A local guide to New Zealand
Designer Lillie Toogood and her husband Dirk Paetzold are now helping to shape New Zealand history for an international audience. With his Good & Co label, Toogood creates artfully constructed scarves that exemplify the country’s smart and easy approach to fashion. German-born Paetzold is the creative director of vintage map dispenser and Goop Erstwhile favorite, and recently launched Landroamer, which provides stylish camping kits and Land Rover Defenders for travelers looking to explore comfortably and deeper. New Zealand’s greatest resource, its epic outdoors. . They live in Auckland.
This interview is part of The world is local, a worldwide collaboration between the seven international editions of Condé Nast Traveler in which 100 people in 100 countries tell us why their territory should be your next destination.
Tell us a bit about New Zealand
DP: New Zealand is very far from any other place; the nearest neighbor is Australia and 2,500 km [1,553 miles] a way. Isolation favors a particular type of people, and there is a genuine kindness and helpfulness you can feel, especially when you step out of the great smoke of Auckland or Wellington. It may very well be that everyone always behaves their best, as there is a good chance that the person you meet will know someone you know; No kidding.
LT: I continue to be blown away by her beauty, probably more so as I get older. [Kiwis are] social people. We smile, we are happy, and we have a “Keep It On” lifestyle. There are so many people doing amazing and inspiring things here, now is the perfect time to be among them.
Travelers don’t often spend a lot of time in Auckland. Give us some advice on where to go
LT: You don’t come to New Zealand for the cities, but there are great things to discover in the urban areas. Auckland is our biggest city and where we live. Suburban pockets are teeming with culinary and creative juices, and the central business district has been totally transformed, especially the waterfront district, which was redesigned for the America’s Cup and is now only loved by locals. – come back, international travelers! If you are a foodie, there are also so many amazing places to eat and drink now. For lunch, head to Ozone in Gray Lynn – everything on their menu is interesting and delicious. Dinner should be Lillian at Gray Lynn. It’s a trendy treat that’s hard to get a reservation for but worth the wait.
DP: Have breakfast or lunch at Buoy, a quirky and unpretentious cafe with a great menu – I recommend the sautéed mushrooms – and good coffee. Buoy is located in Westhaven Marina, just under the Harbor Bridge, connecting the city with the northern suburbs. The cafe has a large terrace overlooking all the pretty parked boats and the sparkling sea. You feel good in the midst of the bustle on the boats. One of my [new] Favorite dining spots are Kingi, a restaurant at the newly opened Britomart boutique hotel, offering sustainably caught seafood in one of the city’s coolest architectural spaces.