The Auckland Rodeo is held each year in December at Carlaw Park. There is a mix of rodeo events with the suitable music, entertainers and performers not usually seen in New Zealand. Plenty of Cowboys and Cowgirls.. you’d almost think you were in Texas. The gates open at 4.00pm and things really get a hussle on with the main show beginning at 6.00pm.
Location : Carlaw Park
Tucked away amongst old shady trees is this beautiful mansion. It was built in 1863 as a farmhouse but later was expanded to 18 rooms along with decorative verandahs and fairy-tale towers. The Alberton was well known during the 19th century for its balls, garden parties, music and hunts. The owners was Allan Kerr Taylor and his wife Sophia. Allan was a landowner, investor and politician. They had 10 children and Sophia when she wasn’t busy raising children, was an outspoken advocate for the vote of women. She was also a singer and gardener. When her husband died, she continued to run the estate for 40 years along with her three unmarried daughters. The house still contains the original family furniture and other possessions and in several of the rooms, you can still see the original nineteenth century wallpaper.
The Alberton is open 10.30am - 12 noon; 1.00pm - 4.30pm Wednesday – Sunday but it is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Christmas Day and Good Friday
Location : 100 Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert
Royal Oak Shopping Centre
Royal Oak shopping centre is on the small side but they still have some 60 shops to choose from. There is a good mixture and variety as well as 18 national brands. Free parking is available and they are open 7 days a week.
Stagecoach buses beginning with 30 or 31 will take you Royal Oak.
The Canton Cafe is found in the Kingsland area of Auckland and judging by the crowd when a group of us VTers ate there recently its very popular!
Judged as the best Chinese Restaurant in Auckland by Metro Magazine in 2003, Canton is a fun, noisy restaurant where you can bring your own wine and have a great meal for a fantastic price. $15~20 NZD will buy you plenty.
If you decide to give this unassuming little place a try, aim for a later time, as if you get there early, you are likely to be rushed so your table can seat later diners. However, 8.30pm should ensure you are left to pick over the remains of your feast for as long as you fancy. The chilli prawns were as good as I had been promised!
Best kept secret!
Open 7 days, 8.00am till late. Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
Most people head for the Viaduct Basin and it's array of eateries. However it is rather expensive there, albeit nice and modern. I have known a while now about this place. Just a few steps from the Basin, and I think the best kept secret, is Waterfront Café. The food is superb, the service great, and the prices slightly cheaper.
You look over water, which is always a plus. And you can sit inside or on the verandah, which is mostly very protected from the wind. Even when it's not nice to sit outside elsewhere, it's sometimes still possible here.
Sometimes a little hard to locate from the street, look for the Maritime Museum and just go into the building and ask for the café, I'm sure you'll be happy you made the effort.
Even Bill Clinton dined here !! Well I love an old favourite, fish and chips. This translated is fish with fries. Chose the Schnapper if they have it, it's simply the best! You get plenty of food and don't leave hungry. I had this during the day, it cost $18.50.
There are several seafood dishes for less than $NZ20.
Lots of salad meals for around $NZ15.
A nice selection of meat mains for less than $NZ20.
Mexican and Pasta dishes, around $NZ18.
All very nice meals of a nice size and all very affordable.