Spencer on Byron Hotel Auckland

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

9 - 17 Byron Ave, Takapuna Beach, Auckland, North Island, 1306, New Zealand
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Rated 10% higher but also costs 33% more than other 3.5 star hotels

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which of these islands is must

by shettynaveen23

i am visiting Auckland with my family(have a 2 yr toddler) which of these islands is must as i am not be able to cover all

Rangitoto Island
motuihe island
waiheke island


Re: which of these islands is must

by vtveen

I would say: Waiheke Island.
It offers the most, villages, wineries, shops, restaurants, beaches and so on. Rangitoto is 'just' an inactive volcano with no facilities. Davenport is not an island, but a nice town on the other side of Auckland harbour. A lot of ferries will make a stop in Davenport, so you could easily visit.
(Have to admit I don't know Motuihe Island)

happy travels

Re: which of these islands is must

by Kakapo2

None of these islands - and the township of Devonport either - is a must.

Motuihe is very interesting but really off the beaten path. It once was a quarantine station and was used as a kind of prison camp during the First World War - but still not well guarded enough to make the famous German Count Luckner escape ;-)) This era was really infamous in NZ as they arrested people whose only crime was to have a German name or go to a German church.

Now the island is dedicated to conservation. Pests have been eradicated, so birdlife is thriving, a bit similar to the more popular island of Tiritiri Matangi.

However, I do not think it is a good idea to visit these bird sanctuaries with a toddler, as the major requirement for birdwatching is to be quiet, and you cannot expect a two year old to shut up most of the day.

Waiheke with its beaches is surely the best option. You can also get around by bus or even hire a car for the day.

If you want to venture a bit further out Great Barrier Island would be an option. But again, Waiheke is easier to reach, rather close to the city, and with the best amenities for such small children.

Re: which of these islands is must

by marybrigid

Waiheke is a must! Plan on spending a day there.

Re: which of these islands is must

by Borisborough

Waiheke is a good day's exploration with wineries, beaches (some are Auckland Regional Council parks), coffee shops and art galleries. Devonport across the harbour from central Auckland, is a good shopping centre and there's a beach close by at Cheltenham and great views from North Head - shopping followed by beach could take up a full day. Rangitoto is good for a trek up to the top and back but probably not with a two-year-old.

it does depend on what time of the year you're here - June & July can be one long rain-cloud!

Enjoy your trip.

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by diggingdeep

I took a ferry to Devonport(which is a must to visit in auckland!). The ferry was quite good, nice and clean. A return adult ticket is only NZ$9 and the ferry departs every 15mins during the rush hour and every 30mins in between. Great way to travel to Devonport.and other surrounding islands.

murals everywhere

by TomorrowsAngel about Café Cezanne

Cezanne's has the best coffee and cake.
They do meals and snacks. The size of the meals is more than generous, and the desserts are heavenly!
I sometimes used to go there for coffee and cake after work with a friend, you can easily relax among the muted murals on the walls, and read all the publicity material that is left by the arts and music community.
This is also a great place to pop into for some sustenance during weekend shopping on Ponsonby Road. The staff are fast and efficient. Tables out the front for summer are good. The vegetarian pasta salad off the menu are really good, and I always get a piece of chocolate cake (from the counter) which is usually massive!
They do great smoothies as well.


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Address: 9 - 17 Byron Ave, Takapuna Beach, Auckland, North Island, 1306, New Zealand