Nicky Park: A girls' night out

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As part of the BIG little City launch of 453 reasons to love your city via Instagram, Life & Style Editor Nicky Park shares some of our favourite Auckland central spots.

Get your hair done at Dry & Tea:
The dream team at Dry & Tea are responsible for the best blow dry I have ever had. Book yourself in for a wash and blow wave for the thrifty price of $40. It's essential to pick a pot of tea to sip while you're being primped. I love the ruby red rosehip (a healing brew packed with vitamin C - perfect for winter). If you've got time to treat yourself a little more, add on a ten minute massage or a quick lick of nail lacquer.

Gather the girls at La Zeppa:
These guys boast a huge, heated outdoor space, perfect for gathering the girls before you do dinner. I love the casual seating with lanterns hanging overhead. La Zeppa has a very chilled out vibe and table service - at a watering hole that's a massive drawcard for me. Grab a bottle of local pinot noir while you wait for your gal pals to get on board.

Share fresh food at Café Hanoi:
When you eat a meal at Café Hanoi you leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Inspired by the Vietnamese city's Old Quarter - the fresh, light flavours are perfect for sharing. I reckon you've got to add some seafood to your menu - the tiger prawn cutlets coated in young green rice are magic. Throw in some summer rolls, market fish and a warm salad. Sample of a few of the signature cocktails - the list is cool and creative. Try The Shaman if you like something with a bit of a kick.

Have an after dinner debrief at Racket:
This is a sexy little spot to relax after dinner. Dimly lit Racket prides itself on being a rum bar, with over 85 premium varieties available in house. Sure, this isn't the most ladylike drink, but I think there's something kind of cool about picking a gentleman's tipple. Ask the clever bar staff to whip up something to suit and unwind with your dames.

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Nicky Park

Editor of Life & Style.

Nicky lives to wine, dine and thrive. As Life & Style Editor at the New Zealand Herald online, she feels lucky she can call this work. Nicky crafted her writing skills as a cadet for an Australian news wire. Amongst the coverage of sport, news, finance and courts she found a favourite in features. A stint as a foreign correspondent sent this chipper Aussie across the Tasman, covering the big issues of the Pacific Islands. Every single day Nicky relishes the opportunities she has to mix and mingle with interesting people, feast on delicious food, visit new places and write all about it. Nicky wants everyone to make the most of their minutes, learn lots and live their best life.

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