Wonderful Auckland in the summer with visitors

There are so many fantastic places to take visitors in Auckland in the summer time. Where should I start?

How about starting the day with a coffee and a madeline at Chateaubriant?



After a refreshment stop there pop next door to the wonderful Curiosity Shop. It so lovely and they have free shells for children to take away.

Then a potter around the Devonport shops; some favourites are Cosi Fan Tutte



or the bookshop in the main street


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There are far too many lovely shops to mention. Let’s just say you need a couple of hours, by which time you might be hungry….so go to Little and Friday in Eversleigh Street on your way out of town.



Suffice to say, that their meringues in the take home pack are heavenly-tart, sweet, raspberryish, chocolatety fab. Did I mention the bread and butter pudding??


The new library is nearly finished but it was sad to see that its architect died last week and won’t see it to completion. Ian Athfield houses are exciting and challenging he really had a big influence on NZ architecture..

Artist’s impression of the new library

I like the quirkiness of Devonport, like the knitting bombing of trees… wish i had done some of it.

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Then there is the beautifully restored Old Vic Cinema

The Vic Logo

A friend has rented the cinema for her child’s birthday party. $150 for the whole caboodle is not too bad and you don’t have to do any cleaning up.

Then there is Wild and Woolly I have mentioned several times before, they have beautiful light summer merino in right now.



I have barely scratched the surface -there is still the gorgeous prints shop, Nord, the Scandinavian shop, Caroline Sills outlet shop, the gallery, the monthly market, (I’ll be there on Feb 1 and have made some tiles especially for the locals.) I was horrified to discover this beautiful heritage sign has been stolen by some low life so if you see it on trademe call the police! I have made it into a tile for sentimental reasons.


The craft market is a proper craft market with no crap (well mine maybe, everyone else is a perfectionist. It is definitely the best I have seen.) First Sunday of each month. If you come along please come and say hello.


Well I was going to write about all the things to do in Auckland but have only made it to Devonport today. I’ll cover off some other cool places in my next post. Hope you are having a good week. FG





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