Mojito with gingerella & Mussels cooked in white wine, chilli, garlic & parsley

Meet Aryeh — the exceptional new Piha restaurant serving sustainable, elevated fare in an iconic location

With an adventurous menu that shines a spotlight on local, organic produce, renowned chef and hospitality consultant Lucas Parkinson’s new Piha venture is well worthy of your attention this summer. Taking over the former site of The Piha Cafe (historically home to Piha’s post office), Aryeh, pronounced ‘Ari-aye’, opens its doors this Saturday, bringing an exceptional fine dining experience to the iconic coastal spot. The eatery is nestled into the bush-clad hillside, and boasts an enviable perspective of the beach and, from the outdoor area, Te Piha.

Left: Kumeu Strawberry & Cambridge cream panna cotta

Unsurprisingly, given Parkinson’s resume, the menu is elevated, inventive and delicious. The chef, perhaps best known for his award-winning, Wānaka restaurant Ode (earning one hat, and arguably the country’s most sustainable high-end restaurant during its five-year residence), describes nature as the executive chef of Aryeh.

Nature, he says, dictates what’s on the menu and when. Dishes are guided entirely by Aotearoa’s produce and, as such, will change with and throughout the seasons. Taking great care in selecting wild proteins, sustainably sourced kaimoana, and cultivated goods that are procured with consideration for the environment and the welfare of animals is a non-negotiable for Parkinson, and the menu acts as an exploration of our local landscape.

Organic Cambridge Mapari beef

The debut dishes, available this coming weekend, see the likes of sashimi paired with ponzu granita, finger lime, sunflower and kelp emulsion, and fig leaf sushi rice shard, and organic Cambridge Mapari beef topped with three-day Stonecroft syrah bone jus and five-year-aged balsamic. On the side, diners will delight in Piha honey-roasted young carrots with puffed Taranaki quinoa and a Piha herb gremolata, or crunchy jersey bennes fried in beef fat, served with Piha oyster mushroom and black garlic mayo. And when it comes to dessert, summery Kumeu Strawberry and Cambridge cream panna cotta with strawberry sorbet, fresh strawberries and aerated strawberry milkshake is a must try, while the Far North macadamia crumble with strawberry meringue and young purple basil is equally as divine. 

If it’s a glimpse into the process and Parkinson’s craft that piques your interest, on Wednesday nights diners are offered a front-row seat to the action at Aryeh’s test kitchen experience, where an $89 five-course menu comes with a notepad and pen to leave feedback, which Parkinson assures us will be treasured by the kitchen team.

Sashimi with ponzu granita
Right: Mojito with gingerella, Cold pressed mandarin juice & Vodka, strawberry, basil and lemon cocktail

Anyone that frequents Piha in the summer months will know of the iconic address, and as soon as Parkinson spotted it vacant he jumped at the opportunity, taking Aryeh from concept to fruition in just eight short weeks. Inside, a vast Neolith Phedra stone chef’s table anchors the space, accompanied by an open kitchen, a spectacular Atlantic greenstone bar, and hardy wooden tables throughout. There’s space for an intimate group at the chef’s counter, a handful of tables on the covered balcony, and the most coveted spot of all, a carefully laid out sun deck — an outdoor oasis with an exceptional outlook, shaded by sprawling umbrellas. 

This Sun Deck space invites walk-ins only, and as such, has a more casual offering — Parkinson’s take on traditional, casual seaside fare. Here, by-the-kilo pots of Coromandel mussels, fish and chips with light nitrous-whipped lemon aioli, and organic chicken wings with moreish horopito buffalo sauce all feature. 

As for the drinks, an important consideration given the location, diners will be pleased to discover that the all-New Zealand mantra is upheld. You’ll find a focus on organic and biodynamic wines, a vibrant list of beer, and cocktails (both with and without the booze) based on fresh, cold-pressed fruits. There’s the option to wine match with all menus, too.

Aryeh’s concept is unique in that the eatery will welcome guests throughout summer, until the end of April when it ‘winters-down’, giving over its space for events, collaborations and pop-ups, before reopening for the next summer chapter in December.

With Parkinson’s exceptional fare paired with Aryeh’s location in one of the most iconic and breathtaking spots in the country, Aryeh is perfectly positioned to become the place to be this summer and beyond.

Opening Hours:
Dinner: Wednesday to Monday — 5.00pm till 9.00pm

Lunch: Thursday to Monday — 12.00pm till 2.00pm


20 Seaview Road,

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Staying in Auckland this New Year’s? Secure your spot at these unmissable events and see out the year in style

For anyone who has decided not to escape the city for the New Year period, there’s an array of rousing events, delicious dinners and unmissable parties taking place on New Year’s Eve guaranteed to ensure a very warm welcome to 2024. Whether it’s a long, languid lunch, a delightful dinner with family, or an entirely uproarious party that you seek, here’s where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Auckland come December 31st. Secure your spot now, and bid adieu to 2023 in style.

Bivacco headliners Nice’n’Urlich


Alongside its Christmas Eve offering, Bivacco will also be hosting a convivial New Year’s Eve affair, bringing in 2024 with the house tunes of the ever-iconic Nice’n’Urlich. Enjoy an evening of great music, endless dancing, flowing drinks and good food. Headliners Nice’n’Urlich will be joined by Phoebe Falconer and General Lee, ensuring the dance floor continues into the early hours. VIP booths are available but very limited, so we’d suggest securing your spot ASAP.

Book at Bivacco here



Savor the final hours of 2023 in Kingi’s stunning dining space, indulging in a tasty, four-course dinner. The sharing-style meal will celebrate seasonal, local produce and sustainably caught seafood, alongside hand-picked wines from Kingi’s impressive cellar and a selection of celebratory beverages. Menu highlights include Te Matuku bay oysters, green-lipped mussels and the Britomart eatery’s signature flounder with citrus, capers, and almonds. Toast the New Year with a glass of sparkling at the first seating ($133 per person), or a glass of Champagne at the second ($159 per person).

Book at Kingi here

Soul Bar & Bistro

Holding prime position, with tables overlooking Viaduct Harbour, there is simply no better place to park up and celebrate the year that’s been than at Soul. Revellers can delight in delicious cocktails, a plate or two of delicious food, and tunes sure to get the party started. DJ Andre is on the decks from 5pm, and DJ Tom is taking over from 11pm to see us in to 2024.

Book at Soul here

QT Auckland

If it’s an uproarious evening that you seek, look no further than QT Rooftop’s all-singing, all-dancing New Year’s Eve bonanza. Set to be the celebration of the year in this sky-high, inner-city spot, QT promises an evening of free-flowing champagne, delectable canapés, an impressive lineup of DJs and a dance floor to remember. Tickets start at $100.

Book at QT here



At this utterly delicious Commercial Bay restaurant, you can welcome in the new year with celebratory Champagne and a four-course feast. Known for its delectable fare and inspired take on classic Kiwi cuisine, Ahi is the perfect place to settle in for the final night of 2023. For $260 per person, diners are promised a crisp glass of Ayala Rosé or Bollinger Special Cuvée, a tasting menu, snacks, and a damn good time.

Book at Ahi here


Mark the end of the year with an impeccable lunch or dinner at the Park Hyatt Auckland’s lauded restaurant, Onemata. For $385 per person, festive punters will be greeted with a cocktail hour and canapés (featuring an oyster station), before indulging in a seven-course degustation with wine pairings. DJs are sure to get the party started, and the night will end on a high note with a champagne toast when the clock strikes 12.

Book at Onemata here



Bid adieu to 2023 in style at Onslow’s hotly anticipated New Year’s Eve dinner. Start the evening with a crisp glass of Ruinart, served on arrival, before settling into a four or five-course menu, available for $190 and $260 respectively. The early sitting is at 5pm, but for those looking to lean into the night’s festivities, there’s an 8pm sitting that promises to stretch long into the evening — with a champagne toast at midnight. This year, the Emetts have opened the garden terrace for table service too, so we’d encourage securing your spot now to enjoy a New Year’s Eve feast al fresco.

Book at Onslow here



Ring in the New Year at Commercial Bay’s sprawling French bistro, Origine, where the clever chefs will be serving up a decedent, multi-course French menu, with some special additions available on the night. Whether it’s an early pre-party dinner you’re after, or a convivial meal that takes you well past midnight, Origine promises to deliver on all fronts. Tickets are $195 per person and include a cocktail on arrival, and with bookings already proving popular we’d advise you get in quick.

Book at Origine here


Start your New Year’s Eve celebrations nice and early this year at Beau, which is opening its doors for lunch before the lovely staff clock off for a well-deserved glass of bubbles. Always a great spot to park up for the afternoon to enjoy a selection of snacks and a glass (or bottle) from their impressive wine list, we’re sure you’ll be met with a lively vibe here as you ease into the day’s festivities.

Book at Beau here


Leave behind 2023 and welcome in the New Year at Gilt, where the martinis are poured from 11.30am and champagne flows long into the evening. Whether it’s your ultimate destination, or a spot to drop in for and drink and bite before heading to other engagements in the city, Gilt is sure to be a convivial spot all day (and night) long.



Head to Sidart to welcome the New Year in style, with an exceptional six-course tasting menu that highlights the very best of local New Zealand produce. Enjoy the eatery’s cosy vibe while indulging in a glass of champagne on arrival before selecting a tipple or two from the always interesting wine list. Secure your spot for $250 per person, which includes the six courses and a welcome champagne, and settle in for a truly delicious end to the year.

Book at Sidart here

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Andiamo’s new set menu is a delicious celebration of autumn
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The House That Ginger Built

Feel the festive spirit at Park Hyatt Auckland — from a new collection of Christmas treats to a Christmas market you don’t want to miss

Park Hyatt Auckland is set to dazzle this festive season with its indulgent new Christmas collection, meticulously crafted by the hotel’s esteemed Executive Pastry Chef, Callum Liddicoat and his talented team. This year, an opulent array of delicious delights promises to captivate palates and evoke nostalgic Yuletide memories, making this season’s celebrations a delectable affair for the whole family. 

Chef Callum Liddicoat’s inspiration for the collection stemmed from his most cherished childhood moments. Reflecting on his upbringing, where Christmas was a huge celebration, Liddicoat has recreated the same joy and wonder through the artistry of his culinary creations, dreaming up a collection that is perfect for all of our festive hosting needs.

Left: Summer Berry Tart. Right: Black Forest Tart

Park Hyatt Auckland’s Christmas collection boasts an assortment of treats, ranging from the return of the ever-popular (and always quick to sell out) Boozy Mince Pies, to a new take on trifle showcasing a mouthwatering array of tropical and seasonal fruits (served in a glass jar) to a tantalising selection of summer tarts, including Strawberry, Summer Berry and Cherry iterations, each a harmonious blend of seasonal ingredients and luscious creams. There are also two roulades, the Berri’d (with raspberry sponge and coconut and mascarpone cream) and the Choc Rollo (with chocolate sponge and dark chocolate cremeux), as well as a certifiably delicious pistachio, raspberry and vanilla gateaux, and The Pantry’s Christmas Cookie Village, which includes house-shaped boxes of dark chocolate gingerbread, burnt butter brown sugar cookies and savoury parmesan shortbread.

The Choc Rolo & Berri’d Roulades

All that said, the pièce-de-résistance has to be Liddicoat’s The House That Ginger Built. Made with 1200 grams of the finest baked gingerbread using a classic European recipe, this gingerbread house comes adorned in a selection of beloved sweets, and will stand as a head-turning centrepiece in any festive setting. 

This year, Liddicoat has also created DIY Gingerbread House Kits. Here the house arrives constructed but bare and comes with icing, a plethora of sweets and expert guidance via a QR code so that the whole family can pitch in to create their very own Christmas masterpiece, and make a few special memories along the way.

The Pantry’s Christmas Cookie Village: dark chocolate gingerbread, burnt butter brown sugar cookies & savoury parmesan shortbread

In addition, Park Hyatt Auckland (alongside Eke Panuku) will be hosting Christmas on Your Waterfront on the second and third of December, from 10am until 4pm. An artisan Christmas market with lots of fun activities for the family, including craft workshops, the chance to meet Santa, market stalls with beautiful gifts ideas and delicious food and a number of specials at Park Hyatt’s venues, this unmissable (and free) event will put you firmly in the festive spirit.  

For enquiries, contact: [email protected]

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Andiamo’s new set menu is a delicious celebration of autumn
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Raise a glass to rosé as Soul Bar & Bistro launches a month-long celebration of this delicious drop

Porsche Presents: The drive with Lizzi Whaley

With over 20 years of experience in interiors, it’s unsurprising that Lizzi Whaley has earned herself an impressive reputation. However it’s not just the success of her projects she’s best known for. Whaley has used her position as an industry figurehead and CEO of highly successful interior architecture firm, Spaceworks, to champion sustainability, inclusivity and diversity within New Zealand’s corporate culture. And she’s done so with plenty of good humour, too.

Here, Lizzi Whaley sits down in front of the camera as part of Porsche’s series — The Drive, to talk about being driven by progress, the power of great design, and maintaining forward momentum. “I think the secret to being driven is to have a purpose. And for me it’s progress. I just want to be a better person. I want to create better outcomes for my clients. I want to create a better journey for my staff. I think you’ve always got to have something that you’re striving for,” she says. “Design can change the world, and I feel that, from my small corner of the world, I can help make an impact.” Learn more about Whaley’s inspiring story, and what drives her via the QR code here.

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Set up the ultimate outdoor space this summer with our picks of ECC’s best pieces to buy now

With the long-awaited summer well and truly on our doorstep, it is time to start finessing our outdoor spaces to prepare them for plenty of use over the coming months. Of course, one place we always turn to in our pursuit of perfect furnishings is ECC, where the selection of outdoor accoutrements and furniture is vast and varied. Here, in a bid to help you curate a cosy and convivial outdoor space, we have rounded up a selection of our favourite pieces from ECC to buy before summer really kicks in.

Expormim Obi Armchair from ECC
Gervasoni Brise Coffee Table from ECC
Roda Pillow Lantern from ECC
Minotti Sunray Sofa from ECC
Roda Orson Director Lounge Chair from ECC
Flos Last Order from ECC
Expormim Obi XL Sofa from ECC
Royal Botania Organix Lounge Setting from ECC
Ambientec Xtal Table Lamp from ECC
Warli Twilight Lantern from ECC

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Sarah Mitchell Weston

We sit down with expert nutritionist Sarah Mitchell Weston on gut health, whole foods and her exciting new collagen brand, Prochaine

Having dedicated her life to studying nutrition (holding a PhD in the area) and working privately with her clients to improve their lives and long-term vitality, Sarah Mitchell Weston carries a veritable wealth of knowledge, particularly in the realm of gut health. Bringing a fresh and scientifically-considered approach to her clients’ care, Mitchell Weston is an expert at optimising health through nutrition via whole foods, careful supplementation and nurturing in her clients a healthy relationship with the food they eat. Realistic, long-term and personalised, her programmes are known to be life-changing, and now, Mitchell Weston is taking her influence in this space one step further with her newly launched collagen and supplement brand, Prochaine. Harnessing the power of marine collagen in conjunction with a unique French melon concentrate, Prochaine’s Collagen Beauty Blend is unlike others of its kind for the way it both supports collagen production and mitigates collagen breakdown — a dual action effect that makes it a powerful addition to any daily health regimen.

Here, we sit down with Sarah Mitchell Weston to talk about how to optimise our health and nutrition, and why Prochaine might just be the key step our beauty routines have been missing.

Exclusive Q&A

How did you get involved in the health and nutrition space? I’ve always been fascinated by diets and nutrition, maybe a product of growing up in the 80s (my mother tried every single diet conceived in that decade). But it wasn’t until my father passed suddenly at 52 (his poor diet and lifestyle had led to morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes, and eventually a lethal stroke) that a light went on, and my future direction became clear. Determined not to follow his example, I switched my university degree from archaeology to physiology and sports science, specialising in human nutrition postgrad. My passion for the subject only grew, and after a number of years in nutrition research, I launched my own private practice, Belle Époque Nutrition

What are some key aspects of health and nutrition that people often get wrong? I’d describe most people as overwhelmed, and that’s where they start to go wrong. There is so much conflicting information. We’re influenced by trends on social media and forever pursuing a quick fix. But when it comes to health and nutrition, there is almost never a ‘quick fix’ — trust me. Our health is a product of day to day choices, and it can take time to unravel destructive habits and replace them with nurturing ones. Another thing people sometimes get wrong is the pursuit of an ‘all or nothing’ approach to diet and exercise. It’s unsustainable, can lead to burnout and is the reason why dieting doesn’t work. Balancing hard work with self care will get you there eventually. 

Prochaine’s Collagen Beauty Blends

What are the health habits you personally live by? Three things: movement, eating plants, and quality sleep. I move daily. I’m not talking about seven days a week gym attendance, but engaging in daily, purposeful movement. Increasingly, research and experience is showing us that regular exercise is not just for aesthetics or fitness; it is crucial for cognitive and emotional health and longevity. Walking, cycling, playing with your kids (dog in my case), dancing, yoga are all ways to incorporate more movement into your daily life. I also eat plants every day. This can sometimes be harder than you think if you don’t plan ahead: make sure that at least your breakfast includes fruit and/or veg. Choose plant-forward options when shopping and dining out. And quality sleep — I can’t stress how essential this is for all facets of health and wellbeing. 

Let’s talk gut. What do people need to understand about this complex area of health? The gastrointestinal (GI) system is linked to literally every other organ and health system in your body. If you don’t look after your gut, there can be serious consequences for cardiovascular health, mental health, skin health and hormone production — to name a few. Gut health is quite complex, yes. There is no real definition of a ‘healthy gut’, as no two gut microbiomes are the same. And gut health is not strictly limited to the functionality of the microbiome, one needs to also consider the health of other GI organs such as the liver, for example. That being said, there are still some general principles everyone should try to follow to ensure optimal gut function. Eat probiotic foods every day — these include live culture yoghurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir. Eat prebiotic foods every day — these are usually high fibre foods, but specifically veggies like artichoke, garlic, onions, chicory. Eat a diverse range of plant foods — up to 30 different types per week. Additionally, limit intake of things that reduce the health and function of your gut and liver. These might include excess alcohol, sugar, ultra-processed foods, smoking/vaping, emulsifiers and artificial sweeteners. If you are experiencing symptoms such as IBS, inflammation, skin outbreaks, poor mood and suspect your gut health has something to do with it, look at what you are and aren’t feeding your gut and change this first. If you are confused about what you need personally, come and talk to me and my team, we specialise in gut health.

What inspired you to launch Prochaine?  I’ve taken a lot of supplements over the years, and as such spent time studying the industry and efficacy of nutraceuticals: I have learned how unregulated the system is. It’s alarming how little research there is behind common claims, and in some cases the low quality and efficacy of many products in the market. I was motivated to launch a brand that could confidently claim each product was backed by strong scientific evidence, while also including only high quality ingredients at effective doses.  

What sets Prochaine apart from other collagen powders on the market today?  First and foremost, the dual action of the ingredients we’ve selected. Our endogenous collagen stores are a result
of collagen going in and collagen out. Filling up your collagen stores with collagen is necessary, especially as we age, but not as effective if you are not taking into account collagen ‘leaks’. And free radical damage is a major collagen leak. For Prochaine, we not only sourced a very high quality hydrolysed marine collagen powder for everyday supplementation, but paired this with Holimel® French melon concentrate, a powerful antioxidant that reduces collagen breakdown in the skin. This stuff is pretty special.

Not all collagen powders are created equal. How can people sort the wheat from the chaff, so to speak? Consider three things: quantity, source and supporting ingredients. Quantity is important for efficacy: generally speaking, a daily dose of between 8-10g collagen is ideal. Source: marine collagen is hands down the superior collagen source compared to bovine or porcine in terms of absorption and bioavailability, and generally, is a more sustainable choice too. Supporting ingredients: are they proven to aid collagen production or are they just unnecessary fillers at microscopic doses? And are the essential ones included? In particular, two vital cofactors are vitamin C and zinc. Even a mild deficiency in these essential nutrients will impair collagen synthesis. Taking a collagen supplement without these cofactors renders it basically just another protein powder.

How has Prochaine helped you? I am in the age zone where a daily collagen supplement is noticeably beneficial. I now take it daily, and the main thing I’ve noticed is significantly more hydrated and younger looking skin . Basically my skin is now in appreciably better condition than it was a year ago when we launched our first product. Prochaine has become an essential part of my daily routine. As a bonus, the inclusion of vitamin C and zinc in the Collagen Beauty Blend has definitely played a role in preventing illness — I haven’t had a single cold or flu  this year.

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Yuzu Collagen Beauty Blend from Prochaine
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Yuzu Collagen Beauty Blend from Prochaine
UnFlavoured Collagen Beauty Blend from Prochaine

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Embrace the promise of new beginnings with our highly-anticipated new Summer Issue — out now

As we approach the end of the year and yet another summer season (this time, hopefully, with some actual sun involved) we have been reflecting on 2023, and looking forward, with cautious optimism to 2024. The last 11 months have served up a number of challenges, both here and around the world, and while it has certainly been a tough time for many of us, there is still much to be excited about as we look to the future.

Our new Summer Issue taps into the idea of promise, potential and the power of new beginnings. On the cover, pregnant Kiwi supermodel Georgia Fowler emerges from a landscape like a modern Venus, while inside the magazine she talks in our exclusive interview about modelling, motherhood, and her imminent move to New York.

Another inspiring person to whom we spoke in this issue is skincare entrepreneur Emma Lewisham, whose eponymous skincare line is taking the world by storm for its groundbreaking circularity and ethos of sustainability. She sits alongside other notable names on our pages, including prolific designer Rodolfo Dordoni and iconic Chinese couturier Guo Pei (who designed Rihanna’s 2015 yellow Met Gala dress and has an exhibition opening at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki very soon).

Those seeking some immediate inspiration for the Christmas season will find plenty of it in our curated Christmas Gift Guide, guaranteed to help you find the perfect gift no matter how discerning the recipient. While those looking for more long-term inspiration should turn to the back of the magazine to find, in our Navigator section, a line-up of tropical island escapes to book for next year’s holidays.

For anyone wanting to ensure their wardrobe remains seasonally sound, there is a raft of new fashion in our Coveted section, alongside a thorough guide to party dressing for anyone staring down the barrel of a busy silly season. Similarly, our Design pages are full of the latest interior and architectural trends and plenty of creative ideas for those wanting to update their spaces.

In Gastronomy, our Editor-in-chief outlines a plethora of occasion-based dining recommendations, from where to go for a romantic date, to where to take a rowdy crowd. It even includes the best places to dine with children in tow.

And if keeping up with the latest and greatest trends in the health and skincare space piques your interest, our Wellbeing section is bursting with new products, compelling trends and advice from experts in their field, like nutritionist Sarah Mitchell-Weston (of Belle Époque Nutrition and Prochaine collagen) and Sarah Reid (of Embodyme).

As always, keep an eye out for our QR codes, located in the corners of most pages. By simply scanning the code with your phone camera and clicking on the link, you will be taken directly to our curated edit of shoppable pieces and stories from the magazine.

Out now, our Summer Issue has been carefully compiled to showcase that, despite the hardships of the last year, there are still a number of people and brands doing interesting, innovative, creative, unique and compelling things. We think that points to a promising future. We hope you do too. Happy Holidays Denizens!

Our inspiring new Summer Issue is available at all good newsagents and supermarkets.

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Planning a family outing? These are the best kid-friendly restaurants in town

While the likes of Prego have long been the go-to for those with kids in tow, there are actually a number of restaurants around Auckland that offer the kinds of environments and menus that the whole family can enjoy. Here, we round up the ones to book this weekend.


With a menu dedicated to kids 12 years and under, this stalwart Japanese destination with locations in Ponsonby and Misson Bay is right on the money. Once the little ones have chosen between six pieces of sushi, a bento box or something from the menu for ‘bigger kids’ like chicken karaage, they get a little pack full of coloured pencils, paper and chopstick joiners (which help teach kids how to use them properly). Did we mention they also throw in a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce on the house?

Akarana Eatery

Being a family man himself, Nic Watt’s Akarana Eatery in Okahu Bay is designed to be an all-inclusive space where parents and children can easily spend the entire day. As the adults tuck into fresh oysters and chicken liver parfait waffles, little ones can play on the front lawn and take their pick from tempura fish and chips, margherita pizza, ice cream and mini Nutella donuts. They even offer a mouthwatering Weekend Roast Menu, perfect for Sunday family dinner.

Children's dining experience at The Grounds
The Grounds

The Grounds

Arguably the most family-friendly eatery in Auckland, chefs Ben Bayly and Mike Shatura have committed to creating a space that has all the tools to keep the kids entertained. From colouring books and one of the city’s best playgrounds to a menu featuring handmade pasta, dumplings and warming toasties, a dining experience with the children at The Grounds is always a smooth and enjoyable ride.

Non Solo Pizza

Long lunching at Parnell’s NSP need not be reserved for the grown-ups, with this Italian institution’s ‘Bambini’ menu offering plenty to satisfy smaller appetites. Find a thoughtful selection of tasty pizzas, pasta and chicken cotoletta complete with shoestring fries and seasonal veges. For dessert, the Nutella pizza is a must-try. The best part? For only $16, kids can choose a secondi, dolce and a drink. Bellissimo.


Get ’em started on the good stuff at a young age with Baduzzi’s kids menu. Featuring dishes like handmade buttered pasta with herbs and parmesan, organic lamb meatballs braised in tomato sauce, and chicken schnitzel with marinara sauce and fried egg, just as much care goes into this menu as the main one and it shows.



SKYCITY’s Japanese stalwart has long been a family favourite. The kids can enjoy a bento box with all the beloved Japanese delicacies, all while mum and dad enjoy some delicious fare from the regular menu and soak up the relaxed atmosphere.


Famed for its pasta, this Britomart restaurant is perfect for an early dinner. The standard menu has some great options for kids such as the mushroom tagliatelle or the chargrilled chicken. However, these are far from the only options — the kitchen will endeavour to make anything from the menu work for younger diners. Whether that be with smaller portions, the addition of chicken or the removal of any ingredient, Amano is here to keep kids happy.


It’s hardly surprising that Prego would make this list. For decades this delicious stalwart has been rated one of the best places to go for a family-friendly affair. There, you’ll find a dedicated menu of child-friendly Italian classics, all served with a scoop of ice cream to keep bellies well and truly satisfied.

Lobster Mac & Cheese
Lobster & Tap at Auckland Fish Market

Auckland Fish Market

Every kid loves fish and chips, so why not take them to the ultimate seafood destination? At Auckland Fish Market you can order from a variety of different purveyors serving everything from sushi to lobster fried rice. Following your family feast, head on over to Silo Park for a stroll while the children have their fun on the playground.


Neighbourhood eatery Andiamo is all about looking after locals, so it’s no surprise they are pros when it comes to catering to children. Here, you’ll be pleased to find a selection of slightly-tweaked versions of its famous spaghetti, calamari, mac and cheese and meatballs ready to satisfy young palates. What more could you want?


Take the whanau out to Riverhead or Clevedon for a meal at Hallertau that caters to just about everyone, young and old. The ‘Little Hoppers’ menu comes printed with colouring activities and the likes of chicken bao buns, gnocchi, pizza and a variety of sweet treats (including Duck Island’s famous fairy bread ice cream) will fill hungry tummies.

The Blue Breeze pork shumai
The Blue Breeze Inn

The Blue Breeze Inn

They’re short on a kids’ menu, but not on flavour — something you’re never too young to get acquainted with in our book. The steamed chicken and pork shumai is an excellent option, as is the sweet and sour pork. When paired with a side of the wok-charred broccoli, you’ve got yourself an easy, tasty and fuss-free dinner.

Sugar at Chelsea Bay

Satisfy the kids’ sweet cravings in the most epic way at Sugar at Chelsea Bay’s factory. Even the fussiest eaters won’t be able to resist French toast with fried brioche and maple, or the range of tempting cabinet treats. With an interactive zone, outdoor playground and plenty of space to run around and exert every bit of energy, there’s no need to fear the sugar high.

Man O’War

The perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Waiheke Island with the whole family, Man O’ War is a great place to park up with the kids for a casual bite. This idyllic spot is located on the Eastern side of the island and boasts a sprawling lawn right next to a beautiful beach. Whether you pack a picnic to enjoy with some glasses of Man O’ War’s exceptional wine (parents only, of course), or indulge in some delicious food at the restaurant, the setting of this vineyard is unparalleled and allows plenty of space for little ones to run around.

Ebisu's kids menu for a family night out


Boasting a special menu dedicated to their littlest diners where all meals come with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, Ebisu is the perfect place to go for family night out. And while the kids are tucking into a teriyaki chicken or salmon bowl, a delicious bento or sushi roll, parents can be enjoying Ebisu’s famous Japanese fare in peace. Win-win, we think.

The Heke

Enjoy a raft of delicious food, wine and beers within The Heke’s sprawling gardens. This relaxed destination is super family friendly (and even dog friendly too, we’re told), where the chefs prepare everything over glowing coals and the craft distillery and brewery on-site will ensure that parents can enjoy a libation or two while their kids enjoy the activities on the lawn. Offering a mud kitchen, a sandpit, cornhole games, climbing structures and a (very fun) bouncy platform, as well as live music and a menu of classics for the whole family to enjoy, The Heke is well worth an afternoon visit.

Burger Burger

Because burgers are great for everyone, Burger Burger is easily one of the best places to enjoy a meal with the whole family. From its delicious menus including one dedicated to kids where burgers, fries and more come with shakes or housemate sodas, to its friendly service to its cool, casual vibe, Burger Burger’s venues are an easy and always satiating solution for a fun family outing.

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Here’s why Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the ultimate gift for your most discerning friends and family

As the holiday season fast approaches, our pursuit of the perfect gift escalates. Increasingly, we find ourselves searching for gifts that are not only thoughtful and useful, but ones that have the all-important X-factor — a certain je ne sais quoi that goes above and beyond to offer a memorable experience too. It is in pursuit of this, that we find ourselves turning to Johnnie Walker Blue Label, an unparalleled masterpiece offering an experience that transcends the ordinary, making it the quintessential gift for the whisky enthusiast or epicurean in your life.

For anyone unfamiliar, in the realm of Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker Blue Label reigns supreme. Comprised of a complex and compelling blend of some of Scotland’s rarest whiskies, this drop is an undisputed icon, each bottle boasting a unique quality, character and flavour that has given it an unrivalled, signature taste. In fact, the whiskies that makeup Johnnie Walker Blue Label are meticulously handpicked from distilleries all over Scotland (including coveted barrels from long-closed ‘ghost’ distilleries) and are rigorously tested for taste and quality, with only 1 in 10,000 casks making the cut. It is a decidedly exclusive and discerning spirit, designed for those who value rarity, craftsmanship and quality above all else.

And while anyone can appreciate a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label from the outside, imbibe a sip of the golden liquid and you’ll understand the magic that this particular mix delivers. Its blend sees aged whiskies with gravitas and complexity collide with vibrant, younger varieties, offering a depth of flavour that is layered and intriguing.

On the palate, Johnnie Walker Blue Label makes a strong first impression with waves of spice that give way to smooth vanilla and honey. This is followed by notes of caramel and hazelnut that coarse through rich, dark chocolate before a luxuriously strong and smoky finish swoops in to deliver a warming, sumptuous finale. A drink as good as Johnnie Walker Blue Label need not be tampered with, so enjoy it neat and after a glass of ice-cold water to prepare the palate perfectly. The only thing that could make it better is good company, of course.

So, whether you’re looking for something for the person who loves to entertain, for a whisky-lover or simply a gourmand who truly appreciates the finer things in life, Johnnie Walker Blue Label ticks all the boxes. Its rare qualities and renowned reputation have given it the top spot on our wishlists this year, and the exclusive cache that surrounds it will make it the perfect gift for someone special.

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Andiamo’s new set menu is a delicious celebration of autumn
Taking over a coveted spot in Parnell, meet Rhu — the elevated new all-day eatery from an ex-Pasture chef
Raise a glass to rosé as Soul Bar & Bistro launches a month-long celebration of this delicious drop

Inside our celebration of the new Cracker Bay precinct and the unveiling of our highly-anticipated new Summer Issue

On Wednesday night, we invited a group of discerning denizens down to the waterfront to celebrate Auckland’s promising future. Alongside Winton CEO, Chris Meehan, we unveiled the full-scale plans for Cracker Bay, an impressive new precinct that will take shape along Auckland’s waterfront and comprise a multi-faceted hospitality offering, exclusive event venues, a private yacht club and an extension of the Westhaven boardwalk, as well as a full reimagining of the marina (allowing space for larger boats to berth).

It is an eye-watering undertaking for Winton, who conceived Cracker Bay in response to Aucklanders’ desire for developments that would make the most of our proximity to the water in a thoughtful, considered and timeless way. As such, Cracker Bay will revolutionise our relationship with the waterfront, and offer the kind of dining and event destination that our city has been sorely missing.

Given the ways in which this new precinct points to Auckland’s potential and promise, it felt fitting to be celebrating it alongside Denizen’s new summer issue, at the heart of which lies the idea of ‘promise’. With Georgia Fowler gracing the cover and the pages filled with people and brands doing interesting, creative and daring things, it is an issue that shows how, even through the toughest times, innovation and inspiration prevail.

Ultimately, it was a night of looking ahead and raising a glass to Auckland’s exciting future, which was made all the more delicious thanks to a selection of Bayside Rum cocktails and tasty bites from Savor Group. There is, it seems, much to be positive about as we approach the new year; and given that Denizen has long celebrated those in this city who are working tirelessly to propel Auckland’s progress, we are excited to continue to showcase its evolution and team up with people who believe in the promise of this place as much as we do.

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