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  • Coast 2 Coast Eco Tour

    by AKLLIFE Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I recommend joining in the coast 2 coast eco tour. They'll pick you up in the morning from Auckland CBD and drop you off around 18:00. You'll have a great day out, get to see vineyards, craft fairs, honey producers and the tour operators' farm. Check out my full report here:
    http://www.aucklandlifestyle.com/coast_to_coast.html

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    Piha and the West Coast Surf Beaches

    by maxamilion Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you are in the Auckland region make sure make a trip out to Piha or the other west coast surf beaches. It is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Relaxing by the beach pack a bbq picnic and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

    Danger:

    Beware of swimming at the surf beaches as it is very dangerous. Every year there are several tourist that drown in the surf. There can be very strong rip / undercurrents in the water. Always swim between the red and orange lifeguard flags. Stay safe and enjoy your holiday!

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    Visit Tiritiri Matangi Island

    by worldkiwi Updated Feb 22, 2010

    Tiritiri Matangi Island is a scientific reserve and bird sanctuary located off the eastern tip of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, in the northern part of Auckland Region. The island has undergone intensive re-planting in order to restore it to what it might have looked like before it was cleared for farming. Several speices of rare native birds have been re-introduced or introduced to the island. These include kiwi, North Island Kokako and Hihi (Stichbird). One of the best ways to visit the island is with a volunteer Tiri guide. The guides will make your day on the island so much more interesting with information about the efforts to revegetate the island and the birds that are found there.

    Hobbs Beach, Tiritiri Matangi Island
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    AUCKLAND SKY TOWER

    by balhannah Updated Feb 4, 2010

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    The tallest man-made structure in New Zealand is the Skytower.
    To reach the observation deck meant a journey for us in a glass fronted lift, thankgoodness it wasn't in the one with the glass floor! They travel at 18 kph and reach the deck in 40 seconds.
    Every 15minutes, a lift is ready to whisk you to the top or bottom!

    We walked around enjoying the views when we noticed somebody going to jump over the side of the building! Wow!!!! You wouldn't catch me doing that! One moment there, next moment gone, all happened so quick, I couldn't catch it on camera. Waited and waited, but nobody else took the plunge!
    I did take the plunge and stood on the glass floor!

    Also on the skytower are Restaurants, and down the bottom a gift shop.

    The place to go for amazing views of Auckland!

    Opening hours
    Sunday - Thursday 8.30am - 10.30pm (last tickets sold at 10pm)
    Friday & Saturday 8.30am - 11.30pm (last tickets sold at 11pm

    Total Tower Experience
    Main Observation Sky Lounge Bar/Cafe Sky Deck (220 metres & the highest viewing point in Auckland)

    ADMISSION IN 2010....Adult $28.00 Child (5-14 years) $11.00

    Main Observation Sky Lounge Bar/CafE
    ADMISSION IN 2010...Adult $25.00 Child (5-14 years) $8.00

    vIEW FROM SKY TOWER

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    AUCKLAND ZOO

    by balhannah Written Feb 4, 2010

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    If you want to see a live Kiwi, then come to the Auckland Zoo. This is why we came. The Kiwi is in a nocturnal house featuring kiwi and tuatara.

    The nocturnal house lighting is set to a dim moonlight, so you can watch the kiwi forage for small bugs and worms.

    The tuatara can be found by looking through a glass into a replica den from inside the nocturnal house

    OPEN... from 9.30am to 5.30pm (except Christmas Day), with last admissions into the Zoo at 4.15pm.
    During winter (1 June to 31 August), the Zoo closes at 5.00pm.

    PricesAdults $19.00
    Child (4 to 15 years) $9.00
    Infants (under 4) FREE

    Family prices and rates
    1 Adult + 2 children $35.00

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    SIR EDMUND HILLARY

    by balhannah Written Feb 4, 2010

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    SIR EDMUND HILLARY STATUE, we found in Hillary Square at Orewa, just north of Auckland

    I should think everybody knows that he and his sherpa were the 1st to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953.
    Hillary later devoted much of his life to helping the Sherpa people by founding the Himalayan Trust, which built schools and hospitals in this remote region of Nepal.

    Sir Edmund Hillary sadly passed away on January 12th, 2008, aged 88 years.

    He will be remembered.......

    "The legendary mountaineer, adventurer, and philanthropist is the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived."

    Sir Edmund Hillary statue
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    ONE TREE HILL LOOKOUT

    by balhannah Written Feb 4, 2010

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    One Tree Hill Lookout was excellent, there were great views from here over Auckland. The problem was, where to park, it was so popular, all the parks were full!

    The highest point of the hill is topped with a single pine tree (replacing the original native Totara), a monument, and the grave of Sir John Logan Campbell, the 'founding father' of Auckland City.
    Its grassy slopes and gardens are popular with picnickers as we found out!

    One Tree Hill Lookout
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    Harbour Cruise

    by kiwigal_1 Written Nov 23, 2009

    One of my favourite things to do in Auckland is to get out on the harbour on a nice sunny day and take in the fresh sea breeze and stunning harbour views.

    Taking the ferry out to Waiheke Island is a good way to see an interesting number of the islands in the harbour from afar and also see the harbour bridge and city views as you leave and return.

    Check out the different harbour tours and prices on the Fullers website.

    Motutapu Island Waiheke Island Rangitoto Island Devonport Auckland Harbour Bridge
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    The Viaduct Basin - Experience the America's Cup

    by kiwigal_1 Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    The America's Cup and the Challenger Series' Louis Vuitton Cup were major events in Auckland in the 2002-03 summer. There were challenger boats from different parts of the globe all vying for the right to race Team New Zealand for the America's Cup.

    One of the best things about the America's Cup was that the area called the Viaduct Basin in downtown Auckland got a completely new look. Now it is full of restaurants and bars and the surrounding area also has apartments and a few hotels.

    It is possible to take a ride on a couple of the NZ boats (NZL40 and NZL41) used in previous America's Cup events. You need to go tot he Viaduct Harbour and in front of Degree Restaurant & Bar is the departure point. Sail NZ is the name of the operator and the sailing experience is 2 hours in duration. Cost is NZ$150 for adults.

    Viaduct Basin Viaduct Restaurant Area
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    Sky City Tower

    by kiwigal_1 Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    This complex changed the Auckland city scape forever when it was constructed in The tower is 328 metres high making it New Zealand's tallest building.

    It homes a casino, theatres, hotels and several restaurants and bars.

    On the top of the tower is a revolving restaurant and a viewing platform with a clear bottom! (Not for the faint hearted!!) There is also an activity available called Sky Jump which allows you to literally jump off the tower! www.skyjump.co.nz

    Opening hours
    Sunday - Thursday 8.30am - 10.30pm (last tickets sold at 10pm)
    Friday & Saturday 8.30am - 11.30pm (last tickets sold at 11pm)

    Sky Tower and Auckland City Sky Tower, Auckland City
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    Sky City and Sky Tower

    by touraco Written Aug 27, 2008

    Sky City is like an entertainment center which comprises of a casino, restaurants, convention center as well as hotel.

    Sky Tower is within the Sky City compound and is an observation deck. You can also opt to do the sky jump where you will be leap down 192m from the tower.

    You can also do the Sky Walk on a ledge that is 1.2m wide and at a height of 192m as well.

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    Tour boutique vineyards in Matakana Valley.

    by worldkiwi Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    The Matakana Valley, about 50 minutes drive north of Auckland's city centre, is home to about 9 small privately owned vineyards. This is one of the newer wine-growing regions in New Zealand and most of the vineyards are growing varieties a little different to those usually associated with NZ. The Matakana Valley is also not far from some of the Auckland Region's best beaches. The main road through the valley will take you to Omaha, Pakiri, and Tawharanui beaches.
    I have visited five of the vineyards in the valley since 2005. Heron's Flight Vineyard has recently opened a new restaurant. The food and the service has improved out of sight since my first visit to their earlier, more humble establishment in 2005. This year (2007) I have lunched at Heron's Flight twice and on both occasions, was very impressed with the excellent food and the friendly service. Unusually for New Zealand, the vineyard grows Sangiovese and Dolcetto grapes. Both produce fine wines.
    Ascension Vineyard is another worthwhile stop. It has a popular restaurant with warm service that makes a dining experience highly recommended. The food is well presented and fresh. The restaurant can be a bit noisy at lunchtime. You should book before going, as this is a very popular spot, especially on weekends. Ascension is on Matakana Road and is the second vineyard you come to after leaving Warkworth.
    Matakana Estate, just past Ascension as you drive into the valley, did not have a restaurant when I visited in 2006, but for wine tasting this place was better value than the previously mentioned vineyards. In 2006, NZ$5 purchased a tray of five glasses of wine and snacks for tasting. Compared to some other spots where upto NZ$11 can be charged for tasting, this was good value. Ransom Winery is another good spot for affordable wine tasting and light meals. The reds there are far from the best in the valley, but the whites stand up well and the winemakers are approachable and informative.

    Ransom Winery. Ascension Vineyard Spanish Omelette, Ascension Vineyard
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  • Relaxing Trip to Coromandel

    by jlcurtis287 Written Aug 30, 2007

    Drive along the Coromandel Pennisula for more beautiful scenary. Mixing the lush greenery and rolling hills with stunning coastal views, the three-hour drive from Auckland is great for a weekend trip.

    You can also visit Hot Water Beach (in Whitianga), where a little bit of digging on the beach lets you enjoy your own little 'spa' from the hot water spring flowing beneath. You can enjoy this within two hours of either-side of low-tide only.

    Coromandel town itself is small, and quiet. Though it is a big sea-side resort in the warmer months, things close earlier and there is not a whole lot of stuff to do. There are a few cafe/restaurants and a small convenience store for basic food items.

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  • Blackwater Rafting & Glow-worms in Waitomo

    by jlcurtis287 Written Aug 30, 2007

    Just a two-hour drive from Auckland is Waitomo, located in the Waikato region of the North Island. Go blackwater rafting/caving in one of numerous glow-worm caves. We went with the Black Water Rafting Co, which took us on a tour through the Ruakuri Caves.

    You can choose a 4-hour or full-day expedition. We went on the "Black Labrynth Tour", which lasted 4-hours (for us, the right amount of time to still be having fun, but ready to be done). We also went in January, which was a good time to go, as it can get cool spending 3+ hours undereground in water.

    The cost was NZ$90 each, and well worth it. You can also choose to pick up the usual picture paraphenalia to memoralize the adventure.

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  • Surfing NZ-Style in Piha

    by jlcurtis287 Written Aug 30, 2007

    Check out the small, sea-side surfing town of Piha. It's about a 45min drive from Auckland CBD. The place comes alive on weekends, where surfboards rule the beach. However, aside from a few small shops, there isn't much to do in-town. It's tiny! But the waves are huge...

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Auckland Region Hotels

  • SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

    The rooms and hotel in general were nicer than expected, and service was good. While this hotel may...

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  • Delamore Lodge

    83 Delamore Drive, PO Box 572, Waiheke Island, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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    29 Kaitoke Lane, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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