Central Business District, the best area to stay in Auckland
Even though this city sprawls over two harbours, including a sea and Ocean, the actual CBD is very easy to walk around and there is not much need for paying expensive and busy public transportation. The most eye-catching and iconic attraction in the city centre is the Sky Tower, which is a good indicator of where you are in the city. The structure is 328 metres tall and as said before, it is the tallest building in this part of the world and offers 80kms of superb views in each direction. There are thrills and excitement everywhere here with glass elevated lifts, allowed to SkyWalk around it as well as SkyJump off it. Also in the Sky Tower there are 20 restaurants, cafes and bars including a 360-degree revolving restaurant as well as a variety of arcade games and shops.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is where you will find the largest permanent collection of art in the country and depicts seven centuries of national and international various pieces of work. The building itself is an award-winning landmark and there are regular international exhibitions as well as film screenings, talks and children’s activities. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is dedicated to those that lost their lives in the previous World Wars and inside the museum there are various informative exhibitions of Polynesian arts and crafts. There are also artefacts from the wars including armoury, weapons, photos, letters and lots of other objects and items, which give you an insight into what life was like during those bleak times.
The walk along the harbour front is a must, which is the start of the Coast to Coast Walkway and this can lead all the way to Manukau Harbour, where you can take in the amazing vista as well as walk through various beautiful parks and grounds including the Domain, which is the oldest park in the city. If you don’t fancy the walk then the Viaduct Harbour is a great place to look around as it is always buzzing with entertainment with lots of different street performers as well as live music, restaurants and other events. From here you could join a boat cruise around the harbour, help sail on a yacht, venture out to one of the mesmerising islands or try and spot a whale or a dolphin. You are absolutely spoilt for shopping with the best being the area around Britomart and Vulcan Lane, which both offer all the famous designer shops and there is also Karangahape Road, which is where you will find traditional and ethnic clothing and restaurants.
For eating and drinking, the selection is endless but if you have the money then make your way to the waterfront to either the Viaduct Harbour or the Wynyard Quarter. Both have excellent restaurants, which cover most cuisines but nothing beats the views that overlook the water. For cheaper budgets, try more inland places like Queen Street, which are full of bars, clubs and restaurants. The other deciding factor for staying in the CBD is the amount of hotels and backpacker hostels as virtually every street has something to offer and again the more expensive places are found closer to the water’s edge.