Guangzhou Sister City
The Lantern Festival lasts 3 days and on the last night there is a fireworks display. In 2009, it marked the 20th anniversary of the Guangzhou-Auckland sister city relationship. The Guangzhou people gifted a lantern display to the people of Auckland.
Arataki Environmental & Heritage Centre
Overlooking the park is the Arataki Environmental and Heritage Center where there are displays of native flora and wildlife. Spectacular views can be seen of Auckland and Rangitoto from the Ranges.
Location : Scenic Drive, Waitakere Ranges, West Auckland
The Loaded Hog,
Right in the best location near Viaduct Harbour, the Loaded Hog is certainly popular with the food and beer always being good. There are large paintings of famous New Zealanders as well as antique farm implements on the wall for decoration. Their beer is brewed on site – Hog Gold Lager, Hog Draft, Hog Wheat and Hog Dark Ale which are all available on tap.
Experience traditional Thai dining or enjoy the ambience of the more western-style atrium. You can either sit in little hollowed out spaces or in the atrium which is filled with beautiful Thai artwork and decoration. There is also a special function room with private bar caters for groups needs.
The service is good considering the restaurant is always packed, and staff are polite. We always get the mixed entree platter which has: grilled satay chicken skewers, prawn patty with Thai herbs, chicken, onion and kumura in puff pastry, vegetarian spring rolls, fried corn fritters with sweet chilli sauce and money bags with prawn, chicken and Thai Herbs
Followed by pad pug taw hu which is stirfried fresh vegetables and tofu in a Thai sauce with crunchy onion on top. Its great served with the fresh Jasmine rice.
Then a nice pot of Jasmine tea to round off the evening.
Hammerheads Seafood Restaurant
Hammerheads is along Tamaki Drive on the waterfront of Okahu Bay – about 5 mins from downtown. They have floor to ceiling windows to make full use of the wonderful view of the harbour. You can dine inside or out on the decks. They of course specialize in seafood but also have a range of vegetarian and non-seafood dishes to choose from. The restaurant has been featured in the ‘Best of the Best’ publications as being ‘one of the city’s best known restaurants’. They will cater for all types of functions and can seat over 200. There are also small intimate areas for the romantic dining as well. Children are also catered for with their own menu and a games sheet.
Open : 11:30am - midnight, 7 days