Top City-Side Picks Before Your Island Escape

Indulge in Auckland's vibrant culinary scene with our top picks near the Auckland Downtown Ferry Terminal. Discover dynamic dining at Harbour Eats, sophisticated comfort at The Lodge Bar, and elevated views at Queen’s Rooftop. Prebook your tickets at for a seamless experience and arrive at the ferry 10 minutes before departure.
Top City-Side Picks Before Your Island Escape

If you're looking to indulge in Auckland's vibrant culinary scene before embarking on your Waiheke Island adventure, here are our top picks just a stone's throw from the Auckland Downtown Ferry Terminal.

Harbour Eats: A Culinary Collective

Located in the bustling heart of Commercial Bay, Harbour Eats is a dynamic dining destination that brings together some of the city’s most exciting food vendors under one roof. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh sushi, gourmet burgers, or artisanal gelato, Harbour Eats offers a smorgasbord of flavors. It's the perfect spot to gather with friends, share a variety of dishes, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere before your island escape.


The Lodge Bar: Elegance Meets Comfort

For those who appreciate a touch of sophistication, The Lodge Bar by Rodd & Gunn offers an elegant yet comfortable setting to unwind before your ferry ride. With award-winning chef Matt Lambert at the helm, experience elevated Kiwi fare. From locally sourced fresh seafood to exquisite cocktails, every detail at The Lodge Bar is crafted to perfection, making it an ideal prelude to your Waiheke adventure.

Queen’s Rooftop: Elevated Urban Oasis

Discover Auckland's vibrant new rooftop bar and eatery in the heart of the city. With panoramic views and a lively atmosphere, Queen’s Rooftop is the ultimate spot for a pre-ferry drink and bite. Enjoy an array of tapas-style dishes, innovative cocktails – a must-visit for those who love great food and stunning views.

Make the most of your time and experience the best of downtown Auckland before setting sail to Waiheke with Island Direct's hassle-free ferry service. Prebook your tickets at and arrive 10 minutes prior to your set sailing time. The Waiheke Ferry departs at Pier 13, Downtown Ferry Terminal, Auckland.

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