Enjoy two days in Auckland with affordable accommodation

Thursday, 12 May 2016 by Kiwi International Hotel

Auckland is a beautiful city, but with breath-taking scenery all over New Zealand, sometimes the City of Sails gets overlooked. As the hub for international flights, many people arrive and then head off to other parts of the country almost immediately.

Even thought you are in Auckland for only a few days, that's plenty of time to discover some of its famous landmarks and hidden gems.

We've put together a possible itinerary of a two day stay in Auckland. Of course, you could stay in Auckland a month and not experience everything this remarkable city has to offer, but this is a good start! 

Cityof Sails

Day One

Morning

Start off with a big breakfast (you'll need the energy), and if it's your first time in Auckland, jump on the Link. This will take you around the city, see the famous suburbs around the inner city and get a feel for Auckland.

Once you arrive at the CBD, jump on a ferry and make the short trip to Rangitoto, the volcanic island that's so recent, people actually watched it being formed!

Rangitoto's iconic cone shape features heavily in the Auckland skyline, and a walk to the top takes about an hour (hence your big breakfast), but the view of the city is worth it. There's not much else going on over there, so jump on the ferry back to the City, where it will drop you off at the bottom of Queen Street. This is the ideal time to indulge in a bit of shopping, with everything from designer gear to locally made handcrafts available.

Auckland's CBD has some beautiful little cafés tucked away in its side streets, and this is the perfect opportunity to grab some lunch. After your trek up a volcano you deserve it! 

Rangitoto

Afternoon

After lunch, head along Tamaki Drive to the sea-side suburb of Mission Bay. Here you can relax after your walk up Rangitoto by laying on the beach or even taking a dip in the ocean. Grab an ice-cream and watch the cyclists and joggers pass by, or if the weather's not so great, grab a beer at one of the many local sea-front bars and cafés, or even pop in to see the latest movies at Mission Bay's iconic art deco cinema.

Evening

Auckland has some of the finest eateries in the world, with a mix of cuisines and styles that are sure to satisfy even the fussy eaters. Some of the best restaurants in the city can be found in the Viaduct, Auckland's answer to Darling Harbour.

Take stroll there at night, and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of over thirty bars and restaurants.

Wander along the water's edge, marvelling at the astonishing super yachts moored in the harbour, and finish your walk with a stunning view of the Harbour Bridge. 

Auckland -viaduct

Complete the evening with a laugh and see a show at the Classic, New Zealand's only fulltime professional comedy club. If you're here April- May, then you're lucky enough to be in the middle of the International Comedy Festival.

Check out our previous blog post here for more info about the festival. 

Day Two

Morning

Start your day in Parnell, Auckland's oldest suburb. Parnell combines up-market boutiques with old fashioned architecture, creating an enchanting start to your day.  Stop by one of the stylish cafes for a light breakfast before walking it off in the stunning rose gardens.

Nearby is the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park. At 75 hectares, there's plenty to walk around and experience, including bush walks, duck ponds, and the delightful Wintergardens, a protected heritage site.

In the Domain is the Auckland War Memorial and Museum, a must-do while in the city. The Museum is regarded as one of the finest in the southern hemisphere and is home to a unique collection of Maori and Pacific treasures. 

Auckland _museum

Afternoon

A short ferry ride from the CBD will take you across the harbour to the historic village of Devonport.  With quirky galleries and quaint cafes it's the perfect place for lunch. Devonport offers some of the most photogenic views of Auckland from its twin volcanic cones of Mount Victoria and North Head, along with some truly beautiful beaches.

After spending the afternoon on the other side of the Waitemata Harbour, jump back on the ferry and head over to Mt Eden, Auckland's highest peak. With 360 degree views it's the perfect way to drink a flat white and watch the sun set.

Evening

It's the final night on our two day adventure and we still haven't been to the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. The revolving restaurant at the top is the perfect place to have dinner, as you slowly take in the marvel of the city at night.

Finish the evening off with a visit to the casino downstairs, hoping luck is on your side and taking your chances at the roulette table. If gambling isn't your thing, the complex has live entertainment, including theatre, comedy shows and live music.

Sky -tower

So if you're only in Auckland two days, you can still fit in a lot!

And for quality, affordable accommodation in Queen Street, the Kiwi International Hotel is right here in the heart of the city, so you never have to go far to enjoy the delights and pleasures of the City of Sails.  You can't get much more central than that.

Located on the famous  Queen Street, Auckland's city centre is at your doorstep. Accommodation is warm and friendly and within a stone's throw of handy transport services such as the  SkyBus and taxi stands.

Take in as much of this great City while enjoying the benefits of the Kiwi International Hotel's fantastic location. 

Contact us now for more information or book online.

 
 

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