Auckland Journals

Auckland - the sights, the shops and the bars

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A travel journal to Auckland by C_Wheel

Quote: If you have the time I really reccommend spending a few days in Auckland. There's actually a lot to see and do. Museums and art for the culture vulture, enough shops to satisfy even me and loads of cool bars.

Auckland - the sights, the shops and the bars

Overview

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Auckland is made up of several different districts. Queen Street is the main drag and the central business district. This is where you're likely end up staying and where most of the tourist attractions are. But if you only see Queen Street, you're missing the point. Take the time to wander around Auckland, the various districts have distinctly different atmospheres. At the top of Queen Street is Karangahape Road - edgy, dodgy and cool. Ponsonby is offbeat with some very nice shops. Parnell has the very nice shops and people trying to be cool. Newmarket is just about the shops.Quick Tips: Take your time, chill out and watch the world go by. Also if you're here in summer, check...Read More

Peninsula Palms & Cafe

Restaurant | "Peninsula Palms & Cafe"

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Possibly the best breakfast in Auckland.

Now I do like the occasional fried breakfast and this place does it superbly. The food is fried just right, no grease, plenty of everything. In fact I reccommend the half breakfast at $7 because I couldn't finish the full Palms special.

Not only is the food good, the actual cafe is remarkable pleasant. The big glass doors overlook the adjoining garden centre. Go there on a sunny morning and you can sit outside amongst all the greenery.

The only bad point about this place is, it is about a 15 drive from Auckland central. But trust me, the breakfast is definately worth it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2002

Peninsula Palms & Cafe
549 Te Atatu Road
Auckland, New Zealand
(09) 834-9113

Fortuna Buffet Restaurant

Restaurant | "Fortuna Lunch Buffett"

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The restaurant is half way up the Sky Tower so you get quite spectacular views - and you don't have to pay to get up there.

The food is all decent quality but just outstanding in quantity and choice. Pretty much every type of food is here - roasted meat and vegetables, fish and chips, Chinese, Indian, salad, seafood. Just make sure you leave room for dessert(s).

You can go back for refills as often as you like, or your stomach can bear it. It costs about $20 for one but it is great value for money. My tip - check the back of receipts from Pak n'Save and Foodtown, they often have 2 for the price of 1 offers.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 11, 2002

Fortuna Buffet Restaurant
Sky City
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 363 6000

Victoria Park Market

Attraction | "Victoria Park Market - buys and bargains"

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Its a simple 15 minute walk from Queen St or one of the stops on the Link Bus.

The market is under cover so rain or shine its open daily. The stalls are quite a mix, not to mention a maze. There's a great shoe/trainer shop with all the brand names but a good $30 odd cheaper than in town. Various second hand and alternative clothes stands. But if you're looking for bargain presents this a great place to come. There are a few shops obviously aimed at tourists but otherwise an interesting mix of bits and pieces, including an old ambulance outfitted as a piercing stand.

Threre's a food court and also a cash machine, for that essential wooden tiki you just gotta buy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Victoria Park Market
210 Victoria Street West
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 309 6911

Nightlife in Auckland

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Attraction

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There are lots of places to go out in Auckland and different places have distinctly different atmospheres. So starting from the bottom - Viaduct Harbour. Centred around - yep the Viaduct, the place is heaving in summer and still busy in the winter although a lot colder. Lots of new places have sprung up here but the standard ones are Leftfield and Loaded Hog with pretty run of the mill chart dance and pop. Most of the bars have dance floors with mainstream music and usually free entry. A lot of the bars seem to be trying just a bit too hard, but the Coast bar is pretty cool. Queen Street has various bars and clubs, mostly down the side streets. Try exploring and see what you find. Ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2002

Nightlife in Auckland
Viaduct, Queen Street, K Road, Ponsonby, Parnell
Auckland, New Zealand

Sky Tower

Attraction | "The Sky Tower"

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The most obvious sight, in fact you can't miss it, is the Sky Tower. The tallest building in the southern hemisphere as all the tourist guides mention. It costs about $10 to get up to the observation deck (tip check out the free tourist brochures for a discount voucher) and the view is damn impressive. It gives you a good idea of the scale of Auckland and basic orientation. Once you're done wandering around and daring each other to step on the glass floor panels you have a couple of choices. If you need that adrenaline buzz, climp on up the spike of the Sky Tower, get that extra few hundred metres above the rest and pray its not a windy day. Or you do the Sky Jump for $200. Its actually a contr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2002

Sky Tower
Victoria Street at Federal Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (9) 363 6000

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If you can't be bothered to make it all the way out to Piha or Bethells, it is still possible to get a bit of beach life in the city. Mission Bay and St Heliers beaches are only a short bus ride away from the centre. The beaches are okay and they're a nice break away from Auckland's streets. There's a few activities on offer. Along the beachfront the same company hires out kayaks or roller blades. And the seafront promonade is just perfect for blading along on a nice day. If you just need to get that all over tan, head further along to Ladies Bay, Auckland's nudist beach. The towns of Mission Bay and St Heliers themselves are little art crafty places w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2002

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira)

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Attraction | "Auckland Museum and the Domain"

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The Auckland War Memorial Musuem to give it its full name, is one of the major sights in Auckland and really worth making the effort to visit. The builing itself is beautiful and set in the green fields of the Domain. Inside, the musuem has a variety of New Zealand/Pacific cultural displays. The Pacific masks and spirit figures are seriously freaky. The Maori cultural show costs a bit extra but is worth seeing. They demonstrate traditional songs, dances and fighting and the group sticks around afterwards to explain the Maori exhibits and answer questions. Maori culture is an integral part of New Zealand and the displays help you understand some of its aspects. The War memo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2002

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira)
Auckland Domain
Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand

Old Devonport Walk

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Attraction | "Daytripping in Devonport"

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Devonport is a little seaside town directly across the harbour from Auckland. Its a nice place to visit on a sunny day and get away from the city streets for a while. There are hourly ferries from Quay St for about $10 return and the trip takes about ten minutes for a great view of the harbour. The alternative is a loooong bus ride all the way around. The choice is yours. Devonport has a nice little range of options. If you're feeling energetic, there's not just one but two volcanic cones to climb - Northhead and Mt Victoria both with random WWII armaments lying around. Don't worry, its just the remnants not actual live artillery there but the young (at heart) will want to play soldier...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2002

Old Devonport Walk
Devonport
Auckland, New Zealand 1309
+64 (0)9 446 0677