p data-test-ui=”figure__caption”>An artwork nouveau mural on the nook of Dominion Rd and View Rd and a brass plaque at 788 Dominion Rd each declare to be ‘midway down Dominion Rd’. Photograph / Brett Atkinson
In honour of New Zealand Music Month, hearth up a Kiwi playlist as you discover the nation’s historical past, tradition and up to date consuming and consuming scenes, writes Brett Atkinson
Dominion Street by The Mutton Birds
An artwork nouveau mural on the nook of Dominion Rd and View Rd and a brass plaque at 788 Dominion Rd each declare to be “midway down Dominion Rd”, however regardless of the confusion, this busy arterial route is one in every of Auckland’s culinary hotspots. Highlights embrace the Sichuan dumplings at Eden Noodles, yakitori shared plates and pure wines at Omni, and farm-to-table charcuterie and nice beer at Churly’s Brewpub & Eatery on adjoining Charles St.
I Want I used to be in Wellington by The Mutton Birds
Don McGlashan’s jangling ode to long-distance romance paints the harbour metropolis’s climate as capricious, however a little bit of wind is definitely a fairly dramatic background for tackling the Pink Rocks/Pariwhero Coastal Stroll. If the rain kicks in, shelter within the metropolis in cosy spots like Library Bar or the Venetian-style Ombra. In good climate, catching a ferry throughout the harbour to Eastbourne and Days Bay is an choice.
Te Aro by Nadia Reid
Dunedin singer/songwriter Nadia Reid’s sparse and haunting Te Aro gives a terrific sense of place, particularly of the bush-clad environs of the Aro Valley on the southwestern fringe of this Wellington harbourside precinct. That is the place you may discover Storage Undertaking’s Taproom and Cellar Door, each pouring a few of New Zealand’s most modern beers. Nearer to the harbour, attention-grabbing procuring alongside bohemian Cuba St contains Sluggish Boat Information, whereas the neighbourhood is topped by Te Papa’s waterfront location.
Me on the Museum, You within the Wintergardens by Tiny Ruins
Hollie Fullbrook’s wistful tune of romantic assignations in Auckland Area encapsulates catching up amid the rolling lawns of the previous volcano often known as Pukekawa. On the Auckland Museum, be taught in regards to the metropolis’s distinctive volcanic area, earlier than taking within the glorious Māori and Pacific collections. From the close by cenotaph, there are nice views of Waitematā Harbour and Rangitoto Island, and it is a brief downhill stroll to the Area Wintergardens. Chill out within the internal courtyard bookended by two Victorian-style glasshouses.
Riverhead by Goldenhorse
Kirsten Morrell’s haunting vocals and a hovering refrain function on this darkish slice of Kiwi pop, and the realm’s historical past is showcased at The Riverhead tavern, initially opened for enterprise in 1857, and New Zealand’s oldest riverside pub. One of the simplest ways to get there’s by water, meandering by the higher Waitematā Harbour, retracing the riverine paths of early Māori, and merchants on crusing ships and coastal scows. Choices for boat transport embrace the Pink Boats and the Riverhead Ferry.
Verona by Elemeno P
Karangahape Rd’s long-running cafe – established in 1992 and nonetheless going robust – is name-checked on this uber-catchy pop-punk hit. Try newer culinary youngsters on the block like Bar Celeste, Madame George and Cotto, or catch up and coming acts at Whammy Bar, the Wine Cellar or Neck of the Woods. Simply across the nook on Pitt St, Flying Out has all of your vinyl and Kiwi music wants lined.
Parihaka by Tim Finn & Herbs
Parihaka tells the story of non-violent motion by native Māori in resisting confiscation of their land in 1881, and this rural Taranaki area is bookended by Tasman surf and the proper volcanic cone of Taranaki Maunga (Mt Taranaki). Close by at Pungarehu, divert west from Surf Freeway 45 to the Cape Egmont Lighthouse, whereas about 50km to the southeast, the Tawhiti Museum brings alive the area’s historical past and is one in every of New Zealand’s finest privately-owned museums.
Geraldine by The Exponents
Exponents’ lead singer Jordan Luck was born in Canada however spent his adolescence on this leafy South Canterbury city. Discover the area’s night time sky on the Geraldine Observatory, pattern native culinary treats at Talbot Forest Cheese and Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery, and do not miss the world’s greatest knitted jumper on the city’s customer centre. Simply north of city, there are equine adventures with Peel Forest Horse Trekking.
Helensville by SJD
There is a brooding and melancholic high quality to this 2015 launch by multi-instrumentalist Sean James Donnelly, maybe impressed by Helensville’s proximity to the remoted Kaipara Harbour and the rugged surf seashores of West Auckland. Additionally close by is Woodhill Forest, the placement for two-wheeled motion on the Woodhill Mountain Bike Park, and sky-high cover adventures and ziplines at Tree Adventures. After all of the out of doors enjoyable, adjourn to Liberty Brewing’s taproom for a chilly beer.
One Tree Hill by U2
Whereas not a Kiwi tune per se, One Tree Hill was solely launched as a single in New Zealand – and was primary for six weeks in 1988. The tune was written in reminiscence of Greg Carroll, U2’s Kiwi roadie and a detailed pal of Bono, who died in a bike accident in Dublin in 1986. Bono and Carroll visited the volcanic summit often called Maungakiekie collectively in 1984, and the height’s cultural significance and Māori historical past are very evident alongside the strolling path resulting in the mountain’s terraced summit, one in every of Auckland’s most vital pā websites in earlier centuries.
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