High Five

Auckland's best fish and chips

City by the sea is spoilt for choice this summer

Fish and chips

Everyone knows that summer means two things - fish and chips - and since Auckland is basically surrounded by water, we have some of the best around.

High five: Christmas essentials

Christmas stress

Entertainment writer Bridget Jones picks the top five places in Auckland to buy your Christmas essentials.

High five: Auckland's best theatres

St James theatre

Last week Auckland Theatre Company announced their programme for 2012 and next week Silo Theatre are unveiling what they have in store for the year ahead.

High Five: Fabric stores


In this week's High Five, we discover what the best fabric stores around Auckland are.

High Five: Cocktail spots


While summer is all about the icy cold beer, sometimes it's nice to have something a little bit fancier.

High Five: High tea spots

High tea

Scones, little cakes, teeny tiny sammies - high tea is either meant to teach you to be a lady, or make you feel like a giant!

High Five: Best picnic spots

One Tree Hill

With warmer weather finally approaching, entertainment reporter Bridget Jones hunts out Auckland's best picnic spots.

High Five: tapas bars

Bellota tapas

There is something about tapas that screams summer. Maybe it's the idea of windy European lanes; maybe it's the way we tend to pick at, rather than gorge, on food when it's warm. 

High Five: Shops that deliver

SWEET TREATS: Get a lesson in cupcake and cocktail making at Martha's Pantry.

There's no debating the fact that Auckland has some fabulous shops, but sometimes it is just too hard to get in the car, fight through traffic, battle for a car park and wander the streets to get what you need.

Auckland's top burger joints

Who has the tastiest buns in the city?


Feeling hungry? Why not treat yourself to a delicious burger?

High Five: Best bookshops

Daylight savings means we have more time (okay, not literally but it sure feels like it) and what better way to spend warm, sunny evenings than lost in a good book.

High Five: Vintage shopping

Vintage clothing

Vintage - it's nothing new. But seriously, buying second-hand is no longer something to hide.

High Five: Garden Bars

garden bars

It's that time of year again.  The days are getting longer, showing off your lily-white legs is not quite suicidal and everything just seems easier.

High Five: Auckland art galleries

auckland art gallery

With Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tamaki finally opening its doors to the public on Saturday, it's a great time to think about the thriving art scene around town.

High Five: Auckland beauty spas

pamper makeover

With New Zealand Fashion Week kicking off today, there is no better time to call in the professionals to help you get all dolled up and feeling like a million bucks.

Auckland's best cinemas

Hoyts Sylvia Park

It's never hard to find an excuse to head to the movies. Entertainment writer Bridget Jones gives a rundown on the best cinemas in town.

High Five: Date spots


Dating. For some people it's a necessary evil while others see things a bit more romantically. Either way, coming up with new places to go and things to do when wooing your beau is tough.

High Five: Record Stores

Record vinyl

Forget all this talk about digital downloads, it is a scientifically proven fact that music is better when you can hold it in your hands. And here in Auckland we have some of the coolest, most interesting record stores around.

High five: Morning caffeine fix


Winter mornings are hard and sometimes the only thing that helps is a strong, hot coffee. Entertainment writer Bridget Jones reveals her top five coffee spots in Auckland.

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