The Duxton is my favorite hotel in Auckland. It's quiet, backs up to a city park, and the rooms consistently have been clean and appropriately-sized. The staff has always been very friendly. However, if you want to be within a block of SkyCity, then it's probably not a good choice for you, as the Duxton is about a 10-minute, up and down walk to SkyCity, and farther to the Viaduct. This is usually an advantage, unless I'm visiting Auckland during the rainier winter for the film festival when it's more convenient to be closer to the CBD theatres.