Thanks to Air New Zealand’s setup, Auckland is the international gateway to the green pasture paradise that is New Zealand. But before you head on to Queenstown to hit the slopes, bungee jump off cliffs, and dive into all the other insanity that happens in the country’s tourism capital, be sure to check out Auckland in full. Thanks to the city’s collection of boutique streetwear spots, standout restaurants, and lively nightlife, Auckland has established itself as a city on the up. So extend that layover and turn your mandatory pitstop into 24 hours in New Zealand’s coolest city.

Stay: SKYCITY Grand Hotel

The SKYCITY Grand is a five-star hotel smack dab in the middle of Auckland’s commercial district, where you’ll be treated to a beautiful view of the Auckland skyline, room service breakfast courtesy of the Gusto at the Grand restaurant, and luxurious beds worth every one of those five stars.

Also recommended: Hotel DeBrett

Coffee: Miller’s Coffee

Ask anyone in Auckland where to get the best coffee, and everyone will tell you Miller’s Coffee. Tucked away amid the madness of Auckland’s infamous K Road, Craig Miller's joint has been roasting the city's best coffee for 30 years. Miller's is one of the originals, and it's still the best.

Lunch: Orphans Kitchen

There’s a common theme of locally sourced food in many of the best New Zealand restaurants. Perhaps that's partly down to New Zealand's isolated location in the Pacific Ocean, but a lot of it is due to local pride in homegrown produce and livestock. Whatever the case, Orphans Kitchen is no exception. It's the perfect spot to hit for lunch or even a late brunch of the restaurant's famous crumpets with New Zealand manuka honey, which is harvested every day from a hive conveniently buzzing in Orphans' backyard.

Also recommended: Lowbrow

Eat: The Big Foody

If you can’t make up your mind about a single place to eat, just visit them all. Big Foody tours take you around Auckland to taste the best the city has to offer. You also get to learn about the people and history behind the food, and most importantly, eat all of it.

Shopping: Loaded

Loaded is probably the go-to store for streetwear gear if you're looking to cop while in NZ. Sitting at the top of High Street and carrying brands such as United Standard, Carhartt, and Stüssy, Loaded is Auckland’s streetwear king. The three-story retailer also has a barbershop, coffee shop, and boutique sneaker basement.

Also recommended: Checks Downtown, Shakes, Parlour Store, and Knowear

Shopping: Edit

Edit is another Auckland boutique curated for and dedicated to some of the best menswear out there. Carrying brands such as Y-3, Raf Simons, WANT, and adidas, it’s definitely worth checking out on your whistlestop Auckland shop.

Also recommended: Zambesi, Fabric, and AS Colour

Afternoon pick-me-up: Giapo

Giapo’s ice cream is an Auckland must because of its whimsical but tactical take on some of your ice cream favorites, such as the squid-shaped cookies and cream ice cream with coconut cream switch-up, wearable ice cream cones, and thrice-cooked french fries served with the ice cream flavor of your choice. Not convinced? Even Cher can't resist Giapo. Believe.

Drinks: The Jefferson

Every spot you go to in New Zealand is going to brag about its amazing collection of local wines, but if you’re in search of good ol’ regular liquor, whiskey bar The Jefferson is the place for you. A hidden speakeasy in the middle of the Britomart shopping complex, The Jefferson is a good place to start an evening with a few drinks or a crazy night of partying.

Also recommended: Lovebucket

Dinner: Pasture

Warning: dinner at Pasture is a commitment, but well worth it. Twice a night, husband and wife team Ed and Laura Verner curate an intimate six-seat, 12-course dinner for their guests. You get to watch Ed and his team of chefs create labor-intensive plates backlit by slow-roasting meat or fish. Each course is packed with different flavors and eclectic takes on foods you thought you knew. We tried green strawberries and white asparagus, both of which were mindblowing. During the three-hour dinner, you’ll eat amazing foods from all over New Zealand, paired with a tailored wine or custom cocktail concocted for every course.

Also recommended: Apero and Culprit

Nighttime hangout: Karangahape Road (aka K Road)

The K Road is the nighttime hub of choice for all of Auckland's cool kids, bohemians, and artists. After dark, the street comes to life with a cool variety of bars and music venues, from speakeasies and lounge spots such as Lovebucket to full-on ragers like Neck of the Woods. Other places to check out include Whammy Bar and The Wine Cellar.


We Recommend
  • A Guide to Paris’ Many Vintage Shops
    • Style
  • Berlin Is a Vintage Shopping Mecca
    • Style
  • The Best Basketball Shoes of the 2023-24 Season
    • Sneakers
  • The Most Iconic Outdoor Basketball Courts Around the World
    • Culture
  • Where To Go During Aperitivo Hour in Milan
    • Culture
What To Read Next
  • Inside A$AP Rocky's Debut Fashion Show, Where Everyone Dressed Like A$AP Rocky
    • Style
  • Pharrell's Tiny Louis Vuitton Bag Is a Secret Millionaire Flex
    • Style
  • HOKA and Horah Inc. Make Paris Their Runway
    • Sneakers
    • sponsored
  • COMME des GARÇONS' SS25 Nike Sneaker Is Dad Shoe AF
    • Sneakers
  • Nike's Light-Absorbing Vantablack Air Force 1 Is for Color Snobs
    • Sneakers
  • For SS25, Kim Jones' Dior Skewed Crisply Uncasual
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.