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post Nov 27 2008, 02:00 AM
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Auckland, the City of Sails.

This main city of New Zealand is nestled between the beautiful Haurkai Gulf on its eastern Flank and the Waitemata Harbour on the western front.

This city of over 1million has everything that a traveller could want, from adventure sport like the Skytower Fall or the World Famous Harbour Bridge BungyJump. There is a large selection of places to stay while here, be it at the Backpackers budget such as the HI Hostel located on Turner Street or at the top of Queensstreet. Or on a more flexible budget there is the Formule 1 Hotel located on Wyndham Street which is a well recommended place to stay.

There are many things to do and see, be it the history found at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Maritime Museum or even the simple walk around Parnell to take in the historic buildings. There are alot of walks around the Auckland Region, catch a ferry out to Rangitoto Island and spend the day climbing to the crater of Auckland's largest Dorment Volcano.

Shopping can be had on Queens Street, High Street for the more upmarket labels and on many of the side streets around Auckland City.

Transport is easy to find, and Auckland CBD is so centralised it is much easier to get out and pound the pavement.
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post Nov 27 2008, 09:50 AM
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What's your favourite thing to do in Auckland, Callum?

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post Nov 29 2008, 03:34 PM
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My favourite thing to do, if I have got a day without anything booked in is to gear up with my Creative Zen, and Camelpack and walk along the Waterfront, which runs from downtown to Kohimarima Bay.

Spectacular views when the sun is out and there isn't a cloud in the sky.

But if the weather is looking a little foul, I find the halls of the Auckland War Memorial Museum another incredible place to visit, as I can spend hours there and never get bored.
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post Dec 2 2008, 11:05 PM
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Thank you for that post.............
Here is a little in addition..........

General Information -
There is a free Red Bus parked in the square you should catch and have a ride around the city to see what it is like first. Information Centre right there for all the brochures you want. I recommend Sky City Tower for one.
Most of your restaurants and cafes and the busy part of Auckland is on or just by Queen Street. The true restaurant scene is in Parnell and Ponsonby outlying suburbs.
Restaurants recommended- (lots to choose from in easy walk from downtown also)
Antoines - Parnell - www.antoinesrestaurant.co.nz
Ariake - City - Japanese - www.ariake.co.nz
Cin Cin on Quay - www.cincin.co.nz
Dine by Peter Gordon - www.skycityauckland.co.nz
Euro Restaurant - Shed 22 - *****
Number 5 - City - www.number5.co.nz
The Grove - City - www.thegroverestaurant.co.nz
Download my list of North Island cafes from www.newzealandcoffeeguide.co.nz

A visit to Kelly Tarlton’s should be on your schedule! Free Red Bus from Quay Street in the little kiosk on the Harbour. The Harbour also has a lot of the better restaurants.

Look out for the Red Bus and connect to the City Circuit. Free Inner City Bus - City Circuit Auckland The City Circuit runs every 10 minutes, 8am-6pm, seven days.

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