My wife and I will spending three nights in Auckland next February prior to joining a cruise on the Diamond Princess.
We intend to visit relatives up the coast in Orewa on one of those days but will need to make our own way at least part of the way there. What is the best method of transport to get there please? For example could we take the park and ride out to Albany and meet them there as we know they use that method to get into Auckland or is that a non-starter as we're not 'parkers'?
Bearing that in mind and the fact that we need to get to Queen's Wharf on the fourth day of our stay to board our ship in which area of Auckland should we look for accommodation for the three nights? We'd be looking for a mid-budget hotel 3- 4 stars.