One of the wonderful things about being tucked away out east in Howick is that you get the rare experience of having the big city feel mixed in with the small town community spirit that makes New Zealand. We are close enough to the city that you can explore all the local favourites, but also have the small town feel of markets, beaches, activities, and local food favourites. We have scoured through the net to try and find some of these local tips to make sure you get the most out of Howick
Any Howick local will tell you that the fifties French styles café, The Apothecary, is the go-to for any adventurer to refuel on a big day. Whether you are in need of a barista-made coffee, a delicious lunch, or after work happy hour drink – this little café has it all. We suggest splitting a couple of stretched pizza bread, or digging into a mouth-watering cheese and deli platter for two or four.
If you are looking for food, smoothies, and treats that are bursting with local flavour, then we have the spot for you. Half smoothie bar, half café with superfood bowls, open toasts (with flavours like pear, honey, & thyme), real fruit ice creams in waffle cones, and all the breakfast classics like eggs benedict and waffles. The great coffee, picture-perfect smoothie bowls (ideal for a ‘gram), and pot planted interior will make you (and your stomach) one very happy diner.
THE GOOD HOME
Having made a reputation for their great hospitality and excellent food, The Good home’s Howick location lives up to these claims. The bar sits bang in the middle of the village and has a great vibe for a round or two of drinks. Their staff will help you choose the perfect brew and will make sure you get home in one piece. Grab a pint and watch the small town of Howick pass by.
UXBRIDGE ART GALLERY
If you are someone of an artistic mind who wants to explore and experience some local talents, look no further than Uxbridge Gallery. The gallery/theatre/workshop space has something for everyone and will keep you entertained for hours if you time your visit just right. The gallery features artists from far and wide, as well as some local gems and there’s classes available teaching everything from cupcake decorating to belly dancing to French lessons.
A great way to start your weekends is by taking a stroll through the Howick Markets on a Saturday morning where you’ll be greeted by the smell of pancakes, organic fruits, and fresh ground coffee. The Howick Markets run every weekend from 8am, offering the best in Howick produce. Be greeted by the friendliest stallholders and get amongst supporting your local.
HOWICK GOLF CLUB
For those sporting types who love a good weekend at the golf course, you’ll want to visit the local Golf course for its famous stellar panoramic views alone. The peninsula offers views of the whole harbor and neighbouring suburbs, which makes it the best place to escape and sink some golf balls.
Howick is surrounded by beautiful beaches from Little Bucks to Mellons Bay, which is best experienced by foot. Explore the grounds by taking the scenic and relaxing Macleans Reserve walk. Starting up at Macleans College, the walk takes you from the top of the reserve down to Eastern Beach Esplanade and around to Musick Point if the tide’s out. Don’t forget to take a quick detour to experience the adrenaline pumping flying fox.