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First day in Auckland

Destination(s): Auckland

Start off with the Auckland Museum in the morning, which is packed with information about the history and environment of New Zealand. Follow this up with a wander up Queen Street, taking your pick from the wide array of cafes for a lunch break. Then to the Auckland Art Gallery for the best of what NZ's artists have to offer. After this a trip to Mission Bay is in order to relax at the beach and watch the people of Auckland go by. Nearby Bastion Point provides a fabulous viewpoint of the city and Hauraki Gulf. Finish up with dinner at Cin Cin by the waterfront in the city, and follow up with a drink at Rakino's. read more about First day in Auckland

Kiwi International Queen Street Hotel and Hostel

Kiwi International Queen Street Hotel and Hostel

  • 411 Queen Street
  • tel:64 9 3764 9 87
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 68241
Albert Park

Albert Park

  • 33 Victoria Street East
  • tel:+64 9 979 7070
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001

High up green space in the city that is popular with university students, family and businesspeople having lunch in the sun. There are a few war memorials dotted about, a rotunda and a fountain that is the main feature. In the summer there are often events going on the biggest of which is the Lantern Festival.
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High Street

High Street

  • High Street
  • tel:+64 9 979 7070 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001
Rakinos

Rakinos

  • 35 High Street
  • Auckland Central
  • tel:64 093583535
  • Auckland
Cin Cin on Quay

Cin Cin on Quay

  • Auckland Ferry Building
  • 99 Quay Street
  • tel:64 9 307 6966
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

  • 2 Lorne Street
  • Corner Wellesley & Kitchener Streets
  • tel:+64 9 307 7700
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001

The gallery is housed in historical buildings on two sides of the road. It contains a sizeable collection of European, New Zealand and Pacific art including a good amount of Maori art and portraiture. The gallery has historical and modern works and always has some sort of special exhibition on details of which can be found on the website. There is also a nice cafe.

Currently only part of the gallery is open as the bigger historical building is undergoing refurbishment. When facing the main building, right behind you you'll see a red building. Head a little to the right of it and you'll see the entrance which look like the above photo.
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Historic Ferry Building (The)

Historic Ferry Building (The)

  • 99 Quay Street
  • tel:+64 9 979 7060 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001
Mission Bay

Mission Bay

  • Tamaki Drive
  • Mission Bay
  • tel:+64 9 979 7070 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Mission Bay, 1005

Mission Bay is the name of a suburb 7 kilometers to the east of the Auckland CBD. Do yourself a favor and take the drive from the city down Tamaki Drive and watch the water on your left as you wind around. Getting stuck in traffic is not as bad a thing as normal here as you can see the Hauraki Gulf through the Pohutukawa trees that line the road out. The feature of Mission Bay is the public beach. It has recently been re-sanded (a long story) and is back to its old self. A fantastic place to laze away the day. The surf is not the best (head to the west coast for that), but the water is always refreshing and the people watching is superb. If cooling off in the water is not good enough for you, take the 20 meter (approx) walk to the main shops at Mission Bay and have an ice cream or something of the colder variety (I recommend an ice cold Steinlager Pure). The main feature of Mission Bay is the Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain (no this isn't the opening to Married With Children, but it could be…). It is constructed of Sicilian marble and provides a water dance at night with a light show accompaniment. During the day, you are as likely to see kids swimming in the fountain as in the surf. read more about Mission Bay

Bastion Point

Bastion Point

  • Tamaki Drive
  • tel:+64 9 367 6009 (Tourist Information)
  • Auckland, 1005

Bastion Point and the Savage Memorial gardens are some of the most peaceful surroundings in Auckland. Amazing views over the Waitamata Harbour and the beautiful gardens dedicated to the first Labour Prime Minister are what people see now. It wasn't always this peaceful. The area was originally built by the Crown on confiscated lands for the purpose of a military outpost. This land was used for the military for approximately 50 years, but then was discarded for that purpose post WWII. Instead of returning it to the original owners, the Crown decided to give the land to Auckland City to use as a park much in the manner that you see now on a visit. This was all well and good until the mid-70's when they announced that they would open the area to private development. This led to a 507 day illegal occupation to prevent the confiscation. Upwards of 800 police ended up raiding the occupation and dismissing them, a watershed point in the Maori protest movement. Eventually the land was returned to the original tribe as a part of the Waitangi settlement. read more about Bastion Point

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum

  • Domain Drive
  • The Auckland Domain
  • tel:+64 (0)9 309 0443
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1142

Sitting high atop the Auckland Domain is the Auckland War Memorial Museum originally constructed in 1852 and remodeled several times since then. The link to the war is obvious on approach with the names and scenes from some great battles New Zealanders have participated on the building facade and the "court of honor" in the front. However, the museum is more than that, providing the largest collection of Maori and Pacific Island artefacts in New Zealand. There is an original Maori war canoe (waka) from 1830 (the last one used) proudly displayed and numerous other important works. The museum provides a new lesson in what a "donation" really is as there is a little bit of pressure to pay out. It is all in a good cause, of course as you'll see once you enter. There are always rotating exhibitions and the museum has upped its profile internationally in hopes of attracting more important travelling exhibitions. While you're there, check out the Maori cultural performance. It's an entertaining look at New Zealand's first people and their customs (the Haka is always a crowd pleaser). read more about Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Link Bus

The Link Bus

  • Stagecoach Auckland
  • Private Bag 47901
  • tel:+64 9 379 2020
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1034
Auckland Domain

Auckland Domain

  • Park Road
  • (Across Grafton Bridge)
  • tel:+64 9 379 2020 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Auckland, 1001