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Your guide to exploring the City of Sails in your car hire
Must dos include:
- Travelling to the top of one of the volcanoes. One Tree Hill, Maungawhau (Mt Eden) or Rangitoto are all superb.
- Check out any of Auckland's vibrant markets, such as Otara or Avondale for a unique, local experience.
For a city of just over a million people, Auckland does have issues with traffic. You can easily move around the city suburbs using the motorway system, but try to avoid peak times. If you are ready to hit the road, all you need is your cheap car rental and our trusty travel guide to help you see the best of what Auckland has to offer.
This island is the jewel in the crown of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. It has recently been voted the Number 5 Global Destination to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet, and the Number 4 best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. What makes it so special? It has gorgeous beaches, secret bays, internationally acclaimed wines, vineyard dining with views to die for, a lively arts scene...do you need any more convincing? It is accessible by a scenic ferry ride of just 35 minutes from downtown Auckland. Leave the rental car for a day, there is secure and affordable parking in the Auckland council car park at Downtown, and go.
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
Address: 23 Tamaki Drive, OrakeiDiscover life under the sea at Kelly Tarltons. Every generation will love this visit as you embark on a journey into the depths of the ocean. You can also experience Antarctica with the replica Scott Base which is very popular with visitors to the aquarium. Be sure to check their website to check feeding times for the penguins and stingrays.
Address: 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka
Address: 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau
The Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Red BoatsAddress: Trips leave from Z-Pier, Westhaven
Auckland might be known as 'The City of Sails', but not everyone has access to a yacht! What you can do is spend a day on the water with Red Boats. They can fit you into one of their public fishing trips, or take you on a cruise under the Harbour Bridge and through the upper harbour to the historic Riverhead Tavern. If you have a group of your own, talk to them about a charter! Call them on 0800redboats, or www.theredboats.co.nz.
Time Unlimited ToursWeb Address: www.newzealandtours.travel
A unique aspect of New Zealand is Tikanga Maori, or Maori culture. Learn about Auckland in a holistic way by taking a tour with award-winning Time Unlimited Tours. They offer whole or half-day driven tours if you don't feel like tackling Auckland traffic for a day, or try a walking tour of Auckland's wild west coast.
Address: Cnr Federal & Victoria Street
Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world, as well as having a diverse mix of other cultures and ethnicities. This diversity is all brought together by the market atmosphere. With authentic food and fresh produce, clothing, accessories, jewellery, fashion, arts and crafts and entertainment these popular markets are a unique New Zealand experience .
Onehunga night Market
Address: Under Dressmart, 151 Arthur St, Onehunga
Every Thursday night from 6pm - 10pm
New Lynn night market
Address: New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn
Every Thursday night from 5.30pm - 9pm
Address: Newbury Street, off East Tamaki Road, Otara
Every Saturday from 6am - 12pm
Skycity Grand Hotel
Address: 90 Federal St, Auckland
You'll be ticking all the boxes when you choose to stay here. This hotel encompasses all the luxuries of location, views and high end living. Located in the heart of Auckland CBD, just a 10 minute stroll to the waterfront and close to Queen St shops. You'll also be treated to free Wi-Fi, 24 hour room services and cardio room.
Waldorf Stadium Apartments Hotel
Address: 40 Beach Road, Auckland
You wouldn't have believed it could be possible in the heart of the city, but if it's spacious apartments you're needing, we've found them. Modern room with full kitchen facilities, including dishwasher and in-room laundry. But wait there's more, complimentary Wi-Fi, pool, gym and tennis court. Close to waterfront entertainment and shops. These apartments just keep getting better.
Ranked #1 of 76 hotels in the city by TripAdvisor 2014, named as one of Metro's Top 50 Auckland Restaurants for 2013 & 2014, ranked as the 58th best hotel in the world on Expedia Insider's Select List plus many, many more awards. This stylishly reinterpreted iconic building will make you feel like a celebrity. Absolutely stunning! Must experience.
Attic Backpackers (Formerly Top Floor Backpackers)
Although it's ranked 2nd best backpackers lodging accommodation in the city (Tripadvisor), reviews beg to differ and claim the budget accommodation to be the…“best hostel in NZ!” The Attic Backpackers pride themselves with a fresh, stylish, modern contemporary facility that's maintained to the highest of standards. Budget has a whole new meaning at this location.
Amora Hotel100 Greys Ave Auckland
City Lodge150 Vincent St Auckland
If you are looking for a last minute hotel deal in Auckland, don't fret because Ezibed is here to help you. Ezibed.com, an online accommodation booking website offers a quick and easy way to book at considerably reduced rates, with fast confirmation to their customers and clients. Ezibed.com guides customers and accommodation providers together and supplies an online market for unsold short term accommodation rooms. Accommodation providers, on the other hand, supply rates, inclusions and rooms available online for last minute bookings. By booking with Ezibed.com, you can now find amazing last minute deals and you can book yourself a great room the smart way!
O'Connell St Bistro
Awarded Best Wine Experience in the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2014. O'Connell St Bistro is located in Auckland's historic central business district and boasts an extensive menu which will satisfy all taste buds. This modern European styled bistro has a great reputation for its amazing food and cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Be sure to make this one of you preferred eating spots when you visit Auckland.
One Tree Grill
Address: 9 Pah Road, Epsom
You'll be impressed the second you step foot into this establishment with their easy to use mini iPad menus. The surprises keep coming with this lively yet relaxed atmosphere. Delicious food selected from both sea and land, and cooked in a variety of ways. Spiced, smoked, roasted or twice-cooked. Whatever your preference, there will be something on the menu to die for.
The French Cafe Restaurant
Address: 210 Symonds Street
Giapo Ice Cream Restaurant
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Auckland Events Spring 2016
It's warming up in Auckland! Get in early to book your car for some of Auckland's most iconic events.