Day two hundred and eighty six: GABS 2017


The second running of the ‘Great Australasian Beer Spectapular’ kicks off at the Greenlane ASB Showgrounds tomorrow evening. The beer, cider and food festival hit our shores in 2016 hard on the heels of hugely successful events in Sydney and Melbourne. Breweries from around NZ and further afield have brewed festival beers for the event. The beauty of these beers is they tend to be adventurous and unusual -think Jalapeno, Donut and Expresso Martini flavoured. Tickets are still available for the three sessions.

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Day two hundred and eighty five: Amano



First it was the bakery on Tyler Street serving inventive breakfast and baked goodness, alongside exceptional coffee. Then came the must dine restaurant.

Amano is located in a 110 year old building in the heart of Britomart. The space has been transformed into one of the best dining areas in Auckland. A pleasant place to dine is one thing but it is the food that counts. Amano certainly doesn’t disappoint on that front. The rustic Italian fare is some of the most authentic in the city. We ordered a wide variety of plates from beef carpaccio to crayfish parcels. Each dish was beautifully arranged and simply delicious.


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Day two hundred and eighty four: Satya Spice and Chai Shop

IMG_3695One of Aucklands best kept secrets bars is no longer that secret. When the Satya Spice and Chai Shop opened its doors last year the little alleyway next to the Satya restaurant was full on intrigue. Now it seems everyone knows about the great bar that lies at the alleys end. The reason is simple, the beer selection is one of the best in Auckland, the wine list isn’t too bad and the cocktails are impressive. Don’t fret if drinking isn’t your thing as the tapas style food is worth a visit alone. We recommend the vegetarian dumplings and cauliflower dishes.


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Day two hundred and eighty three: Lightbells


Head over to Aotea Square and experience the 6 metre high structure ‘Lightbells’ sculptured by Auckland based composer and sound designer Thomas Press.

“Lightbells’ comes to life when its ropes are pulled exposing the structures bells with beams of light. The experience marries both light and sound together. The bell sounds complimenting the nearby Auckland Town Hall.

‘Lightbells’ will be in Aotea Square from the 14th of April through to the 29th, admission is free.

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Day two hundred and eighty two: Sawmill Brewery

IMG_3406For a number of years the team at the Sawmill Brewery have been brewing out of the old Sawmill just out of Leigh. The Sawmill Cafe became quite an institution, with live gigs, great food and some fantastic accommodation options. Nearly 12 months ago the team moved closer to Matakana with a custom made brewery that also houses a bar and eatery. The move has been a success with not only the beer receiving great reviews but also the delicious food.

The 50 minute north from the CBD is well worth it!

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Day two hundred and eighty one: The Body Laid Bare

901251-413159-34Auckland Art Gallery’s latest exhibition gets underway this Saturday the 18th of March. The Body Laid Bare, Masterpieces from the Tate will showcase over 100 pieces from the world famous London gallery. The star of the show will undoubtedly be the marble sculpture ‘The Kiss’ by Auguste Rodin.

Check out for full details and programme highlights.



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Day two hundred and eighty: Lots to do this weekend, shame about the weather


Summer activities are in full swing but sadly it looks like the weather might let us down this weekend. Lets hope the weather forecasters get it wrong:

St Patricks Day Festival, Sunday the 12th of March, 11am to 5pm- Ponsonby Raod

Sandringham Pasifika Community Day Saturday 11th of March, 11am to 3pm-Kitchener Road. Gold coin donation

The Kumeu Show, 11th and 12th of March, 8:30am to 5pm- Kumeu Showgrounds, adults $15, child $5

International Women’s Day Heritage Walk, Sunday the 12th of March – Manukau Memorial Gardens, free

Vintage Market, Saturday the 11th of March, 12pm to 6pm-Silo Park, free

Brass at the Falls, Sunday the 12th of March, 3pm to 4:30pm-Falls Park Henderson, free



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