Auckland Journals

Auckland

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A January 2005 trip to Auckland by noushi

Quote: I only stayed in Auckland for 5 nights, but I really enjoyed my time here. Though in all honesty, there are far better places to go in New Zealand.

Auckland

Overview

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Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand for most international travelers, and the largest city in New Zealand. The city has been named by many international survey reports as being one of the top 10 cities in the world to live in. Much of Auckland is built on extinct volcanoes that are now hilly parks and gardens where you can get wonderful 360-degree views of the city. Auckland sits between two large harbours and therefore has the highest number of boats per capita in the world - it is not known as the 'City of Sails' for nothing. From downtown Auckland, you can take a ferry to one of the many islands like Rangitoto, Waiheke, and the Great Barrier or just a leisurely 10-minute ferry ride across t...Read More

Auckland Central Backpackers (VIP)

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Hotel

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This is in a perfect location just off Queen Street and has a really helpful and friendly staff. This place is really big, with all the usual facilities, such as laundry and booking desk, and it also has around 30 computers for Internet use, though in all honesty, there are much cheaper and better computers across the road (you cannot access any messenger facilities on these). It has a good chill-out lounge and two TV rooms. Dorms start at $22, plus a $10 key deposit. We got an ensuite room, and the room was good, with great air-conditioning and even a TV--not bad for NZ$85 a night. The shower was really powerful, the only annoying thing being that you had to keep pressing a button every 10 sec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

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

Auckland City YHA

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Hotel

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This is a large, multi-story hostel located towards the end of Queenstreet (the main strip). It's a bit of a walk up the hill on Queen Street coming from the Intercity bus interchange, though. It has clean rooms and a kitchen. The lounges are pretty relaxed, and there’s a decent sundeck/patio. The staff was cordial enough, but I got the impression that they didn’t exactly love their jobs, but then again, who does? The atmosphere was nothing special; it just felt like a university dormitory. Make sure you have your key if you stay out late; otherwise, you may have the enjoyable task of trying to convince the night security guard that you're staying there (being drunk and obnoxious and banging on th...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 5, 2005

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

Wildfire

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Restaurant

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After wandering around the Viaduct Basin, we were attracted to Wildfire by the selection of food and the number of staff available to serve the diners. This is a Brazilian restaurant, and we cannot fault it. We chose the Churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) - all you can eat, complimented with a three-tier salad selection. Service was impeccable. Staff were polite, friendly, and a joy to have. They received (and deserved) a very generous tip from us. Food? I am writing this the next day, and I still feel full. The choices were outstanding: small exotic sausages, chicken, pork, pork ribs, king fish, and what has to be the tastiest beef we have had in a long while. These were brought to the table o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Wildfire
Prince's Wharf
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 353 7595

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World

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Attraction | "Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World"

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Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World is an amazing visitor experience; I had a great time there. There is an excellent underwater tunnel, where it's almost like being in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by sharks, stingrays, and other kinds of marine life. But what I liked most was the replica of Robert Scott's hut used in his South Pole expedition, which feels very authentic. And I also loved seeing the penguins from the Snow Cat ride: they are such incredible creatures. When I was there, the king penguin colony had a chick who was already as large as the adults but still had a baby's fluffy, brown feathers. It was a very funny sight, like a penguin dressed in a costume. The sharks swimming all a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World
23 Tamaki Drive
Auckland, New Zealand 1005
+64 (0)9 528 0603

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira)

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Attraction | "Auckland Museum and Domain"

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This museum commemorates New Zealand’s fallen soldiers and serves as a wonderful museum at the same time. It houses one of the most significant collections of Maori and Pacific treasures and artifacts in the world, as well as having well-presented natural history, social, art, children’s, and war memorial collections. Each day there are performances by a group called Manaia, who give an enjoyable show with Maori songs and dances, a generous sprinkling of humour, and some audience participation! Entry to the museum is free, but they do suggest a donation of NZ$5 and entry into certain exhibits, and the Manaia show is extra. There is a café and a museum store, and the grounds in the domain surroundin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

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