll make...

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Dinner at Auckland’s Sofitel

Dinner at Auckland’s Sofitel

Apr 14, 2013

I recently spent some pillow time at the Sofitel in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter in a room with a fabulous view of the harbour – and I am now an evangelist! I also did the sabrage. What on earth is sabrage, you ask? Why, it’s only whipping the cork off the top of a bottle of champagne with a sabre! Here’s my video here >>> But before we did that,...

Waiheke Island: lunching at Cable Bay

Waiheke Island: lunching at Cable Bay

Apr 14, 2013

There is nothing more sublime than taking the ferry from Auckland (about 30 minutes from either downtown or Halfmoon Bay) and landing on Waiheke Island for lunch in the sun. We arrived at Half Moon Bay and there a ricketty old bus owned by the unlikely named Jaguar Tours charged us $5 per head to take us where we’d like. Cable Bay please. I’ve never been here...

Doss at the Airport: Auckland Novotel review

Doss at the Airport: Auckland Novotel review

Jun 22, 2012

If you have a red-eye flight out of Auckland, then staying at the new Novotel built in time for the Rugby World Cup is your perfect solution to a leisurely start at 5am! Like most silly backpackers I too have slept at airports. In my young and wide-eyed OE days when saving the cost of a hostel for the night when arriving after midnight was worth it. These days?...

Yum Yum Tanuki’s!

Yum Yum Tanuki’s!

May 10, 2012

Tanuki’s Cave is a longstanding favourite with Auckland dinner crowds – I mean, who hasn’t pranced downstairs into the Cave full of hope and expectation that you’ll get a table for the amazing cabbage and mayo, only to be crushed with a 40min wait time? Not unusual, because the place is packed with moviegoers, theatre bods, corporate...

A Taste of Spain: Bellota

A Taste of Spain: Bellota

May 9, 2012

We were dashing between shows for the Comedy Festival with just under an hour up our sleeves looking for a cosy after-dark dinner and drinks – Bellota is a delightful little venue tucked away in Federal St, delivering on taste, service and atmosphere and it was the perfect complement to our night of laughs. I like to think that Bellota is perhaps the...

Jumpin’ Jax Flash!

Jumpin’ Jax Flash!

Apr 30, 2012

When you’re done shopping for high fashion in Newmarket, you might think your options for food & drink are limited to Nuffield St – but you’d be wrong! On a Friday night inspired by a quick family get-together, we finally managed to get a table at Jax Wine & Tapas Bar. Nestled amongst very ordinary looking shopfronts at the...

Refreshed Like A Sunday Drive

Refreshed Like A Sunday Drive

Apr 27, 2012

The Refreshment Room – I’d heard talk once or twice of the rustic Italian dining room that had opened on the old site of the Montana winery in Titirangi. Usually the idea of driving for a good 20 – 30 mins from downtown Auckland doesn’t appeal, but considering I was off the booze that week and my dining buddy was pregnant – it...

Under The Sea At Kelly Tarlton’s.

Under The Sea At Kelly Tarlton’s.

Apr 27, 2012

Kelly Tarlton was a man of legend in our childhood. We used to holiday up in Paihia and visit the old ship housing a museum of artifacts, wreck debris and stories about sunken treasure, blustery sea storms and the man who dreamed of an undersea aquarium. Then once it was actually opened, I remember being wide-eyed and full of wonder as we slowly rolled under...