In the past in Auckland, it wasn’t always easy to go out if your dietary or ethical dining requirements meant excluding animal products, NZ Herald says. Fortunately, things have improved drastically for Tāmaki Makaurau’s vegan community, with totally plant-based outlets, vegetarian menus with vegan options and plenty of regular restaurants also upping their vegan game. Top picks include East (CBD), Khu Khu (Ponsonby), Gorilla Kitchen (Eden Terrace), Kind Cafe (Morningside) and Tart Bakery (Grey Lynn and Commercial Bay).