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Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

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Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

My 23 year old daughter will be arriving in Auckland from Toronto, Canada, in early October to start a 19 day Kontiki Tour. She's traveling on her own and will be arriving 2 days before the tour starts so that she can acclimatize a bit and get over her jet lag. Would a hotel on Queen Street be a good option, and if so, can anybody recommend one? She arrives at 0630 so hopefully there is early check in. She'd like to poke around Auckland a bit but needs to be within walking distance of things so I thought Queen street might be the most central location. This is her first solo travel experience outside of Canada. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

Are you sure she needs a hotel? They are usually out of the price range of young travellers. She would be better able to find people to talk to if she stayed at a hostel.

Early check in is not automaticlaly available without booking the night before. The usual procedue is to drop your bags on arrival and go out to get fresh air & breakfast; returning when your room is ready.

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2. Re: Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

There are backpacker hostels on and around Queen Street, as well as other budget accommodation including the YMCA, being favoured by younger travellers in the CBD. If your daughter prefers a hotel, check the going rates on www.wotif.com

There are plenty of areas to stroll around during daytime, that are safe and user-friendly. The Explorer hop bus is reasonably priced and visits a number of popular attractions around the inner city.

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3. Re: Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

If she's doing a Contiki they usually also offer add-ons such as an arrival package, that may include airport transfer, hotel for a couple of nights before the tour starts, and a city tour. Check with Contiki to see if they have. At the very least ask where the tour starts and Contiki likely offer a deal at the hotel the night before.

Yes, Lower Queen St area is a central base for exploring Auckland from, and a hostel is a good place to meet others. Auckland City has a good bus system that links the main inner city / tourist areas; so somewhere like Ponsonby is also a good option.

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4. Re: Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

The standard hotel for Contiki in Auckland is the Mercure, which is very close to the bottom of Queen St. It's also a reasonably modest cost, and probably a lot more restful than a backpackers. I'd ask Contiki if they have a deal with the Mercure for nights before the tour, which would make the price even better. There may well be others in the tour arriving early, so ask also if there is a way of meeting them.

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5. Re: Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

Thanks you so much everyone for taking the time to address my question!

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6. Re: Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

Queen St is indeed central but it is part of the CBD and as such is full of office buildings and not a lot else.

At night it's not the most desirable place to wander around on your own as most things are closed and it's a magnet for homeless people and drunk teenagers. Sorry if this offends any of the previous posters but this is my experience over many years of living in Auckland and heading out socialising at night. If she stays right down the bottom of Queen St that would be fine as she'll be close to the Britomart and waterfront areas for shops/eating/drinking. Mid to upper Queen St is definitely not Auckland at its most appealing.

One other area she could look at is Ponsonby - I know there is a backpackers on Ponsonby Rd (sorry can't recall the name of it). Ponsonby Road is a fantastic long strip of nice cafes, boutiques, bars and restaurants and is much more of a social destination for people in their 20s. It would also be a much nicer and more hospitable place for her to wake up and wander somewhere for breakfast etc. Ponsonby is on the Link bus route so easy enough for her to bus to the CBD, the waterfront, Parnell or Newmarket. It's also only a $10-15 cab ride from anywhere central and she could even walk into the city in about 30 minutes.

As a passionate Auckland I always despair when I see tourists wandering up and down Queen St with a bewildered look on their face - I want to go and tell them that it's really not what Auckland is all about! And as a woman travelling alone I know I would feel much safer somewhere other than Queen St.

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7. Re: Hotel and things to do for a day for young traveller

Perfectly put sunnynz1, I completely agree with you.

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