Shaped like the cruise liners that pull alongside this boutique hotel, the Hilton Auckland is located at the end of Princes Wharf and surrounded by the Waitemata Harbour. Soak up the harbour views and sea breeze from the privacy of your own furnished balcony or head down to the Bellini Bar to enjoy a cocktail at sunset. A morning dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool with its underwater viewing window is a great way to start the day.
Insider Tip: Be sure to try the liquid nitrogen ice cream dessert at the hotel’s FISH Restaurant. It’s one to remember.
Auckland, New Zealand
Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Squeezed between the Tasman and Pacific seas it is blessed with two stunning harbours, Waitemata and Manukau.
Its western black sand beaches are wild and tempestuous, providing a stark contrast with the picture perfect sheltered coves of the east.
The Hauraki Gulf is Auckland’s nautical playground, a haven of sub-tropical islands and rich marine life. Auckland’s youngest volcano, Rangitoto, provides the backdrop to many a photograph whilst Waiheke is a wine growing paradise with a laid-back vibe and bohemian art. Great Barrier Island, although only a short ferry trip from the city, feels a world away with much of the island remaining largely untouched wilderness.
Central Auckland has a vibrant multi-cultural population and exciting culinary scene. Surrounding it are the vineyards, rainforests, thermal spas, regional parks and wildlife sanctuaries that – along with the many volcanic craters which dominate the skyline – make Auckland truly unique.