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A week in Auckland alone

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Shrewsbury, United...
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A week in Auckland alone

I have six nights in Auckland early December. I was planning to be with a friend who lives there but it won't work out now. Anyway I am in my 50s and recently widowed so this will be a bit of a challenge! I love Art - especially modern stuff and could do with some suggestions as to how I might spend the week. Are there places to eat (veggie) that won't feel strange for a single woman? I have booked a place to stay and have a reasonable budget set aside to enjoy the city. Suggestions please!

New Zealand
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1. Re: A week in Auckland alone

The Auckland Art Gallery is worth looking at. It has recently been renovated and has excellent display space with a variety of New Zealand and international art. In the the streets close to the gallery, there are some samll dealer galleries that you might find interesting too.

Another place that you might enjoy, particularly on a fine day, is the Wynyard Quarter. There are several sculptures displayed in this park, and the information centre there has a brochure with details about these and a map.

The Auckland Museum has a range of exhibitions covering Maori culture, natural history, history etc. At the time you are visiting it will also have a temporary photography exhibition of photos from the NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year competition.

Where is your accommodation located? That may help in giving you further suggestions.

Takapuna, New...
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2. Re: A week in Auckland alone

Take a ferry across the harbour to Devonport. There are 4 art galleries within a very short walk of the ferry terminal.

www.artofthisworld.co.nz/

www.artbythesea.co.nz/

www.flagstaff.co.nz/

www.depotartspace.co.nz

Auckland
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3. Re: A week in Auckland alone

Revive does great vegetarian food, it is a cafe but they are open till 8pm Monday - Thursday. Check their website for weekly discount vouchers. http://www.revive.co.nz/

Raw Power Cafe on Vulcan Lane also specialises in vegetarian food.

Elliot Stables is great place to go and people watch and most of the eateries there have vegetarian options.

http://www.elliottstables.co.nz/Eat/

Whangarei, Northland
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4. Re: A week in Auckland alone

Just out of interest, where have you booked to stay ?? - location of the hotel may have some bearing on recommendations for things to do and places to eat - will you have a car or be using public transport ??

Shrewsbury, United...
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5. Re: A week in Auckland alone

Thank you so much all of you. I am booked into the Waldorf Tetra Apartments in Wakefield Street. Hopefully this is a reasonable choice as it has a kitchen and looks like it's in a reasonable position. I won't have a car. It will be my first trip on my own (en route to see family in Austrailia) so I will have a good look at your suggestions. I am going to look at theatre too. Can't sit indoors watching TV on holiday!

Whangarei, Northland
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6. Re: A week in Auckland alone

The apartments you have chosen probably wouldn't have been my ideal choice in terms of location, as you are quite a long way 'up' , away from the downtown part of the CBD, and Auckland is quite a hilly city. So you will have a long uphill walk back to your hotel from the waterfront, sky tower etc - but there are buses you can easily hop on, so I wouldn't be too worried.

You are however close to K Road ( a buzzing nightlife area), upper Queen St (which has great Asian restaurants), Aotea Square, the Civic theatre, and the museum and domain. So lots to do within easy walk of your hotel.....

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7. Re: A week in Auckland alone

Wakefield St is pretty central. For theatre, the following links might be useful

http://www.qtheatre.co.nz/

http://www.maidment.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/

Both are within walking distance.

Shrewsbury, United...
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8. Re: A week in Auckland alone

I was quite anxious about this trip. Being recently widowed makes it all the more scary. Have looked at all the links you have sent and now I am looking forward to it. Thanks again.

Dunedin, New Zealand
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9. Re: A week in Auckland alone

When you say veggie places, would you be interested in Asian vege places? Auckland has really taken off in this direction - Dominion Road is ground zero for lots of noodle and dumpling places, but there are a bunch of cheap and cheerful cafes of this type around central Auckland.

Auckland
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10. Re: A week in Auckland alone

Don't know if your "Art" would include crafts, but a great place to easily spend time (both looking and buying) is CraftWorld in Massey, www.craftworld.co.nz (off the North West Motorway), just minutes from the city. There are also quite a few other middle class shops in this open-air shopping complex too.