The closest place to shop, and the cheapest, is the Pack’n Save Supermarket on New North Road. A little bit further down the road at 955 New North Rd is a large complex comprising of restaurants, souvenir shops, several large vegetable markets, seafood market, and a bottle shop. Next to the complex is Lim’s Asian supermarket at number 949, which is one of the cheapest places to shop for vegetables. Lim’s also has a butcher and a seafood market, and a few small food outlets. The roasted duck is excellent.
A large shopping complex with supermarkets, electronic shops, restaurants, etc. is Lynn Mall which can be conveniently reached by bus.
The Wesley Community Centre holds a vegetable market every Tuesday and Friday from 7am to 1pm on Sandringham Extension, Owairaka. Distance: 2.5 km.
Bread, Cheese, Meat & Sausages
The quality of New Zealand bread, cheese and especially sausages is pretty poor. The best places for bread are the Swiss Bakery, Voila at 573 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham, Tel. 846 8393. Distance: 3 km and Wild Wheat at 811 Mt Eden Rd, Tel: 09 631 7012. European bread is sold in New Zealand as “artisan bread”. There is a butcher very close by: Khan’s Halal Meats 272 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Avondale. Distance: 1 km. Khan’s main shop is at 543 Sandringham Rd, Auckland, NZ Tel. 09 8153466. Distance: 2.5 km. There’s another Halal meat shop across the road from Khan’s which I like better. For feta cheese, olives, pita bread, and other Mediterranian food check out Khyber Food & Spices Ltd. 528 Sandringham Rd Sandringham. Tel. 815 2307. Distance: 3 km. They also have a branch on Stoddard Rd.
The windmill shop has a good selection of Dutch cheese. 385 Great North Road Henderson, Auckland New Zealand. Phone:, Tel. 836 6211. Distance: 7km.
There is a so-called Chinese European food outlet just around the corner on New Windsor Street. These Chinese-European restaurants are a real institution in New Zealand where you will not find a single European or Chinese dish on their menu. They serve bland pseudo-Chinese food, fish and chips, burgers, sausages, and pies – a slimy meat mash wrapped in a pastry.
The best restaurant in walking distance is the Malaysian Noodle and Rice House, 57 Wolverton St. ($7-10 per meal). Inexpensive authentic Chinese restaurants are found all along New North Rd, especially in Mt Albert Village. Distance: 3 km. If you dine in a group of four or more, check out Yuan BBQ Steamboat Restaurant at 955 New North Rd. Bookings (Tel. 849 5566) are essential. Another good and inexpensive Chinese place for Dim Sum (11-14:30) is the small and inexpensive Hong Kong Delight Chinese Seafood Restaurant at 928 Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill, Tel 620 8928. Excellent Dim Sum is served at the much more expensive Grand Harbour, 18-28 Custom St West, Auckland Central, Tel: 09 357 6889.
The gas hobs of both our vacation rentals Holiday Home Te Koru 1 and 2 run on LPG bottles that needs to be refilled from time to time. The next LPG filling station is the BP Connect Junction, Portage Road & Clark Street, Auckland, New Lynn.