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Hotel suggestions please

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Hotel suggestions please

Hi,

Our flight gets into Auckland at 11.25pm and we're planning on catching the ferry to Waiheke the next day. We were thinking therefore of taking the Airbus to Auckland and checking into a hotel near the habour area to get a few hours sleep. Does this sound like a sensible plan at this hour or should we stay in an airport hotel for the night and take the bus to town the next day? If we do follow our plan, does anyone have any suggestions for a downtown hotel which isn't too pricey (under 100GBP/200 NZD) and where it wouldn't be a problem checking in during the early hours?

Also, after Waiheke we plan to tour NZ - would we be best taking our rental car across to Waiheke and back with us or picking it up on our return to Auckland? I assume the latter??

Thanks.

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1. Re: Hotel suggestions please

Hi TOL,

Your arrival into Auckland is a nice time of day, it looks like you have several choices at your disposal.

1. Take the Airbus Express to the downtown area, stay at Copthorne Harbourside; Grand Chancellor Hotel;Quay West Suites Auckland; possibly Mercure Auckland - all of which are near the Ferry Building for the Fullers ferry to Waiheke. Doing so will allow some time to stroll around the harbour, catch the Explorer Bus for a city tour, visit Wynyard Quarter, Skytower and dine at the Viaduct.

2. Take the Airbus Express to downtown (bus stops right outside the Devonport ferry pier, catch either a ferry to Waiheke Island and stay on the island, or take a Devonport ferry and stay in this charming victorian-style suburb. Relax, stroll along the seaside, dine in Devonport or nearby Cheltenham, catch a ferry to Waiheke that stops at Devonport - www.fullers.co.nz;

http://waiheke.aucklandnz.com/transport.html

A good site to source accommodation is www.wotif.com

3. There are a number of hotels around the airport in Mangere. Yet I think that since your arrival is a nice time of time, you have ample time to take an Airbus to downtown, and be in time for the early afternoon checkin time - usually around 2pm. You will need to be downtown for the Waiheke ferry anyway, so may as well do it at a relaxed pace in the city/Waiheke/Devonport instead of having to rush next morning to reach the city.

If you do stay at the airport, you would require a hotel pickup from airport to accommodation, a return to the airport the next day to catch the Airbus Express which only stops at both the international and domestic terminals before heading directly to Mt Eden Road where it stops for passengers who may be staying in Mt Eden village, then continues to Symonds St, Wellesley St, Queen St to the Ferry Building.

www.airbusexpress.co.nz

4. Waiheke car ferry - There are rental cars/scooters, taxis, shuttles, local bus service (including hop on/off circuit) specialist tours available on Waiheke island. There is also an extensive network of coastal walking trails. Should you decide to take your rental car over from east Auckland this can be done - www.sealink.co.nz

I returned from Waiheke on Sunday last, and there were several hire campervans on the same ferry. I think that people have clicked on to the fact that Waiheke is a wonderful destination to commence a NZ stay.

Cheers

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Frangipani, I think this poster says 11.25 pm which on my clock is almost the middle of the night.

If I am correct??? I would stay at the airport, collect the rental car from one of the depots at the airport next morning and head off for Waiheke.

If you collect the rental car from one depot and return it somewhere else you will be charged a fee like happens world wide.

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3. Re: Hotel suggestions please

Thankyou Calico, I need new reading glasses.

In which case I agree, accommodation near the airport would be preferable.

Thanks for waking me up Calico - I think I've become used to working on a 24 hour clock.

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Yep, I think Frangipana had read the time as 11.25am - since it is actually 11.25pm, this is what I would do...

Book a room at the Bella Vista Express Hotel near the airport, they have a free shuttle from the terminal which takes about 3 minutes to the hotel.

Depending on whether you are planning to take a car to Waiheke, or just go as a foot passenger, then you can either...

1) take the hotel shuttle back to the airport and catch the Airbus into the city centre, which stops right next to the ferry terminal for the passenger ferry to Waiheke.

2) book a rental car with Apex which has their depo just round the corner from the Bella Vista hotel, then drive to the car ferry for Waiheke (which is not in the city centre, but at Half Moon Bay, which is in the eastern suburbs of Auckland)

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PS.

Personally I think that you really need a car on Waiheke to do it justice...

The only downside is that one of you has to be a bit more careful on the wine drinking at all the great wineries.

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Yes, agree with Andychef, a car is great to have on Waiheke but do be very careful of the drink driving.

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Sorry, have only just got around to replying to this thread!

Yes we are arriving at 11.25 in the evening so staying near the airport will probably be less hassle at that hour. We weren't originally planning on taking a car to Waiheke but I think we might now as it will be less to-ing and fro-ing plus as you say we would have transport available on the island. Good to know the Apex depot is so close by, as that's who we were planning to rent our car from! No worries about drink driving, neither of us are big drinkers anyway and we were hoping to rent bikes instead and combine a bit of cycling with visiting a few of the wineries.

Thank you for all the useful advice!

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