Actor Mark Wahlberg is opening his Wahlburgers franchise in New Zealand this year

goss 02/05/2022

Mark Wahlberg's family is making their mark in Aotearoa!

The Hollywood actor's burger franchise Wahlburgers is opening its first store in New Zealand, taking over the spot where iconic Auckland eatery 'Euro' was located on Auckland's Princes Wharf.

Mark Wahlberg and his brothers Donnie and Paul founded the Wahlburgers franchise in 2011, with an American-style menu inspired by the Wahlberg's family kitchen and developed by Paul who plays Head Chef.

Known best for their burgers, Wahlburgers also features adult shakes, sloppy joes, mac & cheese and fried pickles.

According to Newshub, Mark Wahlberg said in a statement that he is "really looking forward" to opening the first Wahlburgers in New Zealand and he hopes to visit "soon". An exact opening date for their Auckland restaurant this year has yet to be announced.

Wahlburgers Australia and New Zealand chief executive Sam Mustaca told Newshub that the Auckland Wahlburgers location will be the first of many franchise spots in Aotearoa. Locations are also being scouted for in Queenstown, Wellington and Christchurch, and a location already secured for Tauranga's old United Cinema site at Bayfair Shopping Centre.

It's understood that two of the Wahlberg brothers will be making the trip to attend the restaurant's grand opening in person.