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An April 2008 trip to Auckland by Red Mezz

Formule 1 Auckland Photo, Auckland, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Not quite what I expected from the big northern city in New Zealand - here's some good tips for those landing in the city as a starting place on a tour of New Zealand...
The Shire Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Though I realize Matamata and the home of the famous 'Hobbiton' Shire isn't in Auckland, and is in fact several hours drive away - it was the last little travel excursion I made in my year long stay in New Zealand, and in many ways was the perfect and fitting goodbye to the country. And even though it's not in Auckland itself - it was such a fitting and pleasant day trip out of the city that I thought it warranted being included here. Like many other travellers to New Zealand, one of the destinations first on my list, and the one making me feel the most childlike in my travels was the need to visit the set of Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings. Set in the hilly farm...Read More

Sky Tower

Attraction | "The City Symbol "

Sky Tower Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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More than just the most picturesque and well known image in Auckland – the SkyTower and adjoining 'SkyCity' offer a lot for those visiting the city. Apart from the accommodation and shopping of the CDB, SkyCity offers a good selection of options for the visitor, all in one place. The Sky Tower itself is impressive, and does leave the impression of having 'arrived' in the city the moment you catch sight of it, much as does the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Space needle in Seattle. The feeling of having landed somewhere new and seeing the symbol it's so well known for is always a pleasant and exillerating moment in any journey. But this Sky Tow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2009

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

McDonalds

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Restaurant | "Excellent Service"

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Though I do realize it seems a bit odd to review something so common and well known as a McDonald's – I do also think it's worth pointing out to the traveller when you come across a chain restaurant (in particular one as patronized as McDonald's) that is either very very good, or very bad. Generally when I do a review of a chain it's because I've come across something a traveler should carefully avoid. For example, fast food in general in Europe and especially in the UK. But it's quite a pleasure in this circumstance to be able to recommend something commendable about the McDonald's chain in Auckland. I can not, obviously speak for every branch of this restaurant i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2009

Gloria Jeans Coffee

Restaurant | "One of the Local Cafes"

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For a country that in general has exceptional coffee at even the smallest cafe, this chain cafe seems to have a rather ordinary coffee on offer. Though I wouldn't say that this cafe was bad - I would say it was pretty average. The decor was nice, and though it did have the traditional relaxing look of a coffee shop, there is something of bustle and hurry about it that doesn't leave you feeling quite as chilled as you might like. It is right on Queen's St in the CDB of Auckland - and though it's location is a convenience, it also means that its often crowded and busy and noisy. I didn't find it to be an especially pleasant place to sit (while I was waiting for a bus, as i...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 27, 2009

Gloria Jeans Coffee
Ground Floor, 90 Queen St.
Manukau City

Formule 1 Auckland

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Hotel | "An Excellent Alternative in Cheap Accomodation"

Formule 1 Auckland Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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On our second visit to the City of Sails - after having a very bad hostelling experience when we first arrived in the country - we decided to look around a bit before making any accommodation decisions. We were returning from Fiji - hot, tired and very travel weary, and after having no real phone or internet access for several weeks on the islands, landed in New Zealand with nowhere to stay. Something that often proved difficult in New Zealand. We put our bags on a trolley and headed to the free internet offered by the airport (Auckland airport is great for that - head either downstairs near the Tourist Information, or upstairs just before you get to Duty free, and there are S...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2009

Formule 1 Auckland
20 Wyndham St.
Auckland
+64 (9) 3089140

Rebo Cafe and Bar

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Restaurant | "Excellent Value Option"

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Oddly enough - if you are travelling on a budget - it can be quite difficult to find a mid range place to eat in Auckland. On our last night in the city - before flying on to the US - we decided we wanted to have a little more of an experience than fast food or takeaway, and yet not spend the entire rest of our New Zealand dollars doing so. This proved to be quite tricky as we wandered all over the city looking for an option. Evening meals in New Zealand do tend to be quite pricey, so finding a nice place to go with in our budget wasn't easy. We ended up wandering up Federal Street towards the Sky Tower at sunset. To the sound of people bungee jumping above us - we wander...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2009

Trackside

Restaurant | "A Surprisingly Good Option"

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Though this is actually a sports bar - I'm reviewing it for a great place to have breakfast. Which might be a surprise when all of Auckland is at the doorstep - but this is a surprisingly good little spot to stop and have a nice, cheap (a thing to value highly in New Zealand) good little breakfast. This is an especially good option for those staying in hostels on Fort Street, or in hotels in the area. There are a lot of little cafes in the area which sell muffins, etc - but for a good breakfast you are likely to pay a lot for anything more. However - in the morning the lively sports bar is very quiet. It's a very clean, basically quiet and well run joint. The local wor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2009

Nomads Fat Camel

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Hotel | "There Are Much Better Options..."

Nomads Fat Camel Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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I really don't know who it is that does the reviews of 'Best Hostels' - but they seem to be spectacularly far off the mark every single time. I have now stayed at two hostels - one rated 'Best Hostel in Oceania' in Perth, Australia, and Nomads Fat Camel in Auckland which was rated the 'New Zealand's Best Backpackers 2007.' This is categorically rubbish. On both accounts, but specifically with this review. I want to start by clarifying two things. 1.) This is not a reflection on all Nomads hostels, as I have also been to one in Fiji that was superb. 2.) If you are looking for a frat-house type, super cheap hostel where you can live just as you did as a ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 27, 2009

Nomads Fat Camel
38 Fort Street
Auckland
+64 (9) 307 0181