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Insider Guide To Auckland With Lauren Tapper And Sarah Harris Gould

New Zealand-based label, Harris Tapper, is a ready-to-wear brand offering sartorial choices to modern, professional women.

Founded by Sarah Harris Gould and Lauren Tapper, who saw a gap in the market for high-quality, directional women’s shirting at an accessible price point, the brand has quickly progressed into full collections comprising of easy elegant separates and sculptural minimalism.

Workwear staples take a refined approach to the working-wardrobe, with masculine tailoring and hard-working pieces championing a female’s career-focused and multifaceted life. We speak to Sarah and Lauren about their hometown of Auckland including the best hikes for breathtaking views, and where to find the best Japanese restaurant in town.

The best time to visit New Zealand is?

Winter (July – September). If you want to ski – Queenstown and Arrowtown are amazing at this time of year, or, visit in January for super-warm weather, to make the most of our amazing beaches. 

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is?

Hotel Britomart, an eco-friendly hotel in Auckland where every detail has been thoughtfully designed, or The Sherwood on the outskirts of Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu. 

For an early morning workout head to…

SALA Studio in Grey Lynn – they offer everything from strength classes to Pilates and Yoga. Or take a walk along Aucklands waterfront – always a great way to start the day. 

Where should we go for breakfast?

Orphans Kitchen on Ponsonby Road, or Annabels – we both love the Salmon Gravlax, a Nordic dish where the salmon is cured using salt and sugar. 

How about for a long, lazy lunch?

Azabu Mission Bay for some of the best Japanese/Peruvian in town. It’s their second restaurant in Auckland, opening a few years after their popular Ponsonby location. 

Your favourite restaurant in town?

Our favourites are Beau, a cute wine bar in Ponsonby, Azabu (as above) for Japanese food, & Pici for pasta. 


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The drink to order at the bar?

Always a New Zealand wine. We’d recommend Coal Pit from the Central Otago region. 

The best place to treat yourself is?

Room 9 in Newmarket, or The Facialist in the CBD. Both are skin care clinics offering facials, peels, and even massage. 


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Where can I go shopping?

Ponsonby Road, an urban village with great shops, restaurants, and galleries. 

For the best views head to? 

Mount Eden – its a volcanic peak and with just a ten-minute walk you’re rewarded with a 360-degree view of Auckland City. Many people come here to hike or jog, too. 


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For a change of pace try…

New Zealand has lots of incredible walks, and they’re one of the best ways to see the country. 

Your favourite neighbourhood(s)?

We both live around Ponsonby and Grey Lynn, and love this little neighbourhood pocket of Auckland. There’s plenty of boutique stores, as well as independent bars, restaurants, and cafés to explore. 

One place only locals know about?

Theres an incredible Vietnamese restaurant in Otahuhu, aptly called ‘Try It Out

Great day trips include? 

A day trip to Waiheke island is always worth it. It’s 40 minutes from Auckland CBD, and is home to some of the best wineries and views. 


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The culture spot to rave about…

Auckland Art Gallery, it has more than 15,000 pieces of work, and is currently showing Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico.

A book to read before we go (or while you’re there)…

Auē by Becky Manawatu.

Souvenir to take home?

A relaxed sensibility.

In one word, NZ is…


A must-try spot for date night?

Karangahape Road (often simply called K Road) is one of the main streets in the CBD. There’s plenty of places to eat along here, but for date night, we’d recommend visiting either Candela, Cotto, or Celeste.


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Essential items to pack? 

New Zealand is relatively casual, so if spending the day walking around the city we’d pack a hard-working, comfortable outfit that can take you through different facets of the day, like the Harris Tapper Kantor Shirt and Costello Trouser co-ord. Good walking boots are important for a hike, and our lightweight, single-layer Christo wool coat can be easily slipped on or off depending on the weather. Don’t forget a good SPF, our sun is harsh so this is definitely needed.

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