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The setting of the Hilton Auckland is actually out to sea on the Prince's Wharf,
meaning that guests will be surrounding by the Waitemata Harbor for their stay.
Within walking distance of the hotel is Auckland’s central business district,
offering guests easy access to shopping and dining. The Sky Tower, Victoria Park
Market, and Parnell Village are all close by. The hotel offers many amenities. A
restaurant, a bar, an outdoor heated pool, a spa, a fitness center, a business
center, a boardroom and meeting rooms as well as a 24-hour reception desk are
included amenities. The Hilton Auckland is approximately 30 minutes from the
Auckland International Airport. Valet parking is available to hotel guests.
The amenities available in the rooms of the Hilton Auckland include air
conditioning, cable television, high-speed Internet, in-room safes, mini bars,
hairdryers and bathrobes, full kitchens, and laundry facilities. Rooms offer
private balconies or decks with harbor views.
The Hilton Auckland is a boutique style accommodation offering views of
Waitemata Harbor and is located on Prince’s Wharf. Shopping, dining, and
nightlife are all within walking distance.
The hotel features 158 designer furnished rooms and 8 suites, spacious and
welcoming, all leading onto generous private balconies and decks. Almost no two
rooms are completely the same, this is a very individual hotel, offering the
highest service standards.
A Pinch of Salt: Celebrating New Zealand Food (Celebrity Chef)
New Zealand's cuisine has been described as Pacific Rim, drawing inspiration
from Europe, Asia and Polynesia. This blend of influences has created a
mouth-watering range of flavours and food in cafes and restaurants nationwide.
For dishes that have a distinctly New Zealand style, there's lamb, pork and
cervena (venison), salmon, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters, whitebait, paua
(abalone), mussels, scallops, pipis and tuatua (both are types of New Zealand
shellfish), kumara (sweet potato), kiwifruit, tamarillo and pavlova, the
Summer sees many eating outdoors in cafes or at barbecues - barbecues are a big part of the Kiwi culture, and typify the laid-back nature of the New Zealand people - where fare such as lamb, cervena (venison), crayfish (lobster), fresh fish and shellfish is plentiful. New Zealanders are spoilt for their choice of fresh produce, choose a world class sauvignon blanc or chardonnay from one of the country's 376 wineries, and you have the perfect complement.
Greater Auckland is home to more than 110 vineyards. Henderson Valley is the country's oldest grape-growing area, dating to the arrival of Croatian and other Northern Hemisphere immigrants in the early 1900s.
You'll find a good cluster of wineries along Lincoln and Henderson Valley roads, and nestled in the surrounding hills. The small townships of Kumeu, Huapai, and Waimauku also have good selections. For further details on the area, pick up the free vineyard brochures from a visitor center. Following are the notables.
Babich Wines, 10 Babich Rd., Henderson (tel. 09/833-7859; www.babichwines.co.nz), is only 20 minutes from Central City and is open for tastings Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. One of the most picturesque wineries, it has a pleasant picnic area near its shop and vintages going back to 1990.
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Sky Tower Auckland New Zealand
In the first 18 months after it opened in August 1997, Sky Tower drew over a million visitors, making it New Zealand's most popular paid attraction.
At 328m (1,076 ft.), it is one of the tallest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, affording unforgettable views over the sprawling mass of Auckland.
It has three observation decks, including an outdoor area, a glass lift and glass floor panels, multilingual audio guides, and a revolving restaurant.
Access to the observation decks is on three glass-fronted elevators, which can whiz up the building in a speedy 40 seconds.
I'm petrified of heights but even I got a thrill out of going to the top. I just closed my eyes in the glass lift!
Travelers who prefer peace and seclusion to a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere
will find quiet cottages along the coast of Auckland, in the western suburbs.
This is where the city's boat culture becomes apparent, with an endless row of
sails fronting the harbor. In fact, Auckland has more boats per capita than
any city in the world, and visitors can easily charter one to explore dozens
of offshore islands.
Takapuna Beach is another attraction outside the city, great for both
swimming and shopping, with restaurants, bars and health spas .
Practically all of New Zealand's visitors arrive via
Auckland International Airport. Auckland hotels close to the airport are
especially convenient for business and short-term travelers, but tourists
flock to the chic inner districts where a selection of cozy bed and breakfasts
and luxurious five-star hotels await.
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