Depot Federal St

One of skycity’s great restaurants, and one of our favourite.

Make sure you get in early or am prepared to wait anything between 15min to 2hours for a seat.

The food is well worth the wait.

The lamb ribs are amazing and a must have! (Unfortunately it appears the multiple times we’ve had this has been irresistible and at present I cannot find a photo to post – will note to get a photo of it next time we’re there)


The Sugar Club – Skytower, Auckland

This post has been 11 months in the making, I cannot procrastinate anymore.

Here’s a look at The Sugar Club by Peter Gordon located on the higher levels of the sky tower in the middle of Auckland city, where you can enjoy the views and eat a delicious meal. As with many high class restaurants the menu changes periodically and if you wondering if it’s going to suit you its best to check out the menu beforehand. Ordering is a little different than other restaurants, as it is dependent on the number of courses you order regardless of the dishes you pick. Portion sizes are smaller, but at the pace that they serve you it gives your body time to realise it is full. Or alternatively you can choose the degustation course. Dinner prices from $90-128.

Menu can be found here:

Bookings can be done online at the Skycity website. Ask to be placed next to the window to enjoy the view, and take time to visit the observation deck below either before or after eating your meal.

Pictures of the food and view, note they often include bite sized starter and finisher which is quite nice.

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It’s that time of the year again! Early bird release of the entertainment book is out, and when you order now there’s bonus offers given to you additionally.

We have in the past 3 years bought entertainment books and have found it to be great to save money as well as have a bit of enjoyment. We use it often when we are out having dinner together as many of their offers are buy one get one frees. Even if your just out there to get coffee at your regular coffee shop you can take advantage of the deals. There are offers for dining, attraction entries and even hotel deals. You have until 1st June 2016 to use the deals, and you will find if you use it day to day you can get your $65 back very quickly.

Supporting entertainment books also mean you help your community fundraising, each book gives $13 to the organisation of your choice. This could be through schools, non-profit organisations etc and cannot be bought directly through entertainment books. Last year they started a digital membership which I found very handy, in the past we had the books and would always forget to use our vouchers and would only realise a few days after we had already gone to a particular place. This also left us with big books of unused vouchers at the end of the year (fun for the little ones to play with). Now that it’s available on your phone, meaning you and your family can all access it and are more likely to use your vouchers. (Up to 5 family members can have it on their phone and log-in as needed to use the vouchers)

I should add a side note though, 3 years ago when we first bought the books they were really great in getting deals, however with the introduction of grabone websites sometimes you need to do a bit of comparing around if you want an amazing deal. Though using the entertainment book means you are not too restricted on when you have to use it and what you have to use it for.

I thoroughly recommend buying this, go out and support your neighbourhood community groups! Whomever you want!

If you were wanting to know, we buy ours through the Burns unit here.

We buy the Auckland version but of course it is available in areas all over Australia and New Zealand.

Any other good deals out there to explore and try? Who did you support?