If you’re in Auckland for New Zealand Fashion Week and looking to make the most of your experience, there is no shortage of places to visit and things to see.
Whether you are keen to check out the fashion, or have a bit of downtime away from all the stylish action, we’ve got all the must-do pit stops, whatever your plans…
Start the day with breakfast or brunch at Dear Jervois. While the menu is vast and contains classic fare such as pancakes, omelettes and eggs benedict there are also options for the more adventurous eater, including matcha waffles with Nicecream, paleo nuts, quinoa crunch, raspberry mascarpone and maple syrup; a roast cauliflower and white bean soup; or a zucchini fritter with beetroot, micro herbs, pine nuts, pecorino and lemon sour cream.
A one-stop shop for both local and international designers, The Shelter stocks brands including Taylor, Jimmy D, Henrik Vibskov and MM6 – Martin Margelia. The in-store café Eat @ The Shelter boasts a beautiful brunch menu with cold-pressed juices and Eighthirty Coffee to boot. You’ll be pleased to know that since you’re on Ponsonby Road already, you’ll only be a short walk away from the boutiques including Lonely, Blackchaos, Juliette Hogan, Kate Sylvester, Karen Walker, Miss Crabb, Zambesi and Moochi. What more could you possibly want?
After a jaunt along Ponsonby Road for your fix of local designer boutiques, stop by Prego for a glass of wine and more than one plate of calamari. If the weather permits, the outdoor courtyard is the perfect Ponsonby Road people-watching perch. Note from a seasoned pro: Whatever the fish special is, it’ll be a winner – especially if it’s the crispy skin snapper.
If you haven’t been to Gordon Walters: New Vision at Auckland Art Gallery yet, now is your chance to take inspiration from the art world as well as the fashion runway. The exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s complete body of work and draws on paintings from major public and private collections across New Zealand. The original black and white koru paintings of the 1960s are brought back together for the first time and are shown alongside never-before-seen paintings, studies and notebooks.
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets | Website
Beau Joie is teaming up with NZFW to curate a champagne bar on site for Fashion Week-goers to enjoy a refreshing break in their busy schedules. Kick back at the Beau Joie Champagne Bar and take in amazing views of the harbour without missing any of the NZFW action thanks to the live feed on the big screen TVs. A lush and relaxing space, enjoy a glass (or bottle) in a lush and relaxing space.
Located on the second floor of the Viaduct Events Centre | Website
Auckland Restaurant Month, a time for foodie fabulousness, is conveniently being held in August – just in time to coincide with New Zealand Fashion Week. We recommend the three-course menu from Feriza’s including favourites like their Turkish Meatballs with hazelnut parsnip puree, slow cooked beef on chargrilled eggplant and the indulgent Keshkul almond pudding to finish.
In case you are after some off-runway theatrics, Filthy Business is on at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. This Auckland Theatre Company play has been dubbed a ‘hysterically funny and historically fascinating’ family drama following the tale of matriarch Yetta Solomon in gritty 1968 East London. Determined to protect the legacy of her shop, how far will she go to keep the business in the family and the family in the business?… It could very well be the perfect hit of drama and wit to end your stylish day out.
ASB Waterfront Theatre, 131 Halsey Street | Website