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Denizen Dining Guide: See all the best foodie happenings in Auckland this April

With April’s arrival and the packed calendar of holidays that come with it, there seems to be no end to the delicious, enticing happenings taking place on our local dining scene. And while you may be making the most of Easter and school holidays to head out of town (we’ve got you covered there, too), our April dining guide showcases just how tasty Auckland is looking for anyone sticking around. From restaurant takeovers to vegan extravaganzas and intimate, bespoke dinners, we’ve got the intel on exactly what to book for the month ahead.

Left: In Fashion at Bivacco with Superette. Right: Flora & Fizz, Rooftop at QT.

In Fashion at Bivacco with Superette

Attention lovers of fashion and fine food, Bivacco is set to host its first ‘In Fashion’ event (tipped to be an ongoing series for the lauded Viaduct Harbour destination) in collaboration with Superette later this month, and we’re excited. Set to take place from 12pm until 4pm on Thursday the 27th of April, with support from Winger Maserati, this ticketed event will see Bivacco put on a delicious three-course shared lunch complemented by flutes of Moët & Chandon Champagne and a Malfy Gin cocktail, all of which guests can enjoy while Superette showcases its new arrivals via a sleek runway show — shoppable on the day. Tickets are $150 per person (available here) with a goodie bag included, and the lunch and show will be followed by a rousing DJ set from the Sweet Mix Kids. An afternoon not to be missed.

Flora & Fizz at Rooftop at QT

The Rooftop at QT has unveiled its latest pop-up, Flora & Fizz, showcasing Perrier-Jouët Champagne throughout the month of April. The design-led hotel has transformed its signature rooftop into an enchanted garden of whimsical elegance, with a delicate touch of flora and fauna adorning the venue, evocative of Perrier-Jouët’s iconic bottle design. A tableside Champagne tasting flight is available, and the event’s canapé menu, creatively fashioned by Sean Connolly (the hotel’s Creative Director of Food & Beverage) will be expertly paired with each Champagne drop. During the six-week event, Rooftop at QT will offer specials on the full range of Perrier-Jouët Champagnes and three effervescent cocktails curated by the Rooftop at QT’s mixologists. The Sunday Club in April features DJ Venetia Clark on the decks, two-dollar natural Oysters, and special pricing on Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, making it an unmissable occasion that is sure to draw us all down to Viaduct Harbour.

Bar Non Solo’s New Lunch Menu.

Bar Non Solo’s New Lunch Menu

Despite it’s relatively uncomplicated offering (read: good food and good alcohol), Bar Non Solo has quickly become an inner-city favourite in its arguably short tenure. This season has seen the launch of a new lunch menu at the establishment, which pleads the case for a slightly more indulgent ‘power lunch’. Here, for a mere $25, you can choose from a selection of handmade pasta and seasonal pizzas, alongside one of their delicious beverages that includes the befitting Aperol Spritz. Running from Tuesday through until Friday, midday until 3pm, there’s never been a better case for skipping the takeaways.

Harvest Deli at Wynyard Pavillion

Napier’s beloved Harvest Deli can this week (April 18 — 21) be found at Wynyard Pavillion, operating from 11:30am until 4pm (and potentially later should the anticipated demand arise). The menu consists entirely of Italian-style sandwiches made on focaccia bread, with all sandwiches made to order and cured meats freshly sliced. All fairly priced at $20, they include feature fillings such as Egg & Cheese Omelette, Prosciutto di Parma, Pistachio Mortadella, Naples Salame and Roasted Vegetables. The pop-up will also offer a selection of fried foods, including Italian loaded fries, and a combo mix of fried mozzarella and tuna olives. Additionally, they will serve coffee and salentina, a cold almond coffee from Sicily.

Origine Cocktail Kitchen.

The Cocktail Kitchen at Origine

Conceived by Ahi chef Josh Phillips and mixologist Egor Petrov of Origine’s Le Bar and Bayside Rum Co., this degustation series is limited to ten individuals per dinner and aptly titled The Cocktail Kitchen by Josh & Egor. For the first iteration of the series, diners feasted on a series of food and cocktail pairings that highlight locally sourced ingredients from around Aotearoa (including Ahi’s bountiful garden) and delight in intricate flavours enhanced through methods of fermentation, preservation and carbonation — and we’ve got it on good authority that guests can expect a similar level of excellence for this month’s iteration. You can find more details and book your spot once the dates are confirmed here.

Ruby Loves To Cook at No. 7

Come late April, one of our favourite effortlessly cool cafe-cum-bars will invite Ruby Harris (also known as @rubylovestocook) to take over the kitchen for a special two-night pop-up affair. The three-course dinner at Pitt Street’s No. 7 includes a drink on arrival, with the menu yet to be unveiled but promising the same deliciously homecooked-style fare. We’ve heard talks that this will be Harris’ last dinner of the likes before heading over to London, and for that reason alone, we think it necessary in your month’s dining agenda.

Balmoral Street Food Market.

One Last Balmoral Street Food Market

With the organisers heading overseas to greener pastures (there’s really a theme here), we thought it fitting to include the final Balmoral Street Food Market to grace our culinary scene, on Friday the 21st of April. This market is a convergence of food, arts and music, the former of the three being the most important here. Home to all of our up-and-coming favourites on the street food scene, like WoodSpirit, Cheeky Fala and Gran Sasso Pizza, it might be the last time for some time they all unite under one banner.

Andiamo’s Vavasour Experience.

Andiamo’s Vavasour Experience

The offering of a special autumn lunch experience throughout April by Andiamo and Vavasour wines presents an opportunity for diners to indulge in a curated menu featuring dishes such as burrata with scorched carrot and red wine risotto with salt baked smoked beetroot. The menu is complemented by a selection of Vavasour wines, carefully chosen from Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. The two-course menu comes at a reasonable price of $50 per person with the option to add sides and dessert for an additional cost. Bookings can be made via their website, and the experience is available from Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 3pm at the stalwart’s beloved Jervois Road outlook.

Left: Great NZ Toastie Takeover. Right: Good From Scratch Cookery School Cyclone Relief Dinner.

Great NZ Toastie Takeover

The annual Great Toastie Takeover will again take hold in mid-April, leading the search for the country’s most superior toasted sandwich. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the beloved competition, which has grown increasingly popular year after year. Cafes and bistros, bars and food trucks nationwide will all participate. Each contender’s toasted creation will feature on their menu from the 14th of April until the end of May — and the finalists will even be available until late June. And most importantly, the People’s Choice Award will return this year, allowing Kiwis to vote for their favourite eatery and toastie. Last year’s event saw guests savour an impressive turnout of 180 entries and more than 140,000 toasties. You can find all the details, as they emerge, here.

Good From Scratch Cookery School Cyclone Relief Dinner

The severity of Cyclone Gabrielle may have died down, but its impact continues to reverberate through the Muriwai community. In a display of neighbourly solidarity, Kiwi chef Michael Van de Elzen has thrown open the doors of his Good From Scratch Cookery School, hosting a fundraising dinner and charity auction to raise funds for those affected by the storm. On Saturday, the 22nd of April, guests will savour an eight-course Degustation Dinner, a culinary ode to the bounty of the region, lovingly crafted by a constellation of top local chefs. But the fare on offer is not the only temptation — attendees will have the chance to participate in a live charity auction, where proceeds will be directed to the Muriwai Community Recovery Charitable Trust, providing much-needed support to those grappling with the aftermath of the storm. Wine, beer, and cider, sourced from local vineyards and breweries, will be available for purchase, as will non-alcoholic beverages. For those eager to contribute to the cause, tickets are available for $240 per head, though bookings here are essential.

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Five trending beauty looks to try over the weekend

With the weekend almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to show up to our various events and engagements. And what better place to start than with a few beauty trends to inspire our looks?

Whether you have a birthday party, a wedding, a family get-together or just a few laid-back drinks at your local, here is a line-up of beauty inspiration that will enhance your weekend outfits. From colourful eyes to cheek-popping blush to the ‘soft goth’ trend that everyone is talking about, these looks take their cues from the runways of Paris and Milan and are super simple to recreate at home.

So why not step outside your comfort zone and take your beauty game to the next level? These beauty looks are guaranteed to turn heads.

Left: Emily Ratajkowski. Right. Camila Morrone.

Smudged eyes

This beauty look hinges on a somewhat anti-beauty approach to beauty. The idea here is to make it look as though you’ve been living in your smokey eye makeup all week, and the best way to execute it is with a soft black or brown liner, used on the lash and water lines and then blended out so that your eyes are surrounded by a soft, smudgy haze. Part-soft-goth, part-90s-glamour (depending on how heavy-handed you are) this look is super easy and very impactful.

Left: Joan Smalls. Right: Gigi Hadid backstage at the Prada Fall 2023 Show.

Colourful pop

If you’re someone who typically sticks to a nothing-but-mascara routine, I challenge you to try a completely new beauty look. Here, it’s all about adding colour around the eyes — whether that’s via big, bold swatches or subtle pastel hints. Or, if you’re feeling really jazzy, you could take your cues from Prada and opt for colourful mascara across your top and bottom lashes.

Left: Camila Mendes. Right: Camila Cabello.


There is something of the 90s in this eye trend, reminiscent of the days we would cover our lids in swathes of glittery white eye shadow before slapping on some spidery mascara and calling it a day. And while the palette here is frosty white and icy blue, married with metallic, shimmery touches, the aim is to use sparingly, as a way to frame and brighten the eyes. Alternatively, you could embrace the frosted trend with a head-turning highlighter, used to accentuate the cheekbones.

Left: Maddie Ziegler. Right: Laura Harrier.

Cloud skin

If you’re familiar with the term ‘cloud skin,’ it’s because this trend has been everywhere. Dubbed one of the biggest beauty looks of the year so far, cloud skin has essentially seen our desire for glowy, dewy ‘glazed’ faces be replaced by a softer, more matte finish. To achieve the look at home, ensure you start with your skincare and include a brightening serum and nourishing moisturiser to prep your base perfectly. Then, using foundation sparingly and a light concealer, buff your makeup into your face using a large brush or damp beauty blender. Layer your liquid bronzer or blush on top in a similar fashion so that it delivers a gentle glow.

Left: Hailey Bieber. Right: Lily-Rose Depp.

Creative liner

Lovers of eyeliner, this one’s for you. If you’ve already nailed the art of a sleek cat eye, take your lining skills to the next level with a bit of artistic flair. Whether you take your traditional line all the way out to the edge of your face or dabble in creative design, this trend encourages its proponents to use their face as a canvas.

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From the owner of Atelier comes Paname Social, a new Parisian-inspired restaurant & wine bar in the CBD

Parisian Matt Gosset is no stranger to Auckland hospitality. In fact, he has spent the better part of two decades serving authentic French food to the most discerning diners. And his latest destination, Paname Social, feels like the culmination of his culinary journey thus far. Officially opening this week, the new inner-city bistro was imagined to replicate the European cafe culture Gosset was so fond of in his native Paris. Having now borne witness to it first-hand, we’d agree that it feels utterly European (and very chic).

Most recently, the team behind Paname Social were responsible for K’Road’s Atelier (and before that, Wynyard Quarter’s Wander and Point Chev’s Ambler), which is where the vision for this latest opening began. But Gosset’s history with Lorne Street dates back some 12 years earlier. He originally opened La Boulange, a four-square-metre operation where The Receptionist now lives. Back then, he explains that his landlord justified the high rent for a small floorplan on the basis that 17,000 people were walking past every single day. That was a massive part of the appeal that drew him back to the CBD too. “Half of Auckland doesn’t come [to the City], but half of Auckland is right here.”

Paname Social
Right: Oeufs cocotte, champagne ham, crème fraîche, gruyère, soldiers.

Not that Auckland is poised to become the new Paris, but Gosset knows just how great a city can be when the culinary scene has a life of its own. He shares some of his fondest memories of getting a steak and a bottle of wine with friends at 4am, after a long shift on the floor himself, or even the simple habit of getting an afternoon coffee. “The City needs more,” he explains. “Where do you get a coffee after 3pm? Where do you get a glass of wine on a Monday?” He shares that his goal was to bring a tiny touch of European culture into our local dining scene.

And here, it is easy to see the inspiration. Paname Social’s front-of-house is run by fellow Parisian Matt Ferrgati, whom Gosset brought over from Atelier. (Only recently, the duo discovered their paths crossed as both worked at the same restaurant in Paris, nearby Champs-Élysées, at different times.) The team has also employed French culinary talents in both the kitchen and bar, the latter where possessing a discerning taste in wine is essential.

Left: Millet porridge, coconut milk, macadamia, nectarines, white and milk chocolate shards.

The menu came from the collective of experience (and the inimitable talents of Atelier’s Alexis Petit, who is lending a hand while Paname Social opens). Gosset tells me that the menu is French-inspired, with many dishes grounded in authentic recipes and ingredients sourced from local French suppliers. It ebbs and flows between day and night seamlessly, where breakfast dishes like the traditional Oeufs Cocotte (which Ferrgati explains is akin to a French shakshuka) meet the Millet Porridge — which draws on a North African influence commonly found in Parisian cuisine.

It is a bistro-style menu at night, where delicate market fish topped with clams and drowned in beurre blanc is served alongside Frenchiladas, a favourite of Gosset’s, that he describes as a French-Mexican hybrid of beef bourguignon, comté cheese, pea cream and blue corn tortillas. In these dishes alone, it is evident that ingenuity is an essential part of the excellence of the food here, and is just as important as its provenance, as well as the way in which cultural and culinary history are folded into every dish.

Paname Social
Right: Market catch of the day, clams, beurre blanc.

And at Paname (which is actually a fond local nickname for Paris reflecting the popularity of Panama hats in the early 1900s), hospitality extends beyond the food. The wine list here is impressive, with more than 40 varietals available by the glass hailing from both New Zealand and France, as well as Australia, Spain and Argentina. These are complemented by a curated champagne menu designed to be served alongside oysters from Te Matuku, Te Kouma and Bluff.

As far as the space itself is considered, the fit-out, designed by Gosset himself, responds to the building’s enduring history, both as a legacy hospitality destination and the century that predates it. Having recently undergone an extensive renovation led by Australian Architects Warren and Mahoney, the HB Building is home to a host of office spaces as well, whose staff add to the lively and busy nature of the expansive floorplan.

And so, Paname Social feels like the kind of destination where one could easily spend a whole day. It could be as simple as a coffee and croissant before going to a nearby office, or a bottle of wine with friends before heading to the theatre. And yet, for those seeking a long, languid lunch in an undeniably convenient location, this destination also answers that call. Ultimately, we see it quickly becoming one of those multi-faceted outposts that respond to our collective everchanging needs, the kind of restaurant that we won’t be able to get enough of.

Opening hours:
Monday — Tuesday, 7am until 3pm
Wednesday — Friday, 7 am until 12 am
Saturday, 8 am until 12 am
Sunday, 8 am until 3 pm

Paname Social

3 Lorne Street,
Auckland CBD

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How to use raw materials to give your home a chic, timeless edge

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s the importance of turning our homes into sanctuaries that reflect our personal values and concerns. One design trend that embodies this idea is the use of raw, organic materials such as timber, stone and grainy textures. These materials offer a sense of authenticity and a connection to the natural world and deliver a finish that is as warm and comforting as it is chic and timeless.

One local brand that we often turn to when thinking about this trend is Tim Webber, where the unique, New Zealand-designed furniture showcases the beauty of raw materials. The Pivot Coffee Table, for example, features a solid walnut dowel that meets a walnut T-frame, providing contrast between the cylindrical and flat surfaces. Available in either solid walnut or oak with a top in either polished Pietra or Carrara marble, this striking piece is both functional and beautiful, and exemplifies how natural timber and stone can shine as a centrepiece in the home.

Really, the buzzword here is ‘hyper-texturality’ — a term coined by trend forecasters to describe this focus on natural qualities stripped of all synthetics. The products that play into this idea offer a sense of authenticity, quality and craftsmanship that consumers are seeking as a counterbalance to mass-market production. Take Menu’s Reverse Table Lamp for example, (another product available from Tim Webber) its conical travertine base and smooth bronze shade proof that raw materials can make even the simplest of pieces striking.

As we continue to prioritise wellness and sustainability in our homes, the trend towards raw, organic materials is sure to continue. Whether it’s through furniture, decor or building materials, these materials offer a sense of connection to the natural world that is increasingly important in our modern lives. Here, we round up some of our favourite examples of this trend from Tim Webber’s impressive offering, in a bid to inspire a more natural approach in your interiors.

Index Entertainment Unit from Tim Webber

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From left:  Bensen Torii Chair, Bensen Collar with Wood Base both from Tim Webber

Pivot round coffee table from Tim Webber

Pivot rectangle coffee from Tim Webber

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Auckland’s newest luxury private dining space has just opened for bookings

The newest addition to Auckland’s host of intimate dining spaces is Kingi Private. This latest opening promises to be a truly unique experience that combines the relaxed warmth of Kingi with the refined elegance of The Libraries at The Hotel Britomart. Tucked away in the hotel’s heart, this private dining and meeting space is designed to bring people together for a feast or to do good business, and is quickly becoming chatter among those in the know.

Here, Kingi Co-Founder Tom Hishon cultivated a relaxed ambience. Upon entering the light-filled dining room, guests are greeted by a breathtaking raw-edge swamp kauri slab table, which serves as the space’s centrepiece. Beneath a shimmering fish-scale chandelier, diners can sit back and relax in comfortable padded chairs. The glass-boxed larder kitchen allows guests to catch a glimpse of the chefs as they prepare seasonal dishes, creating an immersive dining experience.

Kingi private

But Kingi Private is more than just a place for special meals. At the room’s north end, an elegant wooden sideboard conceals a 65″ screen, which can be used to host board-style meetings, intimate product launches or special presentations. The space is equipped with high-speed internet connectivity and state-of-the-art AV facilities, making it an ideal location for productive business meetings.

The culinary team have designed a sumptuous five-course tasting menu that reflects the restaurant’s sustainable and seasonal ethos. They have sourced their ingredients from their most cherished producers, creating new and exciting dishes that are sure to delight the palate. “We’re going to have some fun in this space and create an interactive experience that will be remembered for all the right reasons,” Hishon shares.

Kingi private

Kingi Private is designed for up to 14 guests for a sit-down meal or 12 for a catered meeting or presentation. It is the perfect venue for those seeking a more intimate dining experience as much as it is a productive and inspiring space to do business. The space is now open for bookings here, with seatings available from Saturday, the 1st of April, onwards.

Ultimately Kingi Private is a testament to the beauty of blending warmth and elegance. It is a space that allows guests to escape the stresses of the city and indulge in a unique and unforgettable experience. The space is designed with attention to every detail, from the furniture by designer Simon James to the bespoke tableware created by ceramicist Rachel Carter. And from here, it is evident that Kingi Private is more than just a private dining and meeting space; it is a true work of art.

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Everything new and noteworthy that should be on your beauty radar right now

While we know the great importance of inner beauty, focusing on its external counterpart can be just as important for how we feel about ourselves. Here, we delve into all the excellent formulas, innovative beauty tools and new rituals we have been embracing in our pursuit of glowing skin this autumn. This is everything to know about in the beauty realm right now.

Bare Necessities

Inspired by the natural, fresh-faced look of no-makeup makeup, this style emphasises subtlety and understated elegance. With a focus on flawless skin and neutral, earthy hues, it is about embracing your inherent beauty with fresh-faced rosy cheeks for an effortless look that
is both timeless and contemporary. 

From left: Augustinus Bader Lip Balm from Spring Store, PAT MCGRATH LABS Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation from Sephora, Strobe dewy skin tint fluide from MAC, HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Powder from Net-a-porter, Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Eyeshadow Stick from Smith & Caugheys, Surratt Beauty Artistique Liquid Blush from Mecca, By Terry Eclat Opulent Serum Foundation from Mecca.

Beauty & Grace

The latest addition to the pantheon of innovative autumn beauty products is none other than Dermalogica’s Phyto Nature Oxygen Cream, a highly-touted skincare solution that promises to reinvigorate ageing skin by harnessing the power of oxygen-optimising botanical actives. By enhancing the skin’s oxygen absorption, this transformative cream imbues a youthful, lifted, and revitalised appearance while effectively mitigating the effects of fine lines and wrinkles. With a formulation consisting of rare and premium actives like Ligustrum Lucidum seed, Nasturtium Flower, Astragalus, Luffa Root, and Rose of Winter, each delivering essential oxygenation, hydration, and antioxidant benefits, this innovative liquid-cream moisturiser defies the conventions of traditional, heavy creams for ageing skin.

Phyto Nature Oxygen Cream from Dermalogica.

The Eye of the Beholder

The eyes are not just the windows to the soul, but also to the body in tandem. Neglecting eye care can lead to a host of issues, and unfortunately, wrinkles here are some of the first to set in. But fear not. There are a host of revolutionary new products designed to keep our eyes looking fresh, without depriving them of their personality-giving power.

Autumn beauty
From left: Allies of Skin Peptides Omega Firming eye cream from Mecca, DR. DENNIS GROSS DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Max Pro from Net-a-porter, Radiance Eye Cream from Sothys.

Eternal Essence

The celebration of Diptyque’s enduring perfume Do Son persists with a series of inventive and creative artistic collaborations. These include a recently published book by photographer Tim Walker and a new animated film, which portrays the recollections and the fragrant essence of the Vietnamese coastal town that inspired the scent. 

Autumn beauty
Diptyque Do Son from Mecca.
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Inside an exclusive evening with Jimmy Choo and Denizen at Onslow

Last week, we invited an exclusive group of discerning Denizens to join us in celebrating the new Spring/Summer 2023 collection from iconic shoe and accessory brand, Jimmy Choo. Since its inception, this brand has become a mainstay in any fashion-forward wardrobe, from London (where it started) to New York and now to Auckland, thanks to the exquisite Jimmy Choo store that has opened in Westfield Newmarket.

It was in that very store, in fact, that our night on Wednesday the 22nd of March began, with a spot of after-hours shopping, as we tried on some of the best pieces from the new Jimmy Choo collection. After the shopping was complete, we were transported to Josh and Helen Emett’s exceptional dining destination Onslow for a dinner to remember.

A restaurant renowned for its elegant ambience and expertly-prepared dishes, Onslow was the perfect setting for this convivial occasion. And after a round of perfectly-made cocktails and a few words from our Editor-in-Chief and Lindsay Clifford-Smith from Jimmy Choo, we were all treated to a three-course feast that showcased why Onslow has become such a beloved destination on Auckland’s dining scene.

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With one of NZ’s biggest musical exports on the cover, our iconic new autumn issue is here

The change of seasons this year hasn’t been as confronting as it typically is, thanks to all the average weather we experienced over the summer. That said, with the arrival of autumn’s crisp days comes the simultaneous arrival of our new issue, and if you’re struggling to muster up the enthusiasm for the season ahead, there’s plenty in our carefully-created pages to leave you feeling inspired.

For starters, our new autumn issue boasts Rosé from the record-breaking K-pop girl group BLACKPINK on its cover and offers a corresponding story that traces her meteoric rise from early days in New Zealand, then Australia, to becoming a bona fide global superstar — known and beloved around the world. Elsewhere, we delve into the life and career of none other than Golden Globe-winning actor Jennifer Coolidge (who we are so happy is finally getting a well-deserved moment in the sun), as well as speaking with the talented Kiwi Formula E driver Mitch Evans (who has also been recently announced as Dadelszen’s new ambassador), and we explore the life and work of Yayoi Kusama, off the back of her major Louis Vuitton collaboration, unveiled earlier this year. We also interview Emmy-nominated local Casting Director Stu Turner (of Catch Casting) to talk about his fascinating job and what it takes to make it in Hollywood.

In Gastronomy, we speak to the trends that foodies should expect to see (and eat) in 2023 and interview the clever young chef who has taken the reins at one of Auckland’s most popular restaurants — Bivacco. In Design, we give an exclusive look at an exquisite new book about renowned Brazilian architect, Arthur Casas, and the iconic work his studio has completed over the years. Fashion is full of the most important collections, trends and couture that will be dictating the aesthetic for the season ahead, and also offers a fascinating insight into the life of an international fashion buyer, as Faradays’ Creative Director and Buyer Constance von Dadelszen pens a piece about her recent trip to Paris, and what we can expect to see over the next few months in the exceptional department store founded by her and her husband.

In Culture you’ll find our comprehensive guide on what to read, watch and listen to for autumn, while in Wellbeing, Tessa Patrick embarks on a deep dive into the rise of psychedelics as legalised, controlled treatments for mental illness and other ailments. There are also plenty of beauty and wellness trends in these pages to ensure you’re putting your best face forward in the lead-up to winter.

And for anyone craving a holiday, look no further than our Navigator section, where we offer a guide to some of the best, most luxurious, most off-the-grid resorts in South-East Asia, from new spots to award-winning favourites.

From the first page, our new Autumn issue is packed with informative, interesting and inspiring stories to get you feeling good about the season. The magazine is available now from all good supermarkets and newsagents or is available via subscription here, and we hope you enjoy poring over the pages as much as we enjoyed putting them together.

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Offering design-led apartments with exquisite views, Arthaus is the new luxury development in Auckland’s most sought-after suburb

Nestled in one of Auckland’s most historically significant suburbs and surrounded by exceptional culture and hospitality, Arthaus Parnell is a new luxury development taking shape on Parnell Road. Brought to market by world-class developers Winton, and given life by integrated design studio Isthmus, Arthaus will comprise five apartments only, each designed as a contemporary urban sanctuary. Currently on the market with Wall Real Estate, it promises to provide a standard of luxury living that is unparalleled in Auckland. “Finally, genuine international-level luxury and quality in Auckland apartments,” Graham Wall tells us. “A truly luxurious, freehold apartment actually in the Parnell Village will be very valuable for a long time.”

To understand the appeal of Arthaus, one must first look at its enviable location. Set on a prominent corner site, the development will offer its residents unique, 270-degree views that span from the sparkling Waitematā Harbour back to the stunning Auckland War Memorial Museum, with the expansive, green beauty of the Auckland Domain only a few kilometres away. Of course, Parnell has long been one of Auckland’s most sought-after locales for its plethora of galleries, iconic restaurants, exquisite jewellery and fashion boutiques and locally-owned bookstores — most of which are positioned along the famous Parnell Road, making them only a short walk for Arthaus residents. Here, there is a sense of living centrally while still feeling somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of the inner city. 

Inside each Arthaus apartment, quality natural materials like timber veneer cabinetry and stone will provide a beautiful backdrop, ready for residents to make their own distinct design mark. The apartments’ floor plans start at 171 square metres (for the smallest, going up to a whopping 463 square metres for the Penthouse) and plenty of private and communal space, with striking kitchens anchored by large stone islands, ample room for separate dining and even the opportunity for a secondary living space or media room. The floor-to-ceiling windows fill the apartments with natural light and offer exquisite cityscape views from every room, you can just imagine the experience of tucking up in front of one of the apartments’ elegant fireplaces to take it all in.

The Arthaus apartments feature extended balcony spaces that open seamlessly from the living rooms. Each balcony offers its own unique vantage point across Parnell and beyond and will prove the perfect spot for enjoying al fresco lunches or hosting friends for evening drinks. Taking this idea to another level is the Arthaus Penthouse, where a rooftop balcony and sky garden will provide its owner with panoramic views, delivering an unbeatable setting for intimate gatherings, or offering moments of quiet contemplation while soaking in the final rays of the day.

Arthaus’ unique offering is currently on the market with Wall Real Estate, and at this stage, is set to be completed by the end of 2024.

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Heading away this year? We round up 6 luxurious new European hotels you simply must visit

While it may feel like we’re still just at the beginning of the year, the Northern Hemisphere summer will roll around in no time, calling us to leave our dreary winter behind in search of greener (and warmer) pastures. As such, we thought it an opportune time to round up some of the new, luxury hotels in Europe that have opened in our favourite destinations, from France and Italy to The Netherlands. If you’ve been wondering whether to book a holiday this year, consider this a sign.


Cali, Mykonos

In Kalafati, Mykonos, lies the Cali Mykonos Hotel, a luxurious resort that pays homage to nature and hospitality. The resort’s suites and villas are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural landscape. Guests can bask in the ancient stream beds, take in the breathtaking sea views, and unwind on the beach, lost in the tranquil beauty of the ocean. The resort provides an exclusive hideaway where luxury feels innate and inescapable, and acts as a gateway to the beauty of the Greek Islands with exclusive access to yacht cruises and wellness experiences.

Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel

Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel, Amsterdam

The grandeur of this new hotel is evident from the moment you step into its luxurious lobby. The interiors exude elegance and sophistication, with the designer’s respect for the former owners apparent in every nook and cranny of the 5-star hotel in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. Rooms are a harmonious blend of contemporary and opulence, and the exclusive living area is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the surrounds. Here, culinary delights are aplenty, with fine dining at VanOost Restaurant, contemporary dishes inspired by French and Italian cuisine at Spring Cafe Brasserie, and a mixology experience at Fitz’s Bar. A luxurious haven in Amsterdam, offering an otherwise serene stay in this sometimes sordid city.

Potrait Milano

Portrait Milano, Milan

Purporting to help guests ‘experience Milan at its most authentic’, Portrait Milano exemplifies everything we adore about this chic Italian city. In Milan’s fashion district, the luxurious hotel stands out for its quintessential Italian hospitality, meticulous attention to detail and personalised service for each guest. Housed in one of Europe’s oldest seminaries, the hotel offers an intimate and tranquil oasis with exclusive boutiques and gourmet experiences. The 73 suites and rooms feature classic Italian design with sumptuous materials. Overlooking the city’s largest public square in the fashion district, the former seminary’s wellness area will soon offer a spa, gym, and swimming pool, making this historic structure a hub of hospitality, entertainment and culture.

COMO Le Montrachet

COMO Le Montrachet, Burgundy

Nestled in the heart of Puligny-Montrachet, Como Le Montrachet boasts inimitable hospitality, elegant dining and excellent service. The 19th-century inn, situated in the prestigious Côte-d’Or wine region of Burgundy, features restful and luxurious suites named after various traditional French village homes. At the hotel restaurant, famed Chef Romain Versino creates authentic French cuisine from the finest local produce, while the sommeliers recommend wine pairings from an extensive list befitting of the region.

The OWO Raffles

The OWO Raffles, London

Home to Britain’s grand Old War Office, the Whitehall building has hosted some of the great leaders and espionage missions in the country’s history. Yet with a new lease of life, Raffles London is a destination that is worthy of the building’s history. Sporting 120 new rooms and suites, alongside nine world-class dining destinations, Raffles offers the ultimate authentic London experience.

Son Net

Son Net, Mallorca

In the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, the newly restored 5-star hotel, Son Net, awaits. Its private Majorcan estate dates back to 1672 and is just a 15-minute drive from Palma. The creators of the award-winning Andalusian hideaway, Finca Cortesin, are behind this project. With only 31 suites, Son Net offers elegant, palatial architecture paired with tastefully transformed interiors. Preserving many original features, including rustic beams, stone floors, and antique fireplaces, the property spans 57,000m2 and includes multiple pools, an ecological vegetable and herb garden, small farm, private vineyard and curated private art collection. The dramatic backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains is perfect for walkers and hikers, and the food here is all locally sourced.

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