Auckland’s Savvy Good Life Rivals San Francisco
Auckland offers much more than a gateway to this safe, friendly and super-scenic country, writes the National’s Kipat Wilson. “Straddling an isthmus two kilometres wide on North Island, it enjoys a warm climate, superb waterfront setting and an internationally savvy good life that rivals Sydney or San Francisco.”
“A thriving economy, buzzy harbourside restaurants and stimulating activities ranging from hiking up volcanoes to racing an America’s Cup yacht make Auckland an ideal place to tune into the many attractions of the New Zealand lifestyle.”
Wilson suggests accommodation at the “bright, light five-star Hilton Auckland” and the “exquisitely decorated” privately owned Hotel Debrett.
He recommends excursions to the Auckland Museum, the Sky Tower and shopping in “the smart, open-plan shopping precinct Britomart.”
To eat, Wilson says book tables at Peter Gordon’s Sugar Club, Depot Eatery and the Marvel Grill in the harbourside Wynyard Quarter.
Original article by Kipat Wilson, The National, April 17, 2014.