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Three days in Auckland February 8

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Estero, Florida
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Three days in Auckland February 8

Me and my husband both are in mid fifties love outdoors will be in Auckland for three nights from February 8 - staying in Crown Plaza. Then we are flying to Keri Keri and are staying in Pahia for 4 nights in Admirals View Lodge. Then back to Auckland for one night in Crown Plaza. The next day we are boarding Princess for 12 day cruise. Can anybody advise nice things to do in Auckland and Bay of Islands? Thanks

Northland, New...
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1. Re: Three days in Auckland February 8

Just a few ideas for you:

AUCKLAND

Go up Sky Tower and have lunch at Orbit

Ferry to Devonport (lovely old suburb with cafes & galleries)

Day trip by ferry to Waiheke Island

Walk up Mt Eden or One Tree Hill for great views of the city

Spend some time in Mission Bay at the cafes and on the beach

Victoria Park Market

Take a trip to the wineries in West Auckland (Kumeu)

Stroll around the Domain and visit the museum

BAY OF ISLANDS

Day boat trip to see the islands and hopefully catch up with some dolphins

Walk around Waitangi treaty grounds - also well worth heading a little further up through Waitangi Golf course for some great views

Morning exploring Russell + walk up to Flagstaff Hill for somefantastic views

Day up in Kerikeri exploring the wineries and galleries + visit the Stone Store

Possible day trip from Paihia to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach

Hire a kayak from Paihia beach and paddle around the inner bays for a couple of hours

This should get you started, but this is not meant to be in any way a full list - there are hundreds of things to do....

New Zealand
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2. Re: Three days in Auckland February 8

Have a read of this thread, it has lots of ideas- ignore the negative slant on Alan's trip to Waiheke, you're here in the height of summer so it will be picture perfect over there!

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g255106-i404-k6799…

New Zealand
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3. Re: Three days in Auckland February 8

And chack out my inside page on the BOI;

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g255104-c3749/New-Zea…

PS- is Mt Maunganui one of the ports you're visiting while on board the Princess?

New Zealand
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4. Re: Three days in Auckland February 8

That would be check!! :)

NZ
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5. Re: Three days in Auckland February 8

If you like the wild coast, take a trip out to Karekare. You will not be let down by this amazing landscape, great cliffs erupting out of the sand, wild surf, lush vegetation. You can walk on the beach or take a steeper trip into the bush. Also on the west coast is the Gannet Colony at Muriwai. You will need to check whether it is a good gannet time of year (sorry I am no naturalist). There are nice walks around the cliffs and apparently a good cafe has recently opened out there.

In town, don't miss out on a trip into material culture. Auckland Museum houses the largest Oceanic art collection in the world. Within this intriguing local emulation of a classical temple is a decorative feast par excellence. The most amazing collection of dramatic ceremonial bowls with bird and fish ornamentation from the Solomons, all kinds of wonderful body adornment, shields and tapa cloth. Kave, a goddess from the Caroline Islands is a monumental character. The collection of Maori art is superb. The newly opened New Zealand design and decorative art gallery, Encounters, is a glimpse into the tradition that underpins the exciting contemporary craft scene. The Museum is located inThe Domain. Nice for a walk. From the front steps you get a wonderful look across the city. Avoid coffee at the Museum, Instead walk out to Parnell Road where you will find Kokako, a nice cafe opposite the entrance of Domain Drive.

To follow up on the material world, see Fingers, a contemporary jewellery collective located on Kitchener St (opposite Auckland Art Gallery) that opened in 1974. Here you will find the work of a senior generation of makers of sleek modernist objects fashioned out of indigenous or at least beach combing materials like mother of pearl. A younger generation is opening up more exuberant decorative possibilities with a less earthy palette of plastic, textiles and precious metal.

Inner city suburbs are much more fun for browsing and an evening meal than the ordinary City (escape to Ponsonby, Mt Eden, Kingsland).

Objectspace, a dedicated exhibition space for craft and design located in an old Auckland Savings Bank building at 8 Ponsonby Road is a great place to begin a walk. Head north along Ponsonby Road, stop for a coffee or delicious lunch at Season or keep going to Agnes Curran (a cafe tucked just around the corner of Ponsonby and leafy Franklin Roads - home of astounding afternoon tea treats) or keep going to favourite local coffee spots, Dizzengoff and Bambina.

An evening stroll around Jervois Road, Herne Bay and a trip across the harbour bridge to see the last of the sun sparkling on the water would be nice. First exit after the bridge is Northcote. On Queen St, Northcote (not to be confused with the other Queen St) among many more wooden houses you will find excellent neighbourhood restaurant, The Engine Room opposite the local cinema. If you prefer to stay on the city side of the bridge, a similar experience of locals enjoying summer could be found at Delicious, a great Italian cafe on Richmond Road, Grey Lynn. Wait for a sought after table across the road at Gypsy Tearoom. Be warned, kitchen has the unfortunate habit of closing at 9pm.

Auckland
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6. Re: Three days in Auckland February 8

Kia ora-

Here are a couple of websites that feature things in Auckland- the weblog of the travel editor of the Sydney Morning Herald:

http://blogs.smh.com.au/trampaboutnz/

Or check out: www.aucklandnz.com (which is the Tourism Auckland website), for a range of ideas.

Have a great time- the West Coast beaches are definitely worth visiting, and Goat Island Marine Reserve is awesome too.

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