Where I live:
I grew up on Auckland’s North Shore, but I’ve suburb-hopped while housesitting over the past year, from Northcote Point to Grey Lynn, to Avondale to Karangahape Road.
Best way to get around the city:
You’ll need a car to explore Auckland’s fantastic beaches, but when I’m sticking to the inner suburbs, I’ll rely on my feet or my bicycle. An electric bike is great for smoothing out Auckland’s hills.
Don’t leave without having:
Visited one of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Whether you hike up Rangitoto’s volcanic cone or laze on the beach on Rotoroa or Waiheke, or even just sail on a historical tall ship from the Maritime Museum, Auckland makes sense from the water.
But the local favorite is really:
The most Auckland thing you could do is head to the beach with a chilly bin (that’s a cooler to Americans), a punnet of strawberries and a bag of chips. Then, when you overheat, walk to the nearest dairy, or corner store, for a grapefruit FruJu ice block.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
When I’m in other parts of the country, I miss being able to eat epic Korean, Chinese, South Indian or Sri Lankan food. For such a small city, we’ve lucked out on diversity and the food culture that comes with it.