Puhoi Valley Cheese Store and Cafe is a good escape if you are in Auckland.  The cafe is about a 45-minute drive if you are departing from the CBD and is tucked in a small town up north called Puhoi (as the cafe’s name entails). People travelling to Matakana, Goat Island, or anywhere north of Auckland are highly recommended to grab a bite at the cafe before getting back on the road. The cafe boasts a lush green scenery and a beautiful water feature. We consider the cafe as typical when it comes to the food and the drinks option,

Featured Image: Photo credits to the Chop Chop Noodle House Website Because it’s SaturDATE, it only means one thing,… eating out !!! On this day, we’ve decided to skip the usual Sushi Train lunch date and since winter is starting to creep in, we thought that it would be the perfect time to get some ramen. One of our favorite noodle places is Chop Chop Noodle House. It is among the many food places located in Ponsonby Central – a hub composed of cafès, bars, restaurants, and a fresh produce market. Chop

Mentatz is one of our go-to restaurants whenever we are in the city. It is strategically located in one of the busiest streets in the CBD, Lorne Street. It offers a wide array of Japanese food and drinks at very affordable prices (from $8.00 and up). The food portions won’t let you down either, thus, customers really get the value for their money. As for the food rating, it differs based on a variety of factors like the type of food, the customer’s preference for flavors, and the number of customers in the

The terrible weather didn’t stop us from driving to the mall to get our hands on some comic books which were being sold by the kilogram at Arkham City Comics. The set-up was quite different to the book sale events that we’ve been to. Due to the size of the shop, the tables were set-up in a straight line just outside the shop entrance. The patrons had to fall in line and wait for their turn while the people before them start browsing through the collection of comic books.  

During the  Auckland Anniversary weekend we traveled up north to visit Tutukaka Coast . One of the many activities that we were fortunate enough to try (because the weather was just perfect) was surfing. A few weeks before traveling, we were able to find a company offering surfing lessons in Sandy Bay, named Tutukaka Surf. We opted to sign up with them because of the good reviews and its close proximity to Sandy Bay Retreat. We have been communicating with Simon for the booking for our surfing lessons and the

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