Smashed wagyu burger from The Brit
The Brit
The Brit
The Brit

Say hello to Britomart’s newest pub and eatery

Taking up residence in the Northern Steamship building, The Brit Pub & Eatery is the newly launched social anchor of Britomart. The pub is situated in front of the water, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a long day at work or prepare for a big night ahead. Whether you’re after delicious food, creative cocktails, refreshing beers or even a decadent dessert, The Brit has got it all.

The Brit

Offering an elevated take on the local watering hole of old, the expansive space features a light modern interior rendered with timber accents and laid-back tones of green and blush – evoking a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

Snags ‘n’ Yorkies from The Brit

The menu has been designed Nourish Group’s Executive Chef, Gareth Stewart. For those who are unaware of Stewart’s work, he is the man behind some of Auckland’s most iconic restaurants such as Euro Bar & Restaurant and Andiamo, to name a few. For The Brit’s menu, Stewart has exceeded expectations by providing a huge variety of dishes. These include the pub classics such as calamari with paprika mayonnaise, truffle fries and a delicious smashed Wagyu burger with bacon and American cheese. But it also showcases elevated versions of the pub grub, such as foot-long stone-baked pizzas topped with smoked beef brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage, and our favourite — the buttermilk chicken schnitzel.

Foot long pizza from The Brit

Giving the classic pub a contemporary twist, The Brit is destined to be the ultimate place to congregate with mates, share some delicious fare and indulge in a drink or two.

Opening hours:
11am until late, 7 days

The Brit Pub & Eatery

122 Quay St,
Britomart

(09) 374 3952

www.thebrit.co.nz/

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Palau, most sustainable destination 2019

11 simple steps to becoming a more conscious, responsible traveller

Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, be more conservation-minded, or merely respect your destination more when you travel, these 11 tips will ensure that your next getaway will be a far more responsible, ethical and conscious one all round.

There’s no place like home
The most efficient way to reduce your carbon footprint is to travel less often, by making fewer, longer trips or finding new and intriguing things closer to home. Often we neglect what’s on our own doorstep, eschewing it in favour of something more exotic, but we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and sometimes there’s nothing better than playing tourist in your own country. If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve rounded up NZ’s top hiking trails here or, alternatively, you can find some of the country’s finest glamping spots here.

Do your aircraft research
That being said, something a little further afield is often in need of, especially when winter begins to rear its ugly head. You can reduce your carbon footprint by choosing a fuel-efficient aircraft — the Boeing 787 and the Airbus 345 have been particularly noted for their fuel efficiency — or, as far as airlines are concerned, you can check which has the lowest emissions per passenger mile before booking. Last year, UK airline TUI Airways was titled the world’s most eco-friendly carrier by the Atmosfair Airline Index — with Air NZ coming in at an honourable 13th place — while Qantas, Austalia’s largest airline, has recently become the first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste.

Choose destinations wisely
If you’re craving a holiday but not sure where to go, try to support places that are currently putting effort into going green. At the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards, Slovenia, Portugal, Guyana, Tanzania and Ecuador were just a few countries singled out for their efforts — with Palau ranking as the most sustainable destination. The archipelago not only banned sunscreen, but it also now boasts a law that requires travellers to take an oath to act responsibly before they enter the country.

Be product aware
Speaking of sunscreen, if you are jet-setting off to warmer climes be sure to pay close attention to your beauty products and sun protection. Chemicals in bathroom products and sunscreens can cause damage to local coral reefs, so try to opt for biodegradable soaps and reef-friendly sunscreens instead.

Eat locally
Whether it’s a food stall, a farmer’s market or a family-run cafe, avoid big chains and try to eat where the locals do wherever you can. Not only is it the best way to fully immerse yourself in another country’s culture, but it also provides support for local communities.

Watch out for greenwashing
Don’t fall for the buzzwords — just because a hotel claims to be ‘eco-friendly,’ ‘sustainable’ or ‘green’ on its website doesn’t necessarily mean that its values are truly in the right place. Greenwashing is becoming more common by the day and it’s important to do further research. Ask questions, peruse reviews and read the small print before selecting accommodation.

Get from A to B more consciously
It may seem easiest to hire a motor and explore your exciting new destination via four-wheels, but cars can both pollute the environment and help contribute to annoying congestion. Public transport is great, but cycling and walking are even better. Plus, there’s no better way to truly engage with your surrounds — better for you, better for the environment.

Be respectful of the wildlife
If you’re hoping to experience wildlife, ensure that you are responsible when booking through conservation organisations. Some are obvious: avoid elephant sanctuaries that offer rides and don’t take photos with tigers in Thailand, but some places require a little more research (websites like PETA have in-depth checklists that you can consult). If you’re lucky enough to be in a place where you can encounter animals in the wild, enjoy them from a distance — don’t feed them and definitely don’t taunt them.

Respect the rules
Uncontrolled and disrespectful tourism has led to serious damage in some parts of the world. In Croatia’s Plitvice National Park, hordes of tourists wandering off the wooden walkways are causing destruction to the natural phenomena that reside there. In Lisbon, Portugal, a tourist accidentally knocked over an exhibit in the National Museum of Ancient Art while taking a selfie, destroying a $200,000 artefact. Moral of the story: be respectful of both the rules and your surrounds whenever possible. Stick to the trails when you can, and if there’s a sign telling you not to step into a certain area, touch a certain object or go beyond a red rope, chances are, it’s probably there for good reason.

Leave no trace
When you leave your destination you really should be leaving behind little to no evidence that you have been there. Which, put simply, means that everything you take there you should bring home. If you’re partial to treating yourself to a new purchase or two before a holiday, be sure to do any unboxing prior to the trip so that the packaging for your new sunglasses/ swan pool inflatable can remain at home. Wherever possible try to carry your own straws, utensils and reusable bags, and if your destination offers minimal recycling facilities, pack your plastic and bring it home with you.

Counteract your impact
If you’re really feeling guilty about the footprint you’re contributing to, you can always calculate your carbon contribution — websites like Enviro-Mark offer emissions calculators specifically for travellers — and then donate the monetary value to certain organisations, like Carbonfund or TerraPass.

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Win a double pass to funnyman Fred Armisen’s one-night-only Auckland show

If you’re unfamiliar with Fred Armisen’s name, you’ll likely recognise his face from the numerous films and television shows he has appeared in — he was the co-star and co-writer of critically-acclaimed series Portlandia and had a longstanding tenure as a core cast member on Saturday Night Live.

A performer with unparalleled skills not only in comedy but acting, writing and music as well (his career actually started as a musician in Chicago-based punk band Trenchmouth) Armisen’s unique approach to comedy has won him and his work a series of accolades, including Peabody Awards, Emmy nominations and a Writers Guild Award. Now, the hilarious multi-hyphenate is touring New Zealand for the first time, bringing his show Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome to SKYCITY for one night only, next Friday, 6th September.

Set to be a show carried by Armisen’s signature deadpan timing and dry, intelligent humour, Comedy For Musicians But Everyone is Welcome will be more than just an evening of entertainment. Offering the chance to experience one of the most diversely talented performers in his element, this is a night you don’t want to miss.

So, in a bid to make sure you don’t, we’re giving away a double pass for the show to one lucky Denizen. The perfect excuse for date night, grab a bite at one of SKYCITY’s delicious eateries before the show kicks off at 8pm, and prepare for a night of hilarious antics. For entry to the competition, click here.

For more information and to buy tickets to see Fred Armisen at SKYCITY, click here.

*This competition has now closed*

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Say hello to the unique new interior trend taking our tapware up a notch

First, there was chrome. Then, matte black came to the fore. Now, it seems that striking white is the burgeoning trend, as seen in Zucchetti.Kos’ new Pan tapware.

With its smooth, rounded shapes and elegant lines, the Pan range is sleek and sophisticated. But despite being available in finishes like classic chrome, brushed nickel, black metal, matte black and brushed gold, it’s the matte white that has caught our attention — adding something entirely unique to a space that is usually quite uniform.

Suggesting we adopt a lighter approach by offering the matte white finish on a number of its designs, Zucchetti.Kos’ white tapware is set to lift the tone of any bathroom in which it sits. An undeniably modern accent, it seems this is the finish of the future and Zucchetti.Kos is taking the lead.

Zucchetti.Kos is available locally from Robertson Bathware.

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This easy wardrobe upgrade will have you seeing spring in a whole new light

The power of a good pair of sunglasses is often underestimated. But when the easiest way to give the wardrobe a refresh for spring is to make small accessory swaps, sunglasses should be one of the first and most important considerations. Especially for men, who often approach fashion with practicality as the central imperative.

Updating your sunglasses is the simplest way to add something new to a look without having to commit to jazzy colours or feeling like you have to buy into weird street style trends that, realistically, not many can pull off.

From simple, classic styles to bold, sculptural pieces, Parker & Co. is our infallible go-to when it comes to picking a new pair of sunnies for spring — and here’s why it should be yours too.

For a classic look…
…you can’t go past a pair of Moscots. If a simple aesthetic usually informs your day-to-day, having a few pairs of these on hand will make all the difference — giving any outfit an effortlessly cool edge.

Moscot Billik sunglasses from Parker & Co.

For outdoor pursuits…
…Dita Lancier’s new collection is the pick. These sunglasses have been specially designed with outdoorsmen in mind and will mitigate environmental factors (like glare and distortion) that could impair vision. And they do all of this without sacrificing style… win-win.

Dita Lancier LSA-102 sunglasses from Parker & Co.

For a bold approach…
…embrace the structural nature of Yohji Yamamoto frames. This style is perfect for the man who uses his accessories to add a bit of pizzaz to his sartorial repertoire. Wear them with a unique, fashion-forward outfit to enhance the effect or pair with a simple look to add some intrigue.

Yohji Yamamoto round frame sunglasses from Parker & Co.

For a touch of colour…
…opt for something from Garret Leight’s distinct collections. Combining timeless, elegant shapes with fun tones and cool frames, this Los Angeles-based label evokes the laid back nature of its home city, and will give the wearer the same kind of chilled out vibe.

Garrett Leight Pier sunglasses from Parker & Co.

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Meet the Italian design brand paving the way for more comfortable and enjoyable outdoor living

An all-too-frequent theme when decorating a home is to focus on the more commonly used, interior rooms, a process which leaves little attention for the secondary spaces. Reminding us that this is a notion we would do well to avoid, is design luminary Exteta.

Handcrafted in Italy, and available locally from Designers Collection, each piece from the brand’s outstanding selection of al fresco furnishings is a prime example of when aesthetics and functionality collide. Whether a sprawling chaise longue or a cushioned armchair, a pouffe or a table, Exteta harnesses the focus usually given to the indoors and brings it outside, turning gardens, decks, and balconies into spaces that are as welcoming as they are comfortable.

In what can only be described as a testament to Exteta’s inherent allure, the brand collaborates with some of the most prominent names in the design sphere, creating pieces that are a fusion of artwork and home accoutrement. The collections produced with the adept architectural mind of Massimo Castagna at their helm, for example, have delivered some of the brand’s most instantly recognisable and well-received pieces to date. Each is a one-of-a-kind creation that celebrates comfort and design, from the luxuriously oversized sofas — boasting tiered cushions in cheerful pops of colour — to the outdoor tables, each a refined piece reminiscent of the sleek, fashion-forward coffee counterparts usually found in the living quarters. 

L-R: Levante Sofa by Massimo Castagna, Michelangelo Table by Massimo Castagna, Levante T Pouf, Levante Dining Chair by Massimo Castagna, 10th Caprera Armchair by Massimo Castagna

Gone are the days of rickety garden tables and ill-favoured sun loungers. Thanks to the fine craftsmanship and exquisite eye for detail that lies at the heart of every Exteta piece, the luxurious act of relaxing outdoors is one that we can now enjoy in style. 

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Here’s how to up your cultural intake throughout the month of September

Finally, September 1st is almost upon us — marking the time where we can finally bid adieu to winter and its perpetual cultural drought. Spring is on the horizon and so, too, is a throng of exciting offerings. Landmark musical concerts, thought-provoking festivals, hotly-anticipated movie releases and more: these are the 17 unmissable events you need to be taking note of.

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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Say, other bands, they will come and they will go, but there’s no musical collective that remains in our hearts (and Dreams) quite like Fleetwood Mac. It’s been over half a century since the band’s inception and yet their enduring spirit remains, something that has no doubt been proven tenfold by the reaction to their upcoming tour. Set to descend upon Auckland mid-September, the influential group will feature longtime members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John McVie and Christine McVie, alongside newcomers American guitarist Mike Campbell and New Zealand’s very own Neil Finn. This will be a moment in history not to be missed.
For more information and tickets, click here
12th – 19th September, Spark Arena

Celeste Barber

Celeste Barber

Celeste Barber

Celeste Barber

Recently crowned Instagram’s funniest woman, Celeste Barber has won the world over (fans include Cindy Crawford and Miranda Kerr) with her tongue-in-cheek parodies of celebrity accounts. She’s arguably the woman everyone wants as their best friend, so it comes as no surprise that the announcement of her first, live stand up show was met with a resounding ripple of elation. Penned to be equally as candid, raw and self-deprecatingly hilarious as she is online, this is one chuckle-worthy event worth booking a seat for.
For more information and tickets, click here.
20th September, Bruce Mason Centre

Fred Armisen: Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome

Fred Armisen: Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome

Fred Armisen: Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome

Fred Armisen: Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome

Part musical extravaganza part titillating stand-up gig, Fred Amisfield’s hybrid show is an absolute must-see for anyone who enjoys laughing and jiving to a good beat (and who doesn’t?). In Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome, the actor — best known for his guffaw-inciting appearances on Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — will use his experience in the entertainment biz to poke fun at celebrities and the music industry. When gearing up for the show be sure to listen to Fred Armisen: Standup for Drummers, the Grammy-nominated comedy album is just a riveting taste of what you can expect at the show.
For more information and tickets, click here.
6th September, Spark Arena

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan

South African-born, Perth raised Troye Sivan has evolved from YouTube personality to acclaimed musician and now, for the second time, brings his energetic pop tunes to Auckland. With a focus on his most recent, sophomore album Bloom, fans can expect a show rife with piano-driven ballads and sanguine, gentle-synth tracks.
For more information and tickets, click here
13th September, Spark Arena

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort and Sarah Paulson join forces to bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning work of Donna Tartt to life. The tale remains the same, with Elgort starring as Theo Decker, a boy whose life is changed forever after his mother dies in a terrorist bombing. If the grippingly melancholic trailer is anything to go by, this motion picture will be just as compelling as the book.
In cinemas 26th September

Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes

He’s had a musical career spanning longer than four decades, and yet Jimmy Barnes, one of Australia’s most prominent rockers, is still yet to show signs of slowing down. In his upcoming Shutting Down Your Town tour, the legendary vocalist will be performing a set list studded with classic hits and tracks from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record.
For more information and tickets, click here
28th September, Spark Arena

Cinema Italiano Festival

Cinema Italiano Festival

Cinema Italiano Festival

Cinema Italiano Festival

Cinema Italiano is back for another year bringing an array of inspiring films to the fore. We’ll be scheduling in There’s No Place Like Home, a film renowned for its esteemed ensemble cast, and My Big Gay Italian Wedding — a humorous adaptation of the hit Broadway play. Supported by Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Studio Italia, Cinema Italiano is once again reminding us why Italian innovation is truly one of a kind.
For bookings, tickets and more information, click here
17th to 30th September, Bridgeway Cinema

Imi Knoebel

Imi Knoebel

Imi Knoebel

Imi Knoebel

Imi Knoebel is one of the world’s most celebrated painters, with large-scale works held in the permanent collection at New York’s MoMA, and in other major museums throughout Europe. This September brings the landmark opportunity to view a range of Knoebel’s exquisite works on paper at the Fox Jensen Gallery, and is a must for lovers of art.
For more information, click here
19th September – 19th October, Fox Jensen Gallery

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Two-time GRAMMY nominated artist and musical luminary Joe Bonamassa, after recently achieving his 21st number one album on the Billboard Blues Chart with Redemption, will be performing this album and his staggering, extensive repertoire to Aucklanders come the 27th. Joined by a stellar band of noteworthy musicians, including Late Night with David Letterman‘s Anton Fig and New Zealand’s very own Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae and Juanita Tippins, you can guarantee this will be one extravaganza not to be missed. 
For more information and tickets, click here
Friday 27th September 

Funny Bones

Funny Bones

Funny Bones

Funny Bones

Funny Bones, Ostro’s latest iteration of its widely regarded Dinner & A Show series, will see some of New Zealand’s funniest personalities (think Ben Hurley and Jeremy Elwood) take to the mic, while guests are invited to tuck into a delicious menu prepared by Executive Chef Josh Emett and Head Chef Josh Shields. Set to take place one Sunday of every month until October, this is the perfect way to round off the weekend.
For more information and tickets, click here
On now

School of Rock The Musical

School of Rock The Musical

School of Rock The Musical

School of Rock The Musical

It’s definitely not tacky and we definitely don’t hate it. In fact, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway and London smash hit musical, School Of Rock, might just be one of the most riveting stage performances to descend on Auckland this season. Expect to be blown away by the incredible cast, one which comprises multi-talented youngsters whose guitar-strumming, drum-pounding skills are as awe-inducing as their theatrical prowess is.
For more information and tickets, click here
3rd – 29th September, The Civic

Hugh Jackman:  The Man. The Music. The Show.

Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.

Hugh Jackman:  The Man. The Music. The Show.

Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.

The Aussie, Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award-winning actor, dancer, singer, producer and pure performing brilliance that is Hugh jackman is soon to light up the Spark Arena with his spectacle of a concert tour. The Man. The Music. The Show will see him perform a medley of crowd-pleasing tunes — from the likes of The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables — alongside a live orchestra.
For more information and tickets, click here
6th – 7th September

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

Regarded as Australasia’s largest art fair, Sydney Contemporary is back for its third instalment, bringing over 90 galleries from all over the globe to present some of their finest works. Among the line-up showing at the historic Carriageworks location are New Zealand galleries, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Gow Langsford, Starkwhite and Two Rooms.
For more information, click here
12th – 15th September  

 

The 1975

The 1975

The 1975

The 1975

For just one night only, Brit pop-rock band The 1975 will be gracing the ears of Auckland with their renowned gritty pop hooks and impassioned vocals. Set to deliver fan favourites — including tunes from their applauded last album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships — alongside a few teased new releases, this is one rock out not to be missed. 
For more information and tickets, click here.
Wednesday 18th September 

 

 

Alembics and Cucubitas — A New Glass Vernacular

Alembics and Cucubitas — A New Glass Vernacular

Alembics and Cucubitas — A New Glass Vernacular

Alembics and Cucubitas — A New Glass Vernacular

A compelling and insightful exhibition, Alembics and Cucubitas’ ‘A New Glass Vernacular’ showcases products and pieces from the intriguing world of glass-blowing. All of the captivating vessels exhibited, made by Gaffer Glass, touch upon ancient glass forms and explore them in a modern context. 
For more information, click here.
Now until 21st September, Masterworks Gallery

James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison

British singer-songwriter and all-round crooner James Morrison is bringing his You’re Stronger Than You Know tour to New Zealand, set to deliver an array of raw and honest songs from his fifth studio album of the same name. Melodies we’ll be keeping our ears pricked for include the heartfelt My Love Goes On, recorded with singer Joss Stone, and the soul-stirring Glorious.
For more information and tickets, click here
Tuesday 24th September, Auckland Town Hall 

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Win Nespresso’s new machine and become an expert barista at home

Just when we thought that Nespresso’s range of machines couldn’t get any sleeker, the coffee juggernauts prove otherwise with the latest addition to the Nespresso family. Meet the Gran Lattissima, a machine that embodies premium quality in every aspect, from its aesthetics to its technological capabilities. And for the first time within the Lattisma range, this machine is equipped with a Pure One Touch system that will allow people to choose their preference from nine different options. Six of these options are related to the milk settings, making the Gran Lattissima particularly perfect for those who like a milky coffee, whether a cappuccino, a latte macchiato or a flat white. And we have one Gran Lattissima to give away.

Along with the launch of the new machine, Nespresso is treating September as a celebratory month to pay homage to favourites from its varied range of capsules. The favourite five includes Arpeggio, Ristretto, Livanto, Volluto and Fortissio Lungo, all considered as Nespresso’s most popular and all included in our giveaway alongside the machine.

Arpeggio has a strong character, intense notes of cocoa and a dark roast while Ristretto showcases a different sort of intensity with its additional fruitiness, making it taste somewhat sharper. Livanto is known to be balanced and full-bodied and everybody will always have a soft spot for the sweet and light, Volluto as it was one of the first capsules to be released by Nespresso. Last but not least, Fortissio Lungo is a rich blend with cereal notes that was designed for those that seek a longer extraction of coffee.

For your chance to win a Gran Lattissima and a sleeve of each of the five favourite capsules, enter here.

*This competition has now closed. Congratulations Felix Smith*

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Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar has a brand new home in Orakei Bay Village

Ever since Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar opened its doors near Queen St, six years ago, it was clear that Auckland had been blessed with something special. Milk and cookies is a universal combination that is objectively one of the most perfect pairings to ever grace this Earth and anyone who can’t see that must have some deep-rooted issues.

But since its launch, Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar has gone through a number of ups and downs, including being unable to meet the sky-rocketing rent of their CBD store which forced the business to temporarily shut down. Owner and Founder, Deanna Yang decided to move on and bought a truck before she was finally able to relocate to a permanent spot at the University of Auckland (UoA), where Moustache soon became a significant part of campus culture — and the ultimate way to stave off stress come exam time. At the same time, a Moustache outpost was opened on K’Road, which would house the operation’s main kitchen. Now, due to the upcoming construction at the University, Moustache has had to move its campus operation to Orakei Bay Village — and we think this one will stick.

Taking over what used to be The Botanist, Moustache has decked out the space in pretty pastels that exude a sense of child-like nostalgia, perfectly matching the sweet treats and delicious beverages being offered. The cookies by Moustache are easily the best you’ll find in this town. Using only premium ingredients and no preservatives, these cookies are like the kind you’d make at home — simple but tasty and always served warm. Moustache seems to have the ability to make its cookies at such a rate that they’re almost always fresh out of the oven when you order, giving them that melted, ooey, gooey texture that has made them such a universal hit.

The original chocolate chunk is a crowd favourite, of course. Impossible to fault, the buttery cookie is speckled with chunks of Whittaker’s chocolate. But our Digital Editor, Clara, loved the Black Forest, while I cannot rave enough about the Cinnamon Donut. The Oreo and Marshmallow is another must-try as the dark, rich cookie is made even gooier and stickier from its marshmallows. When you visit, make sure you try Moustache’s special cookie pies — extra-thick cookies that are filled with either Nutella, caramel or Snickers — and their selection of milkshakes as they are unbelievably decadent and delicious. We went for the vegan peanut butter version and couldn’t even tell that there was no dairy — it was pure magic.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday — 9am until 5pm
Saturday and Sunday — 10am until 5pm

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Orakei Bay Village
228 Orakei Rd
Remuera

www.moustache.co.nz

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Why Seascape is set to be the ultimate home away from home

Despite the obvious advantages of living outside the city — the peace and quiet, the sprawling landscapes, the refreshing stillness — occasions will always arise when stepping into the fray, as it were, is necessary. Whether it’s business, pleasure or friends and family that bring you into Auckland’s urban environment, no matter how many times well-meaning acquaintances offer up their guest rooms for you to stay in, sometimes you just need a place of your own, a city pad that allows you to come and go as you see fit.

So it makes sense, then, that you’d want somewhere that was central, but that still allowed you to feel like you were escaping the hustle and bustle. Somewhere that offered the same kinds of sweeping views you were used to. And somewhere that was designed in such a way that you didn’t have to worry about daily conveniences like gym memberships or where on earth to go for dinner. 

Seascape, the new residential development rising up in downtown Auckland ticks all of these boxes and more. With appealing amenities that include retail, restaurants, a podium terrace, bar, a pool and fitness centre and private parking, as well as a number of different apartment configurations available including studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedroom duplexes, three-bedrooms and penthouses, most of which feature large, wrap-around enclosable balconies or breathtaking outdoor atriums, Seascape has made a point of creating environments that are as functional and comfortable as they are design-focused. 

Appointed with seamlessly integrated appliances and finished in materials like timber and stone, Seascape’s luxury apartments are heralding a new breed — one that offers residents a warm, inviting space to come home to, entirely removed from the busyness of the city landscape below. 

It’s this idea that inspired the team at Peddle Thorp Architects to focus on how they could make the most of the incredible views the development would be afforded thanks to its height (when completed, it will stand at 187 metres, the tallest residential tower in Auckland). As such, every single Seascape apartment will be north-facing, which will offer each resident an arresting tableau of the sparkling Waitematā Harbour right in their own private living rooms.  

So if it’s a central pad that you’re after, one that you can leave and come back to without ever having to worry about security or convenience, Seascape is a place where you’ll feel entirely at home, in the heart of the city. 

Seascape Display Suite

81 Customs Street East
Auckland CBD

0800 81 83 85

www.seascapeauckland.co.nz

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