Hotel Reservations in Auckland
Auckland is called "The City of Sails" as its Waitemata harbour swarms with more sailboats per capita than anywhere else in the world. Venture from your luxury hotel in Auckland and you will find a chilled out, fresh air-loving attitude is evident at every turn. Aucklanders boast world-class shopping, staggering scenery and wild nightlife, but at the end of the day, these gregarious folk never take themselves too seriously.
The view from the top of Auckland's Sky Tower is a knockout panoramic. You'll glimpse the Bay of Islands shimmering in the distance over the water, Aotea Square bustling below with shoppers and street performers and Auckland Domain, lush and vast topped with the iconic War Memorial Museum. Enjoy a cocktail in the revolving restaurant then either ride the elevator back down or in true New Zealand fashion try Sky Jump, the cable-controlled free fall to the platform 192 meters below.
Shop glamorous boutiques in Newmarket and then stop and smell the roses at the romantic, fragrant Parnell Rose Gardens before browsing more luxury wares. Adventurous shoppers can get gritty on Karangahape Road, (dubbed K-Road), where dark, vintage clothing shops, chaotic market stalls and delectable lamb kebab carts create authentic Auckland atmosphere. Be sure to take home a piece of handmade, traditional Maori finery in lustrous carved wood or gleaming jade.
From Mission Bay beach you will have a perfect photo-op of Rangitoto, the strikingly symmetrical volcanic isle that guards Auckland's Harbor. Take a ferry there and hike the verdant cone for a different perspective on the skyline, or try Waiheke Island where pristine coves and flourishing vineyards are unassuming and pleasingly private to explore. Back at your luxury hotel you'll have time to consider a tasty and wildly popular mince meat pie as a snack before you head downtown again for the night's mischief.
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Don't be surprised if you find yourself on a local's yacht enjoying a sausage sizzle and a laugh, skimming across the harbour. Booking luxury hotel rooms in Auckland is easy with ExcellentHotels.com.