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