If you are planning to travel to Auckland, New Zealand you have made a great decision. You see, I recently returned from a one month stay in Auckland. I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is certainly worth the visit. The city and its people are laid back, safe and friendly.
Before you go though, you should know about three great spots to visit there. I’ve written a little about each one below.
Auckland Hotspot #1: The CBD
Auckland’s CBD or Central Business District is the city center. The main road running through this district is Queen St. You could spend your whole time in Auckland just exploring the CBD. During the day there are tons of stores and cafes to check out. The street culture is lively with actors, singers and artists.
At night, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. If you enjoy wine, you’ll find that almost every restaurant will have a selection of New Zealand vintages to pair with your meal.
Auckland Hotspot #2: The Viaduct
The viaduct is Auckland’s waterfront area just past the CBD. There are dozens of incredible bars and restaurants here. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the harbor and the thousands of yachts and sailboats from this vantage point. At night, this area is extremely crowded with hungry patrons. Princes Wharf juts into the harbor from the Viaduct and also has a number of great establishments where you can drink and dine al fresco.
Auckland Hotspot #3: K Road
If you’re into partying at night, Karangahape Road – better known as just K’Road – is the place to be. This road runs perpendicular to the southern end of Queen St, a short walk uphill from the CBD. This road is notorious for its wild nightclubs and bars. Things here don’t start picking up until well after 10pm, but the craziness continues well into the early hours of the morning.
There are many other districts and attractions to visit in Auckland – more than enough to keep anyone whose going to travel there busy for a long time. The above spots are a great place to start though, since they are near most of the major hotels in Auckland and all within walking distance of each other.