You can't and you mustn't avoid the seafood in Auckland. They know they get great fresh produce and they use it well.
On a sunny but cold day in New Zealand's capital, I tried this seafood chowder. I can't remember the name of the cafe but it was near the Maritime Museum in the Viaduct. That giant thing with a mussel and prawn stuck in it, is bread soaked in chowder.
It was delicious!