Auckland’s Waterfront: Design Insider’s Guide

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Auckland's Wynyard Quarter.

Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Zambesi, Britomart. The new location for the New Zealand design boutique.

Zambesi, Britomart. The new location for the New Zealand design boutique.

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Coast Design.

Coast Design.

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Bathrooms in Cafe Hanoi.

Bathrooms in Cafe Hanoi.

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Inside MADE boutique.

Inside MADE boutique.

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The door to the Gloria Knight gallery.

The door to the Gloria Knight gallery.

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Mexico, Britomart. Fun fit-out and fresh food.

Mexico, Britomart. Fun fit-out and fresh food.

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Viaduct Events Centre.

Viaduct Events Centre.

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The atrium of the Westpac building.

The atrium of the Westpac building.

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Artwork Sounds of Sea by COMPANY.

Artwork Sounds of Sea by COMPANY.

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'Windtree' installation by Michio Ihara.

‘Windtree’ installation by Michio Ihara.

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The Cloud. When there isn’t an event on, it’s a lovely, blustery place to go for a stroll around an interesting building.

The Cloud. When there isn’t an event on, it’s a lovely, blustery place to go for a stroll around an interesting building.

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Inside MADE.

Inside MADE.

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Tyler St. Garage. Britomart. Try for a spot on their roof deck.

Tyler St. Garage. Britomart. Try for a spot on their roof deck.

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Public piano in the Wynyard Quarter.

Public piano in the Wynyard Quarter.

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Counter food at Precinct Café.

Counter food at Precinct Café.

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Zambesi’s jewellery display.

Zambesi’s jewellery display.

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Auckland’s waterfront has seen a major style revival in recent times. From the Wynyard Quarter to Britomart, endless new spots for coffee, lunch and dinner have cropped up and towards the Britomart end in particular, a growing collection of fashion boutiques and elegant stores, including Kate Sylvester, WORLD, Zambesi, M.A.C cosmetics and Jo Malone.

L’Assiette, Shakey Isles and Precinct Café offer relaxed coffee or lunch options in the Britomart Precinct, or for something more substantial there’s the character-filled settings of Mexico, Cafe Hanoi and Ebisu. Neighbouring Tyler St. Garage offers an alfresco option atop the roof deck.

Also in the area is an artist-run gallery, Gloria Knight, and The Cloud, designed by Jasmax for the Rugby World Cup, which takes pride of place on Queens Wharf. Further along the waterfront can be found the Maritime Museum and the Moller-designed Viaduct Events Centre.

DO.

EAT.

SHOP.

View the below video, ‘Sounds of Sea’, by Amelia Harris.


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