The White Lady, Auckland, New Zealand

We found The White Lady bus by accident on one of our evening walks into Auckland city while staying at the Pullman Hotel. A quick google revealed we’d stumbled on one of Auckland city’s icons, a dusk-to-dawn burger bus owned and run by the Washer family since 1948. After returning from our Waiheke Island jaunt for one last night in Auckland, we were determined eat a burger at The White Lady. Having shared a fancy hotdog at Imperial Lane, we now split a burger (NZ$7.90, White Lady-made beef pattie, fried onions, sauce, lettuce and tomato).

DSC_4251If you’re in the vicinity, you really can’t miss The White Lady bus

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Months later, we still think and talk about this burger, made to order and proof that ‘simple’ can be absolutely stunning when done right. I can almost taste that tender, juicy beef pattie and the sweet fried onions, and feel that chewy, soft, buxom bun. Jac still talks about the lettuce – not shredded, but a fresh, crisp leaf folded, adding a subtle crunch to every bite. Utterly sensational. Didn’t even notice we were eating it standing next to a rubbish bin until I looked at the photos later. With such burger magic voodoo (as my mate Prez would say), it’s not surprising The White Lady’s been around for so many years.

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We chatted with The White Lady guys and one of them told us about his favourite place for dumplings that wasn’t too far away. Burger demolished, we jumped into a cab in hot pursuit of steamed handmade dumplings. So far, a great last night in Auckland!

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I blogged recently about Alfred’s Kitchen, a late-night burger icon in Perth. Every city has its favourite late-night takeaway. Where’s yours?

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The White Lady
Corner of Commerce and Fort Streets, Auckland
Open 6pm to 4am Monday to Thursday
24 hours over the weekend
Cash only


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Auckland and Waiheke Island trip – blog series

We had a brilliant holiday in Auckland earlier this year. There are more blog posts to come from the trip.

Posted so far (in reading order):

This trip to Auckland and Waiheke Island, New Zealand was planned by Jac and me. We paid for all meals, accommodation and activities; the exception was 1 x return premium economy flight Perth to Auckland, which I received at an Air New Zealand launch event last year. Everything I blog about the trip is based on our experiences and all opinions are ours.

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  • Peter G

    Love their burgers! Glad you found it and enjoyed the experience.

    • Peter G,
      Yep. So glad we found it, given that I’d managed to totally miss it in my pre-holiday research.

  • OMG…….what a burger. I love stumbling across historic eats like this. As you say, very simple yet so good.

    • Trent,
      Next time I visit I will have to order one of the more elaborate burgers involving pineapple :P

      • Do It! What about beetroot on your burger? I would say I prefer beetroot over pineapple….however one with the lot that has a runny yolk egg bursts with flavour.

        • Trent, I hate beetroot! :) Pineapple, egg and bacon are my picks for a deluxe burger. Just gotta get back to Auckland. :P

  • Craig Hind

    We still have to find our late night burger place in Sydney. For now we’ll have to make do with a Harry’s pie!

    • Craig, I’d have a tough time choosing between a curry tiger and this burger. I’d have to get both.

  • Helen (grabyourfork)

    Love the set-up and that burger looks incredible!

  • Caro Hind

    You shared that burger?! I would not have been able to share it.

  • Winnie Loo

    Huxtaburger in Melbourne. Diner-style greasy juicy burgers: so, so, SO good.

  • Cindy M

    That does look like a super-yummy burger. Like the bus setup; seems like it belongs in a scene in “Blade Runner.” ;-) I don’t do late-night takeaway, unfortunately (can’t eat much past 7:00 p.m.).

    • Cindy,
      I don’t often do late-night takeaway because I couldn’t go for that long without eating dinner. I’m usually starving when I get home from work.

  • Dea

    I don’t have late night suppers/takeaways very often, too, so it usually is a real treat for me. The ultimate late night snack for me is definitely crispy, hot roti prata (canai) and an iced milo kosong!