Auckland Holidays

Auckland

Your Auckland holiday

The area now known as Auckland had Maori inhabitants when the British began a colony in 1840. Most of the original settlers lived in wood houses and the society consisted of mechanics, farmers, shop owners, servants, and a few aristocrats.

By 1846, the New Zealand Constitution Act was devised by the British Parliament to maintain control over the area. In 1852, New Zealand crafted their Constitution, and two years later the Auckland City Council was established. Major infrastructural changes took place during the 1860s, as gas streetlights and a water supply were created. By this time, the national capital had been shifted to Wellington.

Railways and then automobiles characterized the 20th century in Auckland. During the Second World War, Auckland fortified to prepare for a theoretical Japanese invasion, which never occurred.

Post-war Auckland experienced a metropolitan growth stemming from better road construction, housing management, and the establishment of the Harbour Bridge that crossed the Waitemata Harbour and allowed for more development.

A relatively stable city, Auckland experienced its first major setback in 1998 when a power crisis took over five weeks to correct in the Central Business District.

By the beginning of the 21st century, Auckland’s population within the metropolitan area had grown to 1,138,300. Despite its large and ever-growing population, Auckland maintains a rather suburban, relaxed feel.

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SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

5 stars
4.2 / 5 36 reviews
Luxurious 5-star property with stylish designSituated in an ideal location in  the heart of  the city close to most impressive attractions and eateries, SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland makes for the ideal luxury retreat in the vibrant Auckland. Beautifully appointed, modern and spacious rooms are just the start of this 5-star experience. Stunning views, award-winning dining, the iconic Sky Tower and the tranquil East Day Spa await you. Free Wi-Fi access with no data cap or time limit. Subject to network availability. Acceptable Use Policy applies.  Free Wi-Fi access is available until further notice. HighlightsEast Day Spa with luxurious body treatmentsFree Wi-Fi access with no data cap or time limit. Free Wi-Fi offer is available until further notice.Gymnasium with 80-foot lap pool, sauna and whirlpoolOn-site parking facility and valet parkingAdjacent to the SkyCity entertainment complex RoomsLuxury, style and comfort abound in the 312 guest rooms and suites at the SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland. Whether guests select a city or harbor view, the rooms (featuring either one king-sized bed or one queen-sized and king single beds) all offer modern flourishes and high-caliber design, including gorgeous blond woods, plush bedding with throws and cozy duvets. Flat-screen televisions, honor bars and wireless Internet access add to the elegance. Suites feature separate living rooms and, in some, kitchen and laundry facilities. FeaturesThe SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland offers views of both downtown and Waitemata Harbour and sits adjacent to the SkyCity entertainment complex, giving guests access to numerous restaurants offering various cuisine, a 24-hour casino, cafes, bars and a theater. The hotel itself features a full gym with lap pool, sauna and whirlpool as well as the East Day Spa for luxuriating with fantastic body treatments. The casual Gusto restaurant serves breakfast for an added fee. SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland guests can park on-site or valet and have access to a luxury car transfer service. Transportation Britomart (bus and train station) (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Auckland Airport (10.5 mi/16.9 km) Attractions Sky Tower (adjacent)Auckland Museum (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Auckland Zoo (3.1 mi/5 km)Rainforest Express (9.7 mi/15.6 km) BusinessClub Lounge offers flexible meeting space from 20 to 200 peopleAudiovisual equipment available (fees apply)Free Wi-Fi access with no data cap or time limit. Subject to network availability. Acceptable Use Policy applies. Free Wi-Fi offer is available until further notice. Policies and feesFederal Street is being converted into a shared space for pedestrians and traffic which may cause some disruption while this is being completed. SKYCITY aim to keep disruption to a minimum and apologize for any inconvenience caused.The hotel charges $29 NZD for continental buffet breakfast and $39 NZD for full breakfast.
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Mercure Auckland

4 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews
Waterfront hotel with international restaurant and 10 meeting roomsThe Mercure Auckland has a soothing and seductive location right on the waterfront. The calming breezes seem to flow through the lobby with sea-glass green and crisp white colors. All rooms have high-speed Wi-Fi (fees may apply) and many have waterfront views. The Mercure Auckland has 10 conference rooms that can accommodate up to 300 people and a restaurant, The Vue Restaurant and Attica Bar, which features international cuisine for breakfast and dinner. The hotel has a gym and undercover valet parking. Highlights Auckland waterfront locationSpacious rooms with views of the harbor or cityVue Restaurant and Attica Bar featuring international cuisineOn-site gymHigh-speed Wi-Fi in all rooms (fees may apply) RoomsThe 189 spacious rooms and suites at the Mercure Auckland feature a soothing color palate of gray, purple and green set alongside crisp white reflected through luxe linens on queen- and king-sized beds with thicker mattresses. All rooms feature a flat-panel LCD satellite television. Some rooms feature a separate sitting area with couch, table and television, while all rooms have air conditioning, a minibar and high-speed Wi-Fi (fees may apply). Two kids can stay for free with parents. Bathrooms feature a bathtub and hair-dryers. The hotel provides 24-hour room service. FeaturesWith its breezy, minimalist lobby with sea-glass colored front desk, the Mercure Auckland adapts to its waterfront setting. The hotel gives guests easy access to a variety of attractions, including Vector Arena, Viaduct Harbour and Queen Street shopping. The glass-enclosed Vue Restaurant and Attica Bar, serving breakfast, dinner and evening cocktails, features internationally inspired cuisine in a spectacular rooftop setting with views of the city and harbor. The Mercure Auckland has a gym, undercover valet parking and a dedicated floor for conferences for up to 300 people. TransportationNearest train: Britomart Transport Center (0.1 mi/0.3 km)Auckland Airport (11.2 mi/18.1 km) Attractions Queen Street (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Viaduct Harbour (0.4 mi/0.8 km)Aotea Conference Center (0.5 mi/0.9 km)Auckland Town Hall (0.5 mi/0.9 km) Business Ten meeting rooms that accommodate up to 300 peopleHigh-speed Wi-FiAudiovisual equipment available
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CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 14 reviews
Upscale downtown hotel adjacent to fashionable Queen Street shoppingCityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel provides upscale, comfortable accommodations to leisure and business travelers. The property sits adjacent to and overlooking fashionable Queen Street and steps from many of the attractions and businesses in the city center. The hotel features newly refurbished guest rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy dinner at the on-site Zest Restaurant and Bar, take a dip in the heated indoor pool or work out in the well-equipped gym. CityLife Auckland offers valet parking (fees apply) and 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi in the lobby. Highlights Qualmark 4-star-plus ratingHeated indoor pool, on-site gymThirty minutes free Wi-Fi in lobbyRefurbished guest roomsZest Restaurant and Bar for local fare and cocktails RoomsCityLife Auckland has refurbished its guest rooms and suites, adding more modern touches and comfort. The rooms, which have 24-hour room service, now feature apartment-like accommodations with bright and spacious areas, including large work areas and seating. The suites comprise separate bedroom and living/dining areas and fully equipped kitchens. All rooms have LCD televisions with Sky TV, tea/coffee-makers, complimentary in-room safes, bathrooms and ironing equipment. Bathrooms feature robes and Manuka Spa products. Suites also have iPod docks and laundry facilities. CityLife Auckland rooms have high-speed Wi-Fi (fees apply). FeaturesTowering above the fashionable Queen Street shopping district, the CityLife Auckland also sits amidst the business and entertainment areas of downtown Auckland. Enjoy easy access to Sky Tower, Viaduct Harbour, Aotea Square, nearby parks and more. Guests can use 30 free minutes of Wi-Fi in the lobby. Take a lap in the heated indoor pool or use the machines in the on-site gym. Dine at Zest Restaurant for breakfast and dinner or enjoy cocktails in Zest Bar at night. Park the car with on-site valet (fees apply), take advantage of the laundry and dry cleaning services or schedule a babysitter for the kids. Transportation Nearest train: Britomart Transport Center (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Auckland Airport (11 mi/17.8 km) Attractions Queen Street (adjacent)Sky Tower (0.1 mi/0.3 km)Auckland Zoo (2.7 mi/4.4 km)Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World (2.8 mi/4.6 km) Business Three conference roomsWi-Fi throughout hotelOn-site business centerAudiovisual services available Policies and fees Please note: Valet parking will be $35 NZD from January 1, 2011.
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ibis Styles Auckland

3 stars
1.9 / 5 8 reviews
Enjoying a sensational location just off Queen Street in the heart of Auckland city, ibis Styles Auckland is just a short walk from major Auckland attractions including the SkyCity Entertainment and Casino complex and Viaduct Harbour. With its 141 comfortable rooms featuring balconies and kitchenette facilities, ibis Styles Auckland offers easy access to transport including local trains and buses.
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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

5 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews
Upscale, chic hotel with Heavenly beds overlooking Viaduct HarbourAuckland Lighter Quay has a chic design with a prime location overlooking Viaduct Harbour. The hotel features the Heavenly Bed in every room and suite. High-speed Wi-Fi runs throughout the Auckland Lighter Quay (fees apply). Highlights Overlooks Viaduct HarbourSpacious rooms featuring the Heavenly BedHigh-speed Wi-Fi in all rooms (fees apply) RoomsThe 58 100-percent nonsmoking guest rooms and suites at the Lighter Quay transport guests to a tranquil place through modern design with earth tones and woods, and with Heavenly Bed, with its crisp white cotton linens, pillow-top mattress and plush pillows and duvet. The bathroom becomes a peaceful sanctuary with the Heavenly Shower featuring an overhead drenching showerhead and the deep-soaking Heavenly Bath. Rooms all feature 37-inch flat-screen televisions, high-speed Wi-Fi (fees apply) and sliding glass doors out onto balconies. FeaturesThe modern glass and steel structure of the Lighter Quay sits in contrast, yet blends in beautifully, with its natural aquatic surroundings at Viaduct Harbour. Creativity and beauty exist inside and out, exemplified by the collection of contemporary art by New Zealand artists throughout the hotel. Walk from Lighter Quay  to nearby shops, dining, casino, marina, oak-lined parks and more. Transportation Nearest train: Britomart Transport Center (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Auckland Airport (11.3 mi/18.2 km) Attractions Viaduct Harbour (adjacent)Victoria Park Market (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Sky City Casino (0.6 mi/1 km)Waiheke Island (24.9 mi/40 km) Business High-speed Wi-Fi
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Econo Lodge City Central

2 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
The Econo Lodge City Central is located in the heart of Auckland city. Within walking distance of the SkyCity Casino/Convention Centre, Aotea Convention, Entertainment Centre, Crown Plaza Convention Centre, universities and all major public transport centres. Maximum of two children 12 years and under stay free of charge with parents/guardians when using existing bedding.
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Novotel Auckland Airport

4 stars
4.3 / 5 16 reviews
Conveniently located beside Auckland International Terminal and 30 minutes to the city centre, Novotel Auckland Airport provides the perfect accommodation solution for guests travelling in and out of New Zealand. Combining the beauty of natural landscapeswith cutting edge architectural design, this hotel features 263 elegant rooms and suites, theatre style conference centre, 10 meeting rooms, a restaurant & bar plus a fully equipped gym. Day use rooms available from 6am-6pm.
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Jucy Hotel

3 stars
3.0 / 5 5 reviews
Jucy Hotel is part of Jucy Group is proud to open its first hotel. the hotel combines the best of budget and hotel accommodation with 60 rooms ranging from brand new twin, double or triple rooms with en-suites in the new to single, double and triple rooms with shared bathrooms facilities. Jucy Hotel is situated in the heart of Auckland City. Wireless Internet Access is available to purchase within the Hotel. Jucy Hotel is strictly a Non-Smoking Hotel. From Jucy Hotel its a short stroll to the waterfront with its vibrant night life and restaurant scene, the casino, cosmopolitan Queen Street, Auckland University, and the Central Transport Station. They are located just 600m for the Vector Arena. All your transport needs trains, buses ferries and taxis are right on your doorstep. The conference cent-re at the Hyatt Hotel is across the road. Ten minutes walk up Queen Street takes you to the Aotea Cent-re, Auckland s major entertainment and convention cent-re home to many shows and exhibitions. Located by one of Auckland s oldest inner city parks Jucy Hotel is secluded from traffic and street noise. They offer quality accommodation at competitive prices. For Visitors arriving at Auckland Airport: Taxis & Shuttle available at the airport. Airbus Express: The Airbus costs NZ$16 per person one way. Airbus stop is Lower Queen Street and Fort Street.
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Heritage Hotel Auckland (The)

4 stars
4.2 / 5 12 reviews
Upscale hotel in historic department store with views of Sky TowerThe Heritage Hotel Auckland occupies an iconic Auckland department store with views of Sky Tower and the harbor from its rooftop pool deck. The hotel has two towers -- one in art deco style, the other more modern. The property features upscale amenities in guest rooms. Dine in the award-winning Hectors Restaurant in the atrium. Many facilities, like indoor and outdoor pools, two gyms, a spa and sauna and tennis courts, beckon guests. The hotel offers 30 minutes free Wi-Fi per day in the lobby, while in room Wi-Fi is also available (fees apply). HighlightsSet in iconic Auckland building4.5-star Qualmark ratingTwo pools (one rooftop), two gyms, tennis courtsHectors Restaurant in atrium of hotel RoomsAt the Heritage Hotel Auckland, rooms exist in one of two distinct wings: The Hotel Wing feature the original art deco design while the Tower Wing has more contemporary style and features. Either way, guests can select from one- or two-bedroom apartment-style accommodations or upgrade to one of the director's suites. All rooms comprise en-suite bathrooms with bathrobes and complimentary Manuka Spa bath products. Enjoy Sky TV, high-speed Wi-Fi (fees apply), large workstations, a coffee/tea-maker, radio alarm clock and in-room safes. Heritage Hotel Auckland suites also feature separate living/dining areas, fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities, balconies, CD players and iPod docks. FeaturesSet in an iconic former department store, the Heritage Hotel Auckland lives up to its name, evident as soon as guests enter the art deco-style lobby featuring Mid-Century modern-looking furniture, where guests can enjoy 30 free minutes of Wi-Fi daily. The hotel has many sporting facilities, including a heated rooftop outdoor pool and heated indoor lap pool, two well-equipped fitness centers and an all-weather floodlit tennis court. Guests can elect 24-hour room service or pop down to the award-winning Hectors Restaurant in the atrium of the hotel for Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine all day, or have a cocktail in the lobby bar. Beauty and spa services are available at the Ministry of Hair Salon and the Beauty Space day spa. The Heritage Hotel Auckland offers laundry/dry cleaning services, babysitting and valet parking (fees apply). Transportation Britomart train station (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Auckland Airport (11.1 mi/17.9 km) Attractions Sky Tower (1 block)Viaduct Harbour (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Vector Arena (0.7 mi/1.2 km)Newmarket (1.8 mi/2.9 km) Business Ten breakout meeting roomsBusiness centerWi-Fi throughout hotel (fees apply) Policies and fees In room Internet $29.25 NZD for 100 MB full day usage plan. Valet parking will be $35 NZD from January 1, 2011.
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Hilton Auckland

5 stars
4.0 / 5 13 reviews
Dual white towers on Princes Wharf with an underwater viewing windowThe Hilton Auckland hotel creates a seaside fantasy as it extends 300 meters out into the water on Princes Wharf. Even the outdoor heated pool has an underwater viewing window. The Hilton Auckland appears more as an upscale boutique hotel with its high-end amenities, like step-out balconies, walk-in showers, Crabtree & Evelyn products, LCD televisions with Sky TV and more. Grab sophisticated cocktails at Bellini or dine on local fare at upscale White restaurant. Take advantage of the on-site gym or plan a meeting in one of seven conference rooms. Highlights Unique location at the end of Princes Wharf, 300 meters out toward seaBoutique-like hotel settingSeven flexible meeting spacesOn-site gym and an outdoor heated pool with underwater viewing windowWhite restaurant serves contemporary, local fare, while Bellini serves sophisticated cocktails RoomsWith many rooms with balconies overlooking the water from Princes Wharf, the Hilton Auckland hotel can claim title as one of the most unique hotels in the city. Standard guest rooms all feature either dual twin-beds or one king-sized bed with thicker mattresses, crisp linens and fluffy pillows set against a dark wood backdrop. Modern bathrooms feature walk-in showers and separate tubs, white porcelain sink tops, cozy robes and slippers as well as Crabtree & Evelyn bath products. Relax with Sky TV on the LCD flat-screen television or browse the Internet via high-speed Wi-Fi in the sitting area or workstation. FeaturesFor a true aquatic experience, take a plunge into the fourth-floor heated outdoor pool at the Hilton Auckland and stare out the underwater window out into the sea. Or simply relax and soak up the rays on the sundeck. Pop inside to the gym for a workout. Grab cocktails at the chic Bellini bar or take in contemporary, local fare at White, the on-site restaurant. The unique location of the Hilton Auckland on Princes Wharf is still close to many top attractions, shops and restaurants. Transportation Britomart Transport Hub (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Auckland Airport (11.4 mi/18.4 km) Attractions Viaduct Harbour (0.3 mi/0.6 km)Vector Arena (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Newmarket (2 mi/3.2 km)Mission Bay (3.7 mi/6 km) Business Seven flexible meeting spaces for up to 400 peopleFull-service business centerHigh-speed Wi-Fi
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Auckland Hotels

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SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

5 stars
4.2 / 5 36 reviews
Luxurious 5-star property with stylish designSituated in an ideal location in  the heart of  the city close to most impressive attractions and eateries, SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland makes for the ideal luxury retreat in the vibrant Auckland. Beautifully appointed, modern and spacious rooms are just the start of this 5-star experience. Stunning views, award-winning dining, the iconic Sky Tower and the tranquil East Day Spa await you. Free Wi-Fi access with no data cap or time limit. Subject to network availability. Acceptable Use Policy applies.  Free Wi-Fi access is available until further notice. HighlightsEast Day Spa with luxurious body treatmentsFree Wi-Fi access with no data cap or time limit. Free Wi-Fi offer is available until further notice.Gymnasium with 80-foot lap pool, sauna and whirlpoolOn-site parking facility and valet parkingAdjacent to the SkyCity entertainment complex RoomsLuxury, style and comfort abound in the 312 guest rooms and suites at the SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland. Whether guests select a city or harbor view, the rooms (featuring either one king-sized bed or one queen-sized and king single beds) all offer modern flourishes and high-caliber design, including gorgeous blond woods, plush bedding with throws and cozy duvets. Flat-screen televisions, honor bars and wireless Internet access add to the elegance. Suites feature separate living rooms and, in some, kitchen and laundry facilities. FeaturesThe SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland offers views of both downtown and Waitemata Harbour and sits adjacent to the SkyCity entertainment complex, giving guests access to numerous restaurants offering various cuisine, a 24-hour casino, cafes, bars and a theater. The hotel itself features a full gym with lap pool, sauna and whirlpool as well as the East Day Spa for luxuriating with fantastic body treatments. The casual Gusto restaurant serves breakfast for an added fee. SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland guests can park on-site or valet and have access to a luxury car transfer service. Transportation Britomart (bus and train station) (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Auckland Airport (10.5 mi/16.9 km) Attractions Sky Tower (adjacent)Auckland Museum (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Auckland Zoo (3.1 mi/5 km)Rainforest Express (9.7 mi/15.6 km) BusinessClub Lounge offers flexible meeting space from 20 to 200 peopleAudiovisual equipment available (fees apply)Free Wi-Fi access with no data cap or time limit. Subject to network availability. Acceptable Use Policy applies. Free Wi-Fi offer is available until further notice. Policies and feesFederal Street is being converted into a shared space for pedestrians and traffic which may cause some disruption while this is being completed. SKYCITY aim to keep disruption to a minimum and apologize for any inconvenience caused.The hotel charges $29 NZD for continental buffet breakfast and $39 NZD for full breakfast.
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Mercure Auckland

4 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews
Waterfront hotel with international restaurant and 10 meeting roomsThe Mercure Auckland has a soothing and seductive location right on the waterfront. The calming breezes seem to flow through the lobby with sea-glass green and crisp white colors. All rooms have high-speed Wi-Fi (fees may apply) and many have waterfront views. The Mercure Auckland has 10 conference rooms that can accommodate up to 300 people and a restaurant, The Vue Restaurant and Attica Bar, which features international cuisine for breakfast and dinner. The hotel has a gym and undercover valet parking. Highlights Auckland waterfront locationSpacious rooms with views of the harbor or cityVue Restaurant and Attica Bar featuring international cuisineOn-site gymHigh-speed Wi-Fi in all rooms (fees may apply) RoomsThe 189 spacious rooms and suites at the Mercure Auckland feature a soothing color palate of gray, purple and green set alongside crisp white reflected through luxe linens on queen- and king-sized beds with thicker mattresses. All rooms feature a flat-panel LCD satellite television. Some rooms feature a separate sitting area with couch, table and television, while all rooms have air conditioning, a minibar and high-speed Wi-Fi (fees may apply). Two kids can stay for free with parents. Bathrooms feature a bathtub and hair-dryers. The hotel provides 24-hour room service. FeaturesWith its breezy, minimalist lobby with sea-glass colored front desk, the Mercure Auckland adapts to its waterfront setting. The hotel gives guests easy access to a variety of attractions, including Vector Arena, Viaduct Harbour and Queen Street shopping. The glass-enclosed Vue Restaurant and Attica Bar, serving breakfast, dinner and evening cocktails, features internationally inspired cuisine in a spectacular rooftop setting with views of the city and harbor. The Mercure Auckland has a gym, undercover valet parking and a dedicated floor for conferences for up to 300 people. TransportationNearest train: Britomart Transport Center (0.1 mi/0.3 km)Auckland Airport (11.2 mi/18.1 km) Attractions Queen Street (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Viaduct Harbour (0.4 mi/0.8 km)Aotea Conference Center (0.5 mi/0.9 km)Auckland Town Hall (0.5 mi/0.9 km) Business Ten meeting rooms that accommodate up to 300 peopleHigh-speed Wi-FiAudiovisual equipment available
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CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 14 reviews
Upscale downtown hotel adjacent to fashionable Queen Street shoppingCityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel provides upscale, comfortable accommodations to leisure and business travelers. The property sits adjacent to and overlooking fashionable Queen Street and steps from many of the attractions and businesses in the city center. The hotel features newly refurbished guest rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy dinner at the on-site Zest Restaurant and Bar, take a dip in the heated indoor pool or work out in the well-equipped gym. CityLife Auckland offers valet parking (fees apply) and 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi in the lobby. Highlights Qualmark 4-star-plus ratingHeated indoor pool, on-site gymThirty minutes free Wi-Fi in lobbyRefurbished guest roomsZest Restaurant and Bar for local fare and cocktails RoomsCityLife Auckland has refurbished its guest rooms and suites, adding more modern touches and comfort. The rooms, which have 24-hour room service, now feature apartment-like accommodations with bright and spacious areas, including large work areas and seating. The suites comprise separate bedroom and living/dining areas and fully equipped kitchens. All rooms have LCD televisions with Sky TV, tea/coffee-makers, complimentary in-room safes, bathrooms and ironing equipment. Bathrooms feature robes and Manuka Spa products. Suites also have iPod docks and laundry facilities. CityLife Auckland rooms have high-speed Wi-Fi (fees apply). FeaturesTowering above the fashionable Queen Street shopping district, the CityLife Auckland also sits amidst the business and entertainment areas of downtown Auckland. Enjoy easy access to Sky Tower, Viaduct Harbour, Aotea Square, nearby parks and more. Guests can use 30 free minutes of Wi-Fi in the lobby. Take a lap in the heated indoor pool or use the machines in the on-site gym. Dine at Zest Restaurant for breakfast and dinner or enjoy cocktails in Zest Bar at night. Park the car with on-site valet (fees apply), take advantage of the laundry and dry cleaning services or schedule a babysitter for the kids. Transportation Nearest train: Britomart Transport Center (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Auckland Airport (11 mi/17.8 km) Attractions Queen Street (adjacent)Sky Tower (0.1 mi/0.3 km)Auckland Zoo (2.7 mi/4.4 km)Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World (2.8 mi/4.6 km) Business Three conference roomsWi-Fi throughout hotelOn-site business centerAudiovisual services available Policies and fees Please note: Valet parking will be $35 NZD from January 1, 2011.
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ibis Styles Auckland

3 stars
1.9 / 5 8 reviews
Enjoying a sensational location just off Queen Street in the heart of Auckland city, ibis Styles Auckland is just a short walk from major Auckland attractions including the SkyCity Entertainment and Casino complex and Viaduct Harbour. With its 141 comfortable rooms featuring balconies and kitchenette facilities, ibis Styles Auckland offers easy access to transport including local trains and buses.
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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

5 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews
Upscale, chic hotel with Heavenly beds overlooking Viaduct HarbourAuckland Lighter Quay has a chic design with a prime location overlooking Viaduct Harbour. The hotel features the Heavenly Bed in every room and suite. High-speed Wi-Fi runs throughout the Auckland Lighter Quay (fees apply). Highlights Overlooks Viaduct HarbourSpacious rooms featuring the Heavenly BedHigh-speed Wi-Fi in all rooms (fees apply) RoomsThe 58 100-percent nonsmoking guest rooms and suites at the Lighter Quay transport guests to a tranquil place through modern design with earth tones and woods, and with Heavenly Bed, with its crisp white cotton linens, pillow-top mattress and plush pillows and duvet. The bathroom becomes a peaceful sanctuary with the Heavenly Shower featuring an overhead drenching showerhead and the deep-soaking Heavenly Bath. Rooms all feature 37-inch flat-screen televisions, high-speed Wi-Fi (fees apply) and sliding glass doors out onto balconies. FeaturesThe modern glass and steel structure of the Lighter Quay sits in contrast, yet blends in beautifully, with its natural aquatic surroundings at Viaduct Harbour. Creativity and beauty exist inside and out, exemplified by the collection of contemporary art by New Zealand artists throughout the hotel. Walk from Lighter Quay  to nearby shops, dining, casino, marina, oak-lined parks and more. Transportation Nearest train: Britomart Transport Center (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Auckland Airport (11.3 mi/18.2 km) Attractions Viaduct Harbour (adjacent)Victoria Park Market (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Sky City Casino (0.6 mi/1 km)Waiheke Island (24.9 mi/40 km) Business High-speed Wi-Fi
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Flights

Flights to Auckland

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Auckland Mon, 2 Jun - Mon, 9 Jun £745
Manchester Auckland Sun, 1 Jun - Sun, 8 Jun £828
Birmingham Auckland Thu, 15 May - Thu, 5 Jun £825
Sydney Auckland Wed, 18 Jun - Wed, 25 Jun £151
Newcastle Upon Tyne Auckland Sat, 31 May - Sat, 21 Jun £828
Nadi Auckland Mon, 28 Apr - Mon, 5 May Check rates
Aberdeen Auckland Wed, 30 Apr - Wed, 14 May £1,023
Glasgow Auckland Tue, 29 Apr - Tue, 6 May £893
Hong Kong Auckland Sat, 10 May - Fri, 16 May £543
Wellington Auckland Thu, 22 May - Thu, 29 May £49
Edinburgh Auckland Fri, 16 May - Sat, 7 Jun £827
Queenstown Auckland Thu, 15 May - Wed, 28 May £90
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Auckland highlights

  • Try the Sky Jump

    Auckland is a destination at the bottom of the world for the thrill seekers and adventurous, and one such activity that provides exhilarating excitement is the Sky Jump.The Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and many visitors take advantage of this by jumping from it. Jumpers fall at a rate of 85 km/hour with a falling time of 11 seconds. Jumpers fall straight down to the landing platform.

    Visit Karekare Beach

    This spectacular black sand beach was relatively unknown until the film The Piano garnered international attention. Located on Auckland’s west coast, Karekare is less than an hour from the city. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, the beach is good for surfing, walking, and enjoy the fresh smells of the coast. Also, Karekare waterfall is just a short walk from the main beach area.

    Travel the Coast North of Auckland

    Located alongside the coast, a local route takes visitors to historical townships, bohemian villages, local art galleries, and wine country all in one day. The bohemian Puhoi village has historical architecture. Warkworth has excellent riverside cafes and transportation to Kawau Island. Omaha has incredible recreational reserves and isolated bays and Matakana has numerous wineries and local artesian crafts.

    Snorkel Goat Island

    Goat Island is known for its abundant marine-life. For those wishing to become immersed in the outdoors, this is the place to go. Curious visitors can see New Zealand’s marine life up close. Visitors can rent equipment including kayaks and underwater scooters, and courses in diving are offered by professional dive instructors. Charter tours also allow visitors to explore distinct gulf islands.

    Walk Hunua Ranges Park

    Less than an hour outside of Auckland, this is a natural wonderland of streams, waterfalls, and viewpoints. This park has the largest forest in the area and is home to many native animal species. Walk Hunua Rangers Park is perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

Top Auckland attractions

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    The Civic Theatre

    Only seven civic theatres exist in the world and one of them is in Auckland. The theatre opened in 1929, and 90 years later it remains a top tourist destination for its dome ceiling of stars, and its appearance in several films like the King Kong remake. The best part is that regular local and international acts still perform in the historic landmark.

    Auckland Museum

    New Zealand’s first museum was originally designed as a war memorial, established in a modest two-room farm cottage in 1852. The museum has since moved to a more grandiose location, and it is the best place to visit and understand New Zealand history. The museum has ancient Maori artefacts, history on the natural area, daily Maori performances, and a wide scope of changing local and international exhibitions. The museum is open daily at 10 a.m.

    The Tamaki Hikoi Tour

    This three-hour walking tour shows visitors some of Auckland’s natural beauty as well as old Maori cultural sites. The first stop is the Maungawhau or Mount Eden. Now a dormant volcano, Maungawhau was a fortified village hundreds of years ago. Guides are from the local native village and give in depth historical accounts of New Zealand’s unique cultural heritage. The tour passes through Auckland, stops in the city centre, and then heads out to the sea and Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour.

    The Rain Forest Express

    This narrow-gauge railway takes visitors into the heavily forested centre of Waitakere Ranges. The train passes through tunnels lit at night by millions of glow-worms, and continues up to the Upper Nihotapu Dam where the city feels thousands of miles away. The dam has incredible views of the beautiful Lake Nihotapu. The train ride has historical significance as the driver narrates about the Rain Forest Express from its use in constructing the dams until today.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

Auckland holiday travel tips

  • Common Forms of Transportation

    Travelling and transportation in Auckland is quite manageable, even for tourists who are unfamiliar with the systems. Automobiles make up a big part of New Zealand’s transportation, so for this reason there are several plans for parking. But buses, trains, bicycles, and ferries are also commonly used transport options.

    Airport Services

    For those without an auto, the Auckland Airport has reliable public transportation to and from the city centre. Buses, shuttles, and taxi services are all common ways of arriving to the visitor’s destinations, but car hire in Auckland is another option.
    The Airbus Express takes guests from the airport to the downtown waterfront in less than 15 minutes.

    Buses

    Auckland is trying to minimize car usage so the bus system has been upgraded in recent years.
    The Maxx public bus system costs around NZ$1.70 per ride around the centre of the city, and becomes more expensive the further one needs to travel.

    Trains

    Auckland’s Maxx public transportation is also in charge of the train system. The city has five distinct rails, which extend North, South, East and West of the city.
    Tickets can be purchased at the stations and cost NZ$1.50 per ride within the city centre. The price increases around NZ$1 the further away visitors travel.

    Biking and Walking

    Bicycle use is increasing in Auckland as the city maps have grown, with bike routes in all directions. The city has installed bike lockers so rider can protect their bike and gear in the city.

Where to stay in Auckland

  • Four Auckland Hotels

    For a modern, top-of-the-line lodging, visitors need look no further than the Chifley Suites hotel. Just walking distance from the Queen Street, this hotel has a sophisticated feel that allows for a quiet environment in the middle of the big city. It is close to the Auckland transportation centre, which makes travel to other destinations easy. Room amenities include flat screen TVs, and modern furnishings and appliances.
    Auckland offers a fresh environment, and no hotel has a fresher perspective on the city than the Rydges Harbourview hotel. The hotel is located in the near the city centre, and is just small walk away from Viaduct Harbour which is Auckland’s best spot for nightlife and dining. This hotel has a total of 267 rooms, each containing an LCD TV, and Wi-Fi.
    Visitors looking for more comfortable spaces with luxury details will find it in the Auckland City Oaks hotel. Looking out towards the Auckland city skyscrapers and the beautiful harbour below, this hotel is well positioned for business and tourist travellers. The best part about Auckland City Oaks is that is has an apartment style lodging with full kitchens.
    For guests just passing through for a short stay, the Ventura Inn & Suites hotel has the perfect comfort and convenience. Just minutes away from the Auckland Airport, this hotel has fancy furnishings and great service which goes with their pretty guestrooms. The hotel also has a restaurant and swimming pool.

Auckland restaurants

  • For a taste of some of the best culinary flavours that New Zealand has to offer, visitors should head over to The Bay Restaurant & Bar (3 Hebron Road, Waiake) on the North Shore of Auckland. This is a local favourite because the food is of high quality and is very down to earth, much like the Auckland vibe in general. The menu includes typical seafood platters like bacon-wrapped scallops and tempura mussels along with salmon and shrimp. A vegetarian menu is also available and smaller plates are great for the little ones.

    For fine dining, visitors should go to Saison (417 Maukau Road, Epsom). This fancy restaurant offers modern European flavours, an extensive selection of wine, and a delicious menu. Visitors should try the gourmet degustation menu, which has smoked salmon, pork belly, or chicken terrine for main dishes. The date crème brûlée makes mouths water.

    Visitors looking for a good wine and steak can visit the Wild West at Stampede Bar & Grill (238 Great South Road, Papakura). The menu has many typical barbeque tastes such as hamburgers and corn fritters to go along with grilled oysters, steamed mussels, and other proper New Zealand tastes. Add a local Trinity Hill Syrah or Oyster Bay Merlot, and your meal is complete.

    For vegetarians, most restaurants have distinct menus. Additionally, Asian spots like Grand Harbour (18-28 Custom Street West) offer a great variety of vegetarian plates. This Hong Kong style place is a modern take on traditional Chinese food. Vegetarians should try the Chef’s special baby abalone or blue cod.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations

    There are no required vaccinations to go to Auckland, but updates of standard boosters are recommended. Auckland’s tap water is potable.

    Accidents or Health Problems

    In the case of an emergency, dial 111 and services can be provided 24 hours per day.
    Good public health clinics include Elizabeth Memorial Hospital (04) 389 6485, Mary Potter Hospice (04) 389 5017, and Wakefield Hospital (04) 381 8100.
    Hospital infrastructure and services are excellent, yet prices can be very expensive.

    Security

    Crime has been on the rise especially in the areas of car thefts and assault. Tourists should be aware and take all valuables out of the car when parked.
    If going to tourist places like the beach, tourists should not take anything too valuable and it is a good idea to make photocopies of the travel documents.
    Keep a phone in the case on an emergency with all of the necessary phone numbers. In the case of an assault remain calm and don’t resist.
    Drivers in New Zealand should be aware that driving is done on the left hand side.
    Bathing in beaches outside of the precaution area is prohibited, and swimmers should bath at their own risk when swimming in areas with strong sea currents.
    The country itself has the possibility of frequent earthquakes.

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