Grafton Oaks Hotel

121 Grafton Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Grafton Oaks Hotel
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by val-k

my husband and i are visiting new Zealand in April. can anyone recommend some where to stay in Auckland for two nights. And is there a car hire firm which will let us drive our car up to south island, leaving it in Christchurch.

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by vtveen

Can not help you with accommodation in Auckland, always stay with relatives.

But for a car rental I recommend: McDonalds Rent a Car.
Last visit we used (due to a tip from VT member ‘kiwi’) McDonalds Rent a Car. This is a smaller family owned company with offices in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton and Christchurch.
They are not the cheapest in this business, but a lot less expensive than the ‘big’ companies.
See for more info:

Happy travels

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by val-k

Cheer for that. Iv'e booked the Nomads Fat Camel. Thatwill do us for a couple of nights.

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by figaro7

Hi! log on to
lots to choose for hotels/ hostelS!!
have fun!

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by Kakapo2

You are quick in booking! So I can save my energy LOL Could have recommended you lots of hotels and motels in AKL where I have already stayed.

My first choice in car rental companies which allow one way rentals and are a lot cheaper than the big companies is Ace Rental Cars:


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by val-k

Thanks will look them all up and wait till we get there.

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by mauricefletchernz

One other car rental company ( from NZ$15 per day) is A2B car rentals at They have a NZ$100 fee for dropping the car off in Christchurch, but that beats having to backtrack. I always recommend this company to my overseas visitors and all have found it to be a good cheap reliable company.

Travel Tips for Auckland

Rainbow's End

by keeweechic

Out in South Auckland you will find one of New Zealand’s top theme parks, Rainbow’s End. There are 23 acres of rides, attractions and entertainment. One of the features is a giant drop tower, log flume, corkscrew roller coaster and Cadbury Land Castle with rides just for the young ones. Parking is free.

There is an admission with children under 2yrs being free. There are also family discounts available.

Melanesian Mission House

by keeweechic

Driving along Tamaki Drive you will come to the Melanesian Mission House. It was opened in 1859 to coincide with the arrival of the Mission vessel “Southern Cross’ with 38 Melanesians on board. The mission became a training facility and part of St Andrew’s College but after 14 students died of an epidemic of dysentery in 1863/64, the headquarters was then moved to Norfolk Island.

In 1915 the only remains of the mission was the dining hall block. All the other buildings were either removed or used in the repair or building of farm houses etc on the Melanesian Estate. The building then housed a museum until the Historic Places trust took over. The building has national and international importance for its role in the religious education of Melanesian peoples. Today the Mission House is a restaurant.

Location : 44 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland


by diggingdeep

Auckland doesnt have any train services whitin the city so the next best (and cheapest) thing would be busses. Picture shows the main bus station, Britomart on the corner or Queen and Quay St.

I thought the tickets were kinda pricey(i had to travel from Dannemora to the city and a one way trip cost NZ$5.40. They didnt accept my student id too, so i guess student concessions only apply to local students. Bus drivers werent that friendly either, but i guess i shouldnt be complaining.

Fantastic food and a wine BOOK!

by plant_girl about Te Whau winery restaurant

Located on Waiheke Island, with amazing 270 degree views and a scrumptious menu. But the best bit is the wine 'book' (calling it a 'list' would be a bit missleading). You will need to book and they only do lunch/early dinner. When we were there my partner had roast duck leg on a broadbean rissoto, with pear and roquefort cheeese. Amazing combination of tastes that came together superbly. Washed down with a glass of the local winery (Te Whau) Cabernet blends - but there were hundreds of other wines available from NZ and overseas.

Visit Tiritiri Matangi Island

by bsfreeloader

Tiritiri Matangi Island is one of several island sanctuaries run by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation in an attempt to prevent the extinction of some of New Zealand’s rarest plants and animals. Man and introduced predators on New Zealand’s main islands have had a devastating effect on native wildlife. While it is impossible to eradicate and extremely difficult to control the introduced predators on the mainland, it is possible to do so on the smaller, uninhabited islands. Like most of the other DOC island sanctuaries, Tiritiri Matangi has been a tremendous success both in preserving the flora and fauna and in providing an open laboratory for scientific study and public education. In addition to some of the more common birds you are likely to see on a visit to Tiritiri Matangi (such as Tui, Bellbird, Whitehead, and Pukeko), you also should see otherwise rare species such as Stichbird, North Island Saddleback, North Island Robin, and Takahe. Kawau Kat Cruises runs the only ferry service to the island, departing from Auckland at 9:00 am and from Gulf Harbor at 9:30. The schedule varies and advanced bookings are essential. The ferry service departs Tiritiri at 3:30 pm, giving you a little more than five hours to explore the island. This is more than enough time to cover most of the island via the Coastal Track, which you will have almost to yourself if you choose to skip the guided tour option.


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