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Anitra N.'s

Places to stay in Auckland

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    Nomads Fat Camel
    Auckland Central

    Me and 2 of my friends stayed in this backpackers one night after town. It was about $30 for the night. We stayed in a 6 bed girls only dorm with 2 lovely Dutch girls. We got ready here before town then drank for a bit at the attached Nomad’s Fat Camel bar downstairs. The place was decent and very sociable, and everyone was extremely friendly as tourists seem to always be. Had I actually been a tourist and wanted to utilise all of the facilities on offer it would of been great! They have a sauna, free WIFI, and arrange jobs and daily activities around Auckland for you to do! Very accommodating.
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    The Rendezvous Hotel Auckland
    Auckland Central

    The Rendezvous first came across to me as cheap and someone you would go if you were having an affair just because of the name. But this certainly led me astray because Rendezvous is one of the nicest hotels I have been in and I have travelled the world. The high end fashion/accessory stores and Louis Vuitton bags placed decoratively around the lobby set the vibe for an extremely classy and elegant hotel. My friend and I only got a standard room but it was still very nice and came with full use of the pool and gym which were huge and beautiful. The Rendezvous Grand Hotel is definitely not somewhere to take your mistress, it’s too nice.
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    Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel
    Auckland Central

    The Stamford is a 5 star hotel for those wishing to indulge in a bit of luxury. When you walk into the hotel you immediately wish/expect you were attending a ball in a floor length gown. It is elegantly and lavishly decorated and definitely worth the 5 stars it holds. The bedroom prices vary from what type of room you get and what dates you book, the prices go up and down dramatically based on these just like any other hotel I guess. There are also packages you can buy to enhance your stay such as a romance package that includes a late check out and other cute deals like that.
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    The Oaks Accommodation
    Warkworth

    The Oaks are serviced apartments in Auckland’s Central City. The room in which we stayed overlooked the Ports of Auckland which was really cool at night. It had two balconies, one that overlooked the Port and one that looked out onto Fort street area. The people at reception were always really friendly and really helpful whenever I asked for anything, more towels etc. It was a relatively good price to stay here when you put together the great service, the clean and decent room, the great views. But again you can choose different room and view types for cheaper or less if you wish.
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    Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
    Auckland Central

    This is another 5 star hotel for those of you who can afford to splash some pennies about. The Langham is where many celebrities visiting New Zealand tend to stay and the likes of Justin Bieber and One Direction have temporarily resided here. If that does not sway your decision in a positive way then all you need to see is some photographic evidence of the aesthetics of this place. It is extremely high class and definitely on the more expensive side of things. The hotel also hosts the well-known restaurant Eight which is a seafood lovers dream. The public are also welcome to have high-tea here which all makes for an extremely classy outing. Best put on your best fake British accent to fit in here!

Suzanne K.'s

Have a staycation this weekend

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    Hotel DeBrett
    Auckland Central

    We stayed and made it a base to catch up with some friends in Auckland CBD. We stayed on Sunday night and saw the lovely Caitlin Smith singing jazz (happens every Sunday). We had dinner as well. The dining room is a beautiful atrium. A little oasis in the middle of Auckland. As we were staying we were able to use the cosy Art Deco Housebar giving a special treat to our friends as only people staying can use it. I noticed in the afternoon there is a High Tea with champagne (!) Saturday and Sunday from 3 - 5pm. Looks something nice for another winter visit. The rooms are stylish and cool with a modern Art Deco style.
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    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
    Auckland Central

    Beautiful hotel to go for a meal or to stay for a treat. Great place to send your out of town friends or stay yourself to enjoy a first class, international standard hotel in Auckland. It is discreet, private and beautiful The room we had was large and spacious. Tastefully decorated. Glorious bathroom.
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    The Oyster Inn
    Oneroa

    You want glamour, you want fun, you want style, you something special to get you out of your Auckland routine. You want close, so go to Waiheke. But not for a hippie experience. Andrew Glenn and Jonathan Rutherford-Best are international New Zealanders who have come back after the Big Life Overseas and created this fun spot on Waiheke. The rooms are minimalist. Let’s call them bach style. The food is fine. But if you want to have fun, drink some champagne, eat some oysters, have a few laughs with some pals and a fun weekend while being spoilt with great service this is the spot.
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    Peace & Plenty Inn
    Devonport

    Truth told, I have not stayed but really do want to stay at Peace and Plenty! Had some friends up form Wellington who raved about this place. I did though meet them for afternoon tea which was lovely and had a peek at the room which was gorgeous, and have obviously been put together with a great deal of care. My friends were taken with extra touches like chocolates, a lavender bag on the pillow, gourmet biscuits beside the coffee, and sherry and port above the fireplace.
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    Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
    Auckland Central

    I love this hotel and its old world glamour. On arrival the door man is charming. Everybody we met there was polite and lovely to deal with and made you feel special. The bedrooms are quiet and luxurious and once you get used to it, the ‘turn down service’ is rather nice. The buffet in the morning is divine. Make sure you go there hungry as there is so much choice.

Johnny P.'s

Holiday Hideaways

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    Riverside Matakana
    Matakana

    The Riverside have done such a great job with their cabins, they have thought of everything. As a Matakana local I know how many top notch accommodation options there are in the area, but I feel this one is so great because they have the best range of cabins (a list of the best Bed and Breakfasts around Matakana is a whole different endeavour!). So whether you’re on a getaway with the family or not, the Riverside is truly heavenly if you don’t mind something just a little higher on the price scale. Just a few minutes from Matakana town you are seriously spoilt for choice for food, wine, entertainment and the best beaches in the greater Auckland area - yeah, I said it!
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    Pakiri Beach Holiday Park
    Pakiri

    Pakiri Beach Holiday Park is at the top of my holiday hideaways list for good reason - it ticks all the boxes. Firstly, it is one of the most beautiful road trips to take out of Auckland, the drive itself is worth the getaway. The choice of accommodation here is super impressive, they can cater to your getaway whether it’s with your better half, the kids or your mates. Choose from luxury cabins to basic cabins, and caravans to camping spots, with plenty of the cabins located right on the beach front. A well priced and well maintained holiday park.
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    Martins Bay Holiday Park
    Warkworth

    Hands down Martins Bay is the best and safest place to swim out of the beaches on this list. I’m not sure why but Martins Bay always seems to be so sheltered, so if you’re with family it’s perfect. There’s a pontoon for the kids to swim out to, equipment available for hire and two playgrounds on site. The accommodation choices are also fantastic as there are flats, cabins, caravan and camping sites available. A little friendly advice - a small section of the beach (the end by the ‘other’ boat ramp) is privately owned!
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    Orongo Point Bach
    Wellsford

    If you’re after real peace and quiet (as in one of those places where it feels like there’s nothing around for miles) then Orongo Point Bach is the spot. Walk down to the private beach - read, swim and relax with your friends and family. It’s all too dreamy here. And this really is an amazing find, with the bach sleeping up to six people for just $150 (through December and January) - need I say get in quick folks? They’re pretty free still for summer bookings.
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    Castaways Resort
    Karioitahi

    If you really want to escape the rat race for the weekend and check out one of the most untapped locations in the Auckland region, a couple of nights glam camping on the Awhitu Peninsula is money well spent. Situated on the clifftops above the black sand beauty of Karioitahi Beach is a hidden gem called Castaways Resort and it's one of the most romantic places on earth. Glam camping only takes 48 guests so it pays to book in advance but the resort's accommodation is equally as beautiful.

Rishad M.'s

Best Accommodation

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    Takapuna Beach Holiday Park
    Takapuna

    One of the best place arround New Zealnd for thsi Summer.
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    Snells Beach Motel
    Snells Beach

    To have a awesome holiday in.
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    Mt Albert Lodge Motel
    Mount Albert

    Close to Auckland City, comfirtable accommadation.
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    Airport Harbour View Motel
    Onehunga

    best Motel around and a beautiful View.
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    Best Western Ellerslie International
    Ellerslie

    It’s amazing at Best Western Ellerslie International.

Luna L.'s

High Tea in Auckland

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    The Tea Lady
    Birkenhead

    For a grand old time with the girls, head to The Tea Lady in Birkenhead. The beautiful vintage-inspired store is filled with all sorts of retro collectables, home-baked goodies and a huge range of teas to choose from. Dress up and make an afternoon of it!
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    Orbit Revolving Restaurant - Sky City
    Auckland Central

    For high tea with a view, head straight to the top. The top of the Sky Tower, that is. From here you can see all of Auckland spread out below, and the revolving dining room means that you get to soak in the panoramic views while nibbling on treats both savoury and sweet. The price also includes admission to the Main Observation level.
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    Peace & Plenty Inn
    Devonport

    The High Tea service at Peace and Plenty Inn provides a fabulous Victorian experience. Choose from a wide array of amazing hats before indulging in a tasty selection of nibbles and tea. Pinkies up!
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    Auckland's Waitakere Estate
    Henderson Valley

    Take in a High Tea experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At Waitakere Estate, you can drink in the stunning views overlooking native rainforest, Waitamata Harbour and Rangitoto island while indulging in such delights as rosewater and vanilla scones, pumpkin & goats cheese brioche sliders and strawberry opera slices.
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    Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
    Auckland Central

    The Tiffin Afternoon Tea service at the Langham Hotel is easily the poshest High Tea spot in town, and during the month of April, they're holding a special Taste of Britain High Tea service to commemorate the Royal Visit. British-inspired temptations include roast beef with horseradish cream on Yorkshire pudding, Earl Grey-cured salmon, and scones with clotted cream!

Fitzherbert R.'s

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    The Engine Room
    Northcote Point

    Rooms Palmerston North
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    Bridgehouse Lodge
    Warkworth

    Palmerston North Motels
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    Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
    Auckland Central

    luxury accommodation Palmerston North

Chris D.'s

The Little Digger Company, Matakana

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    Goat Island Marine Reserve
    Leigh

    There is something very special about Goats Island Top of our list 
Enjoy New Zealand’s marine life in a 100% clear kayak Clearyak offer a pure, peaceful experience and the vision beneath you is amazingly clear and detailed. Seriously cool! We also enjoy the Goat Island walkway. This return walk traverses the coast part way to Cape Rodney overlooking New Zealand’s oldest and most popular marine reserve. Walk up the Auckland University Marine Laboratory driveway to the start of the track. If you have time, the lab is open to the public and worth checking out. The track passes along the cliff-top beyond the marine laboratory through paddocks and fine remnants of coastal broadleaf forest. There may be cows or sheep in the section through the farm paddocks. Getting there Access is from the Goat Island Road end, off Pakiri-Leigh Road, east of Warkworth. Park at the marine reserve carpark and walk up the driveway to the Leigh Marine Laboratory. The walk starts on the right, 50 m inside the gate. The walkway is 83 km from downtown Auckland.
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    Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail
    Warkworth

    Experience sculpture in a remarkable landscape overlooking the celebrated Brick Bay Vineyard.
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    Pakiri Beach Horse Rides & Overnight Safaris
    Pakiri

    When you visit Pakiri Beach Horse Rides, you can experience the freedom of this special place on horseback. Their rides cover everything from a relaxed one hour outing to a full day or longer. It can be both tranquil or exhilarating! What ever suits you.

Kylie B.'s

Best Local Brews

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    Forbidden Brewing Co.
    Long Bay

    There's so much good brewing out of this awesome local business, based in Warkworth. The lads that run Forbidden Brewing Co are clever at creating interesting, world-first ferments. Their cider is crisp, fresh and delicious. My fave is the apple but I can't wait to try their smoked cider. Check them out the next time you are on a roadie up north, just look for the red Cider Shed off State Highway 1.
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    Puhoi Hotel
    Puhoi

    One of the coolest country pubs in New Zealand. Perfect spot to sink a pint and watch the river meander by.
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    The Lumsden
    Newmarket

    This is a craft beer lovers' paradise! A freehouse means The Lumsden isn't attached to any brewery so gets to showcase the very best of independent brewers, making it a great place to go for a pint. A lot of my friends are big beer drinkers and they like to pull up a pew here because of the diversity of drinking choices and the relaxed, laidback environment. I also love that there's lots of tasty pub grub up for grabs to complement your brew of choice. Love it!
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    Leigh Sawmill Cafe
    Leigh

    A visit to Leigh Sawmill Cafe is always a pleasure and never a chore because this place is all about live music and excellent local beer. The staff are friendly and welcoming and I can never resist ordering a pizza because they are so good. They also do them to go.
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    16 Tun
    Auckland Central

    Enjoyed a phenomenal ladies beer masterclass here with a passionate duo of sisters who play tastemakers at this free house on Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. I loved Aotearoa Brewing Company’s Mata beer the best. A fantastic idea of a hen’s party or for ladies who love to lunch with a difference.

Tamaia W.'s

Make your way up North

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    Leigh Sawmill Cafe
    Leigh

    Great venue for live music, plus good food and drinks.. Nice outdoor area.
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    Matakana Village Farmers' Market
    Matakana

    Awesome market with great food and coffee and live music. Plenty of cafes around too.
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    Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
    Waitangi

    Beautiful Setting on the Hokianga Harbour. Great place to have a meal, a drink, or a wedding! Last time I was there I saw two orca out in the harbour.
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    Mangonui Fish Shop
    Mangonui

    Best fish and chips ever - always fresh and a really good selection. Nice setting out on the deck to eat too.
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    Karikari Estate
    Karikari Peninsula

    Stunning setting looking over KariKari Peninsula. Perfect spot for a wedding. Onsite cafe and wine tasting

Micheal M.'s

Milford Sound Cruises & Tours in New Zealand – Tourist Attraction

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    Fiordland Tours
    Te Anau

    Milford Sound is one of the most magnificent and natural locations on earth. Fiord land Tours is the leading company entertaining tourists to enjoy 100% and took their unforgettable memories with them to their home. Fiordland Tours would like to help you explore this slice of paradise - at your own pace. To browse the services, please visit http://www.fiordlandtours.co.nz
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    TIME Unlimited Ltd
    Kingsland

    nice to visit

Joe Brown's

itunes app PARK-SLEEP for www.park-sleep.co.nz

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    Campsites, New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, Camper and contact details
    Auckland Central

    If you have second hand books that you wish to sell , we recommend the second hand book buyer . Good prices and advise that we got made the disposal of the collection much easier than expected . 
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    JUCY Rentals Auckland City
    Parnell

    American growth in Jucy business . I like the new vans , small compact yet fully self serviced with toiltet andd shower . Good one Jucy .
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    Vulcan Cafe
    Auckland Central

    I am going start with Sisters Sav , eggs benedict , home made turkish bread and a great locally roasted coffe . I am not going to give up coffee this year , no may be next year . BB. 
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    Smith's Sport Shoes Taupo
    Taupo

    great shoes bro
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    Ariel Table Hire
    Eden Terrace

    Good service always on time . Nothing seems to be a problem .

Maria R.'s

Best Campgrounds

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    Little River Camp Ground
    Little River

    A super chilled and eccentric camping ground in Little River, this place even has giant tee pees and an out door kitchen! Located in the very secluded Okuti Valley, there’s slippery slide, trampolines and loads of other things to see and do.
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    Timaru Top 10 Holiday Park
    Maori Hill

    A fantastic central Timaru holiday park, Timaru Top 10 is really close to shops, restaurants and golf course. It’s a truly Kiwi camping ground experience but with comfort, seclusion and style. Caroline Bay is super close and you should expect a really chilled laid back holiday.
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    Peel Forest Campground
    Geraldine

    This is a large campsite but still needs booking over the summer months because it is very very popular. The showers are some of the best you’ll come across at any camping ground in the South Island and there’s loads to keep you busy including jet boating and fishing.
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    Balmoral Forest Recreation Area
    Balmoral

    Balmoral Forest Recreation Area is also a camping ground dministered by the wonderful people at Balmoral Recreation Area Charitable Trust. Located near the Hurunui Bridge all payments are to made at the Caltex Garage (Mockett Motors) in Culverden. Once paid take the journey to the camping ground which is incredibly secluded and sunny. There’s some great facilities here and yes there is running water!
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    Lake Tennyson Campsite
    Hanmer Springs

    If you want to stay in a camping ground which is truly isolated then you must visit Lake Tennyson. Accessible only via a gravel road, this is the place to stay if you want to go on long walks, fishing, swimming or just chilling next to the lake.