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visiting Auckland for 4 nights... Please advice

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visiting Auckland for 4 nights... Please advice

Hotel Choices...

1) Langham

2) Westin Lighter Quay

3) Hilton

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Is it a good idea to take a day trip as mention in www.nz.com such as:

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip Starting from NZ $325.00 per person

Please advice what else can we see and do more in Auckland...

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1. Re: visiting Auckland for 4 nights... Please advice

Hi

Both the Hilton and Westin are right in downtown Auckland on the waterfront. The Hilton is on Princes Wharf and the Westin at the Viaduct Basin. The Langham which is a very nice hotel is located at the top of the town on the edge of the central city area and is a good 15 to 20 minute walk to the waterfront,

You will need to decide how much time you want to spend in the city itself and how much visiting the surrounding area.

New Zealand as a destination is not somewhere where one comes for the cities and in the case of Auckland the best is certainly to be found in the surrounding area in particular the Waitakere Ranges, an area of exceptional natural beauty just under an hour from the city and airport

…govt.nz/parks/…waitakere-ranges

Here you will find stunning scenery, black sand beaches, regenerating forest, waterfalls, beautiful views and not too many people.

If you wanted to take a trip out to the Waitakeres rather than drive then have a look at:

www.bushandbeach.co.nz

or

www.coast2coastnz.com

To the North West of the city is the Kumeu area, a largely rural area where you will find most of our local and very good vineyards – again within an hour of the city.

www.kumeuinfo.co.nz

Further afield the Matakana area to the north east of Auckland is again another largely rural area with vineyards

www.matakanacoast.com

You would really need a car to get to these areas.

In the city itself:

The Explorer Bus is a good way to get an overview of the city:

www.explorerbus.co.nz

and also I think the Langham has a limousine service around the city.

Places of possible interest in the city include:

Viaduct Basin or Mission Bay for cafes and restaurants. The Viaduct Basin is more lively than Mission Bay and the Maritime Museum is located there. Mission Bay is more relaxing and has nice views across the harbour towards the volcanic (extinct) island of Rangitoto.

If you would like to experience Maori Culture then the Maori concert/cultural performance (4 performance each day in summer months) at the Auckland Museum is excellent. Have a look at:

www.aucklandmuseum.com

Sky Tower - there is revolving restaurant at the top but you go there for the views rather than the food.

Shopping – small boutique type shops in Parnell or for larger shops and Malls just up the road in Newmarket, arguably Auckland’s best shopping area.

Just a 45 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland is Waiheke Island

www.waihekenz.com

The ferry ride is good way of seeing the harbour and you could pop over to Waiheke for lunch.

For an overview of Auckland have a look at:

www.aucklandnz.com

A day trip to Waitomo and Rotorua is a very full day.

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2. Re: visiting Auckland for 4 nights... Please advice

Hi Steve

My choice would be the Hilton as it is the most central for staying in Auckland CBD, unless you wish to stay in the suburbs.

A day trip to Waitomo and Rotorua is a possibility but if you could overnight it would make it so much more enjoyable.

In Auckland City my choice of things to see are the Auckland Museum with the Maori experience, Sky city with its amazing views, Auckland Zoo, and maybe a short ferry trip to Devonport which is one of the oldest suburbs in Auckland.

Enjoy Auckland.

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