Auckland City via Great Sights
One option to see the city's major attractions is via a conducted tour like Great Sights.. once you book they pick u up form your hotel and then we gather at their office just after Queens Street we board a bus and we off. The drivers are friendly, the busses are great and a/c is perfect along with th seats. The busses have wide talk windows so one can see outside better. I had visited Victoria park Market, mt Eden, War Memorial Museum & Kelly Tarltons withthem which we finished in the morning itself. One nice thing was at Kelly Tarltons there was a long line of people waiting to enter... we luckily walked past them as if we were VIP's. Visit them at www.greatsights.co.nz
The Piano - KareKare Beach
If you were a fan of the scenery in the Jane Campion movie The Piano (with Holly Hunter) then head out to KareKare beach on Auckland's west coast. Its a beautiful spot, but the drive out can be a little hairy as some of the roads are gravel (not sealed).
Crystal Mountain Cafe
Crystal Mountain has a café which serves brunches, lunches as well as Devonshire teas. If you have a group, you can organise a Churasco (a traditional Brazilian bbq).
Location: Crystal Mountain, 80 Candia Rd, Swanson,Waitakere, West Auckland
A great way to get around Auckland Harbour and to visit the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Apart from the advantage of getting away from the traffic you have a chance to enjoy the scenery. You never know, you may have the added pleasure of spotting a pod of dolphins !
Award winning pies in central Auckland
Pie Mania is an award-winning pie shop in downtown Auckland.
It is located on Wellesley Street West, just a few minutes off the main city centre thoroughfare of Queen Street, and just a few minutes walk from Auckland Sky Tower.
The shop offers a staggering array of pies and was voted "Auckland's Best Pies" by Metro magazine. It also earned rave reviews from Lonely Planet.
I ate here one afternoon during my visit to the city in May 2006, sitting at the windowside table inside the shop. The majority of customers buy their pies to take away.
The vast choice of flavours includes:
Steak: steak, steak and kidney, steak and mushroom, steak and cheese;
Mince: savoury mince, mince and cheese, mince, cheese and bacon, mince potato top, mince and gourmet potato;
Chicken: chicken and vegetables, curry chicken, chicken, sweetcorn and cheese;
Assorted: minted lamb, bacon and egg, smoked fish;
International: Irish stew, Mediterranean lamb, Thai chilli beef, Mad Mexican, Tandoori, butter chicken, chicken and drunken mushroom;
Vegetarian: vegetable, chilli bean and cheese, spinach and feta cheese;
Fruit: spicy apple, apple and blueberry, apple and blackberry, apple and rhubarb, apricot, peach and passionfruit. I opted for:
Tandoori pie - Cost: 4.60 NZD
Excellent quality pieces of chicken in a mildly hot tandoori sauce. The pastry was flaky enough, but not so flaky as to fall apart and allow the filling to drip out. Great quality!! I was very impressed!
Excellent quality pies in downtown Auckland. Deserving of the awards that it has won. Highly recommended!!