Lay of the Land
CBD: Auckland’s Central Business District, or CBD, is made up of the waterfront harbor area, the SkyCity casino complex, and the buzzy, newly rehabilitated Britomart shopping and dining district.
Ponsonby: The rambling residential neighborhood teeming with beautiful people and Victorian-style houses is Auckland’s answer to New York City’s West Village. Ponsonby Road, lined with bars, cafés, and restaurants, is the best place to shop and eat alfresco.
Parnell: A slightly more staid version of Ponsonby, this district is characterized by a handful of good restaurants and contemporary art galleries along Parnell Road.
Takapuna: Previously known mostly for its dreamy white-sand beach, the monied northern suburb—about a 15-minute drive from downtown—is gaining attention for its burgeoning retail and culinary scenes.