6 things we love about Huapai right now

Take a leisurely 25min trip north-west of the city and you’ll find yourself in the picturesque micro-suburb of Huapai; home of an eclectic selection of local digs that could well be some of Auckland’s best-kept secrets. We’ve compiled our top 6 picks of what’s hot in Huapai. You’re welcome.

#6 Huapai Tavern
Established in 1883, the historic Huapai Tavern is still the local hotspot for a cold pint, great pub food and live rock music most Sundays. www.huapaitavern.co.nz  

#5 Huapai Golf Course
Take the day off for 18 rounds on this 6,000 meter championship course set against a backdrop of lush farmland and the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. www.huapaigolf.co.nz

#4 Coopers Creek Vineyard
Enjoy a lazy weekend tipple, a game of giant chess or a picnic during the Sunday Summer Jazz series at this award winning family-owned vineyard that has been making wine for over thirty years. www.cooperscreek.co.nz

#3 Strawberry Gelato
You don’t have to look far to find fresh fruit gelato’s and icecreams dotted along the main Kumeu highway in Auckland’s best strawberry fields region.

#2 Paula Jane Cakes
Take a cake decorating class or enjoy a truly decadent cake or cupcake from experts Paula Migley, winner of TV3 New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker and NZ’s Cake Decorating Guild President, Jane Sparnon’s bespoke cake shop. www.paulajanecakes.co.nz

#1 Carriages Cafe
Step back in time in this unique 1930’s european train station styled cafe where you can enjoy an elegant high tea or a full tantilising menu while you relax on a lakeside veranda on boutique furniture. www.carriagescafe.co.nz

Keeping that classic bungalow charm

Cheers to Pauline and Alan who celebrated getting the keys to their new home in the sun on their new deck. They’re excited to enjoy the modern living of their new home while keeping the classic bungalow charm of their existing home on the subdivided section. Congrats!

This build was a 238m2 two level bungalow style weatherboard home on a subdivided site.  It features four bedrooms, three plus bathrooms and a walk in butlers pantry and kitchen with classic wood detailing. Downstairs is open plan living with a raised ceiling in the lounge that opens onto hardwood decking and a second sitting area is upstairs. A central vacuum system has been installed throughout the house, along with a heat pump and fireplace.