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A December 2011 trip to Auckland by RLB2

Elliott Street Hotel Auckland Photo, Auckland, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: A work trip to New Zealand means I get the chance to explore this beautiful country!

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World

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Attraction | "Join Kelly under the sea!"

Kelly Tarlton's  Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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It seems that all big cities have some kind of aquarium that you can explore the local underwater world. I actually used to be an aquarist in one such place in the north of England, so I suppose I am a little bit pickier than most when visiting other aquaria. When I arrived in Auckland and saw that there was an aquarium that had King Penguins in it i was rather excited because I had actually never seen this species of penguin before. So I decided that I would make time to visit this place and see these fabulous birds.Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter is a good long walk away from the CBD, but luckily you can catch a free shark shaped bus from the wharf area....you really can't miss it. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 17, 2012

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

Rebo Cafe & Bar

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Restaurant | "After viewing the city, eat under the SkyTower"

Rebo Cafe & Bar Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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After a busy afternoon of conferencing and schmoozing people I was hungry and didn't want to travel too far away from SkyCity. Luckily right at the base of the SkyTower is this restaurant that has indoor and outdoor seating. We were in Auckland in early summer and so chose to sat outside, which also did mean that we could watch the crazy people throwing themselves off the SkyTower doing the Sky jump. Perhaps this isn't the most relaxing way to spend your dinner time, but then you are in the CBD and I don't think there are many other places where you can sit and watch people throw themselves from a building.Anyway we were sat enjoying the view and choosing or meals. To be honest the menu wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2012

Rebo Cafe & Bar
Victoria Street at Federal Street
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 (9) 363-6000

Sky Tower

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Attraction | "Head up the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere"

Sky Tower Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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On a visit to Auckland, you really can't miss the Sky Tower. It's like a giant hyperdermic needle reaching into the sky and dominates the skyline of the CBD. My conference was actually in the SkyCIty, which adjoins the Sky Tower, so I couldn't really skip going up to the top of the tower. Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the Southern hemisphere and once on the top gives spectacular views of Auckland and the surround. There are lots of daring things you can do if you are feeling brave (or reckless), you could do the Skyjump, a controlled skydive from the top of the tower or you can do the SkyWalk right around the edge of the top of the tower. Now neither of these daredevil activities appealed to me, s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2012

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

Little Mexico Cantina & Tequila Bar

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Restaurant | "A romantic little Mexican restaurant in the CBD."

Little Mexico Cantina & Tequila Bar Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Just a couple of metres away from my hotel (the Elliott Street Hotel) was a small stretch of restaurants and hidden in this stretch was the Little Mexico Cantina. I walked past it a few nights in a row before deciding to give it a try. My friend and I were seen to almost immediatley, sitting outside on the patio drinking a beer while we waited for a table to be available in the small restuarant. Once seated we had plenty of time to look through the menu, which seemed to have plenty of traditional Mexican dishes. A thing we both particularly liked was the choice of vegetarian meals, and the waitress kindly said she could get us anything on the menu made just as a vegetarian dish. Now this might not see...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2012

Little Mexico Cantina & Tequila Bar
31 Wellesley Street
Auckland, New Zealand
09 366 7001

Elliott Street Hotel Auckland

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Hotel | "A great self contained apartment in the heart of Auckland!"

Elliott Street Hotel Auckland Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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I visited Auckland as part of a work conference and so I wanted somewhere to stay that was affordable and only a few minutes walk from the conference venue, which was Sky City. After a bit of searching I found the Elliott Street Hotel, a hotel right in the heart of downtown Auckland that is made from a restored 19th century building. The rooms were affordable, I paid around £60 a night for a studio room, which was perfect for myself. You can also get 1 and 2 bedroom suites which would be perfect for a family of 4. The hotel is located on the corner of Wellesley Street and Elliott Street, which although probably means nothing to you, is actually just a minutes walk from Queen Street, the main drag and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2012

Elliott Street Hotel Auckland
15-31 Wellesley Street
Auckland, North Island 1001
866-539-0036