Auckland Journals

New Zealand's City of Sails

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An April 2006 trip to Auckland by UK Flower Girl

Hyatt Regency Auckland Photo, Auckland, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: The beginning and the end of our 2 weeks in New Zealand.

New Zealand's City of Sails

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Overview

City of Sails Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Many people use Auckland for their starting and/or ending points of their New Zealand holiday. It is New Zealand’s largest city and the world’s largest Polynesian city. Although this was our starting and ending points, we didn’t schedule much time here. Auckland was not our favourite city, (that goes to Wellington) but it is still a diverse and beautiful city with plenty to see and do....Read More

Hyatt Regency Auckland

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Hotel | "Hyatt "

Hyatt Regency Auckland Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Situated in the leafy, hilly University District of Auckland, the Hyatt served as our first New Zealand accommodation. In our fog of jetlag from flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia the night before, finding the Hyatt became quite annoying as one-way streets hindered a few turns. Upon check-in we were asked, "Would you like a view of the harbour or a view of the Sky Tower?" Tough choice since Auckland is surrounded by such beautiful sights. We chose the harbour view since the Sky Tower was on our itinerary for one evening anyway. Lugging our bags upstairs in a state of lethargy, we eyed the bed and gave each other a nod. We took turns in the shower and fell asleep for about 6 hours. Quite a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2006

Hyatt Regency Auckland
Cnr of Princes St and Waterloo
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 (9) 355-1234

Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland

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Hotel | "Crowne Plaza Auckland"

Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Situated near the foot of the Sky Tower, the Crowne Plaza is located in the heart of the city. It sits on top of a major shopping complex, Atrium on Elliott with a variety of shops and restaurants. Attached to this complex is a large car park charging only $5NZ on the weekend and $15NZ weekdays should you have a car with you. The lobby of the hotel has a New Zealand souvenir shop for your last-minute souvenir purchases.We checked in at the front desk and got an upgraded King bedroom due to our Gold status with Priority Club. The porters took our bags up to our room so we could go park the car. The car park was located just off the entrance to the hotel. The car park ticket had to be taken ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2006

Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland
128 Albert St.
Auckland, New Zealand 1030
64-9-302 1111

Denny's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Denny's 24-hour Restaurant"

Denny's Restaurant Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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I normally wouldn’t write about Denny’s, especially when the food was the same as any other Denny's. I write only because it was a half-decent 24-hour restaurant.After our 6-hour slumber the day before and 11-hour time difference we were bound to be up early. Yep, before 4am. Why not go out for breakfast (we weren’t spending $30NZ for the hotel buffet)? I wondered if the Denny's was open this early.As we walked towards Denny’s we passed several 24-hour bars with people spilling out the door and others going in to continue their streak from the night before. Scantily-clad women wearing completely insensible shoes tried slowly made their way up the hill so we made our way around ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2006

Denny's Restaurant
51 Hobson
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 (9) 309 9220

Kermadec Ocean Fresh Restaurant

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Restaurant

Kermadec Ocean Fresh Restaurant Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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After our much needed 6-hour slumber at the Hyatt when we first arrived, it was time to go out for something to eat. The splendid view from our room encouraged us to start looking at the Viaduct Harbour area. After a few minute stroll we started surveying our choices: Italian, seafood, Irish pub, etc. Some places were really crowded, others quite empty. After reading about 10 menus, we chose Kermadec, a seafood restaurant located above The Loaded Hog. A nice terrace beckoned us from below.We waited for a moment at the door to be seated and when we didn’t catch the attention of anyone we approached a waiter to be seated. With the terrace on our minds we asked to be seated out there. "I’m so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2006

Kermadec Ocean Fresh Restaurant
1st Floor, Viaduct Quay
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (9) 309 0412

Albert Park

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Attraction

Albert Park Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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After breakfast at Denny’s we started walking back to the hotel to pack up our things and check out. Between the city centre and the Hyatt in the University district, is the lovely Albert Park. We climbed the footpath up the side of the hill through native trees to the flat area at the top. At the top we found flower gardens surrounding a water fountain and a statue of Queen Victoria.The land where Albert Park sits is the Symonds Street ridge which was formed when 60,000 years ago a volcano erupted and a thick layer of ash covered the area. This park has served many purposes over the years to become what it is today.A village called Rangipuke flourished here until the arrival o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2006

Albert Park
Princes Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 307 7604

Sky Tower

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Attraction | "Sky Tower, Auckland's Icon"

Sky Tower Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Family $44Students/backpackers $15Sun and Stars (day and night entry) $26Adults $21 (both viewing decks)Child $8Phone: +64 9 363 6000Sky Tower, Auckland’s icon, is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. At 328m it is taller than the 300m Eiffel Tower. Sky Tower is part of SKYCITY, New Zealand’s largest casino, as well as a hotel, theatre, restaurants, and a convention centre.Besides a tourist attraction, the tower is also used for broadcasting and telecommunications. Not only can you ride up to the top to take a look at Auckland, but you can also do the Sky Jump, a cable-controlled Base jump of 192m, or the Vertigo climb tha...Read More

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

Devonport: Old Town Delight

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War Memorial Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Devonport, one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, was founded in 1840 by European Settlers. It sits on the North Shore on the end of a peninsula that juts out into the Waitemata Harbour. A regular ferry service runs from the CBD (Central Business District) of Auckland to Devonport taking only about 15 minutes. A Naval Station is located here in Devonport and is one of the oldest tenants.This little town is a wonderful place to just wander. Grand houses, a tree-lined waterfront, abundant restaurants, antique shops and book stores will fill your day before you know it. With plenty of shopping and green space to balance it out, Devonport is a must-see part of a visit to Auckland.Our da...Read More