Quest On Nelson Serviced Apartments

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90-92 Nelson, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

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Quest On Nelson Serviced Apartments
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    Good quality - but don't forget your earplugs


    I am quite a fan of Quest Apartments, so when Quest on Nelson had a special during our last visit we happily booked it on But I would surely not pay more money for it than the NZ$ 125 per night we had to pay.

    It cost a few dollars more for the harbour view from our 4th floor apartment, and this was well worth it. We had views to the Harbour Bridge, Viaduct Harbour, Victoria Park Market, and Ponsonby. To the other side you had the Sky Tower nearly right in front of your nose resp. eyes.

    The apartment was spacious anc rather nice, with the bedroom hidden behind the wall that separated it from the kitchen, a lounge/dining area with proper dining table and chairs as well as a coffee table and two-seater leather sofa from where you could watch TV or DVD's. As you walk into the apartment you would - crossing the hallway - walk staight into the bathroom, and you walk along the kitchen facilities.

    If you are noise-sensitive and not dead-tired, do not forget your earplugs if you want to sleep soundly. The traffic noise from Nelson Street is significant at all times, and the windows are only single-glazed. Only if you keep all windows shut the noise is bearable - but you still need earplugs to sleep.

    If you have heavy luggage you would rather need a car, taxi or the SuperShuttle to get there. The nearest Airbus stop is on Queen Street (the stop is called "Sky City" but this a few blocks away, and from the real Sky City it is another several blocks). With a small trolley and in ok weather conditions it is no problem at all to walk, it takes 10 to 15 minutes via Wellesley Street. The distance is about one kilometre.

    If you have a car, parking costs an additional NZ$ 15 per day. There are three levels of not very flash but useful underground parking right under the apartment building. Access is with a electronic swipe card which you receive when checking in.

    We had a queen-size bed which behaved a bit like a trampoline, meaning when hubby turned around I was ejected towards the ceiling ;-)))) No, not against the ceiling! What I want to say: I found the bed far too soft.

    A note about the bathroom: We had a shower over the bathtub - which was no problem as we have no disabilities. I am sure they have apartments suitable for people with walking problem - just do not miss to inform them beforehand.

    There was a washing machine and dryer in the bathroom, good storage for all the little pots and bottles, and hairdryer.

    The full kitchen was very well equipped, so you can cook your meals if you like. It includes dishwasher, stove, oven, and microwave, so it is really perfect for long-term stays.

    Everything was neat, tidy and clean.

    The apartment also had a small balcony but that was really a bit scary - apart from the noise. Do not open the door if you suffer from vertigo ;-)

    The receptionist was very friendly. Be aware of limited reception hours:

    Mon - Fri 7am - 8pm
    Sat/Sun and public holidays 9am - 5pm

    (You receive a late arrival code if you arrive after hours.)

    I would say this Quest branch is 3-star.
    BTW The small fan heater worked very well and heated the apartment in a breeze. It can surely be hot in summer as there is no aircondition - but you find a fan in the spacious wardrobe.


    By car: From the south exit at Nelson Street offramp, hotel 250 m down on the right; from the north exit at Cook Street, third right into Hobson Strret, next right into Union Street, then right into Nelson Street.

    Taxi from the airport costs NZ$ 50 to 70, Airbus (one way) NZ$ 16.

    SuperShuttle depends on number of people (the larger your group, the cheaper it is). But it is the cheapest solution if you have quite some luggage and you are not inclined to walk one kilometre from the Airbus stop to the hotel.

    Walking directions from Airbus stop on Queen Street:
    From the stop walk back up Queen Street (where the bus came from), then turn right into Wellesley Street. Four blocks further up the street, turn left onto Nelson Street which is a busy multi-lane one-way street. Walk up the street on the left side. After crossing Cook Street Quest is on the left (Regatta Court).

    Perhaps a word about the location: It is not really far from the very city centre but not really close either. I walked there at night but it feels strange in some moments as the streets in this area are not busy with pedestrians at all. But I did not feel in danger either.

    If you walk down Nelson Street towards the water front you end up right at the Viaduct. This is very convenient - and you walk past a great little French café/restaurant named Pastis ;-) Victoria Park Market is just around the corner, about 800 metres, less than 10 minutes to walk.

    So Quest on Nelson is still a good location for exploring the city on foot.

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Hi folks, my wife and I are visiting NZ between 26 Dec 10 and 11 Jan 11 and want to hire a camper van, pickup from Auckland and traveling down to Christchurch. Can any one suggest the best route and what to see and can anyone suggest where the best place is to hire a camper van. The van must have a shower and toilet, we aren't younsters and need some luxuries.
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It is always cheaper to hire the vehicle and to travel the "wrong way" ie from Christchurch to Auckland.

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Hi Steve,

Auckland is your landing point and there are plenty of vans there to rent.
With regard your route you could head South from the airport in Auckland, stay at the Miranda Hot pools the first night, then on to the Coromandel peninsula on the East Coast, travel to the top of the peninsula, cross to the Eastern side and travel South. Lots of beaches, hot pools, a goldmine in Waihi, see the river workings in the gorge and tramp through some tunnels. Then down to Tauranga, great scenery, through kiwifruit country, visit Mount Maunganui Surf beach, then inland to Rotorua. You'll visit thermal wonderland, watch a Maori Concert show and visit a Marae (Maori village), see the buried village (in an earthquake ages ago) see trout in gin clear rivers, travel through forest and lake country. Then inland to Lake Taupo, go trout fishing, see snow covered mountains. Then out to the coast again to Napier our Art Deco city, lots of wineries here, then down the East Coast to Masterton where there are more wineries and great sheep country, do a farm tour. Then inland to Palmerston North, university town, visit a magnificent car museum then amble into Wellington. There you can see our natonal museum Te Papa, possibly do a daily ferry trip to the South Island and back, then leave your vehicle and fly out. Sound good? If you need more detail let me know. And if you want hire rates just pop over to my site. Enjoy your visit, John

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I'm not sure how much shopaholics could actually cure their withdrawal syndromes here. It is a very small square to start with...(though it is more accessible than Victoria Park Market) and the stalls here are more "artsy fartsy"...pieces are more snooty and snobbish and the price shows!

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Shuttles and Taxis between Airport and City

by Kakapo2

There are different kinds of shuttle services between the airport and the city centre. Some of the big hotels offer free shuttles.

As the airport is 20 km south-west of the CBD you have to calculate with a taxi fare of NZ$ 50 to 65. If you get into one of the many traffic jams during the peak hours it could even get worse. At the best of times a trip takes about 30 minutes.

The (blue) Airbus runs from the International Terminal to the city centre and stops at many hotels and backpacker accommodation. A single trip costs $ 16, a return ticket $ 23. It operates every 15 minutes from 6am to 7.15pm and every 30 minutes from from 7.45pm to 6am. Meaning: Now the Airbus operates 24/7, previously service finished before midnight. (Updated timetable and prices, as 2 March 2010)

Info here:

Route and prices:


From the Airport to the City:

From the City to the Airport:

The bus stops at the International and at the Domestic Terminal.

Then you have the various shuttles like the SuperShuttle for door-to-door service ($ 20 to 26 per person and less for a group). There is no need to book the trip to the city but, of course, for the way back. Info on:

More info about shuttle services here:

Jacques Restaurant & Bar

by keeweechic

Jacques Restaurant has a wonderful panoramic view of the harbour and back to the city. They have a variety of different menu’s all at different prices. They can also accommodate a group up to 80 people for a sit down meal or handle 120-300 for a cocktail style event. Lunch is from 11.00am to 4.00pm and dinner from 5.00pm.


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 Quest On Nelson Serviced Apartments

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Address: 90-92 Nelson, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand