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Auckland recommended districts

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Auckland recommended districts

Dear friends, we are visiting Auckland between the 1st and the 3rd of January '15 as last destination of our trip in NZ. We would like to opt for a motel in a quiet area at walking distance from the main attractions or at least close to some public means stops. I've already found a couple of interesting and affordable options, one in Ponsonby and the other one in Parnell. Which district would recommend? Or do you think we should consider some other area?

We are a couple in their early 30s, interested in visiting museum and going sightseeing.

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1. Re: Auckland recommended districts

If you stay in Parnell that's the closest area to visit the museum as you can walk there. Parnell is a really nice area with some boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Some say Parnell is more of the upper class side of Auckland as properties around the area are expensive. There's not much shopping to be done here, but it's really convenient to get into the city using the Yellow/Green Link Bus ($1.90 each way per person), from the city there are ferries and other buses that can get you to other places if you want. Near Parnell is Newmarket a shopping/business district where you can eat, play and also drop by at the supermarket to load up on snacks/water/food etc.

Ponsonby can be lots of fun to be in and offers more variety of places to see along Ponsonby Road. There's an international food court if you are unsure about what to eat, also very affordable. Also there's plenty of hip restaurants, cafes, eateries etc to visit. If you are really into food then Ponsonby is a good option to stay in. It's also a short ride to the city if you take the Yellow Link bus again (this is a bus that goes around in a loop). I also think there's a small supermarket on Ponsonby road as well.

Alternatively if you want, regardless if you stay in Parnell or Ponsonby, I would recommend walking to the city as it doesn't take very long at all and you get to see a lot of things up close and personal.

January is summer in Auckland so the weather should be nice around then. Oh also don't be surprised that most shops are closed during this period due to the new year holidays, best to check ahead if there are certain places you want to visit.

Other places you can consider staying at would be in motels in Epsom as they are also not too far from Newmarket.

I would maybe consider renting a car for a day to drive around Auckland if you can during the New Year period that you are planning on coming, this way you can at least experience the sights and views of Auckland during this time while the shops are closed. e.g. go up Mount Eden / One Tree Hill, check out some wineries in the outskirts of Auckland (best to check if they are open or not) like Coopers Creek, or Soljan's Estate winery etc.

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2. Re: Auckland recommended districts

hi kirinlager007, thanks a lot! I'm checking Epsom for a motel. According to your suggestions and considering that we are good walkers (when we are on holiday we use to stepping out of hotels at 8am and returning before dinner for a shower, and then... out again for dinner and some strolls) probably both Parnell and Ponsonby are good locations.

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Another option is a bed and breakfast in Freemans Bay. It is a quiet area not far from Ponsonby but a lot closer to the city. Is an easy walk into the city and if you are tired after a day out you just catch the 020 bus back. Not many shops in this area but you can walk to a large supermarket. Epsom, Ponsonby and Parnell are all very nice areas.

A fun thing for you to do is to catch a ferry from down town Auckland to Devonport.

Enjoy your stay here!

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4. Re: Auckland recommended districts

If you like to stay near the most popular beach in Auckland then stay at Mission Bay. It is 7 Kim's from Auckland City, has a bus route that travels along the stunning water front that takes 10 to 15 minutes to get to town, there are loads of top cafés and restaurants, a cinema, east ridge shopping centre nearby the beautiful Saint Heliers beach and shopping village a further 3 kms further up the waterfront. I live here and love it! You will find a number of b&b's in the area - try searching on the AirBnB website or google maps. There are also a number of motels. The area is very expensive but the accommodation is reasonable. Enjoy your trip!

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