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Auckland has a wealth of convention and function venues and is always busy with a variety of events. The Ironman triathlon is one such event held at the Viaduct Events Centre. There are also many hotels with onsite conference facilities found in Auckland.
There is no end to the variety when it comes to eating out in Auckland. Casablanca Cafe offers up delicious Mediterranean, Moroccan, and Turkish dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Eight Point Two serves modern New Zealand dishes along with delicious wines in the comfort of a beautifully restored villa. Squid Row Gastro Bar is another frequented restaurant, known for its top-quality seafood dishes.
Queen Street is one of the best known shopping districts in Auckland. In this part of Auckland, shoppers can take advantage of conveniently located hotels and nearby duty-free shops. Many fashion designers have stores and boutiques on the High Street. Those looking for something a little less mainstream should visit the Polynesian markets held every Saturday in Otara, in the heart of south Auckland. There, many handcrafted sculptures, paintings, and even clothing are sold, along with a large selection of exotic foods.
Rangitoto Island is a beautiful place to visit that features bird watching, swimming, fishing, and hiking. Visitors can enjoy lounging on the beach or checking out the view from the summit of the island's cone shaped mountain. Cornwall Park and Auckland Zoo are also enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon in Auckland.
Rugby and cricket are popular sports in Auckland. Water sports, including surfing and sailing, are also quite popular. Visitors can watch the Silver Ferns play a game of women's netball or they can check out a rugby match played by Auckland's own All Blacks.