Get your winter glow on with the best spray tan purveyors in town

If you’re looking for a bit of a boost as the weather cools down (and are lamenting the inevitable loss of your summer glow) a spray tan can do wonders for feeling your best.

And in order to ensure the best results (after all, no one likes streaky skin), it’s important to know where to go, which is why we’ve done the research for you. Without further ado, here’s where to get the best spray tan in Auckland. 

Spring Spa Ponsonby & St Heliers
Spring is renowned for beauty services across the board from facials to massage, mani-pedis and more, and its tanning services are just as high-quality. Using an organic tan that can be adjusted for all skin types and shades, there is the option for a six-hour development time or a fast-developing, two-hour tan — whichever suits your needs.

Society Grey Lynn
Grey Lynn hair and beauty salon Society does a busy trade in tans, and for good reason — the tanner its therapists use is not orange at all, and is made with ethically-sourced, cruelty-free and organic ingredients. Plus, the addition of argan oil leaves the skin feeling hydrated and smooth. 

Esperanza Remuera 
Offering a completely individualised experience, Remuera salon Esperanza is your one-stop shop for a flawless tan. With a variety of bases on offer, owner Hope Macdonald, who has been specialising in spray tanning for nearly 10 years, will tailor the tan to your skin tone and type delivering a natural, sun-kissed glow every time. 

Your Tan Parnell
Started by Paula Hopkins with the ethos of helping others feel better to counter her own struggles with breast cancer, Parnell’s Your Tan is fast making a name for itself, with a considered (and beautiful) approach to tanning that leaves you positively glowing. With happy hour offerings and a mobile service, this is a number you’ll want on speed dial.

White Spa Herne Bay
With a variety of options including half or full-body, White Spa is well-known for its therapists’ expertise when it comes to tanning and promises a streak-free, natural-looking tan with no orange tinge and no residual odour.

Tan in the City Remuera, Ponsonby & mobile
This popular spot focuses on delivering one thing and one thing only — the perfect tan. It’s for this reason that Tan in the City has become a go-to for anything from a sun-kissed glow to a deep holiday tan. And, if you can’t make it into the salon, one of the therapists can bring its mobile service to you.

Haven Skin Spa Takapuna & Mt Eden
Haven’s therapists are renowned for their know-how when it comes to beauty treatments, and their tanning service is no different, with botanical solutions made using certified organic ingredients (and no animal testing). Free from alcohol, perfumes or parabens, Haven’s spray tan has a quick two-or-four-hour developing time and leaves a beautifully natural finish.

Epsom Spray Tan Epsom
Renowned across the city for providing some of the best, streak-free spray tans at affordable prices, Epsom Spray Tan is a household name for those in the know. Frequented as much by models pre-Fashion-Week, as it is by beauty and wellness aficionados, Epsom Spray Tan’s natural products and expert application have kept it ahead of the game for years.

Bare Waxing Grey Lynn
Offering a failsafe spray tan that develops in two-to-four hours and can be as subtle or as dark as you want (with a choice of either Moroccan Tan or Bondi Sands), the lovely beauty experts at Bare Waxing Grey Lynn know how to deliver the kinds of results that will have you going back again and again.


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Commercial Bay Nook.

Commercial Bay opens its new pop-up space with a personal shopping experience

The rise of personal shopping indicates how people are being much more savvy about their fashion. There is a growing sense that consumers want to be directive and purposeful about how they buy their clothes, seeking outfits that are chic, versatile and good-quality and wardrobes that last beyond a single season.

Tapping into this idea is Commercial Bay, offering a dedicated personal shopping experience as the first installation in its brand new pop-up space, Nook.

Left: Nook’s resident stylist Holley Banks pictured in Hugo Boss.

Located in Commercial Bay’s southern laneway, Nook is a new bespoke space that will offer a roster of experiences, exhibitions and events. To kick things off, it has been transformed into a personal shopping suite (designed by Kayla Jurlina) in which people can book exclusive consultations with personal shopper/stylist Holley Banks, who will pull from Commercial Bay’s new season offerings to curate clients’ looks. From international labels like Sandro Paris, Husk and Aje to local brands like Wynn Hamlyn and Yu Mei, Banks will have a selection of pieces on hand to ensure those who book in, leave feeling refreshed and energised for the season ahead.

Open from tomorrow and set to run for the next 10 days, Nook’s personal shopping suite is around for a good time not a long one (the space will transform into an exhibition for Māori designer Campbell Luke from the 18th of June), so we suggest booking your appointment with Banks, STAT.

To mark the opening of Nook and its first iteration, we are offering one lucky Denizen their own bespoke styling session with Banks, along with a $1500 Commercial Bay voucher to spend on some beautiful new-season pieces. The winner will also be treated to cocktails at Poni.

This giveaway is now closed. Remember, we only have one legitimate Instagram account, and we will never ask you for your credit card details in conjunction with a giveaway.


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Introducing the chic new spot serving up the perfect brew

In the heart of the city, tucked down O’Connell Street, may just be the answer to all of our central coffee woes. Perfectly timed with the return of office workers to the city comes the opening of Rumours Coffee, a delightfully minimalist new spot that shines a light on coffee done perfectly.

Rumours Coffee feels like the kind of place you feel lucky to have stumbled upon. Like a secret you would let your closest friends in on, or a little-known hidden gem (only spoken of in whispers). And its name is hardly a coincidence. This sense of a private, quiet sanctuary, a place in which to enjoy your morning coffee that feels like your very own spot, is the exact feeling owner Danny Lee was hoping to evoke when he opened.

Built on a minimalist vision and a focus on excellent coffee, the concept for Rumours was started nearly two years ago while Lee was working in the hospitality industry. He had always envisioned having a space of his own, and wanted to create a cafe that was precisely to his taste.

“I always liked going to places with nice coffee, and a quiet ambience — it’s what I enjoy in my times of rest, and I just wanted to create a place like that, to have it for myself and share it with other people,” Lee shares.

Here, single-origin coffee is the brew of choice, as Lee believes it’s where the flavours genuinely come alive. He envisions Rumours to be a space where people can come to learn a little more about coffee, too — the flavours behind the beans and different brew methods. And while it’s a coffee-lovers haven, it’s far from exclusive. When opening, Lee reflected that he would have been happy just to serve 50 coffees a day, but like all good rumours, news of this new spot spread with speed, and the crowds have kept him busy and eager for all to come.

While full meals aren’t yet a part of the offering, fresh pastries are available each morning from The Real Bread Project — giving those on their coffee run simple options that cover all the bases.

It would be remiss of us, however to posit that Rumours’ only drawcard is its coffee. The fit-out of the space is sleek and sophisticated in an understated, pared-back way. And while rough concrete, light timber and a neutral palette give the it an industrial edge, there is still a sense of warmth that makes it feel inherently inviting, thanks in part to the large front windows. (And the great service, of course.) Created via a collaboration between Lee and his friend Young Do (who has recently launched his own design studio, We Are Young) it’s something of a blank canvas and the perfect spot in which creatives can draw inspiration over their morning brew. Here, the interior reflects what the cafe has been designed to serve — no-frills coffee.

Given the rumours are true, it’s a coffee shop that doesn’t just satisfy those in the city looking for a mid-morning coffee. Instead, Rumours is worthy of a jaunt into the city itself, becoming the mainstay on your agenda.

Opening hours:
Monday — Friday, 7am until 3:30pm
Saturday, 8am until 3:30pm
Closed Sundays

Rumours Coffee

19 O'Connell Street,
Auckland CBD, Auckland


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Hello Beasty's Slow-Cooked Coastal Lamb Shoulder.

These are the winter-warmer dishes you need for cold nights ahead

Balmy summer days have been replaced by cold, rainy nights, and a hunger for foods that warm us from the inside out. While it’s not quite soup weather yet, we’re nearly there, and dinner reservations see us seeking comfort and warmth. The city’s restaurants know this too, with many adapting seasonal menus to offer the best winter warmer dishes that are inspired and soul-soothing. 

So for when the fireplace doesn’t feel quite warm enough, or your usual favourites no longer cut it, these are the dishes across the city that you need to be eating for a touch of winter warmth.

Slow-Cooked Coastal Lamb Shoulder — Hello Beasty
While Hello Beasty’s menu is designed to be shared, we wouldn’t blame you for keeping this dish to yourself. Again drawing on the wintery flavours of lamb at its best and served with red chilli, Szechuan sauce, coriander and mint, it incorporates heat in every sense of the word and is drawing us down to Viaduct Harbour this winter.

Chestnut Gnocchi — Faraday’s Bar
Faraday’s Bar — located in Faradays department store — is perhaps Parnell’s best kept culinary secret, with a refined menu that heroes some of the country’s best produce. Now, as cooler days start to take over, its dishes like Faraday’s chestnut gnocchi that we turn to. Served with mushrooms, egg yolk and pecorino, this is a creative take on classically comforting flavours, and we can’t get enough.

Chargrilled Chicken — Amano
Amano can always be relied upon for its sensational takes on seasonal produce, and this dish is no exception. Embracing the best of winter foods, this chargrilled chicken feels much like a precursor to a Sunday roast, only here, its celeriac, onion and rosemary that drive the flavours. Our advice? Order with side of chargrilled Brussels sprouts to round out the meal.

Bar Magda, Andiamo.

Lamb Ribs ‘Pyanggang’ — Bar Magda
Lamb is one of the most comforting things to eat in winter and Bar Magda’s fresh take offers both the warmth and flavour we crave. Made via a traditional Filipino method of cooking, this iteration of lamb ribs is served with soft herbs and green sambal, and is a flavoursome, moreish dish we can’t help coming back to time and time again.

Beetroot Risotto — Andiamo
This Herne Bay mainstay offers exactly what we crave in the cooler months, with a number of dishes designed to satiate our seasonal needs. That said, the new beetroot risotto is a particular standout, offering a comforting combination of red wine, roasted shallot, salt-baked beetroot and ricotta salata.

Roasted Eggplant — Onemata
Although often praised for its elevated seafood offering (which makes sense considering its views across the water) Onemata’s vegetarian options are nothing to be sniffed at. In fact, the roasted eggplant is one of our favourite dishes, particularly at this time of year. Served in a pool of babaganoush with truffle and date syrup, the magnificent flavours of this dish shine in their simplicity, and will enchant even the most avid meat-eater.

Aged Beef Fillet — Non Solo Pizza
Hearty, beautifully-cooked and full of mouth-watering flavour, Non Solo Pizza’s aged beef fillet is a must on any winter warming list. Proving the power of simple foods done perfectly, this beloved dish pairs its expertly-prepared meat with slow-roasted tomatoes, crispy polenta and a healthy dose of garlic butter, for good measure.

Cotto, Cazador.

Maltagliati & Beef Cheek Ragu — Cotto
Cotto’s seasonal pasta dishes have all of the makings of winter classics, and the restaurant’s refined approach keeps the offering elevated. Here, mouthwatering beef cheek ragu is combined with fresh handmade pasta and peppercorns to offer the perfect medley of warmth, comfort and flavour.

Grilled Venison — Cazador
Dominion Road’s Cazador is renowned for its approach to meat that is second to none in this city. With a delicious menu and cosy interior perfectly suited to winter, Cazador boasts a range of options that will warm the soul this season, but its grilled venison is one of our favourites.

Ricotta Tortellacci, Pumpkin, Sage, Pancetta — Ortolana
Offset rainy days by cosying up in the pillowy fit-out of Ortolana to enjoy this delicious ricotta tortellacci. The classically warming combination of pumpkin and sage hits the perfect note, making this dish must for anyone seeking some lunchtime comfort on cold days.

Paoutsakia — Lokanta
Grey Lynn’s Lokanta is a hidden gem, beloved for its homely take on Mediterranean cuisine, and its Paoutsakia is a must-try. A traditional, beautiful dish of melting eggplant stuffed with Turkish green beans, potato and chickpea smash and rocket, it is exactly this kind of tasty goodness we want to eat right now.

Mumbaiwala, Federal Delicatessen.

Murgh Makhani (with Garlic Naan) — Mumbaiwala
When it’s cold outside, few things hit the spot like a butter chicken. At Mumbaiwala, the elevated take on Indian cuisine provides the perfect comfort. Murgh Makhani is a traditional take on butter chicken (and so good that we are ruined for others), served with impossibly tender chicken pieces in a rich silk (Makhani) sauce with fresh tomatoes, sundried fenugreek and a side of satiating garlic naan.

Matzo Ball Soup — Federal Delicatessen
Known as the ‘Jewish Penicillin’, this particular type of chicken soup boasts the remarkable ability to make one feel like all is right with the world. The Fed’s take is truly delicious, and will indeed encourage this feeling of toasty wellbeing, served as it is with shredded chicken and bagel matzo balls, for a dish is destined to warm you from the inside out.

Alpine Merino Lamb Rump — Oyster & Chop
Viaduct Harbour’s Oyster & Chop is renowned for its cuts, and the Alpine Merino Lamb Rump can’t be faulted. Cooked to your definition of perfection, this is one of the best places for a steak in the city, and one that should not be looked past this season.


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Having just opened its first NZ store, Van Cleef & Arpels is the star of our new fashion editorial

Not only are Van Cleef & Arpels’ exquisite Snowflake pieces on the cover of our Winter Issue, but the historic French jewellery Maison has just opened the doors to its first New Zealand store — making its romantic designs and incomparable jewels readily available to us for the first time.

In anticipation of this recent opening, and as a way of celebrating the craftsmanship of this iconic brand, we photographed a selection of pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels’ high jewellery lines as part of our new issue cover shoot.

Paired perfectly with ready-to-wear by some of our favourite brands (from Dior to Louis Vuitton) these Van Cleef & Arpels pieces are utterly showstopping. You only have to peruse the images below to understand this Maison’s uniquely creative take on high jewellery.

Balancing the delicate with the dazzling and weaving precious stones into impossibly intricate designs, Van Cleef & Arpels has always been ahead of the game and looking at these images, it’s easy to see why.

Bouton d’or earrings, ring and bracelet from Van Cleef & Arpels. Golden cady dress from Fendi.
Hat, jacket, skirt and shoes from Chanel.
Flowerlace necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels. Bralette and coat from Christian Dior. 
Magic Alhambra long necklace, 16 motifs and Magic Alhambra Between the Finger ring from Van Cleef & Arpels. GLITTER KNIT MINI DRESS from Louis Vuitton.
Snowflake necklace and earrings Van Cleef & Arpels. Crop top from Gucci. Shorts from Christian Dior.
Folie des Prés necklace and earrings Van Cleef & Arpels. Alexandre Vauthier Demi Couture dress from Faradays.
Headscarf, DECONSTRUCTED JACKET, LOOSE SKIRT and boots from Balenciaga.
Ludo bracelet from Van Cleef & Arpels. Top and shirt from Burberry.
Top, cardigan, Single-breasted jacket, pants and sandals from Prada.
Cadenas Watch from Van Cleef & Arpels. Alaïa 3D Python Mesh dress from Faradays.
Bouton d’or necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels. Knit cardigan and skirt from Moncler. Knee high boots from Jimmy Choo.
Shirt, coat, pants and trainers from louis vuitton.
Prada top, Jacquard shorts and heels from Prada.
Jacket and pants from Bottega Veneta.
Bouton d’or necklace and Pierre Arpels watch, 38mm from Van Cleef & Arpels. Knit cardigan from Moncler.
Leather shirt, Prince of Wales skirt, belt, socks and heels from Miu Miu.
Long-sleeved Shirt and bermuda shorts from Dior Men.

Photography by Jeremy Choh. Styling by Caroline Tran. Makeup by Katie Angus. Hair by Kyye. TALENT Nicol and Finn from Kult Australia.


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The French Film Festival opens this week and these are the movies to book

It feels like some time since we ventured out to cool cultural events, with the last two years relegating things like film festivals to virtual viewings and online programming only. Now, in the spirit of ‘getting on with it’, the French Film Festival is readying itself to roll the opening credits in person once more, with tickets on sale now for its stellar programme, starting next week.

On in Auckland from the 1st until the 19th of June (and popping up in cities around the country through other dates in June), this year’s French Film Festival will showcase 21 of the most quintessentially French films across three theatres: Epsom’s Lido, Northcote’s The Bridgeway and Newmarket’s Rialto. To celebrate the return of this cultural stalwart IRL, we are giving away five double passes to those Denizens looking to be enchanted by the unique subtleties of French cinema. From gripping dramas to psychological thrillers and some moving love stories thrown in for good measure, these are a few of the films we’re booking tickets to.

Between Two Worlds
In this story of an outsider seeking to fit in, friendships and memories are forged under a false pretence. Based on French journalist Florence Aubenas’ bestselling non-fiction book, Le Quai de Ouistreham (The Night Cleaner), subtle themes of tragedy and deceit are glazed with humour and enjoyment.

Everything Went Fine
After immersing myself in the incredible non-fiction book, Assisted, earlier this year, Everything Went Fine is high on my must-watch list for the festival. Sharing the dialogue between a daughter and her elderly father as he pushes for a medically assisted death, it’s raw and gut-wrenching but all too real in life.

Based on Georges Simenon’s internationally adored novels, Maigret embodies the ultimate in crime fiction that feels reminiscent of a French Agatha Cristie. Set in 1950s Paris, the mystery of a woman found murdered in an elegant gown feels strikingly familiar to Inspector Jules Maigret for more reasons than one.

Madeleine Collins
For seekers of psychological thrillers, Madeleine Collins should be essential on your agenda. Here, a fragile balance based on a web of lies sees a woman living a double life between France and Switzerland and the chaos that ensues when she ploughs forward.

Love Songs for Tough Guys
Starring Vanessa Paradis, French actress and mother of the ineffable Lily-Rose Depp, Love Songs for Tough Guys is a lighthearted and gentle tale with plenty of twists and turns. A French Love Actually with its interwoven storylines, this is perfect to add to your schedule if you’re looking for love and laughter.

The Young Lovers
Conversations with Friends, but with an older cast, and spoken in French. The Young Lovers explores the duality of accidentally falling in love with someone outside your marriage and the melancholic joy it can bring before the all-too-real threat of heartbreak.


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Our new Winter Issue is here, celebrating our Hospo Heroes winners and the best of the season ahead

Once again embarking on our effort to highlight the best of the best in local hospitality, our new Winter Issue delivers the highly-anticipated results of our Hospo Heroes awards, in association with American Express. Peruse the winners and the honourable mentions in each category — voted by you — for some winter dining inspiration. May it serve as a reminder that there really is no better time than the cold season to support our stellar hospitality industry and show appreciation to the people who continue to serve us with grace and warmth (despite the myriad challenges they have had to overcome in the last couple of years).

Elsewhere, we have rounded up the best in design, and the trends to know from the FW22 runways so that you may give your homes and looks a timely update. If you’re heading to the snow this winter, consult our in-depth ski-wear edit to ensure your first tracks make a bold first impression; or if you are using this season to re-think your wardrobe, look no further than our interview with Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman (of Camilla and Marc) who offer a Masterclass in style and business (and speak to the essential pieces everyone needs).

Alongside the curated line-up of things to wear and brands to know in our fashion pages, we have shone a particular light on Van Cleef & Arpels — celebrating the opening of its first store in New Zealand. Our cover shoot showcases some the brand’s most exquisite pieces of high jewellery paired with the latest ready-to-wear from the likes of Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Alexander Vauthier and Alaīa.

Over in our Wellbeing pages, writer Tess Patrick explores the benefits of Botox that go deeper than the surface, we reveal why Spring Spa’s latest spa concept has us booking plane tickets and we delve into the local perfume atelier reimagining how we wear fragrance.

And if it’s cultural inspiration you’re after, our detailed guide on what to read, watch and listen to while tucked up on the sofa will keep you entertained and totally engrossed. With the return of in-person events, we have also delved into some of the shows and exhibitions to book tickets to in the coming months.

Further afield, our Editor-in-Chief takes her regular food column, ‘My Year of Magical Eating’ to Queenstown with a whirlwind 48-hour eating extravaganza that documents some of the tastiest places and dishes in the area. If you’re heading south for the holidays, allow this in-depth guide to be your bible.

From design to fashion to beauty and wellbeing and of course, the very best food in Auckland and beyond, our new Winter Issue is designed to keep you in the know and help you navigate the season ahead with elegance and enthusiasm.


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We’ve got our eyes on these pieces by Thomas Bina — a pioneer of sustainable design

Sustainability and design have been dovetailing in their practices of late, with one informing the other to fulfil a brief that considers form, function and the future. The notion of sustainability is a concept now inherent in architecture and design, with many leading schools instilling this value in students from an undergraduate level. That said, there are a few pioneers in the space who have long embraced sustainable principles in their design practice, and whose work offers something of a blueprint for the future.

Thomas Bina Peyton Media Console.

Enter Thomas Bina, a celebrated American designer whose designs find solace in simplicity. His aesthetic is marked by slight and soft lines and where he differs from many of his contemporaries is that sustainability, for him, is the drawing board rather than simply an afterthought.

Thomas Bina Natal Media Console 3 tier; Thomas Bina Bridge Dining Table.

His use of reclaimed timber drives the sustainability element in a way that feels anything but rustic. Bina’s traditional designs offer a raw but refined aesthetic, one that is often attempted yet rarely executed. The result is beautiful, considered pieces that are just as suited to a simple, modern home as they are to a more sumptuous, layered interior.

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Denizen’s definitive guide to Auckland’s best yoga studios

With a range of health benefits, the ancient practice of yoga has become an essential part of our exercise routine of late. Whether it’s a sweat session you’re seeking, or a moment of soulful solitude, our city offers an abundance of studios that cater to a range of needs. And as we enter a winter free from lockdowns, there has never been a better time to trial Auckland’s best yoga studios.

Sweat Yoga, Newmarket
Encouraging mindful movement even as the heart rate soars, Sweat Yoga’s offering has become its most popular, with both yoga and pilates working in tandem to give its dedicated disciples a varied schedule. Founded by teacher and Bikram-convert Bruce Simons, this studio has been built on the belief that yoga can change your life. Sweat’s outdoor classes, including vinyasa and HIIT pilates, promise to bring the heat this season.

Basecamp Power Yoga, Grey Lynn
The Scrap Yard’s beloved Basecamp has built itself a dedicated following, not just because of it’s architecturally-designed fit-out or close proximity to Ozone Coffee Roasters (for a post-session brunch), but because of its unique approach to hot yoga. We particularly love the Saturday morning opportunity to move and groove with Jess, where her background in the music industry lends itself to a perfectly curated playlist for a surprisingly relaxing (but still very sweaty) session.

Eastwest Yoga, Grey Lynn
Connecting body to breath, and beyond, Eastwest Yoga celebrates a variety of modern and traditional yoga, from vinyasa and ashtanga to kirtan and meditation. Founded by mother-daughter duo, Sheryn Gieck and Amelia McCombie, the goal of every welcoming, well-balanced class is to find inner calm. They also currently offer a range of online courses.

Studio Red, City Works Depot
Having operated for six years, last year was Studio Red’s busiest yet, according to founder Vicky Cullinane. More than just a yoga studio, it is a bona fide wellness destination, organising retreats and workshops and focusing on the popularity of its restorative practices and classes. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced yogi, practising yoga in Studio Red’s gently-warmed, beautifully appointed room is transformative and memorable.

Sala, Ponsonby
While Ponsonby’s Sala prides itself on being more than simply a yoga studio — and it truly is — the yoga offering forms the core of its offering, and it truly is second to none. Monica’s dynamic yoga classes are some of our favourite in the city, while Sarah’s highly-sought-after teaching combines challenging poses with profound mindfulness to push you to better your body and soul.

Flourish Yoga, Takapuna
For those seeking solace on the North Shore, Takapuna’s Flourish Yoga is an uplifting destination with the intention to work out mind, body and spirit. Each teacher has been carefully selected for their contribution to Flourish’s ethos, where an intimate space for connection is held in the highest regard. What we love about this space is the short walk to nearby Slöwe Studio, where you can continue your wellbeing with a restorative sauna.

Kanuka Yoga Space, Hobsonville
Those wanting yoga out west should do well to try Hobsonville’s Kanuka Yoga Space, with a light-filled room that offers classes influenced by vinyasa, hatha and yin. Here, alongside all of the regular classes, teachers offer a unique fusion of yogalates, bringing together both the strength of pilates and the relaxation of yoga — a fitting marriage for fitness enthusiasts.

Yoga Ground, Grey Lynn
This suburban studio offers all the makings of a blissful yoga experience. Here, classes draw from traditional hatha and vinyasa practices — offering a moment of reprieve from many of the sweat-styled classes found around the city. What we truly adore, however, is the kundalini yoga sessions, that bring together elements of mantra, breath and meditation alongside movement.

Contemporary Yoga Centre, Remuera
This yoga space in Remuera offers a refined schedule that considers all the needs of its students. Contemporary Yoga classes merge the Eastern and Western schools of thought, to offer a highly individualised approach to the practice that meets our modern needs.

The Space, Matakana
While The Space may be a little further afield, this Matakana studio is the perfect place to drop into for a class over the weekend or while you’re away at the bach. Bringing together the foundations of yoga, meditation and pilates, the approach to movement is unique, but one that has garnered a dedicated following.


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Nespresso’s new limited-edition espresso is transporting us to Miami

Nespresso’s World Explorations Range celebrates coffee cultures around the world, and encourages Nespresso devotees to enjoy their morning brew in different ways. The latest addition to this collection (one of four new coffees added) is the Limited-Edition Miami Espresso, inspired by the melting-pot culture of Miami.

Infused with the boldness and vibrancy of the Hispanic influence in this city, Nespresso’s new coffee delivers an intense roast and dark crema with peppery, tobacco-leaf aromas. If you’re looking for a truly authentic experience, do as Miami locals do and enjoy yours with brown sugar sprinkled on top. Or for a more conventional coffee, this blend makes the perfect cappuccino.

World Explorations Miami Espresso has been released as the first part of a limited-edition line-up with flavours that go from Miami to Paris to Istanbul and even Rio de Janeiro (a blend previously known as the Cafezinho do Brasil).

These cities are no coincidences either, they all embody a strong history of coffee in their own unique ways; from the first coffee merchants and coffeehouses of Istanbul, to Paris’ rich coffee culture which boasts more than 35,000 cafés and coffee-serving restaurants. Coffee drinking in Miami is deeply ingrained in the local culture, while Rio de Janeiro is part of the world’s largest coffee-producing country, Brazil.

While the limited-edition espresso is exactly that, limited, we’ve been enjoying the opportunity to step away from our usual brew and explore the tastes of Miami from the comfort of home.


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