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
Vector Arena - is the city venue for
the biggest names in sports and entertainment. The 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
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
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 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 yourself.
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
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. The show grounds 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