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9 hour stopover in Auckland

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9 hour stopover in Auckland

What would you recommend for a 9 hour stopover in Auckland?

We arrive at Auckland International airport in 2 weeks’ time (on our way to Rarotonga), on Saturday at 6am. On our way back to Australia, we have the same situation, however this time arriving in Auckland at 4:30am on a Wednesday.

We were thinking of getting on the Airport Express into the city for lunch/brunch. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: 9 hour stopover in Auckland

Not that long but I would suggest you have time to go to the city centre, take the shuttle or cab direct to the Auckland Viaduct and eat lunch on the harbour side.

I recommend a place called Cin Cin on Quay. I did many a liquid lunch there. Then you can walk around the viaduct and if time is available, go to skytower about ten mins walk and check out the observation deck, do some gambling in the Casino if you want.

You can also head straight to the Sky Tower and eat in the restaurant there "Dine, by Peter Gordon" which is pretty flash and new with a nice view. I haven't eaten there yet though but it should be nice. There are airport shuttles leaving SkyTower every 20 mins too so you can have your scoff, hang in the Casino and do the observation thing then take a shuttle straight back to the airport.

If you don't want to go to the city, slightly on the outside is Ponsonby Road, nice posh boutique shops you can check out then go to Prego for lunch for good Italian food and wine in a cool atmosphere if you don't mind rubbing elbows with Z-List "celebrities."


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2. Re: 9 hour stopover in Auckland

Endless possibilities.

Yo could take the Explorer bus and see some of the sights of the city. Remember to allow for City traffic on your return to the airport.

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