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Autumn in the City Centre

From annual festivals to new seasonal menus

After a long hot summer the leaves are slowing starting to fall as we settle in to the new year. With autumn fast approaching, so too are seasonal events and transitions in the city. Enjoy new food offerings at some of the city’s most beloved restaurants or get involved with the annual festivals celebrated in the city. Changing of the seasons means new opportunity and the city has all you need to make the most of every moment. Here are some ideas. 

Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters at the Princes Wharf Oyster Festival | Princes Wharf 

Gather friends and loved ones and head down to Princes Wharf this March to soak up the atmosphere as we celebrate the beginning of the Bluff Oyster season. With countless speciality seafood restaurants and great bars in the area let the excitement of the season whisk you up and experience one of New Zealand's most anticipated food focused festivals. Events and specials offers can be found at Euro Bar, The Culpeper, Coley & Punch and The Crab Shack .

Enjoy tapas and red wine at Mezze Bar | Durham St 

Mezze Bar is a Durham St institution, opening its doors back in 2004. Mezze Bar radiates an exotic feeling and offers friendly service and comfortable seating. Enjoy a Mediterranean dining experience of tapas and red wine while sitting window side with a view of the bustling city below.

Update your wardrobe at Smith + Caughey’s | Queen Street 

Ditch the shorts and singlets and visit Smith and Caughey’s before the cold snap hits. With new season stock just in, match the mood of the seasons browns and reds and explore the wide variety of brands available at this classical style department store accessible from both Queen street and Wellesley Street West. WIth the assistance of style focused staff you can be sure you’ll leave Smith and Caughey’s ready to take on any event or activity that the season has to offer.

Check out the Autumn leaves at Victoria Park 

The autumn leaves are well on their way, so head down to Victoria park on your lunch break or after work and enjoy this period of transition as the deciduous trees shed their leaves in preparation for winter. Enjoy the start of a new season amongst the calming tones of the autumn leaves.

Watch an Auckland’s Art Festival performance | Various locations  

Each month there are amazing events and activities to experience in the city and March is among the most anticipated of the calendar. Auckland Arts Festival spans from March 7th – 24th. In this annual festival the city celebrates art and artists locally and from across the globe, hosting live music events at the Civic, including Death Cab for Cutie along with live drama performances at the ASB waterfront theatre. Auckland Arts Festival is committed to the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori and offer a great range of free and paid events which incorporate the language and culture.

Enjoy Ortolana's new Autumn menu | Britomart 

Enjoy the delicious seasonal offerings at Ortolana, the elegant contemporary bistro situated amongst the pavilions of Britomart. The beloved HIPGROUP restaurant is a great way to experience locally sourced produce prepared in a way that best displays what is possible in the kitchen with bit of time and ingenuity. The relaxed setting and convenient location makes Ortolana a must visit this autumn. *We encourage readers to enquire first as the date of the menu will officially change is still to be confirmed. 

Last updated: 25 June 2019

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