Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and embraces a real
international flavour. It's one of the few cities in the world that
has two harbours, with the central urban area of Auckland sitting
between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata
Harbour on the Pacific Ocean.
This small city offers an enviable lifestyle that ranks in the
world's top ten. Within just half an hour you have many choices
that include sailing, a trip to one of the many islands, sampling
some of the world's best wines, visiting a wild west coast surf
beach right next to a gannet colony or walking on the white sands
on the east coast.
As well as outdoor activities Auckland offers a casual, friendly,
sophisticated urban lifestlye. The Viaduct Basin has bars and
restaurants offering fine cuisine from Europe, Polynesia and Asia.
Auckland City has a reputation for high fashion and some of our
local designers are world renowned.
With plenty of contemporary art and cultural events to choose
from, a thriving local theatre community and live music gigs, there
is a lot of creativity and inspiration to keep you entertained. And
all within easy walking distance from the heart of Auckland
Situated right in the centre of the city, Kiwi International
Hotel is the perfect base for all of these attractions sitting
right on the doorstep. When you step outside the hotel door you are
in the central city and you can either walk or jump on one of the
local buses to visit any of the nearby attractions, of which there
are many. For more Auckland info go to My
Vector Arena - is the city venue for
the biggest names in sports and entertainment. Vector
Arena accommodates up to 12,000 people for its variety of
hosted events. It is located near the waterfront on the edge of the
CBD. From the hotel take a bus to the bottom of town or walk
(approx 20 mins) via Symonds Street and Anzac Avenue. It is also
close to the Britomart Railway Station, bus and downtown ferry
terminals. There is no public parking on site.
Eden Park Stadium - is New Zealand's
largest. Our rich sporting and social history with its
international profile is unmatched by any other sporting venue in
the country. It became home to Auckland Cricket in 1910, then in
1914 was leased to the Auckland Rugby Union, officially making Eden Park its
home in 1925. It hosted the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and
again in 2011. It's less than 3km from the hotel and you can get
there by bus, train, taxi or walking.
'K' Road - just up the hill and round the
corner from the Kiwi International Hotel you will find the
vibrantly interesting Karangahape Road, or 'K' Road as it is
locally known. In the day time you can enjoy an eclectic mix of
ethnic restaurants and cafes, art galleries and shops of all
varities and in the evening a variety of nightclubs and bars to
suit all tastes. If you take one of the free guided Heritage Walks
this is a great way to discover historic 'K' Road.
Sky City - the huge casino,
restaurant and entertainment complex is bounded by Hobson, Federal,
Wellesley and Victoria streets. Here there is entertainment to suit all tastes along with
late night DJs and live bands.
SkyTower - an iconic structure dominating
Auckland's skyline is a 15 minute walk from the hotel. A truly
captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At
328 metres it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and
offers breathtaking views for up to 80
kilometres in every direction. Travel up in the glass-fronted lifts
to one of three spectacular viewing platforms. For more thrills and
excitement SkyWalk round the pergola at 192 metres up
or SkyJump off the Tower!
Auckland Museum - all things New Zealand
past, present and future. An easy 10 minute walk from the hotel
across historic Grafton Bridge and through the picturesque park of
the Auckland Domain. The Auckland Museum has a changing program of
exhibitions and events. There is a comprehensive Maori and Pacific
section with regular vibrant cultural performances.
Auckland Art Gallery - is a relaxing
10 minute stroll down Queen Street. The gallery's collection
includes major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and
contemporary art. Outstanding works by Maori & Pacific Island
artists and international painting, sculpture and print
collections from 1376 to the present. Heralded in 1888 as 'the
first permanent Art Gallery in the Dominion', Auckland
Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki remains the largest art institution in
New Zealand with a collection of over 15,000 works. Open daily from
10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day).
Viaduct Basin - located in the heart of
Auckland City, the Viaduct Harbour Basin is a first class
residential, commercial and entertainment precinct. The marina
caters to commercial vessels, pleasure craft and superyachts up to
60 metres. It hosts many fabulous events including past America's
Cup defences, Louis Vuitton Regattas, the Volvo Ocean Race
stopover, Auckland International Boatshow and New Zealand Fashion
Week. Visitors can explore New Zealand's rich maritime history at
Voyager Maritime Museum, cruise the harbour on a charter yacht,
view the superyachts berthed in the harbour and enjoy the world
class hospitality at the many bars and restaurants that line the
waters edge. It's a very special place - come and see for
Mount Eden Volcanic Crater - one of
Auckland's most famous landmarks this extinct volcano provides
great views over the city, Waitemata and Manukau harbours. Many
separate lava flows contributed to the formation of Mt Eden, a
large prominent scoria cone which is really three overlapping
cones. The southern most cone (present day Mt Eden) is the highest
and measures 196 meters above sea level and has a wide conical
crater about 50 metres deep.
Mt Eden Village - is the attractive
village a few minutes walk from the base of Mt Eden. In 1873
Cusksey's Store opened heralding the birth of Mt Eden Village. By
1885 it had been joined by Tills Bakery and in 1886 the first post
office in Mt Eden Rd was completed with a daily horseback mail
service operating from here for many years. Both are a pleasant
half hour walk from the hotel or a short bus ride.
Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic
Encounter - one of Auckland's most popular visitor
attractions is on the waterfront of Auckland City at Ohaku Bay,
just moments from the famous Mission Bay beach. Kelly
Tarlton's showcases over 30 live animal exhibits including New
Zealand's only colony of Antarctic penguins that you can see
through amazing underwater viewing tunnels. You can see our unique
aquatic life up close comprising an impressive collection of
sharks, gigantic stingrays and beautiful seahorses. The stunning
new Seahorse Kingdom exhibit features the
world's only display of Spiny Sea Dragons. Other displays include
tropical fish, bizarre crustaceans and much more.
ASB Showgrounds - is host to major
trade shows and popular events such as the Easter Show, the Home
Show and the Boat Show. ASB Showgrounds are in Greenlane, a mere 5
minutes by car from the hotel. There is plenty of parking.
Ellerslie Race Course - is home to
the Auckland Racing Club which hosts many of New Zealand's premier
horse racing events. It is also world-renowned for the beauty of
its lawns, gardens, trees and their famous steeplechase track. At
the same location is the Ellerslie Events Centre, all only a few minutes
drive south from the hotel.
Alexander Park - home to the Auckland
Trotting Club and the heart of Auckland's harness racing. It's
near the ASB Showgrounds and just a few minutes drive south of the