Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and as such it is full of some of the country’s best attractions and entertainment - from world class dining to museums dedicated to its Polynesian heritage. A thriving urban environment that is just half an hour from stunning beachfront, Auckland is a city that has everything - which has made it a favourite destination for travellers from all over the world. It is also the country’s main transport hub, which is great if you plan on exploring other cities or the surrounding areas.
Auckland’s ever increasing popularity has seen a surge in accommodation options in recent years - ranging from high class hotels to backpacker hostels. However, serviced apartments are often the preferred choice for those spending an extended period in the area, as these can offer many of the benefits of traditional accommodation, such as room cleaning and reception services, whilst also offering enhanced features such as private access and full kitchen facilities. Whether you are looking for a luxury apartment, or functional corporate housing, the Squa.re can offer the perfect property to meet the requirements of your trip.
Visitors to Auckland are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. Not only does it have everything you may expect from a major city, such as theatres, sporting facilities and nightlife, but also numerous cultural and social goings on which are uniquely ‘Kiwi’. Visitors are sure to find something to enjoy in this vibrant and exciting city.
Those looking to enjoy the city’s laid back atmosphere can head to Davenport to enjoy the trendy cafes and bars in the city’s oldest district. Alternatively, the city centre has some of the best nightlife anywhere in the world and Ponsonby is the place to go for the city’s best hipster drinking holes. Of course there are also numerous restaurants and low-key bars to while away a relaxing evening of people watching.
One of Auckland’s other major selling points is its proximity to some stunning beaches and breathtaking nature reserves. Just half an hour away, visitors can easily spend the day sunning themselves on golden sands before returning to the city for an evening out. Alternatively, there are many inland nature trails that can be arranged as one-day excursions.
Auckland has every kind of cuisine imaginable - from fine dining to quirky street food. The Grove Restaurant on Saint Patrick's Square is a high-class venue serving set five or nine course menus. Similarly, Sidart Restaurant is a fine dining experience offering artful New Zealand specialties. For something a little more low key there’s Federal Delicatessen, or for the more adventurous, Depot - which offers contemporary dishes in a post-industrial venue.
Naturally, a large city like Auckland has plenty to offer when it comes to shopping. Westfield St Lukes is one of the biggest malls in the area, with some 170 stores and services it is the ideal one-stop-shop. Similarly, Queens Arcade and WestCity Waitakere - with over 130 stores - are also great places to go if you are looking for a broad range of global brands. Sylvia Park is the place to go for large superstores, whilst Dress-Smart Outlet Store is perfect for those looking for fashion on a budget.
Auckland is simply full of fascinating things to see and do. Those interested in New Zealand’s diverse wildlife can head to Auckland Zoo or the Dolphin and Whale Safari Park. Also, just outside the city centre is the Waiatarua Reserve. For culture, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the city’s main gallery and offers galleries devoted to local, international as well as indigenous art history.
The city benefits from a superb public transport system consisting of buses, trains and ferries. Buses are the first choice for travelling in the city centre, whilst trains make it quick and easy to reach the suburbs and surrounding areas. All central transport can be paid for with The At Hop card, which offers discount for multiple journeys. Thanks to recent investment in routes and pathways, Auckland is also a great place to explore by bicycle or on foot.
Many major domestic companies are based in or operating out of Auckland. The manufacturing sector is represented by New Zealand Steel, Crown Lynn and Temperzone, whilst financial services are also represented with the likes of the Bank of New Zealand and Hanover Finance. Of course, there are also numerous tourist groups and operators in the area, as well as accompanying marketing firms.
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