Auckland Journals

Antipodean journey

A January 2002 trip to Auckland by Manda

Quote: I have just arrived in Auckland New Zealand, to begin the trip of a lifetime. I'm here for six months to soak up as much sun, culture and adventure as I can...

Antipodean journey


So far I've only been in Auckland a few days, but what I've seen is pretty cool. Compared to London or Manchester, Auckland doesn't look like much to begin with. But look beyond the sixties concrete and high-rise blocks to the great little side-streets of shops, excellent habour-front bars and picturesque parks and you'll review your opinon - or I certainly did. Highlights to date: reading / sunbathing in Albert park, drinking beer on the habour-front overlooking the boats on the water, and people-watching the tourists and ressies...Quick Tips: Beer can be expensive in some of the bars, so shop around. We opted to buy beer from a supermarket or "dairy", which worked out cheaper. Best...Read More
This is a great place to start out in Auckland or New Zealand for that matter. It''s pretty big for a hostel, covering seven floors, but it does mean you don''t have to leave for a day or two if you are still adjusting to jet lag / homesickness etc.

There are tv lounges, kitchens, a cafe, great roof-top bar and other excellent facilities. It''s not the newest place I''ve been to, but the beds are comfy and the staff friendly. The bar is also a good place to meet people if you are travelling alone.

ACB also boasts one of the best travel centres in Auckland, so you can sit back, relax, and plan what to do with the rest of your time in NZ.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 25, 2002

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

Waiheke Island

Attraction | "Coastal walk, Waiheke Island"

The coastal walk from the ferry port at Waiheke to Blackpool beach, via Church Bay, is breath-taking. The views of the islands, and Auckland city, are superb, as the ground is raised. The walk cuts through meadows and bushland, before running through a stretch of woodland. The shelter of the woodland is a relief after the hot sun (Waiheke claims to be a few degrees hotter than mainland Auckland). The sounds and smells of the woodland are beautiful - the constant buzz of crickets and birds, and the smell of fragrant flowers and ferns. I would say this is a great tramp to start to acclimatise to New Zealand, as it is short and varied. The only word of warning is though mostly well sign-posted, som...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2002

Waiheke Island
Hauraki Gulf
Auckland, New Zealand 1240
+64 (0)9 372 9999