Christmas shopping in Auckland?
Good morning. My husband and I will be visiting Auckland for the first time with another couple for Christmas. We will be arriving early on December 24 and leaving on December 27, and will be visiting Tiriti Matangi on the 26th (so will need picnic supplies). We will be staying at the Quality Alexander Inn which is near Newmarket, and will have a car.
Do you have any suggestions for where would be good to pick up ingredients for Christmas breakfast/lunch/dinner as well as picnic supplies on December 24? I am gluten-free and my husband has to avoid dairy so that makes it a little more challenging. We would prefer to pick up things that won’t require a whole lot of preparation, but, will have access to a kitchen with an oven.
Suggestions that we have received so far include:
34 Westmoreland St W, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021
Jack Lum and Co Fruit Shop
3 Clonbern Rd, Remuera, Auckland
New World at Victoria Park, in Ponsonby
Nosh at Greenlane or Ponsonby Road
Sabato in Newmarket
Apologies that this is so late, but your trip is still a little while away, fortunately:). The list you have I would say covers Auckland's good food shops pretty comprehensively. For the kind of thing you're looking for, out of all of them I would recommend Farro as you will be able to get everything you need there in one stop and the range is very comprehensive. As well as the one you mentioned, there's another Farro (the original store) at 80 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, which might be easier for you to get to from Newmarket than the Grey Lynn store. It would be a good idea to allow plenty of time for your visit as the last time I was at Farro at Christmastime the line for the tills wound all the way through the store:).
As the above poster said, this is a bit late but I'm sure you're still planning your trip. Never been to Tiritiri Matangi, but hear it's beautiful. The weather should be lovely by the time you get here too, but make sure you have light rain jackets as it's not unheard of for it to rain over Xmas period here in recent years.
You probably already know this, but there is a Countdown supermarket in the 277 Westfield complex down on Broadway in Newmarket and that would definitely be the closest full scale food place for basic supplies. They should have gluten free products too. Speaking of which, Wise Cicada, on 23 Crowhurst St in Newmarket and very close the the Westfield, has lots of organic and gluten free products listed on their website and they do sell that sort of thing in the cafe too. Across the road from the side entrance to the mall, on Morrow St., you'll find Zarbo deli, which has ready made food and sells similar gourmet type fare to Farro, Nosh etc but on a smaller scale. Little and Friday on Melrose St is well known and raved about for its delicious baked goods and has expanded into full meals so definitely worth a look. Suggest you check the websites for all four of these places, as it will give you a good idea of what sort of special supplies they might have for your purposes. Prepare for a bit of sticker shock though, as NZ prices for all food are high, and for gourmet and organic, it's more like Whole Foods on steroids.
You probably also know this but most places will be closed Christmas Day and the 26th (Boxing Day), so you really need to get in what you can on the 24th. Try and get it all done early as some places will close early, though the supermarkets might stay open a bit later. (Try and check their websites the week before you leave). Queues can get ridiculous and traffic hideous on Christmas Eve: Lots of people head off to baches and holiday homes on Boxing Day so they stock up big right before leaving.
Your motel's location is just off the end of Broadway in Newmarket, so given how traffic can be, I'd suggest you might just walk down to the places above from there. Alternatively, there is a carpark in the Westfield, (2 hours free with $10 proof of purchase which you could easily get at the Countdown). You should park there and walk to the other places if you decide to visit them, cos street parking in Newmarket is always hard to find. But only go there if you can get in early, cos as I said above, it will get quite ugly in there as the day goes on, and it's quite close quarters, so if it's your first time driving on the left hand side of the road and all that, you might want to give it a miss!
Have a wonderful trip!