Pull Up a Chair .. These are the Best Mid-Century Modern Furniture Shops in New Zealand

Chairs, lamps and artwork on display in a vintage store.
Mid-century modern is a design philosophy that emerged - ironically enough - in the middle of the 20th century. It is typified by elegance, simplicity and timelessness, which is why it often mixes well with other design styles and aesthetics.

Aotearoa's Underground Haunts, Rooftops and The In-betweens

A view of the Pink Lady building looking up from the ground.
From rooftop bars to underground haunts and hidden gems in-between, New Zealand has plenty of incredible spots hiding in our cities and towns. They may be a bit hard to find, but the best stuff takes a little effort, right?

Go Plastic-Free with GoodFor’s Top Picks

A close up of reusable straws and brushes on a shelf inside GoodFor.
Banish your everyday plastics with a bunch of nifty replacements courtesy of the clever folks at refillery, GoodFor.

New Zealand’s Top Bakeries to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Worker behind cabinet serving almond croissant onto plate using tongs.

Carb lovers rejoice, we’ve scoured the country for the best baked goods establishments aka bakeries! No sourdough loaf, flaky almond croissant or pillowy brioche doughnut has been left unturned in this quest.

Follow the Crumbs ... 9 NZ Pâtisseries Worth Knowing

Pembroke Patisserie's cabinet filled with yummy treats

Walking into a pâtisserie is an experience that can overwhelm your senses - in the best way possible.

Recline and Unwind: NZ's Independent Cinema Experiences

The pink and black exterior of The Mayfair in Kaikoura.
Picture this, it’s Friday night, you’re settling into your favourite reclining lounger, a glass of wine in hand and the opening credits are beginning on the screen in front of you. Sure this situation could be in your living room at home but why not amp up the cosiness vibes and treat yourself to a trip to your local independent cinema.

7 Urban Hotels Worth Travelling For

A colourful bedroom inside The Intrepid Hotel in Wellington.

In the UK, the term ‘city-break’ is frequently used to describe a weekend away visiting the European city of the moment, exploring everything on offer and most often staying in boutique accommodation. Now, we may be thousands of miles away from being able to achieve a casual few days in a European city, but here in New Zealand, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to urban hotels that are worth travelling around the country for.

Best Urban Wine Experiences in New Zealand

Glasses and a bottle of wine sitting on a table in the outdoor seating area of Puffin Wine Bar in Wellington.

All around New Zealand, we are blessed with incredible wine experiences right in our own urban backyard. No matter your vino preference from a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to a Central Otago Pinot Noir or perhaps an interesting blend from a far away European vineyard, you don’t have to travel far to sample and enjoy a glass or two (responsibly of course!).

Chase Candyfloss Skies With The Best Places To Catch A Sunset In NZ

Sunset at Piha in West Auckland, New Zealand.

In the light of golden hour, take your seat and let the sunset take centre stage.

Celebrating A Decade of Six Barrel Soda Co.

Joe Slatter holding two gold ballons with the numbers 1-0.
Wellington
On 2nd May, Six Barrel Soda Co. will celebrate 10 years. We chatted to Joe Slater, Co-Founder and Managing Director, about how he feels to be celebrating a decade making these utterly delicious drinks.

Seven Vegetarian Spots to Travel for this Meat Free May

Waiter holding two vegan dishes at Hillside Kitchen in Wellington.
Challenge yourself and go Meat Free this May. The planet, the animals and your body will thank you for it.

Forget the Chocolate Eggs, Let’s Hunt For The Best Hot Cross Buns

A big tray of hot cross buns from Volare, Hamilton.
It’s that time of year; hot cross bun season and we’re all about it.

Miriama Grace Smith's Wellington

Miriama looking to camera.
I am a Māori artist based in Wellington. I dabble in a few different areas within the creative arts, as a curator, muralist, illustrator, fashion designer and film art and wardrobe director.

Estère's Wellington

Estere smiling to camera.
Wellington

I’m a sound nerd and an anthropologist. I was born on Waiheke and grew up in Wellington. My mum's a Pākehā New Zealander and my dad's from Cameroon in Central Africa.

Samuel Flynn-Scott's Wellington

Samuel Flynn Scott reclining on a chair.
Wellington

I’m one of the singer-songwriters in The Phoenix Foundation and I make music for film and TV with Conrad Wedde and Lukasz Buda as Moniker. On top of that I write about food for The Spinoff and Cuisine magazine and am generally obsessed with anything delicious.

An Ode to Long, Lingering Lunches Across New Zealand

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.

Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Stock Up On Vinyl At The 8 Best Record Stores In New Zealand

Interior of record store.

Give Spotify a rest and throw your money behind local artists and record retailers.

Tick Off Your Reading List At New Zealand’s Independent Bookshops

Bookcase jam packed with books at The Last Chapter, Wānaka.
Support local and score a good read? You don't have to tell us twice.

Lift Your Gallery Wall Game With Our Guide To Buying Art Online

Woman hanging art print on the wall by Mathilde Langevin.

Wave goodbye to boring blank walls.

Score The Inside Scoop On New Zealand’s Best Ice Cream And Gelato Spots

Two ice creams in holder at Utopia Ice, Christchurch.

Because ice cream is categorically the best thing about summer.

What To Eat In Porirua

Artwork on the wall above table at Gear Eatery, Porirua.

Whether you want a laidback brekkie at a beachside café or tasty burgers at a historical homestead, there's much to feast on in Porirua.

Shop Feel-Good Fits With 11 Sustainable NZ Clothing Brands

Woman wearing gingham hat and dress from Mina.

This is feel-good clothing in more than one way.

7 Best Porirua Walks and Where to Treat Yourself Afterwards

Pukerua Bay in Porirua.
Explore the great outdoors (and hospitality) with these walks in the Porirua region.

9 of Our Favourite Wellington Brunch Spots Right Now

People eating at Fidel's Cafe on Cuba Street in Wellington.
From ocean vistas to inspired menu offerings, there’s never been a better time to get brunch in the nation's capital.

Newtown

Street in Newtown.
Newtown has a distinct scruffiness yet achingly cool feel. Originally a working-class suburb, in more recent years, Newtown has attracted a wave of students, immigrants and young creatives making the neighbourhood a place to seek out for many. The longstanding and much-loved Newtown Festival that takes place every year attracts Wellingtonians from across the city. With diverse cuisine, exceptional coffee, vintage stores and bars, there's much to fall in love with on the quirky side of the city.

Where to Get the Best Hand-Pulled Noodle Spots in NZ

A woman eating a bowl of noodles at Miss Peppercorn in Christchurch.

Great hand-pulled noodles are silky, springy, chewy ribbons to savour. Here are a few places across Aotearoa to find the best.

Cure Your Cravings With 10 Locally Made Craft Chocolates

A stack of Bennetto chocolate.

Embrace your inner Willy Wonka, here’s the golden ticket to ten of the best craft chocolatiers in Aotearoa.

Shhh, We've Discovered New Zealand’s Best Hidden Laneways

David Bowie mural on Hannah's Laneway in Wellington.

Go beyond the guidebooks and explore our favourite secret laneways. You won't regret it.

Where to get Down with Donuts

A tray of doughnuts from Baked.

Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

Gift Consciously This Holiday Season with Our Wellington Shopping Guide

Interior The Axe.
With an emphasis on locally made and managed businesses, we’ve compiled a list of our top neat places to shop locally for the holidays in the Wellington region.

Guide to Wellington’s Hidden Art Galleries

Sign for Enjoy gallery.
Wellington

The perfect accompaniment to any decent “you can’t beat Wellington on a good day” day, hit the cobbled streets and take a look around some of these incredible art spaces around the CBD

Aotearoa's Top Emerging Artists

Three works by Ayesha Green.

Our guide to some of the best young and emerging artists currently out there doing their thing and representing NZ in their respective fields.

10 Leather Ateliers to Shop in New Zealand

Yu Mei bags on shelves.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your daily handbag or want something with a touch of class to complete a new outfit, leather goods have long been the go-to when it comes to sustainability, quality and longevity.

10 NZ Jewellers You Need to Know About

A hand holding a Rolling Mill engagement ring.

These local artisanal creators are keeping the notion of high end wearable art alive, well and accessible—creating beautifully stunning work to suit any taste and budget.

Discovering contemporary New Zealand ceramists

Kiwis love getting their hands dirty, and working with clay is a popular discipline among artisan creatives looking to make functional and interesting works of art.

Embracing the Thrift

Denim overalls and hats on a wall at Emporium Vintage Boutique Wellington.
Nothing beats the thrill of stumbling across something special on the racks (the best finds are rewarded after a good scavenge) and Wellington is the place to be when hunting for vintage bargains.

12 Hours Porirua

A flatlay of food and coffee at Local Authority cafe.
Your guide to the best things to do in Porirua

Fried chicken and friends

A hand reaching for a chicken burger.
Wellington

Here are our top five fried chicken places to grab a bite to eat in Wellington.

Show Your Home Some Love with New Zealand's Best Online Homewares Stores

Homewares neatly displayed on shelves inside Everyday Needs in Auckland.

Spending heaps of time at home feels like the new normal. Luckily, these New Zealand homeware brands offer an array of goods to spruce up that very environment for maximum enjoyment.

My Desk: Jessie Wong

Jessie Wong looking to camera.
Wellington
Jessie Wong is the founder of Yu Mei, a luxury leather goods label based in Wellington with stockists and clients both in New Zealand and abroad. She has successfully built a brand renowned for its quality and luxury, while keeping the manufacturing local with her team supporting her along the way.

Making Clothes with Heart and Soul

Rachel from Twenty Seven Names painting.
Wellington
Rachel Easting and Anjali Burnett know a thing or two about fashion, after all, they've been running their company and brand Twenty-Seven Names since 2006.

Flavours in Jars: Talking 'feel good food' with Esther Lewis

Jar of pickle against a blue wall.
Esther’s food production kitchen and her “flavours in jars” grew from requests from customers across Wellington.

Sweet eats for Easter in Wellington

A slice of cake and a cake for Easter at Sweet Bakery and Cakery Wellington.
Wellington

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, we reckon there’s still no better time of year to delve into some chocolately cravings and support some clever local traders at the same time.

Support from the Bottom Up

A photo of Elisha Watson with her team.
Wellington
Elisha Watson’s business Nisa is simultaneously providing work for refugee women in Wellington while making “kick-ass” undies.

12 Hours Wellington

People walking down Hannahs Laneway.
Wellington

The neatest things to see, eat, and do.

Hannahs Laneway

Artwork in Hannahs Laneway.
Wellington
The laneway to trump all laneways, Wellington’s maze of inner-city alleys are all worth investigating, and none so much as Hannahs Laneway. Cautiously dubbed ‘the world’s tastiest laneway', you'll wander through to find boutique batch peanut butter sold window-side, the capital's very own chocolatier, and plenty of tucked away bars to settle into. Hannahs Laneway is happy to remain a hidden secret that only those clever enough to track down will have the pleasure of enjoying. Be brave and push on through some new doorways, as you never know what you might find on the other side.

Cuba Street

People sitting on tables on Cuba Street in Wellington.
Named after an early settler ship, Cuba Street was once a thoroughfare for Wellington trams, but now this street offers pedestrian-only access to Wellington's most popular street. Channelling bohemian vibes, you’ll find vintage shops galore on Cuba Street, alongside the abundance of world-class cafés, restaurants, and bars. On any given day you’ll see buskers playing instruments, flash mobs dancing to Spanish music, and small children engrossed in the bucket fountain water feature that marks the city’s innermost playground. You’ll be forgiven for eating, sleeping, drinking, and dancing all in the perimeter of Cuba Street and not feeling like you’re missing anything at all.

Loaves to Love

A photo of Catherine Adams.
We get Catherine to dust off her hands for a moment and tell us what makes Wellington Sourdough a rising star in the baking world.

Mud to Magic

A photo of Felicity Donaldson.
The clever artist behind ceramic company Wundaire tells us how her successful business started off with YouTube clips and simple repetition.

Tommy Millions

A photo of Tom Kirton.
Wellington
Tom Kirton is the mastermind behind the legendary Wellington pizzeria Tommy Millions.

Coffee Roasters

A coffee on a table.

Those roasting, brewing and serving it the best