Auckland Journals

Auckland - City of Sails

A travel journal to Auckland by caoimhe

Sky Tower Photo, Auckland, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: For most people, Auckland is simply a gateway to exploring the rest of stunning New Zealand. However, after spending four months working and living in Auckland, I fell in love with this beautiful and vibrant city! This journal aims to help visitors maximise their visit to Auckland.

Auckland - City of Sails

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Overview

Sky Tower Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Home to 1.2 million, Auckland was recently voted to have one of the best lifestyles on the planet! Half an hour's drive will take you to beautiful sandy beaches, unspoilt islands, and stunning rainforests while the city itself is a cosmopolitan, exciting place. The city is a relatively modern one, built when European settlers arrived in the North Island. Auckland is built on hundreds of dormant volcanoes - some of these, including Mt. Victoria, Mt. Eden, and One Tree Hill are worth a climb for spectacular views of the city and surrounding suburbs. The following are the must-see spots in Auckland and should be featured on any traveler's itinerary: *America's Cup Basin - trendy...Read More
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Just opened in June 2002, this is a very modern, spacious, and clean hostel with a perfect location - just off Queen Street and three minutes walk from Sky City.

The hostel has great facilities including kitchens, a travel centre, laundry, and internet. I had a double room (58 nzd for two) with air-conditioning.

Below the hostel is the Globe Bar, a favorite among students and backpackers - their occasional foam parties are great fun!

I enjoyed staying there although I have met travelers who felt that the size and sterile nature of the hostel resulted in it being a little impersonal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2002

Auckland Central Backpackers (VIP)
229 Queen Street At Darby Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1010
(64) 9-358-4877

Auckland City YHA Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Nice, friendly hostel with a fab view of the city particularly at night - the attached photo was taken from the outdoor viewing deck of the hostel!

Great facilities with Internet, clean kitchen, laundry, TV, and games room.

My only complaint is that it's not too central - about 15 minutes walk from Sky City. Furthermore, it's located at the top of a very steep hill - bit of a climb, not what you need after a busy day sightseeing!!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 2, 2002

Auckland City YHA
18 Liverpool Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1010
(09) 309 2802

Mai Thai Restaurant

Restaurant | "Mai Thai"

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Fantastic Thai restaurant, located centrally opposite Sky City. Delicious food and friendly staff decked out in traditional Thai dress help make this one of my favorite restaurants in Auckland.

As many restaurants in NZ as there are, it is BYO (Bring Your Own wine) with a nominal charge for corkage. The wine shop on the corner of Elliot St. and Victoria St. is ideal for buying the perfect bottle.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2002

Mai Thai Restaurant
57 Victoria Street West
Auckland, New Zealand 1010
+64 09 366 6258

Orbit

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Restaurant

Orbit Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Perfect restaurant for that special occasion ot just for treating yourself! Revolving 200 metres above ground level in the Sky Tower this restaurant provides spectacular views and tasty local cuisine for a moderate price.

If it's your first time to visit the Tower, it's worth arriving a little early to visit the viewing deck (when you have a restaurant reservation you do not need to pay an entrance fee). The perfect time to arrive is just before dusk - that way you get to admire the vista by light and the city lights at night!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2002

Orbit
Sky Tower
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 912 6000

Coast to Coast Walkway

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Attraction

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Auckland is situated on a narrow piece of land - an isthmus! On the South is the Tasman Sea, on the North is the Hauraki Gulf. The Coast to Coast Walkway is a designated 16 kilometer walk from the America's Cup Viaduct Basin on the northern side of Auckland and finishes in Onehunga on its Southern borders! On a pleasant day, the walk is very enjoyable. En route, it takes you through the large Auckland Domain park and to the summits of two of the larger volcanoes in Auckland - Mt Eden and One Tree Hill. From these volcanoes, amazing views of the center of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf can be achieved on a fine day. Maps can be obtained from the visitor information center ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2002

Coast to Coast Walkway
Queen Elizabeth Square
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 979 2333

Sky Jump Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Before leaving Ireland to head off on a year long travel around the world, I decided that I should use all opportunities presented to me to overcome fears and phobias - to basically never say 'No'! So when, on my 26th birthday, and with my severe fear of heights in mind, my friends suggested they'd throw me off the Sky Tower, I jumped (no pun attended) at the chance! At 328 metres high, the Sky Tower is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. At 192 metres, the Sky Jump is the biggest jump in the world (apart from jumping from planes!). The biggest bungy jump in Queenstown NZ is only 134m!. Luckily, I knew the guy working behind the desk, Eamon, who was also Irish. ...Read More