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Contents Auckland at a Glance ..........................................................................02 Events Calendar ...................................................................................06 Jasons Recommends What’s Hot ...................................................................................... 12 24 Hours in Auckland ................................................................... 14 Best of Auckland for Groups ...................................................... 16 In the Spotlight Auckland Harbour Bridge ........................................................... 18 Activities .................................................................................................20 Vouchers ................................................................................................ 39 Dining ....................................................................................................46 Shopping ...............................................................................................50 Health & Beauty ...................................................................................54 Accommodation .................................................................................. 56 Transport & Rentals.............................................................................58 Around Auckland .................................................................................64 Auckland Airport .................................................................................. 74 Useful Information .............................................................................. 76 Auckland Maps .......................................................................4 & 78-80

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Auckland at a Glance

Welcome to Auckland – the City of Sails. The beautiful Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, together with the scenic Hauraki Gulf Islands, provide a spectacular backdrop to cosmopolitan Auckland. Make the most of your stay in New Zealand’s largest city by keeping your Auckland What’s On close at hand. It contains information on all the latest events, as well as easy-to-use maps, great ideas for sightseeing and activities, and useful information to help with all your accommodation, shopping, dining and transport needs.

Auckland at a Glance Auckland City Find your bearings and enjoy the amazing view from the top of the Sky Tower, then head to High Street for its chic café culture and boutique shopping. Brush up on our fascinating history at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum, or take a drive along the waterfront toward Mission Bay. If you have an afternoon to spare then take in Kelly Tarton’s Sealife Aquarium enroute, before tucking in to some delicious fish and chips on the beach. West Auckland Enjoy a short walk or a full day hike in the lush Waitakere Ranges or take a refreshing stroll on one of Auckland’s rugged west coast beaches. Linger over a glass of wine with lunch at one of the numerous wineries.

North Shore Quaint Devonport, with its antique stores and icecream bars, is a short ferry ride across the harbour and perfect for the kids, or head over the Harbour Bridge for high-end shopping at Takapuna. Venture further north to Warkworth’s lovely riverside cafés, or experience Matakana’s bustling Saturday market. South Auckland Experience Manukau’s vibrant Polynesian flavour at Otara Markets, or take on the exciting theme park rides at Rainbow’s End or the more sedate Auckland Botanic Gardens. Hauraki Gulf Islands The islands of Rangitoto and Waiheke are great options for day excursions. Ferries depart regularly from Quay Street Ferry terminal.

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Auckland Region Auckland stretches from the coastal communities of Orewa and Whangaparaoa in the north, through the North Shore with its sandy shoreline and great shopping to the wild beaches and rugged Waitakere Ranges in the west. Bustling Manukau, known for its vibrant Polynesian character, lies to the south.

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Auckland’s Marine Playground Offshore, Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf islands are a scenic delight, with a host of leisure options from bushwalks and hot springs on remote Great Barrier Island, to vineyard visits and sandy beaches on Waiheke.


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Events Calendar

Events, Gigs, Festivals

June

2 June – Queen’s Birthday Art/Craft/Exhibition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

Until 3 Aug

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features 100 aweinspiring back-lit images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes. Now in its 49th year, the internationallyrecognised annual competition has drawn around 43,000 entries from 96 countries, from amateur and professional photographers alike. Auckland Museum. www.aucklandmuseum.com

Music

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One Night of Queen Jun One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works, is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre. www.onenightofqueen.co.nz

Sport

IRB Junior World Championships

2-20 Jun

Check out the future stars of world rugby when Auckland hosts the IRB Junior World Champs. Twelve of the world’s top under-20 teams will assemble in Auckland with 30 matches to be played over three weeks. Various locations around Auckland www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Theatre

Shadowland

3-8 Jun

Direct from the US, renowned dance theatre exponents Pilobolus brings this enthralling production to New Zealand, suitable for the whole family. Be entranced by the stunning choreography and shape shifting illusions in this luminous playground of breathtaking dance, acrobatics and potent visuals. The Civic, Queen Street. www.ticketmaster.co.nz


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11 November Armistice Day Music

3-5 Jun

100 Glorious Years of Song

Presented by Operatunity Daytime Concert Series, join in on a journey through each decade of the 20th century as the wonderful cast presents a feast of song and song styles celebrating a hundred glorious years of song! Hawkins Theatre. www.daytimeconcerts.co.nz

Music

5 Jun

The NZ Herald Premier Series: Violin Fantasy 2013 Michael Hill Int. Violin Competition winner Nikki Chooi returns to perform Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the APO.

Comedy

Bitchin Bingo 4 Jun Bitchin Bingo is New Zealand’s only performancebased bingo show. Hosted by the sharp-tongued bingo mistress Viv, it’s completely free and an awesome night out.

Doolan Brothers, Lynfield.

Auckland Town Hall. © Simon Darby

Sport

7 Jun

Steinlager Series, All Blacks vs England

Don’t miss the first match of 2014 when world-class rugby teams England and the All Blacks go head to head. Auckland is guaranteed to be buzzing as All Blacks supporters flock to Eden Park for the opening game of the much-anticipated Steinlager Series. Eden Park. www.ticketmaster. co.nz

Music

Ellie Goulding

7 Jun

With over 15 million singles and 4 million album sales worldwide, Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce that Ellie Goulding is bringing her exquisite voice and unique brand of indietronica to New Zealand for a tour in June 2014. Get ready for an electrifying live performance. Vector Arena. www.ticketmaster.co.nz

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June

Coming Soon: NZ Int. Film Festival 17 July – 3 August Theatre

Annie the Broadway Musical

13-29 Jun

Everyone’s favourite little redheaded orphan is Auckland-bound. The acclaimed UK production of Annie – one of the best-loved musicals of all time - features a host of familiar faces from British TV and stage alongside some of our brightest young stars.

The Civic. www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Music

Lloyd Cole and Greg Johnson

14 Jun

UK legend Lloyd Cole will perform eight concerts across New Zealand from early June, with our own mastersongwriter Greg Johnson returning from Los Angeles to join the bill. Los Angeles-based Kiwi Greg Johnson will play a rare solo set, celebrating the Autumn release of Some Other Place, Some Other Time - The Greg Johnson Anthology on Universal Records. Sky City Theatre.

Family

Motat Live

15 Jun

Enjoy a day of steam train rides, armoured personnel carrier rides, double decker ‘Big Ben’ tram, bookbinding, horse and carriage rides (11am -3pm), lolly making and so much more. Family pass $40 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. MOTAT, Western Springs. www.motat.org.nz


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Music

Special Event

- The Symphonies

Jordan Belfort, Wolf of Wall Street Live

19-22 NZSO | Beethoven Jun Over four days the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra embarks on a thrilling exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s nine symphonies, each offering a different portrait of the composer. Auckland Town Hall.

Family

World Giraffe Day, Auckland Zoo

21 Jun

26 June It produced a best-selling book and a recordbreaking movie, but Jordan Belfort’s most powerful story you need to hear in person.

Discover more about the world’s tallest land animal as you encounter five of them at Auckland Zoo. You can also compare how tall you are to a baby giraffe! Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs.

The Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds Street.

Music Beatle Boys

27 Jun

Special Event

28-29

Jun 2014 Highlife & A-List Winter Social Auckland’s premier winter party is back! Get ready to enjoy a night of style, glitz, glamour, good people and great music. The Wharf, North Shore

Music

Tiny Ruins

The world’s premier “Beatles” band, the fabulous Beatles Boys, will recreate the famous 1964 concert in its entirety. The concert will also include a set of the biggest iconic Beatle songs presented as the Beatles might have performed them today, with modern sound and lighting. A once in a lifetime experience, twice if you were there in ‘64. Auckland Town Hall.

28 Jun

Auckland based Tiny Ruins have won hearts from the BBC in the UK to NPR in the U.S. with their unique story, weaving songs delicately delivered on new album Brightly Painted One. Crystal Palace – 537 Mt Eden Rd www.tinyruins.com Tickets from www.undertheradar.co.nz

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With over 100 stores at Dress-Smart, Onehunga, you will enjoy savings from leading local and

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while shopping at Dress-Smart.

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and more than 50 of New Zealand’s amazing natural treasures. Take an immersive journey through New Zealand’s natural world at Te Wao Nui. Six stunning habitats that showcase our native wildlife, north to south, all in one place at Auckland Zoo.

only in Te Wao Nui at information +64 9 360 3805 www.aucklandzoo.co.nz AZOO0052/JASONS


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Annie the Broadway Musical 13-29 June Everyone’s favourite little red-headed orphan is Auckland-bound. The acclaimed UK production of Annie, one of the best-loved musicals of all time, features a host of familiar faces from British TV and stage alongside some of our brightest young stars. The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland. Phone: 0800 111 999. www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Auckland Festival of Photography 29 May–20 June Auckland Festival of Photography is a celebration of photography with 115 free events, exhibitions and talks at 75 venues in 21 days across the Auckland region. Memory is the theme for a suite of curated exhibitions and the Annual Commission by Sacred Hill features the re-presentation of historical images of Pacific Islanders by photographer Tanu Gago. Various venues around Auckland. Phone: 09 307 7055. www.photographyfestival.org.nz

The Winter Night Sky June Gaze up at the stars in an immersive virtual tour of the skies above Auckland in the 360-degree planetarium. Visit the planets, stars and constellations that are visible during winter in this presenter-led show. Includes a topical presentation and courtyard telescope viewing (weather permitting). Bookings essential.

Stardome, One Tree Hill Domain. Phone: 09 624 1246. www.stardome.org.nz

Open Air Art Gallery 1-30 June Visitors to the city can now enjoy a new outdoor gallery featuring world-class works from 11 New Zealand artists, displayed in landscaped grounds in and around a wetlands area. The outdoor gallery is free of charge and open to the public seven days a week.

Auckland Airport Outdoor Gallery, Mangere. www.venturehere.co.nz/play


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Shadowland Festival 3-8 June

Wednesdays – Sundays An easy day trip from Auckland via 360 Discovery ferries, Tiritiri Matangi Island is located 30km north east of central Auckland and is one of New Zealand’s most important conservation projects. See wildlife such as the Little Blue Penguin (the world’s smallest penguin), the Little Spotted Kiwi, the tuatara and wētāpunga, New Zealand’s largest insect. Take a guided tour, visit the lighthouse or book an overnight visit. www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz

Matakana Coast 07 June Just an hour from Auckland, Matakana’s boutique vineyards and vibrant art scene make this region a must-see. Settled in the 1841, Matakana has a proud history and strong sense of community. Home to over 30 boutique vineyards, olive groves, restaurants, the fantastic outdoor sculpture trail, and don’t forget the famous Matakana Village and Farmers’ Market featuring locally grown food and arts and crafts from the Matakana region. www.matakanacoast.co.nz

Tiny Ruins, Concert 28 June Auckland based Tiny Ruins have won hearts from the BBC in the UK to NPR in the US with their unique story, weaving songs delicately delivered on new album Brightly Painted One. Formed as a solo project by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, Europe and the US.

Crystal Palace Theatre, Auckland. www.undertheradar.co.nz

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Tickets are now available for Shadowland, which opens in June. Direct from the US, renowned dance theatre exponents Pilobolus brings this enthralling production to New Zealand, suitable for the whole family. Be entranced by the stunning choreography, pulsating music and shape shifting illusions in this luminous playground of breathtaking dance, acrobatics and potent visuals. The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland. Phone: 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz


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24 hours in Auckland

You’ve arrived in one of the world’s most liveable cities, but you only have 24 hours, or less, to visit? Auckland’s vibrant city style and marine playground has so much to offer, so where should you start? Never fear, here’s our recommendations of what’s good to see and do in and around Auckland for the short time you’re here.

Morning There’s no better way to start 8.30 am your stay in the City of Sails

than heading out on the water. Take a Fullers Ferry to the

charming seaside village of Devonport (buy a return ticket, the journey lasts 12 minutes and departs every half hour). As you approach Devonport, look out to the twin hills, these are Mt Victoria and North Head. If you were to spend a day here, you could climb them and explore the First World War bunkers hidden in the hills. Have a coffee at Manuka, then browse the wares of the boutique shops. Phone 09 367 9111. www.fullers.co.nz

Take a leisurely ride by bike 10.30 around Auckland’s iconic am

waterfront with Adventure Capital, Auckland Bike Tours.

Visit top attractions and learn about the city with a knowledgeable, friendly guide. All routes are safe, gentle and fun. Self-guided tours are also available. Bike hire is available for just $15 for up to four hours, $20 for day rental or $30 for overnight rental. So use your pedal power and see the City of Sails at your pace on two wheels. Phone: 09 337 0633. www.adventurecapital.co.nz

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you do? Walk the edge of the Sky

Tower, 182 metres above the hustle and bustle of Auckland city, and get a true 360 degree view with not even a handrail between you and the view? Or take a leap of adventure and jump off the edge? You can do both with SkyWalk and SkyJump packages. The friendly crew will make sure you have the time of your life, and provide photos so you can show what a daredevil you are. Afterwards, indulge in some lunch at one of the Sky Tower’s many restaurants, such as the Sky Lounge. Phone 0800 SKYCITY. www.skycityauckland.co.nz


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Auckland may be a marine playground, but it is also home to some significant heritage;

catch the green Link bus (adult fares $1.90) to Parnell, and ask the driver to stop near the Auckland War Memorial Museum — the cultural and spiritual touchstone for New Zealanders. The Museum is also the first stop for anyone wishing to gain an insight into New Zealand and its people. Within the neoclassical building priceless Maori treasures, amazing natural history, daily Maori cultural performances, and an ever-changing feast of local and international exhibitions are to be explored and enjoyed. Phone 09 306 7051. www.aucklandmuseum.com

Evening to 68 Parnell Road in the 6.00 Head suburb of Parnell, close to the

pm city, where you’ll find the newly opened Thai Chef’s Restaurant.

Taste authentic Thai dishes prepared fresh in relaxed surroundings. Bring your friends along and experience dining family style. Seating is available for up to 18 people in a private function area if you have a larger group. The chain of Thai Chef’s restaurants recently received the Thai Select Premium award, which certifies that the food, service and atmosphere is authentic and rated five stars for excellence. Phone 09 354 3489. www.thaichef.co.nz

Take a stroll back to Queen Street, where the beautiful Civic Theatre, one of the few remaining atmospheric theatres in the world, will wow you. Built in 1929, The Civic is designed to evoke a Moorish garden at night, with turrets, minarets, sires and tiled roofs and two guardian Abyssinian Panther statues. If you happen to be in Auckland from 13-29 June, check out Annie, the Broadway Musical. Featuring a host of stars from British stage and screen, alongside some of New Zealand’s very own young stars, you’re sure to enjoy what is one of the most-loved musicals of all time. www.ticketmaster.co.nz

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The best of what

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Auckland

has to offer for groups All the best travel memories are those shared with friends, family or other like-minded souls. So gather your mates and loved ones together, because we’ve selected the best of what Auckland has to offer for group visits.

Explore NZ Spend a day out on the water with Explore NZ. Have fun helping crew an America’s Cup sailing yacht, where you and your friends can be as hands-on as you like, and no experience is necessary. Or perhaps you would prefer getting up close to some friendly marine wildlife on Explore NZ’s Whale and Dolphin Safari. Have fun taking plenty of photos and see who can get the best one with a whale or dolphin in shot! Contact details: Phone: 0800 724 569 Email: info@explorenz.co.nz www.explorenz.co.nz

Odyssey Sensory Maze Head to Odyssey Sensory Maze, Auckland’s newest tourist attraction right in the heart of Auckland CBD. Go on a journey that will invigorate, indulge and challenge your senses as you travel through 13 different zones with special lighting effects, illusions, unusual sounds and darker challenging spaces. Allow 20 minutes for your Odyssey experience, which is great family entertainment and suitable for children aged 8 and above. Contact details: Phone: 09 365 1145. Email: info@odysseysensorymaze.co.nz www.odysseysensorymaze.co.nz

Auckland Zoo Bring the whole family along to Auckland Zoo for a great day out for all ages. The zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. Make sure you visit the newest addition to the zoo, Te Wao Nui, which houses more than 50 of New Zealand’s natural treasures. Check out the behind the scenes experiences, animal encounters, safari nights, photography workshops and special events, and have fun discovering the zoo with your friends. Contact details: Phone: 09 360 3805. Email: info@aucklandzoo.co.nz www.aucklandzoo.co.nz


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Head to the Botanic Gardens and you’ll be in for a treat, whether or not you have green fingers! Get up close to more than 10,000 plants from around the world, and be inspired with planting ideas for your own garden. Guided walks are available on Wednesdays, and group walks can be booked to see the seasonal highlights of the gardens. Or jump on board the Wiri Rambler train, a small tractor which tows carriages on a 30 minute tour. Contact details: Phone: 09 267 1457 Email: Botanic.Gardens@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz

Art Gallery Discover Auckland Art Gallery’s fantastic collection of more than 15,000 artworks. Located right in the heart of the city, group tours are available so get your friends together for a look around. Browse through the collection of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art, and works by Maori and Pacific Island artists, as well as international painting, sculpture and print collections. There is always something to do at the gallery, with exhibitions, talks, performances and children’s activities. Contact details: Phone: 09 379 1349 Email: gallery@aucklandartgallery.govt.nz www.aucklandartgallery.com

Snowplanet Head to Snowplanet, where you can ski, snowboard, tube and toboggan all year round. Group lessons are available if you want to brush up your skiing and snowboarding skills. Or show off your talents at the Terrain Park with jumps and rails. There is also a ski line and a beginners’ area for those in your group who are less confident. For the kids: Snowplanet is a great place to have your kids birthday parties, with Snowplay, Tubing, Freeride and Snow Sports party packages available. Contact details: Phone: 09 427 0044. Email: info@snowplanet.co.nz www.snowplanet.co.nz

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As one of Auckland’s most famous landmarks, the Auckland Harbour Bridge links the city with the North Shore, and provides spectacular views of the Waitemata Harbour. The Auckland Harbour Bridge is the second longest road bridge in the country, and the longest in the North Island at 1002km. It plays a crucial role in Auckland’s traffi c system with over 165,000 cars crossing it daily. Prior to construction, the quickest way to get to the North Shore from Auckland was via ferry, or a 50km drive via the North Western motorway. Offi cially opened on Sunday, 30 May 1959, the original four-lane bridge was built across the narrowest part of the Waitemata Harbour, between St Marys Bay on the city side and Northcote Point on the North Shore. It took four years to complete, and an additional two lanes were added either side of the bridge in 1969 to accommodate the increase in traffi c.

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Auckland Bridge Climb World-renowned bungy operator AJ Hackett operates the Auckland Bridge Climb together with a thrilling 40m bungy option from the bridge’s central span. As the only walking access across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland Bridge Climb provides a unique and historically significant experience, making it a must-do whilst visiting Auckland. Lasting one and a half hours, the bridge climb comes complete with your very own guide, who will share with you the bridge’s colourful secrets and architectural features. Custom-engineered walkways provide a safe, enjoyable experience while gently curving arches ensure this easy-going walk is suitable for all ages. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the incredible 360-degree views of city, beautiful Westhaven Marina, Rangitoto Island and the rugged Waitakere Ranges to the west.

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Auckland offers a host of activities and adventures, from sophisticated museums, galleries and sightseeing attractions, to urban adventures, harbour cruises, scenic offshore islands and award-winning wineries. Down at the waterfront, the Viaduct Harbour is a good place to begin exploring. Take in the harbour highlights on a cruise, help sail an authentic America’s Cup yacht, or catch a ferry to one of the Hauraki Gulf islands. Head uptown and you can ride the lift to the top of the Sky Tower – the Southern Hemisphere’s highest – for magnificent views of the city and harbour, or raise your heart-rate with a SkyWalk® or SkyJump®. The city’s landmark Harbour Bridge has more adventure options to tempt the daredevils, including a bridge climb and the world’s first bridge bungy. Culture vultures will find themselves at home in the city’s sophisticated galleries and museums. You can browse New Zealand’s largest collection of art at the Auckland Art Gallery, view the rare Maori taonga (treasures) at Auckland Museum, go sailing on a heritage vessel at Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum or ride the historic tram at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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There are plenty of family attractions to keep you busy. Join a guided tour of the Botanic Gardens, watch the sharks being fed at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, get up close to the animals at the Auckland Zoo, enjoy the latest amusement rides at Rainbow’s End or head north to see an authentic kiwi farm show at SheepWorld. Further afield, you’ll find bushwalks, surf beaches, historic villages and award-winning wineries.

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360 Discovery’s Tiritiri Matangi Island Pier 4, Quay Street, Downtown, Auckland. Phone 0800 360 3472, www.360discovery.co.nz

Price: Adult $66, Child $35 - from Auckland Duration: Departs 9am, returning to Auckland approximately 4.50pm

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My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets. Phone 09 379 1349 www.aucklandartgallery.com Videos, photographs, drawings, installations and paintings all give a rare insight to the lives of Indigenous Australians, past and present. The companion children’s exhibition, Kangaroo Crew – created by artist Gordon Hookey – offers a free, interactive space for children to learn the story of The Sacred Hill. Price: $7-10 on weekdays, $10-15 on weekends. Kids 12 and under FREE.

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Auckland Art Gallery, Daily Gallery Tours Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets. Phone 09 379 1349 www.aucklandartgallery.com Explore New Zealand through the eyes of artists as you are guided through Toi Aotearoa, Auckland Art Gallery’s fl agship collection show. There’s plenty to see including historic paintings dating from the 1800s to contemporary sculpture from practising artists today.

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Just a 75 minute cruise from Auckland, Tiritiri Matangi is one of the world’s most successful volunteer conservation projects. Home to 12 species of NZ endangered birds and 3 reptiles species, you’ll be entranced by the gentle birdsong and lush native bush - guided walks available.


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Activities Auckland Bridge Bungy Westhaven Drive, Herne Bay, Auckland. Phone 0800 4625 462 www.bungy.co.nz

Price: Adult $150, NZ Student $120, Child $120, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $420

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Auckland Bridge Climb Westhaven Drive, Herne Bay, Auckland. Phone 0800 4625 462, www.aucklandbridgeclimb.co.nz Take a 1.5hr adventure under, around, up and over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge. A safe, fun and interactive way to experience Auckland from a new perspective. This climb will have you wondering whether to focus on your feet or the spectacular 360 degree views. Price: Adult $120, Student $80, Child $80, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $320 Duration: Allow 2.5 hours

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Auckland is home to the World’s First Harbour Bridge Bungy Jump, operated by the Bungy originals - AJ Hackett Bungy. Enjoy an exclusive bridge walk to our specially-constructed ‘Bungy pod’, and build up the courage to leap out over the Waitemata. Opt for a water touch for the ultimate thrill.

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Activities Auckland Zoo Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland. Phone 09 360 3805, www.aucklandzoo.co.nz

Price: Adult $25, Student/senior citizen $20, Child 4-14yrs $10 Opening hours: Winter 9.30am-5pm. Summer 9.30am-5.30pm

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Auckland Museum Auckland Domain, Auckland. Phone 09 306 7067 www.aucklandmuseum.com Housed in a magniďŹ cent neo-classical building with city views. The collections of Maori taonga (treasures) and South PaciďŹ c artefacts are among the most signiďŹ cant in the world. Awardwinning discovery centres, hands-on displays, interactive activities and Scars on the Heart - the story of New Zealanders at war. Price: Museum Entry Adults $25, Child (5-14yrs) $10, Family $60. Opening hours: 10am-5pm

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Set in 17 hectares of lush parkland just ďŹ ve minutes from the central city, Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic species in New Zealand. Experience wildlife found nowhere else in the world - from the iconic kiwi to the prehistoric tuatara. View some of the world’s endangered species.

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Activities America’s Cup Sailing Experience Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, Phone 0800 397 567 www.exploregroup.co.nz

Price: Adult $160, Child $115 Duration: Allow 2 hours Opening hours: Departing daily Nov-March 11am or 2pm. April-Oct 1pm

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Bay of Islands Tours & Cruises Phone 0800 365 744 www.exploregroup.co.nz Explore Group offers great tours and cruises in Auckland and the Bay of Islands. Departing Paihia & Russell you can swim with the dolphins, cruise to the ‘Hole in the Rock’, sail on sailing legend Lion New Zealand, discover the Far North including Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach or relax at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island. Price: From $89 Adult, $45 Child. Please note: Some of these trips are only available during summer Oct-Apr.

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Join us for a two hour sailing experience where you can take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back relax and enjoy the action as we sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Our America’s Cup yachts offer everyone the unique opportunity to sail these grand prix racing machines.


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Activities Cornwall Park Phone 09 630 8485, huialodge@xtra.co.nz www.cornwallpark.co.nz

Opening Hours: 7 days, 7am-6pm

Fullers Waiheke Island Ferry Ferry Terminal, Downtown, Auckland. Phone 09 367 9111, www.fullers.co.nz This stunning island just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland boasts beautiful beaches, vineyards, olive groves and laid back seaside villages. Combine your ferry ticket with one of our established island tours and let us show you the best of Waiheke. Price: Regular return ferry - Adult $35.50, Child $17.80 Duration: Allow 40-50min from downtown Auckland Hours: 20 sailings a day.

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Harbour Sailing & Dining Cruises Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, Phone 0800 397 567 www.exploregroup.co.nz Get onboard an Explore harbour sailing excursion, a unique Auckland experience with an intimate atmosphere. Enjoy Auckland’s city highlights from the water with crew commentary. Sit back and relax or get involved and help the crew sail. Afternoon Harbour Sailing or Dinner Cruise. Price: From Adult $75, Child $55 Duration: Harbour Sailing 1.5hrs, Dinner Cruise 2.5hrs Opening hours: Departing daily 3.15pm and 6pm

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Make the Cornwall Park Information Centre your ďŹ rst stop for brochures and park information including self guided walks and historic displays. Historic Acacia Cottage, the oldest wooden building in Auckland, is open for viewing daily. The park features, panoramic summit views, grazing sheep and cattle, free summer and winter events and a restaurant and kiosk.


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Activities Howick Historical Village Cnr of Lady Marie Dr & Bell Road, Auckland. Phone 09 576 9506, www.fencible.org.nz

Price: Adult $14, Concession $12, Child $8 Opening hours: Daily from 10am-4pm

Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei. Phone 0800 80 50 50 www.kellytarltonssealife.co.nz Discover your inner explorer with 8 new themed zones including the world’s largest penguin colony display, the world’s biggest species of stingray and New Zealand’s largest collection of sharks. Journey through a unique Southern Ocean experience and marvel at our amazing jellyfish display or visit the magical Seahorse Kingdom. Price: Adult $36, Child $18 Opening hours: Daily 9.30am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

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Step back in time & experience life in a Fencible settlement during the 1840-1880 period of early Auckland. This 7 acre, authentic village is set in the Victorian era in the colonies. It has one of the most extensive collections of early colonial buildings & artefacts in New Zealand.


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Activities Museum Of Transport & Technology (MOTAT) Great North Road & Meola Road, Western Springs. Phone 0800 668 286, www.motat.org.nz

Price: Adult $16, Student $8, Child (5-16yrs) $8, Seniors (with Gold Card) FREE. Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm excluding Christmas Day.

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McCahon House Museum and Artist’s Residency 67 Otitori Bay Road, French Bay, Titirangi, Auckland. Phone: 09 8276149. www.mccahonhouse.org.nz The House Museum is the former home of New Zealand’s most important 20th century artist Colin McCahon. The award-winning project features McCahon’s own unique renovations, including work painted directly onto the wall and kitchen cupboard. The innovative interpretative audio-visual displays provide an insight into McCahon’s work in the 1950’s. Opening hours: Wed, Sat, Sun: 11am–3pm. Price: Donation $5 per adult.

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Fun for kids of all ages! Tram rides, mirror maze, tactile dome, interactive science area, weekend and holiday programmes, Historic Village, extensive collection of New Zealand transport and technology items, travelling exhibitions, Araroa Tearooms and much more.


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Odyssey Sensory Maze Lower Basement, Metro Centre, 291–297 Queen Street. Phone: 09 365 1145, www.odysseysensorymaze.co.nz Odyssey Sensory Maze is a journey through 13 different zones with special lighting effects, illusions, unusual sounds and darker challenging spaces. Odyssey is a mind-blowing journey that will invigorate, indulge and challenge your senses! A truly wonderous experience that leaves you wondering how it’s all possible…. Price: Adults $19, Students $17, Children (aged 4-12) $15, Seniors $17.  Duration: 20–30 minutes. Opening hours: Mon–Sun, 10am–10pm.

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Rainbow’s End Cnr Great South & Manukau Station Rds, Manukau. Ph 09 262 2030 or 0800 438 672 (outside Auckland) www.rainbowsend.co.nz With 20+ exhilarating rides, Rainbow’s End promises family memories to treasure. There is something for everyone, be suspended 18m high on the Power Surge, Fear Fall 18 storeys and defy gravity on New Zealand’s only corkscrew rollercoaster. For the littlies, brand new rides in the completely covered Kidz Kingdom.

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SheepWorld Farm & Nature Park Phone 09 425 7444, www.sheepworldfarm.co.nz Set in 30 scenic acres, the park has a wide variety of rural and natural attractions including farm animals, eco-activities, adventure playground, plus of course the world-famous sheep dog shows. There’s also a cafÊ, shop and easy parking. For more information check out the SheepWorld website. Shows are at 11am and 2pm. Price: Adult $27, Child (4-13yrs) $10, Senior Citizen $23 Opening hours: 9am-5pm every day except Christmas Day

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SKYCITY Cnr Federal & Victoria Streets, Auckland. Phone 0800 759 2489, www.skycityauckland.co.nz Located in the heart of the city, SKYCITY Auckland is home to an exciting array of over 20 restaurants, bars and cafes, the 5-star Grand Hotel, the 4-star plus SKYCITY Hotel, the spectacular Sky Tower and a world-class casino. Have a casual drink in one of the many bars or experience award winning dining at one of three celebrity chef restaurants.

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Opening hours: 7 days from 8.30am

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Maritime Museum on the Waterfront Let us take you on a journey to discover New Zealand’s story. Explore the Museum for yourself. Try your hand at yacht design, relax in the bach, hoist the sails, hear the cannon ďŹ re, test your sea legs and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin.

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A fun, interactive and visually stimulating museum exploring New Zealand’s transport, technology and social history. Experience tram rides, guided tours, fascinating exhibitions, a working Pumphouse, interactive science and technology zone, Victorian Village and the award-winning Aviation Display Hall.

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Sky Tower Cnr Federal & Victoria Streets, Auckland. Phone 0800 759 2489, www.skycityauckland.co.nz Rising 328m above Auckland with 360 degree views from three observation levels, it’s the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. SkyJump, SkyWalk, glass floor panels, Sky Lounge Cafe plus two premier restaurants all make the Sky Tower one of New Zealand’s most visited attractions. Price: Total Tower Experience Pass Adult $28, Child $11 (5yrs & under free) Opening hours: 7 days from 8.30am

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Skydive Auckland Freephone 0800 92 16 50 www.skydiveauckland.com Challenge yourself to Auckland’s most exciting adventure. Take in the sites of the beautiful NZ coast line, rain forests, beaches and of course Auckland City. $50 off your tandem skydive when booking direct. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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SkyJump Enter Sky City Atrium & take escalator down to check-in. Phone 0800 759 586, www.skyjump.co.nz Jump start your kiwi adventure by leaping from Auckland’s SkyTower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere at 192 metres. Reach speeds close to 85Kph in just 11 seconds. The ground rush is unbeatable and best described as Base Jumping, while being attached to a wire! See Discount Voucher. Price: Adult $225, Child $175 Duration: Allow 45 minutes Opening hours: Operates daily from 10am to 5.15pm

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SkyWalk 360° Enter Sky City Atrium & take escalator down to check-in. Phone 0800 759 586, www.skywalk.co.nz Auckland’s urban adventure will literally put you on the edge as you step outside to walk around the outside ring of the spectacular Sky Tower. Suspended high above the city on a narrow 1.2m platform, there is only a harness between you and a sheer 192m drop on either side! See Discount Voucher. Price: Adult $145, Child $115 Duration: Allow 75 minutes Opening hours: 10am–5pm

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10% discount off one adult return ferry ticket to Tiritiri Matangi Island. This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Advance bookings essential.

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NOW UNTIL 17 AUGUST A Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Touring Exhibition. Assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and sponsored by Qantas. Image: Christian Thompson, Bidjarra/Kunja people, Black Gum 2 (from ‘Australian Graffiti’ series) (detail) 2008, Purchased 2008, Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.

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Snowplanet 91 Small Road, Silverdale, Auckland. Phone 0800 SNOWPLANET, www.snowplanet.co.nz Snowplanet is New Zealand’s only indoor snow resort where snow guests can experience the thrill of snow sports only 20 minutes North of Auckland. At Snowplanet you can ski, snowboard, tube, toboggan, and dine at our world class facility. Open 365 days, Life’s more fun on Snowplanet! Price: Adult from $39, Student from $32, Child from $29 Opening hours: 7 days, Mon-Thurs: 10am-10pm, Fri: 10am-12pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm

Spookers 833 Kingseat Road, Kingseat. Phone 09 291 9002 www.spookers.co.nz Spookers is a live entertainment experience in which the victims (you!) walk through theatrically themed Haunted Houses, and outdoor environments populated by sets, props and live scare-actors. You will encounter visual, tactile, and sound effects intended to scare the hell out of you. Price: From Adult $25. See website for various prices. Opening hours: See website for various attractions

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Stardome Observatory & Planetarium 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain. Phone 09 624 1246, www.stardome.org.nz One of Auckland’s most popular and best loved attractions. Experience the unique wonders of New Zealand’s night sky. Learn about the features of the Southern Hemisphere sky. Learn about its history and significance to New Zealanders. Evening visits on clear nights also include telescope viewing. Price: Adult $10, Child $8 Opening hours: Planetarium shows at weekends & every evening except Monday. Space gallery & exhibits open daytime 7 days. ©Spookers

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Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum 149-159 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour. Phone 09 373 0800, www.maritimemuseum.co.nz Discover the epic journeys of exploration that shaped our seafaring nation through the Voyager Maritime Museum galleries and discover Auckland’s stunning Waitemata Harbour aboard a heritage sailing vessel. Enjoy a relaxing meal at the Waterfront Cafe in the heart of the Viaduct Harbour.

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Price: Adult $17, Senior/Student $14, Child $8.50, Family pass $34 Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm

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Auckland’s vibrant dining scene ranges from acclaimed wineries and al fresco cafés to bistros, bars and chic city restaurants. Down at the city’s waterfront, the Viaduct Harbour is the perfect place to enjoy harbour views with your meal. For winery dining, try some of the award-winning vineyards to the west or north of the city or on beautiful Waiheke Island. The wine regions also have some great country cafés and breweries to discover. CBD Auckland’s central business district offers a wide selection of cafés, bars and restaurants for eating out – all handy to the city’s entertainment venues and clubs. Popular dining strips include High Street, with its lively eateries and music venues, and upper Queen Street with its strip of budget Asian cafés or Britomart precinct with smart bars and bistros offering tastes of the world. Waterfront If you fancy a view as you dine, downtown Auckland is the place to go. Dine al fresco at the lively Viaduct Harbour, try one of the chic waterfront eateries on Quay Street or Princes Wharf, enjoy a seafood pub lunch alongside a working fishing dock at Wynyard Quarter, or take a lunch or dinner cruise and see the city from the water. Ponsonby Head to the happening suburb of Ponsonby, which offers an eclectic mix of bars, cafes, restaurants as well as funky shops and boutiques. Take your pick from cheap and cheerful eateries to upmarket bistros and brasseries. Parnell A short bus ride from the central city, this charming colonial-style village is known for its designer shops, art galleries and stylish cafés. Parnell’s many cafés and restaurants offer plenty of dining options from upmarket brasseries to gourmet ethnic eateries. Newmarket Heading south, the busy shopping precinct of Newmarket has a full range of options from cafés, bars and pubs to a selection of fantastic restaurants offering various international cuisine.


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Chocolate Boutique Cafe 323 Parnell Road, Auckland. Phone 09 377 8550, www.chocolateboutique.co.nz Fabulous shopping/dining experience. Gourmet, handcrafted chocolates by the piece or gift boxes. Ideal souvenirs as they are all hand-made in New Zealand. Dessert Cafe - coffees, teas, iced drinks, hot chocolates (including the famous exclusive italian denso pictured). Waffles, ice creams, cakes etc.

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Hard Luck Cafe 150 Karangahape Road, Auckland. Phone 09 377 2870, www.facebook/hardluckcafe.com A counter culture establishment redefining what a good food establishment can be with affordable low fuss dining. The products are home made, served with pop culture references to engage the client’s mind and memories of the way back then. This ethos is what we call and define as the ANTI-RESTAURANT. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-midnight, Sat 12pm to midnight

Da Vinci’s Ristorante Italiano – Albert Street 87 Albert St (Cnr Albert & Victoria Sts), Auckland City. Phone 09 365 1266 Da Vinci’s offers a fantastic dining experience at very reasonable prices for lunch and dinner. Da Vinci’s commitment to Italian traditions includes the use of high quality ingredients, sourced fresh daily. Mediterranean dishes are also offered alongside the Italian specialties. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 5pm-Late

Da Vinci’s Ristorante Italiano – City Road 5 City Road (downstairs), Auckland City. Phone 09 373 2843 Established in 1980, Da Vinci’s serves traditional Italian cuisine including fresh fish, clams and salmon, as well as delicious Gelato ice cream. Housed in a 19th Century listed building, the warm and atmospheric setting offers several dining spaces that lends itself to a very romatic evening. Bellissima! Opening hours: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 6pm-Late

NO.1 High Street No.1 High St, Auckland Central. Phone 09 377 7666 office@no.1highst.co.nz If you are looking for an elegant venue in the heart of Auckland’s Fashion and Business District, then look no further than No. 1 High Street. Situated in a 1920s inspired space, No. 1 showcases a casual and comfortable ambience that is centred around a breathtaking 1900s styled main bar or upstairs on the mezzanine you will find a luxurious Invite-Only VIP room. Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11am–Late, Sat 4pm–Late, Sunday Closed

Pearl Garden Restaurant Level 1, Teed Street, Newmarket. Phone 09 523 3696 pearlgardennz@gmail.com, www.pearlgarden.co.nz Since 1975, Pearl Garden has offered Newmarket the best in Cantonese cuisine. With it’s infamous lunchtime Yum Cha and extensive Dinner menu using only the freshest ingredients, it is THE authentic Newmarket Chinese experience. Opening hours: 7 days, Lunch: 11am-3pm, Dinner: 5.30pm till late

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Sky Lounge Café and Bar Sky Tower, Cnr Federal and Victoria Sts, Auckland. Phone 0800 SKYCITY, www.skytower.co.nz Located 182 metres up the Sky Tower, Sky Lounge is a café by day and a casual bar by night offering stunning 360-degree views across Auckland. Perfect for a coffee during the day, or watching the sunset over a cocktail or glass of champagne. Standard Sky Tower admission prices applies. Opening hours: Sun–Thurs, 9.30am–9.30pm Fri and Sat, 9.30am–10.30pm

Thai Chef Restaurant 66 Parnell Road, Parnell. Phone 09 354 3489 Thai Chef’s group of restaurants were awarded by Thai Prime Minister H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra on March 24, 2013 The Thai Select PREMIUM for its authenticity of Royal Thai cuisine. Come and enjoy the Royal cuisine at Thai Chef’s in Parnell only in Auckland. Opening hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm $11.50. Dinner 7 nights from 5.30pm

Thai Takapuna 44 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. Phone 09 973 4259, www.thaitakapuna.co.nz Thai Takapuna is a friendly Thai Restaurant which offers a variety of authentic Thai cuisine with a handy location. The restaurant has established a reputation for its excellence in the authentic taste, oriental humble service and relaxing atmosphere. Mention this advert to receive 25% off the total bill (Dinner time only). Opening hours: 7 days, 10am–3:30pm Lunch. 5pm–10pm Dinner

The Waterfront Café Maritime Museum Building, Quay Street. Viaduct. Phone 09 359 9914 The Waterfront offers patrons the chance to get closer to the water than any other viaduct venue. Relaxing over a good meal is one of life’s great pleasures, so The Waterfront has designed its menu to reflect it’s stunning surroundings, offering a broad range of cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Opening hours: 7 days Mon–Sun 9am–Late

Tony’s Wellesley Street 27 Wellesley Street, West Auckland. Phone 09 373 4196, www.tonys.co.nz The home of great steaks, Tony’s Wellesley Street, has been proudly serving classic kiwi food for over 50 years. An Auckland icon, Tony’s is the perfect spot for a light lunch or hearty dinner. With a warm relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff it’s an ideal hideaway in the CBD. Opening hours: Lunch: Mon–Fri: 11.45am–2.15pm. Dinner: Mon–Sat: 5–10pm. Sun & Public Hols: 5–9.30pm. Closed Christmas Day


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Shopping

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Auckland offers everything from boutiques and modern malls to colourful markets. From central city shopping meccas to suburban boutiques, Auckland is a shoppers’ delight. Queen Street is Auckland’s main shopping strip, lined with stores, gift shops and arcades. Pop down Vulcan Lane and into vibrant High Street to explore the fashion boutiques and craft outlets. The Britomart precinct houses many modern eateries, but also some big name brands in fashion and lifestyle shopping. From the latest i-device to the latest must-have WORLD fashion accessory, this area is bursting with opportunities to treat yourself and loved ones. Ponsonby Road is a shopping hub for the fashionistas. Upmarket Parnell has village-style shops and galleries to browse and if it’s designer fashion stores you are looking for, Newmarket is the place to shop and be seen!

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Heading south, there are great factory bargains at Dress-Smart in Onehunga. For a uniquely New Zealand multicultural market experience, head to the Otara markets on a Saturday morning where you’ll find Pacific Island, Maori, Asian and Pakeha stallholders selling everything from traditional tapa cloth and Pacific Island jewellery to streetwear. North of central Auckland there are factory outlet stores in Albany and Silverdale.

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Dress-Smart Outlet Shopping Centre 151 Arthur Street, Onehunga. Phone 09 622 2400 www.dress-smart.co.nz

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Dress-Smart, Onehunga is New Zealand’s largest outlet shopping destination. With over 100 stores offering up to 70% off normal retail prices everyday! They offer great savings on popular national & international brands in fashion, footwear, sportswear and accessories. Check out the latest Smart Deals online.

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La Cigale Parnell Ltd 69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland. Phone 09 366 9361 www.lacigale.co.nz Shop for French fashion, quirky antiques, fabulous gifts and gourmet food. Eat fabulous fresh food in the cafe during the day or try a French-inspired bistro meal in the evening. Visit the lively market on Saturday and Sunday - voted Best Food Market in Auckland for the last 7 years. French Bistro open Wed, Thurs & Fri. Opening hours: Shop/cafe 7 days. Market Sat 8am-1.30pm, Sun 9am-1.30pm

Look Sharp Store 10A Victoria Street East, CBD. 5 Wagener Pl, St Lukes. 140 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga. 72 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington. 19B/140 Don Mckinnon Dr, Albany.

Phone 09 302 0109 Phone: 09 815 2095 Phone: 09 634 2070 Phone: 09 527 6373 Phone: 09 414 4425

www.LookSharpStore.co.nz Look Sharp Store is your one stop fun shop for festival & party supplies, onesies, gifts, homeware, souvenirs and travel accessories. An endless variety of goods with a great bargain. Browse for fun, shop for value. Online shop also available.

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Otara Market Otara Shopping Centre Carpark, Newbury Street. Phone 09 274 0830 www.otarafleamarket.co.nz NZ’s most popular street market teams up with hundreds of shoppers every Saturday morning. Polynesian, Maori, Asian and European stallholders gather each week, creating a vibrant, multicultural experience, with 250 stalls offering everything from arts & crafts to exotic foods and entertainment. Opening hours: Every Saturday 6am-12 noon.

The Sheepskin Factory 34 Barrys Point Road,Takapuna. Phone 09 486 2679 www.thesheepskinfactory.co.nz The Sheepskin Factory carries a wide range of New Zealand Made, Premium Quality Sheepskin Footwear at Factory Shop Prices. They also offer luxurious NZ Sheepskin Rugs and Possum Merino Knitwear -one of the best in quality and price! Only 10-15 minutes away from Auckland CBD. Opening hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Sundays.

Woolly For You 237 Parnell Road. Phone 09 377 5437 Fax 09 377 5418 Garments made with quality wool in unique designs that will keep you warm for winters to come. A huge range of designs available in jerseys, cardigans, jackets, vests, gloves, hats and even nipple warmers! We have something for everyone. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am–5.30pm, Sat 10am–5pm Sun 10am–4pm

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Health & Beauty

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Auckland has plenty of great beauty salons and spas where you can while away an hour or two and get yourself thoroughly pampered. So make the most of the many options available and take the time to spend on yourself. Give yourself a treat and choose from one of the many treatments available; enjoy a relaxing facial or invigorating massage, or why not give your tired feet some much-needed attention with a soak and a pedicure. For some real indulgence, lie back and relax and enjoy an aromatic full body polish or a luxurious body wrap. Some salons also have couples treatments available so you and your loved one can enjoy a pampering together. Top up your tan in safety at one of Auckland’s solariums, or give yourself the star treatment for a special occasion with a professional makeup session, waxing, brow shaping or an exfoliation. If you find yourself short of time to get to a salon, consider a mobile beauty clinic that will come to you – so you can enjoy a pampering in the comfort of your own room. Whatever treatment – or treatments – you choose, you can be sure you’ll emerge feeling like you’re on cloud nine.

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SkinSense Beauty Therapy & Day Spa Retreat SkinSense treatments have been designed for the ultimate in personal pampering, indulge yourself with luxurious skin and body care treatments and massage therapies. We offer private treatment rooms and water therapies for complete relaxation and well being. Your SkinSense experience will not only make you feel great, but will deliver results. Opening hours: Open 6 days and 4 late nights. Phone for an appointment.

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Auckland Mobile Beauty Phone 021 164 3358 www.aucklandmobilebeauty.co.nz Need a pair of healing hands, but don’t have the time or energy to leave your home, office or hotel. We offer a full range of pampering treatments, including beauty and massage therapy, all in the comfort of your own surroundings, so treat yourself to a relaxing massage today! Price: Massage from $60.00 for 30 min, $90.00 for 1 hour Opening hours: 9am-9pm Mon to Fri, 9am-3pm Sat

Spa Di Vine 12 Taylor Road, Waimauku. Phone 09 411 5290 relax@spadivine.co.nz, www.spadivine.co.nz Spa Di Vine is Auckland’s premier Country Day spa, set amidst the vineyards of Kumeu’s Classic Wine Country, an easy 25 minute drive from Auckland’s CBD along the Western Motorway/SH16. A wonderful private retreat for indulgent, relaxing spa treatments. Appointments are necessary. Price: Spa treatments from $110, Half Days from $279 p.p. Opening hours: By appointment only, Tuesdays to Sundays

Lumino The Dentists – Ponsonby Dentist Level 1, 114 Ponsonby Rd. Phone 09 361 2060 Ponsonby@lumino.co.nz, www.lumino.co.nz/ponsonby

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We perform all aspects of general dentistry including; Tooth Whitening, Cosmetic Dentistry and Emergency Appointments for Broken Teeth or Tooth Ache. We are Auckland’s experts in tooth whitening. Take advantage of our online only deal of 1 hour whitening for only $199. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am-5.30pm, Saturdays by appointment.

SkinSense treatments – the ultimate in personal pampering Indulge yourself with luxurious skin and body care treatments and massage therapies. We offer private treatment rooms and water therapies for complete relaxation and well being. With our reputation for incomparable beauty and spa treatments in absolute luxury, your SkinSense experience will not only make you feel great, but will deliver results and a desire to come back again.

SkinSense Beauty Therapy & Day Spa Retreat. Phone (09) 445 7077 53B Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland. www.skinsense.co.nz

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53B Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland. Phone 09 445 7077, www.skinsense.co.nz


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From luxury hotels, easy and tidy motels and apartments to friendly backpacker hostels; from bright and buzzy city centre to green and charming suburbs, or meeting rooms conveniently close to the airport, Auckland has room for you. Look for the Qualmark star rating system to ascertain how an accommodation property has been independently rated. The Qualmark star system rates various categories of accommodation in New Zealand and is a reliable indication of the standard of facilities. You can also ask to see the room – inspection should be welcome. Hotels generally offer tea/coffee making facilities, a bathroom and an onsite restaurant and bar. Motel units and apartments are ideal for travellers who prefer to do their own cooking, and usually offer self-contained kitchens. If you’re on a fixed budget, try some of the backpacker or youth hostel accommodation with communal facilities. The regional parks are another good alternative, providing camping in a more peaceful rural setting. For a few more of life’s luxuries, there are plenty of hotels, motels and self-contained apartments. To find out more, visit jasons.co.nz/auckland/accommodation.

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Alexander Inn Opened in Feb 2012 this modern motel is situated right in the heart of the Central Business District, with many cafes & bars within 500m walk. Featuring kitchen, marble tile bathroom, Sky TV & double glazing for absolute quiet. Includes room service, free broadband/Wi-Fi & free covered parking. Tariff: From $149 Qualmark rated: ★★★★ plus Motel.

Aveda Motor Lodge 151 Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe. Phone 0800 28 33 26, www.avedamotorlodge.co.nz Within walking distance of Pukekohe Town Centre, where there is a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, or you can easily drive to attractions in the Franklin District and the greater Auckland area. 35min to Auckland International Airport, 45min to Auckland CBD, 10min to Karaka Sales Centre. Tariff: From $140 Qualmark rated: ★★★★ plus Motel.

Best Western Great South Road Motor Lodge 112 Great South Road, Newmarket, Auckland. Phone 0508 899 699, www.aucklandmotels.net.nz With a Qualmark 4-star plus rating for the last five years, we are amongst Auckland’s top motels. Spacious and modern rooms all having air-con, cooking facilities, tiled bathrooms, Sky TV and free internet. Facilities include two high standard conference rooms, restaurant/cafe, pool and guest laundry. Tariff: From $145 Qualmark rated: ★★★★ plus Motel.

Quest Newmarket Serviced Apartments 31-39 Davis Crescent, Newmarket, Auckland. Phone 0800 880 222, www.questnewmarket.co.nz Serviced apartments for 1-6 people. On the route from the Airport to the CBD. Secure on-site car parking. Wifi, kitchen and laundry facilities in each apartment. Utilise the many local restaurants in the area on foot or cook for yourself! Highly rated by previous guests. Tariff: From $155 Qualmark rated: ★★★★ plus Apartment

YWCA Auckland 103 Vincent Street, Auckland. Phone 09 377 8763, www.akywca.org.nz A great place to stay, whether you are visiting Auckland for a night or planning to study here for a year. Located in the heart of the city. Close to Auckland University, AUT and many international language schools. Reception staff available 24hrs. Tariff: From $37 according to rooms size and length of stay

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21 Alpers Avenue, Newmarket, Auckland. Phone 0508 11 66 88, www.alexanderinn.co.nz


Transport & Rentals

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Auckland has a full range of transport options from rental cars and campervans to ferries, buses and trains servicing the city’s outlying areas. Airport Transport – Refer page 74 for details. Auckland Explorer Bus A hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour with full commentary. See Auckland’s big attractions including Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, Sky Tower, Parnell Village, Auckland Museum. Phone: 0800 439 756, www.explorerbus.co.nz

Buses within the city For details of routes and timetables, contact MAXX on 09 366 6400 or visit www.maxx.co.nz Long Distance Buses: InterCity Coachline buses leave from the SKYCITY bus terminal at the Hobson Street entrance. For bookings, contact phone 09 357 8400. LINK Buses: Link buses are the hassle-free way to move around Auckland city. Call Maxx 09 366 6400 for timetable information or pick up a copy at Britomart. Otherwise board at any Link marked stop. The City Link bus (red) will get you to the shops on K Rd or take you to Wynyard Quarter. Tickets are 50 cents per adult per trip; children are 30 cents per child per trip. The Inner Link bus (green) does a circuit including Newmarket, Parnell, Auckland Museum and Ponsonby. Tickets are $1.90 per adult per trip; children $1.90 per child per trip. The Outer Link bus (orange) runs a circle loop from Wellesley St, past the Universities, through Epsom, Mt Eden, St Lukes, MOTAT, to Herne Bay.

Ferry Services For full details of ferry services and fares, visit www.maxx.co.nz Tiritiri Matangi Island, Motuihe Island & Coromandel Peninsula: 360 Discovery Cruises, Pier 4, Quay Street, phone 0800 888 006. Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island & Devonport: Fullers Cruise Centre, Pier 2, Quay Street Ferry Building, phone 09 367 9111. Waiheke & Great Barrier Islands: Sealink offer a vehicle and passenger service, phone Sealink 09 300 5900.


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Discovery Day Pass A Discovery Day Pass ($16) is valid for a day’s travel aboard buses, trains and inner harbour ferries in the Auckland region, available anytime. It can be purchased from bus drivers, train stations and at the Fullers Cruise Centre, phone 09 367 9111.

Taxis Auckland Co-op Ph 300 3000 Corporate Cabs Ph 377 0773

Alert Taxis Ph 309 2000 Green Cabs Ph 0508 447 336

Trains All trains arrive and depart from the Britomart Transport Centre in the CBD (see map page 84). There are three suburban services, running south through Newmarket to Papakura with a link to Manukau, east via Glen Innes to Papakura and west through Henderson to Waitakere. For details of routes and timetables, visit www.maxx.co.nz

Vehicle Rentals Several motorhome and campervan companies offer a comprehensive selection of fully-equipped mobile homes at conveniently located city depots. Car rentals are also available from the domestic and international airports, the central city and outer suburbs – see page 61 or see campervans.jasons.com. You need to be 21 to hire a rental vehicle and show a current driving licence and/or an international licence.

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Driving in NZ The official New Zealand Road Code guidebook is available at most bookstores and petrol stations. Road Rules New Zealand drives on the left. At roundabouts, always keep left and give way to all traffic on your right. All traffic turning right should give way to a vehicle coming from the opposite direction and turning left. This applies at cross roads and T-intersections where both vehicles are facing each other. New Zealand law requires all the occupants of a moving vehicle car to wear a seatbelt. It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving unless it’s ‘hands-free’. The speed limit on the open road is 100km/h and 50km/h in residential areas unless otherwise marked. The New Zealand Police enforce all traffic laws, including the speed limit and dealing with accidents. All accidents must be reported to the police within 24 hours. Dial *555 on cell phones for non-emergency accidents. Obtain the driver’s name and address and vehicle registration number.

Tips for Safe Driving • Speed cameras are in use on New Zealand roads – take care not to exceed the signed speed limits as fines can be heavy, not forgetting the safety factor. • Winding roads, difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions will slow you down, so allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Comfortable driving distances in a day are 200– 300km, but less if you want to stop and enjoy attractions. • Ringing bells and flashing red lights at a railway crossing signal that a train is coming. Look out for the distinctive X-shaped railway crossing signs, and take extra care especially at crossings not controlled by barrier arms.


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Adventure Capital 23 Commerce Street. Phone 09 337 0633 www.adventurecapital.co.nz Camp, Tramp, Bike Adventures – gear hire, package deals, tours. Explore Auckland the fun, affordable way! Hire a bike and explore Auckland’s waterfront, take in the top ten attractions or head to Waiheke for the day. Our store is less than 5 mins walk to the Ferry Building.

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Moto Limo Phone 0508 MOTO LIMO (0508 6686 5466). www.motolimo.co.nz Ride on the luxurious Honda Goldwing and you’ll soon be smiling from ear to ear. Design your own chauffeured experience or let Moto Limo guide you. Decide how long you want the tour to last, then just sit back, relax and enjoy the city or even Auckland’s black sand beaches like Piha, from the back of the bike. Price: Tours start at $95 per hour, itineraries can be tailored to suit you

Rental Car Village – Campervan Hire 12 Pavilion Drive, Mangere (2 km from AKL Airport) Free Phone 0800 33 44 44 or 09 255 5444 www.rentalcarvillage.com Our Economy Campervan features a day sofa, double or two single beds, cabinet, table, gas stove with grill, power cable, light & awning. We’re a New Zealand family owned and operated business; branches in Auckland and Christchurch. Looking for something cheaper? Ask about our 2-Berth, Micro Campervan

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Scotties Rentals 27 New North Road, Eden Terrace. Phone 0800 736 825, www.scotties.co.nz Get a Free GPS with your rental car and the lowest rates only at Scotties Rentals. Pick-up at the airport or in the city. Scotties have the biggest range of vehicles and you’ll have the biggest smile with your free GPS. Nobody gets lost at Scotties.

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Simple Car Rentals Ltd Freephone 0800 28 49 22, Phone 027 227 3147 www.simplecarrentals.co.nz Unlimited kilometres. AA 24 hour Breakdown Service. Free airport and hotel pickups and drop offs within Auckland. All rates include GST. No hidden cost. Maps & guides provided. Very affordable rates. All vehicles air-conditioned. Long term and short term rentals available. 24 hour friendly service, 7 days per week. Insurance (GST included). Price: From $15 per day (Minimum hire period applies)

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Not only does Auckland boast 55 extinct volcanoes, with hill-like craters scattered around the city, it is also home to more than 85,000 boats, earning its title ‘City of Sails’. Get your bearings and your adrenalin pumping in the central city by leaping off the Sky Tower, or test your vertigo by walking round its outside ledge at just 1.2m wide. Browse Auckland Art Gallery’s extensive collection of more than 15,000 artworks. Alternatively, take a stroll to the city’s Domain and find out more about New Zealand’s history and its people at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum. Auckland’s central waterfront has extended as a place to meet, do business and relax. The popular Viaduct area used to be the only place to be seen, now there are numerous waterfront locations to wine and dine. From the Britomart precinct to Wynyard Quarter, you’ll find affordable, tasty fare and spectacular sea views. Mission Bay is a short, picturesque drive (or bus ride) from the city along Auckland’s stunning waterfront. Stroll along its long golden beach then grab an ice-cream or fish and chips to refuel. Parnell’s colonial-style shops specialise in locally made crafts, ranging from designer jewellery, pounamu (New Zealand Jade) and clothing to paintings, glass-work and sculpture. If that’s not enough to satisfy your shopping fix, head to the neighbouring suburb of Newmarket and explore its designer fashion stores.

Auckland Museum, Auckland Domain

Hike up to the top of Auckland’s highest volcano, Mount Eden, 196 metres above sea level, with 360 degree views of the city.

Browse Auckland Art Gallery’s extensive collection, stroll the city’s Domain and explore nearby Mission Bay.


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Chocolate Boutique Parnell

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The neighbouring suburb of Kingsland is home to Eden Park, where you can watch the All Blacks in action. Finish your day in the hip suburb of Ponsonby, which is great for cute arty shops and funky cafes, with a buzzing bar and restaurant scene.

Highlights • Take the steering wheel of an authentic America’s Cup yacht with Explore NZ. • Watch an incredible Maori cultural performance and a highenergy haka every day at Auckland War Memorial Museum. • Enjoy dinner at one of Auckland’s fantastic restaurants in the Viaduct Harbour or Wynyard Quarter.

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Head west and explore Waitakere’s lush native bush, enjoy a stroll on the wild black sand beaches or relax in one of the wineries. Shuttle services run daily from central Auckland to the West Coast beaches. If you have your own transport, make a pit-stop in Titirangi village for a coffee, and perhaps even catch the Titirangi Village Market (last Sunday of the month) at Titirangi War Memorial Hall from 10am until 2pm. Continue west along Scenic Drive to Arataki Visitor Centre, the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, which covers more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline. Packed with fascinating exhibits, the visitor centre alone could keep you entertained for hours, but if you’re keen to stretch your legs there’s over 250km of walking trails to choose from. Tracks start directly from the centre, with a wide range of others just a short drive away. Try Fair Falls track, or explore Cascade Kauri Park, located in the heart of the Ark in the Park conservation project.

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Head further west for a bracing stroll on the black sand beaches of Karekare or Piha, their dark colour a product of high volumes of volcanic iron rich sand. The Kitekite Falls trail can also be accessed from Piha, or enjoy the views after climbing half-way up imposing Lion Rock (walk down to the waters edge to see the Lion). Venture further afield and you can hit the waves with Muriwai surf school, or for some fun with the kids slide down the massive sand dunes at Lake Wainamu at Bethells – don’t miss the delicious kumara chips at the Bethells Beach Café.

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Highlights • Take a drive to Muriwai’s beautiful windswept beach or the neighbouring black-sand beach of Te Henga (Bethells Beach). Nearby Lake Wainamu is also worth a visit for its towering black sand dunes. • Head along the Kitekite track (1.8km) from the Glen Esk Road carpark at Piha and you’ll see a pretty three-tiered waterfall. • Enjoy a cellar door tasting or a delicious lunch at one of Auckland’s vineyards in Kumeu.

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Discover the diverse Maori and Pacific Island heritage of South Auckland, or head to the eastern suburbs and explore restored historic buildings and sheltered bays. South Auckland is the place to soak up Polynesian culture. Have fun browsing through Maori and Polynesian arts and crafts, music and clothing, along with a huge selection of fresh fruit and produce at Otara Markets every Saturday, from 6am until 12pm. Manukau City boasts one of New Zealand’s largest shopping centres and thrill seekers will enjoy Rainbow’s End theme park. For something a little more tranquil, head to the colourful fl ower displays at Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa, where there are guided walks every Wednesday or ride the Wiri Rambler train on Sundays from 12pm until 4pm. Nature lovers will enjoy the Hunua Ranges National Park, which is the largest native forest in the Auckland region. This bush-clad area is home to the Hunua Falls, which has picnic areas and a range of walks.

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Just east of the central city, discover more about the region’s history at Howick Historical Village, which has restored colonial buildings and cottages to explore. Watch history come to life as you chat to the costumed staff in this living museum.

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The eastern suburbs are a favourite for boaties, as there is easy access to the sea and an excellent marina facility at Half Moon Bay. Scenic walks and boating are popular at Bucklands Beach and palm fringed Eastern Beach in Howick.

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North of Auckland city, the Hibiscus Coast is dotted with stretches of golden sand beaches and the scenic road leads to the popular Matakana Coast. The northern part of Auckland stretches from wild surf beaches on the west coast, across to calm sandy beaches on the east, with historic communities, prosperous vineyards and rolling farmland in between. Matakana Coast’s friendly villages are an ideal base for exploring the peaceful rural landscapes and scenic coastline. Discover the local vineyards, cafés and galleries around Leigh and Warkworth, stroll along one of the region’s lovely beaches at Pakiri, Snells Beach or Whangaparaoa Peninsula, or make the most of Matakana Coast’s great outdoors. You can go fi shing, golfi ng, cycling or horse riding around the peaceful rural towns of Helensville and Riverhead. The hot pools at Parakai and Waiwera are perfect for unwinding after a busy day of sightseeing.

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Northeast of Warkworth, the bustling market village of Matakana offers a slice of rural community life, with its craft outlets, markets and country cafes. Matakana is a lively wine producing area, and there are plenty of choices for a lazy lunch. Many of the wineries and country cafés offer rural and al fresco settings, and most of the vineyards open their cellar doors for tastings.

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Craft lovers can visit the local art studios and galleries or shop for a souvenir at the local pottery. The Morris & James pottery is famous for its colourful handpainted ceramics and you can enjoy lunch at the courtyard cafe. Matakana is handy to beautiful Tawharanui Regional Park and the pristine surf beach at Pakiri which is also fantastic for horse riding. Make sure you also call in to the marine reserve at Goat Island, near Leigh, which is fascinating to explore both on and under the surface.

Highlights • The Saturday Farmers Market in Matakana village is a great way to meet the locals, and you can stock up on farm fresh eggs, Puhoi cheeses, tasty jams and relishes and a range of local arts and crafts. • Browse the amazing Maori carvings and sculpture at Kerry Strongman’s Studio Gallery at Te Hana, near Wellsford. • At Snowplanet, 8km south of Orewa, you can get your ski, snowboard, tube and toboggan fix all year round.

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Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Islands are just moments from the city but feel like a world away. Enjoy a bushwalk, listen for native birds and explore the sandy beaches which are all right on the city’s doorstep. Waiheke Island is a day-trippers’ dream and a fantastic place to take a retreat from city life. It takes just half an hour to get to Waiheke and you’ll soon ease into the easy-going island lifestyle. There is a vibrant arts and crafts scene and many vineyards dotted around the island, so make sure you sample some of the local drops. Fullers and SeaLink Ferries run a regular service to Waiheke. Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. Its 600 year-old volcanic cone is clearly visible from many parts of the city and you’ll be rewarded with 360 degree views if you hike to the summit (259 metres high). For those who prefer a more leisurely stroll, try the easier tracks which skirt the coastline. Don’t forget your lunch as there aren’t any shops on Rangitoto. Fullers Ferries operate to Rangitoto.

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Tiritiri Matangi is a nature lover’s paradise and a haven for wildlife. Unwanted predators have been eradicated, and more than 300,000 native trees planted, to make Tiritiri an open bird sanctuary for threatened native species including the saddleback, stitchbird, takahe and kokako. 360 Discovery run a ferry service from Auckland and Gulf Harbour.

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At Kawau Island, tour Mansion House, the stately residence of New Zealand’s former Governor, Sir George Grey. This scenic island has a range of walking tracks leading to Maori Pa sites and the ruins of old copper mines. Access to Kawau is by boat. Catch a ferry or water taxi from Sandspit, near Warkworth, 64km north of Auckland. A little further away, Great Barrier Island is rugged and remote and has beautiful surf beaches, lush native bush, plus fantastic hiking and birdlife. The island is home to the historic remains of copper and silver mines, shipwrecks, a whaling station, timber mills and kauri dams. Great Barrier Island can be accessed by the SeaLink Ferry or there are regular flights.

Highlights • For something a bit different try some target practice and clay pigeon shooting at Wild on Waiheke. • Fullers Island Explorer tour buses meet the ferry from Waiheke and offer sightseeing tours, which include unlimited bus travel for the rest of the day.

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The Auckland International and Domestic Airport lies about 21km south-west of the Auckland CBD at the edge of the Manukau Harbour in Mangere. Airport Transport Travel options to and from Auckland Airport (phone 275 0789) include taxi, shuttle bus and The Airbus, as well as rental vehicles (see page 63 which may be picked up/dropped off at the airport or nearby. From central Auckland, taxis take about 30 minutes (allow an hour at peak times) and cost from $50-$65. Shuttle buses cost less (about $30 per person but less for a group) and take longer, as they pick up and drop off en route. The Airbus (freephone 0800 10 30 80, www.airbus.co.nz) runs every 15 minutes throughout the day, stopping close to most major hotels and backpackers. An adult fare costs $16 one way and $28 return. Transfers take 40-50 minutes. A bus connects to the airport from Papatoetoe Station on the city’s southern train line – for details contact Maxx, phone 366 6400 or www.maxx.co.nz

Auckland International & Domestic Airport Air New Zealand Arrivals and departures, phone 306 5560. Reservations and fare enquiries, phone 357 3000.

Inter-terminal Bus A free inter-terminal bus connects the international and domestic terminals. The bus departs every 20 minutes from outside the arrivals hall.

Duty-free Allowance Arriving international passengers are allowed 1.125 litres of spirits, 4.5 litres of wine and 200 cigarettes.

Information International terminal: Airport i-SITE Visitor Centre, ground floor, arrivals. Open 5am-midnight, 7 days. Phone 256 8535. Domestic terminal: Air New Zealand Visitor Centre. Open 7am-5pm, 7 days. Phone 256 8480.


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Driving To/From Auckland Airport From the Airport Take the main exit road (George Bolt Memorial Drive) to the intersection with SH20. Follow the signs for Auckland City which will take you onto the motorway. Leave the motorway, turn right into Queenstown Road and continue straight ahead through the roundabout into Pah Road, which becomes Manukau Road. Continue up Manukau Road, turn left at the traffic lights into Alpers Avenue. At the end of Alpers Avenue, turn right into Gillies Avenue and join the motorway to the city, northern and western suburbs. The last exit to the city is Nelson Street (the left-hand lane).

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Accident & Emergency Medical & Dental Centres Auckland City Hospital, 24hr Accident & Emergency and pharmacy. Park Road, Grafton. Phone 379 7440. Ascot Hospital 24hr Accident & Emergency and pharmacy. Greenlane Road East, Remuera. Phone 520 9555. Ponsonby Accident & Emergency Dental Unit 202 Ponsonby Road. Phone 376 9222. North Shore Hospital 24hr Accident & Emergency and Pharmacy. 124 Shakespeare Rd, Takapuna. Phone 486 8900.

Banks & ATMS Trading banks are normally open Monday-Friday, from 9am-4.30pm. There are ATMs (money machines) and exchange facilities at most banks in the central city and the suburbs around Auckland

Carparks Victoria Street, Corner Victoria & Kitchener Streets. Civic, Underground Carpark access off Mayoral Drive. SKYCITY, Corner Federal & Victoria Streets. Carpark access off Nelson Street. Phone 363 6000. Wilson Parking, 151 Queen Street, Auckland. Phone 0800 727 536. Tournament Parking, 77 Cook Street, Auckland. Phone 377 4040.

Emergencies Police, Fire and Ambulance phone 111. Auckland Central Police Station is located at the corner of Cook and Vincent Streets. Phone 302 6400.

Embassies/Consulates Britain Germany Italy Japan Netherlands Sweden USA

IAG House, 151 Queen Street 11th Floor, 41 Shortland Street 102 Kitchener Road, Milford Level 12, 135 Albert Street Level 1, 57 Symonds Street Level 11, 41 Shortland Street Level 3, 23 Customs St East

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NZ Post will convert foreign cash without commission at PostShops. TSB Cnr Queen and Wellesley Streets, Cnr Hurstmere and Lake Roads, Takapuna ANZ 95 Queen Street, 126 Queen Street, Cnr Queen & Victoria Streets Thomas Cook 159 Queen Street TravelEx NZ 32 Queen Street

GST A Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 15% is applied to the cost of all goods and services in New Zealand, except for purchases at dutyfree shops.

Library Auckland Central Library, 44-46 Lorne Street. Open 9am-8pm, Monday to Friday; 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. There is also a network of Auckland libraries around the suburbs. For more information visit: www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

Phone Services Phoning Auckland numbers from out of town, dial 09 first. Local calls from a Telecom payphone cost $1.00 for first 15 minutes, then $0.20 per minute. It is easy to pick up a New Zealand SIM card and the main networks are Two Degrees, Vodafone NZ, Telecom and Skinny.

Useful Numbers National directory International directory National tolls International tolls

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Postal Services Auckland City Post Shop 23 Customs Street. Open Monday to Friday 8am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. NZ Post & Post Restante Wellesley Street West. Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm. Not open Saturday.

Public Transport & Rentals – refer pages 58-63 Auckland’s key transport hub is the Britomart Transport Centre, on the corner of Queen Street and Quay Street, near the ferry building. For bus, train and ferry information contact Maxx, phone 366 6400 or visit www.maxx.co.nz

Visitor Information Airport Info Centres – Auckland International Airport. International Terminal i-SITE Visitor Centre, Arrivals Lounge, International Terminal Auckland. Phone 0800 Auckland. Domestic Terminal i-SITE Visitor Centre, Air NZ Domestic Terminal. Phone 0800 Auckland. The Jasons Visitor Information Centre, Motorway Service Centre, State Highway 1, Bombay. Phone 09 236 0670. Princes Wharf i-SITE Visitor Centre – Viaduct Basin. 137 Quay Street, Downtown Auckland. Phone 307 0615. SKYCITY i-SITE Visitor Centre – SKYCITY Auckland. Cnr Victoria and Federal Streets. Phone 363 7182.

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