Auckland Notes

Auckland Tourist Site

To Do and See:

  • Otara Market is the largest Maori and Polynesian market in the world. You’ll find island-style floral print fabrics, Maori carvings and all kinds of tropical fruit and vegetables.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum is the custodian of the finest and most important collection of Maori treasures, or taonga, in the world.
  • Auckland Zoo is always fun -150 species, 500 animals. Zoo encounters, presented by zoo keepers, give you the opportunity to come eye to eye with some amazing creatures. 9.30am to 5.30pm daily, $18.00 pp.
    Eye-to-Eye Animal Encounters:
    – 11.15 Giraffe Monday, Tuesday
    – 1.45 Lion Tuesday
    – Impromptu Encounters (Daily): Listen to PA announcements

  • Auckland Museum: Daily Maori cultural performancesinclude a welcome dance, poi dance, stick game, weaponry display and haka
  • Princes Wharf: Located in the heart of Auckland’s revitalized waterfront precinct, Princes Wharf extends into the Waitemata Harbour where it provides a maritime gateway for more than 40 cruise ships that visit the City of Sails each year. Princes Wharf offers a vibrant hub of world-class restaurants and cafés…
  • Pou Kapua: To view some Maori/Pacific culture, take a look at Pou Kapau – the world’s tallest Maori/Pacific carving. At 20 metres high with a diameter of about 2 metres and weighing 20 tonnes, it is a magnificent icon, a symbol of our identity as the people of the land. Right near Auckland International Airport.
  • Nearby is Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, spread across two kilometres where ever-changing displays of 25 to 30 sculptural works are sited. All the sculptures are contemporary works by established and emerging artists. Daily 10-5.

Restaurants:

  • Gina’s Pizza and Pasta Bar: Italian restaurant of the year
  • Harbourside Seafood Bar and Grill: a varied menu specialising in the best of New Zealand’s seafood, a live crayfish tank and special creative touches in presentation. Reservations: Recommended (harbourside.auck@xtra.co.nz)
  • Kermadec Ocean Fresh
  • Revive Cafe: Bill absolutely wants a lunch here! Vegetarian and semi-organic with many low-fat, allergy free and animal free dishes.
  • Nourished: An upmarket café offering an innovative and healthy menu. With an ever changing menu and amazing coffee, this café is a favourite with inner city office workers and is located just opposite the waterfront and ferry building.
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