As we await for borders to open back up, The Beths chat us through their favourite spots in Auckland so we can be ready to visit when travel is back on.

While we all wait in the wings for us to get our travel back on, The Beths have been giving us a little something to keep us entertained prior to borders reopening, as their new album Jump Rope Gazers just dropped on Friday, July 10th.

With this moment in time giving many across the world anxiety, the new album aims at tackling the self-doubt and stress we face while delving into the catharsis that we can take part in following simply chatting with friends.

Although New Zealand isn’t quite ready for us Australians to holiday, drummer Tristan Deck of The Beths has shared with us all the best places that the collective’s hometown of Auckland New Zealand has to offer while we await travelling once more.

Check out Jump Rope Gazers by The Beths:

1. Tiritiri Matangi Scientific Reserve:

Just north of Auckland, this predator free island sanctuary is accessible by daily ferry and is the best place to spot endangered NZ birds in the wild and hear the dawn chorus.

The song of native birds through the canopy of regenerating forest is absolutely magical. The bunkhouse is in high demand but available for bookings to stay overnight. If you’re lucky you might see a Takahē or Kōkako during the day, or a Tuatara or Kiwi if you stay overnight.

2. Muzza’s Pies Richardson Road:

When only the best will do. Muzza is up in the wee hours every morning preparing pies for the day, which are often sold out by the afternoon.

Steak & Pepper, Bacon & Egg, and Boysenberry & Apple are my favourite pies but the sausage rolls are also worth a commendation.

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YES YES YES The mince and cheese pie from #muzzaspies are freaking awesome!!

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3. Waitākere Ranges:

Lush moutain ranges west of Auckland. There are many walking tracks and beaches with scenery and wildlife. Check which tracks are open first. I would recommend the Mercer bay loop for a short walk with amazing views.

For a longer route I’d recommend starting from the Comans Track in Karekare. Lots of clifftop views and birdlife on both walks, look out for Miromiro and Kererū!

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Such a glorious day spent with @madokz_paradoks She is absolutely in love with NZ! #purenewzealand #muriwaibeach #waitakereranges

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4. Audio Foundation:

A gallery and venue for experimental music and contemporary art with diverse curation.

It also has a Musical Electronics lending library where you can borrow homemade devices to improvise and compose with.

5. Ōrākei Train Station:

The finest city commuter rail station in the world.

Riders fly across the Ōrākei basin on a dedicated rail line just above the water, reminiscent of the train in Spirited Away, before enjoying views across the ocean of Rangitoto island and the Hauraki Gulf.

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#tbt 6car stops at #OrakeiTrainStation on a evening peak service. #AucklandTransport #auckland #train #publictransport

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6. Whammy Bar: 

Auckland’s finest live music venue for local and international acts.

Two different rooms inside the bar with live music Weds-Sat. Connects to Wine Cellar via underground passage.

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Hōngongoi It’s good to be back!

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7. Dominion Road:

Lots of restaurants serving regional cuisines particularly from around Asia.

Eden Noodles Cafe, Udon Works, Xi’an Food Bar, Shefco, Cazador, Wang Wang Pancake and New Flavour are all good places to start.

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Our within a #dominionrd #dominionrdakl #earlyviews #earlybirds #sunrise #nofilter ❤

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8. Wine Cellar:

Auckland’s finest live music venue for local and international acts. Lots of bands but also experimental music and sometimes performance or comedy.

Vitamin S on Mondays puts two randomly selected trios together to make spontaneous improvised music. Connects via underground passage to Whammy Bar.

9. Urbanaut Brewery:

The beer is delicious and the atmosphere is conductive to conversation.

It’s a working brewery so look out for hazards as you peruse the factory. It’s worth chatting about recent or in progress brews.

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STACKED LINEUP! ✌️FRI @misoramenz 5-7.30pm / SAT @sabores_slc ROLL UP!

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10. MOTAT: The Museum of Transport and Technology:

The Beam engine in the pump house was the most advanced in the world when built in 1877, working to pump Auckland’s water supply from the neighbouring (and lovely) Western Springs Park.

The second MOTAT site is accessed by a free ride on a vintage tram.

Honourable Mention:

Cielito Lindo for the best Mexican Food in Auckland.

It is a truly fantastic restaurant, the first to serve legit, double tortilla tacos for a reasonable price.

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Finding authentic Mexican food in Auckland is like Hazza Potter finding a fucking horcrux, it’s damn hard work my darlings. I’ve been hearing about Cielito Lindo @cielitolindonz for almost a year now, that it was the best Mexican food in town but Henderson is just not my stomping ground. I’m a Shore Boy who ventures out to Ponsonby on the weekends, I’m a fucking princess but curiosity got the best of me. I got my mate Clara @____clarajane to come with me because she fucks with Mexican food so hard and I was interested to see what she had to say about it and we both give it a fat chur chur. The tacos were really simple and clean tasting and they weren’t loaded with a shit load of toppings like I’m used to. The side of salsa acted as the cherry on top to all of them and they’d make the tacos come full circle in terms of flavour. The lamb ones were juicy, the nopales, which is apparently a type of cactus, tasted like a jalapeño but not spicy, it was buzzy and I was here for it. The fish tacos were fucking lame though but it’s not their fault. It was a fried fish finger from the freezer and I just know it’d be so much more hundies if they had more money to buy some good quality Nemo. The black bean sopes were like a cross between a tortilla and tostada and I could’ve downed 20 of those. They just slid into my mouth so fucking easily, just like the old men who slide into my DM’s asking if Ch’lita and I are keen to have a threesome. The bistek quesadilla fucking slapped and this was my favourite. The tortilla wraps sandwiched the juiciest chunks of steak and so much fucking cheese. The nachos were so fucking slutty and more like the greasy Mexican food I grew up with and the guacamole and salsa was just your plain ago and tomato. Overall, I do think Cielito Lindo serve the most authentic Mexican cuisine. My friends that have travelled around Mexico have told me that Mexican food is actually really fucking simple and I appreciate that. But Americans have fucked me up and made me prefer the dirty sour cream and cheese loaded shit but we all need to respect the cuisine in its true and original form, or else Trump will take over the world, 11.5/10 experience

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The Beths 2020 Australia/New Zealand Tour

Thursday, August 27th
The Yot Club, Raglan NZ

Friday, August 28th
Totara Street, Tauranga, NZ

Saturday, August 29th
The Cabana, Napier, NZ

Thursday, September 3rd
The Stomach, Palmerston North, NZ

Friday, September 4th
San Fran, Wellington, NZ

Saturday, September 5th
San Fran, Wellington, NZ

Tuesday, September 8th
Playhouse Theatre, Nelson, NZ

Wednesday, September 9th
The Mussel Inn, Takaka, NZ

Thursday, September 10th
Framingham Wines, Renwick, NZ

Friday, September 11th
Blue Smoke, Christchurch, NZ

Saturday, September 12th
Starters, Dunedin, NZ

Sunday, September 13th
Tuatara Cafe, Invercargill, NZ

Friday, November 6th
Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, NZ

Saturday, November 7th
Gisbourne Beer Festival 2020, Gisbourne, NZ

Sunday, November 8th
HBF Park, Perth, WA*

Wednesday, November 11th
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, VIC*

Saturday, November 14th
Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, NSW*

Tuesday, November 17th
QSAC Stadium, Brisbane, QLD*

Friday, November 20th
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, NZ*

Sunday, November 22nd
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ

*with Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy
Tickets available via The Beths website.