At one point I think I counted around 22 cranes!

It is no wonder that Auckland is recognized as a world class city. No matter where you go in this city, you are always guaranteed to find good coffee and hokey pokey (vanilla with honeycomb).

Amazing breakfast at The Store. They have a great sit down area and an area to just pop in and grab your baked goodies!

No matter where you go in Auckland, you can easily find some great cocktails. However by far the best cocktails we had were found at the The Parasol and Swing Company. We stumbled upon this gem and not only enjoyed the cocktails and service, but you get to look out on the gorgeous harbor with the gorgeous sun hitting on you! I gave our server the full reins in picking everything out for me and I was not disappointed. You can also go ahead and order the surprise box. Filled with beer (wine too if you’d like) and some extra free swag that they receive from liquor companies.

One of many amazing cocktails I partook in at Parasol and Swing. This is the Crimson & Clover Red; Earl Grey Gin, Raspberry Jam Grenadine, Blanco Vermouth, Citrus and Raspberry Dust.

Every time I take a trip the first thing I end up googling is secret bars. It is not only an adventure, but they are so incredibly unique. A not so secret bar, but hidden is The Jefferson. If you are a whisky lover like my husband then it is an absolute must to explore this beautiful place. It has an interesting 50’s feel to it which feels like the kind of place Frank Sinatra would have been found in.

The Jefferson houses 600 different kinds of whisky and 300 different kinds of gin.

Top of the list for secret bars in Auckland is Caretaker. It is hidden away among an alley of busy other restaurants and bars. It can mostly only be found by the bouncer standing outside. You head down a couple little staircases to a door with a single light right outside. The secret bar acts like a prohibition bar. All the liquor is somewhat hidden in lots of cupboards behind the bar. Servers come up and don’t give you a menu but instead ask you several questions about what kind of cocktails you like. It makes for a very interesting experience.

Our snack before starting on the main courses.

If your pockets have a chance to handle it, go to The Grove. It was by far one of the most amazing dining experiences I have ever had. Ahead of our reservation I did let them know of my gluten allergy, and they without a doubt hit the ball out of the park.

The Grove works with as many New Zealand suppliers as they can. They are a degustation style dining with the availability of 4, 5 and 7 courses. For those of you who don’t know, degustation roughly means tasting menu. It is smaller bites of several courses that indulge your appetite, different senses and the true art of the culinary world. The Grove is recognized as one of the top restaurants in the world.

Mango 5 fives, topped with Manuka Honey. Manuka Honey usually goes for about $300 NZ and is wildly popular for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

The best dessert is in the photos above! The mango parfait was the most delicious thing ever. I loved the Manuka honey, it was the only time on my trip I had it. Super delicious but not worth spending an insane amount of money for.

More New Zealand and Fiji posts to come! 🙂

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