Flights to Auckland (AKL)

Flights to Auckland transport outdoor lovers to their haven. The city's unique landscape provides endless possibilities for adventure.
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Auckland, New Zealand

What to do in Auckland

Bungee at the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Climbing up one of the largest bridges in New Zealand and experiencing the 360° views from the top is an effort well rewarded. But for a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, take the opportunity to hook yourself up to a bungee cord and dive down until you touch the ocean below with AJ Hackett Bungy.

AJ Hackett Bungy
105 Curran Street
Westhaven
1010
+64 9 360 7748
bungy.co.nz

Explore the Waitomo Caves

Hop on a bus and leave the city behind for the dark, wonderful, other-worldly atmosphere of the Waitomo Caves. Also known as the Glowworm Caves, they were formed more than 30 million years ago. The sight of thousands of glowworms clinging to the stalagmites and stalactites is spellbinding.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
39 Waitomo Caves Road
Waitomo Caves
Otorohanga
3943
+64 7 878 8228
waitomo.com

Explore Cornwall Park

The volcanic cone of One Tree Hill, with its ancient pre-European Māori fort that's still visible, is the highlight of this urban oasis. Walk the many trails, visit the Cornwall Park Cafe for a quick refreshment, or just hang out with the locals who come here to relax.

Puriri Drive
Epsom
1051
+64 9 630 8485
cornwallpark.co.nz

Visit Auckland Art Gallery

The gallery, which opened in 1887, boasts the best national and international art in the country and is located on the majestic grounds of Albert Park. You'll see everything from historic Māori creations to the latest from New Zealand's modern masters.

Albert Park
Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
1010
+64 9 379 1349
aucklandartgallery.com

Snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve

This pristine natural area about an hour's drive north of the city opened in 1977 and is the country's first marine reserve. The whole family can swim and snorkel among the colourful fish or explore tidal pools full of red crab and triplefin.

Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
160 Goat Island Road
Leigh
0985
+64 9 923 3645
goatislandmarine.co.nz

Hike Mount Eden

The volcano Mount Eden (don't worry, it's dormant) is the highest natural point in Auckland and offers panoramic views of the entire city. A crater at the top, the remnant from an eruption nearly 30,000 years ago, makes for an entertaining afternoon of exploration.

Mount Eden Summit
Puhi Huia Road
Mount Eden
1024
+64 9 301 0101
aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/mteden

Where to eat in Auckland

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The Shed (International)

Winner of the 2014 Metro award for Best Rural Restaurant, The Shed is an experience. Located in the heart of the Onetangi Valley in Te Motu on Waiheke Island, this is a place you go to be alone with a loved one to get away from it all.

76 Onetangi Road
Onetangi
1971
Waiheke Island
+64 9 372 6884
temotu.co.nz/the-shed

The Engine Room (International)

The central Auckland staple lies a few blocks down from the water, far enough away to minimise the hustle and bustle of the bay but not out of touch. The friendly warmth of The Engine Room makes you feel comfortable no matter how long you stay.

115 Queen Street
Northcote Point
1010
+64 9 480 9502
engineroom.net.nz

Ostro Brasserie & Bar (International)

Michelin-starred Chef Josh Emett leads the way at the chic yet unpretentious place with views of the sea and the city. Sip on a homemade soda while taking a break from shopping on the waterfront.

Tyler Street
1010
+64 9 302 9888
seafarers.co.nz

Le Garde Manger (French)

This elegant restaurant offers traditional French fare in the heart of Auckland proper. Le Garde Manger includes a classy upscale dining room that wouldn't be out of place in Paris, right next to the lush Myers Park that's perfect for a walk after dinner.

466 Queen Street
1010
+64 9 362 0655
legardemanger.co.nz

Kazuya Restaurant (Japanese)

This well-hidden gem just south of the Northwestern Motorway takes some finding but is the embodiment of New Zealand itself. The Japanese flair running through the menu mirrors the multicultural society that calls the country home. The series of awards it has won are well justified.

193 Symonds Street
Eden Terrace
1010
+64 9 377 8537
kazuya.co.nz

Cazador (Mediterranean)

This is about as unpretentious as dining gets. A chilled out Mediterranean theme prevails at Chef Dariush Lolaiy's bistro-style space that has been in the family for more than 20 years. If you call ahead about some game you've caught, they'll cook it for you.

854 Dominion Road
1041
+64 9 620 8730
huntgatherfeed.com

Places to stay in Auckland

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City Lodge - Backpackers Accommodation

Located in a quiet tree-lined street, the 5-star City Lodge - Backpackers Accommodation is just 10 minutes' walk from central Auckland and the SkyTower. Facilities include a 24/7 reception and a communal lounge with a big-screen TV. Each room offers a refrigerator and TV. City Lodge is located in Auckland CBD (Central Business District) a 15-minute walk from Viaduct Harbour and Britomart Station. The friendly staff can arrange tours, car hire and airport transfers. All rooms are serviced daily and include large windows, a private en suite bathroom and tea/coffee making facilities. A variety of WiFi data packages are available for an additional charge. Communal areas include a fully equipped shared kitchen, full laundry facilities and luggage storage. The spacious communal lounge includes table tennis, a book exchange and board games.

150 Vincent Street
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The Langham Auckland

Featuring a luxurious day spa, a heated rooftop pool and 2 restaurants, The Langham is located in Auckland CBD (Central Business District), 5 minutes' walk from bars, restaurants and shops. Rooms with exclusive Club Lounge access are also available. The Langham Auckland is 10 minutes' walk from Auckland City Hospital. It is within 20 minutes' walk of popular local attractions including, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Domain and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. There is a free shuttle service each day to the waterfront. The hotel's luxury day spa, Chuan Spa Auckland, offers a range of beauty treatments. Guests also enjoy a hot tub, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and unique herbal steam rooms. Exclusive Club Lounge benefits include butler service, free breakfast, evening drinks and canapes. Conference and event spaces are also available on site. The Langham Auckland offers free WiFi throughout the hotel. All of the spacious rooms offer deluxe décor with a marble bathroom, quality toiletries and a flat-screen TV. All rooms have a seating area, a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests can enjoy international cuisine and 24/7 in-room a la carte dining from Eight. At Palm Court lounge bar, there is breakfast, light lunches and traditional Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood. In the evening a la carte dining and cocktails are served in relaxed, elegant surroundings.

83 Symonds Street
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SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

Skycity Grand Hotel Auckland offers contemporary 5-star rooms and suites with views of Auckland Harbour and the city skyline. Guests enjoy award-winning restaurants, a bar, a fitness centre and a luxurious day spa. Guests enjoy free WiFi in the rooms. The Skycity entertainment complex, featuring a 24-hour casino, Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower, plus more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, is right on the doorstep of the hotel The property is situated in Auckland CBD (Central Business District). The fully equipped fitness centre offers a 25 metre heated lap pool, a sauna and a spa pool. East Day Spa offers a full range of facial and body treatments. Valet parking is available at an extra cost. Each room at Skycity Grand Hotel Auckland includes a modern bathroom with bathrobes, slippers and a shower. There is a flat-screen TV with in-house movies in every room. Gusto provides a delicious breakfast. Bellota, The Grill by Sean Connolly and Depot on Federal Street provide award-winning dining options. Some Chinese speaking staff are available. Chinese breakfast options can be arranged in advance, and green tea is available in the room. Chinese TV channels are on offer for an additional charge, and Union Pay is accepted at this property.

90 Federal Street
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Auckland Harbour Oaks

Just 5 minutes’ walk from Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Harbour Oaks offers 1 GB free Wi-Fi per day and modern apartments with amazing harbour or city views. Guests have access to a fitness centre and heated outdoor pool. Situated in Auckland CBD (Central Business District), Auckland Harbour Oaks Apartments are 10 minutes’ walk from Sky City Casino and Vector Arena. Auckland International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Laundry facilities and a full kitchen with a dishwasher and microwave are standard in all apartments. Each apartment has a spacious living area with satellite TV and a DVD player. The tour desk can book harbour cruises and trips to the Waitomo Caves. The hotel also features a 24-hour reception and luggage storage facilities.

16 Gore Street
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Base Auckland

Offering 2 cafés, a bar and a continental breakfast buffet, Base Auckland is an award-winning hostel located in the heart of Auckland CBD (Central Business District), just a 5-minute walk from the iconic Sky Tower. All rooms are air conditioned and offer heating. The hostel offers private guest rooms, some with a private en suite bathroom or dormitory-style accommodation with shared facilities. All rooms are clean, comfortable and represent great value for money. The cafés offer daily specials and various snacks. There are shared BBQ facilities on the garden deck. The lively basement bar is great for socialising. Additional facilities at Base include clean kitchens and dining areas, a chill-out lounge and 2 TV lounges. The reception is open 24-hours a day and the friendly staff are happy to help with tours, sight-seeing and airport transfers.

229 Cnr Queen St & Darby St
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Airport Gold Star Motel

Airport Goldstar Motel is located only a 4-minute drive from Auckland Airport. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a free 24-hour airport shuttle and barbecue facilities. All units at Goldstar Motel come with a well-equipped kitchen and ironing facilities. Cable TV is provided for guest entertainment. All rooms face the beautiful garden and pool. Microwaves are available upon request from the reception desk. The motel offers a tour desk that can help guests with travel arrangements and car rental. Free car storage and a children’s playground are also available. Guests enjoy 200 MB of free Wi-Fi per day. Goldstar is a 20-minute drive from Auckland city centre, with buses to the city stopping at the motel entrance. There are a number of shops and restaurants located within 6 minutes’ walking distance. The Aviation Golf Club is less than a 5-minute drive away.

255 Kirkbride Road
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