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Ladies weekend in Auckland - not touristy - what to do?

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Ladies weekend in Auckland - not touristy - what to do?

Hi everyone, just wanted some ideas for our long weekend in Auckland - we are a group of 30-something friends who will be together without small children for the first time in years. We already have a place to stay and we're not looking for touristy things, nor are we too interested in night-life. We would, however, love some ideas to help us make good memories for the future:

1. Something fun or adventurous

2. Something relaxing or luxurious

3. Somewhere with good cafes/restaurants/shops and a great street vibe

4. Anything a bit unusual?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Ladies weekend in Auckland - not touristy - what to do?

Hi,

Nicely posted questions...here goes with some thoughts.

1. Fun and adventurous - depends what you mean by adventurous I guess.

If you like heights try the Sky Tower - good indoor viewing area, or outdoor glass walk(!!) or bungee down (!!!!). Climb the harbour bridge as a heady alternative perhaps.

Or get out on the water and go dolphin spotting.

Failing that a trip to Waiheke Island on the catamaran is fun if the weather is good. Waiheke is gorgeous.

2. Relaxing - pop over to Devonport for tea and a stroll, a short 15 min ferry ride to the other side of he harbour.

3. Street vibe - easy, that has to be the Ponsonby area - www.iloveponsonby.co.nz but Viaduct Harbour is also good (though more expensive). Watch out for the sunken buildings artwork in Ponsonby , they are fun too - newzealandholidaytravel.com/blog/2012/ponson…

And don't miss the French market if you are there are the right time - newzealandholidaytravel.com/blog/2013/auckla…

Just some ideas, hope that helps and have a great time!

Andrew

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2. Re: Ladies weekend in Auckland - not touristy - what to do?

Waiheke Island as mentioned is a good choice.

1. Fun - adventurous activities like sea-kayaking (hire from Matiatia), SUP hire on Oneroa beach, Zip-lining - Onetangi, flightseeing from Waiheke airport, or the new Auckland seaplane adventure.

2. Relaxing - luxurious: day-spas, nice giftshops and resort wear in Oneroa.

3. Great cafes and licenced dining.

4.Unusual - a walk to Stony Batter, the Whittakers Music Museum in Oneroa.

Enjoy the long weekend!

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3. Re: Ladies weekend in Auckland - not touristy - what to do?

Fancy high tea at the Langham? I've never been but I've heard of its reputation.

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4. Re: Ladies weekend in Auckland - not touristy - what to do?

Thanks everyone! These are exactly the sort of ideas I'm after.

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5. Re: Ladies weekend in Auckland - not touristy - what to do?

Hi There, assuming that you will have a car while you are in auckland, checko out these websites

www.awhitu.co.nz

www.manukauheadslighthouse.co.nz/

far from the ususal tourist spots, 70 mins from auckland, vineyards, cafe close by,

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6. Re: Ladies weekend in Auckland - not touristy - what to do?

I think ladies weekend on waiheke would be awesome.

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