Best area of Auckland to stay in precruise

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#1
Tucson, AZ
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I have been reading through these forums, but just seem to get more confused. We will be staying in Auckland 4 nights precruise next January. I would like to stay in an area that has a lot of restaurants, some shopping, and a nice area to walk around. Should that be central Auckland, Parnell, or ?????. I really could use some advice.
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#2
Gold Coast
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Originally posted by tnr
I have been reading through these forums, but just seem to get more confused. We will be staying in Auckland 4 nights precruise next January. I would like to stay in an area that has a lot of restaurants, some shopping, and a nice area to walk around. Should that be central Auckland, Parnell, or ?????. I really could use some advice.
I like Parnell and have stayed there on a number of occasions. It has good restaurants/cafes, shopping and a nice residential area to walk around in (beautiful Parnell rose garden and Domain, with War Memorial Museum).

www.aucklandmuseum.com/
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/334/au...sculpture-walk

I like the atmosphere - it feels like I'm in NZ, not a CBD which could be in any developed city of the world.
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Tucson, AZ
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Thanks for the input about Parnell. I had checked out street level maps, and central Auckland did look pretty sterile.
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Long Island
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Just returned from our regatta cruise.We stayed at the Hilton best loacation and walk right to your ship.Aroundthe corner from the ferry building.Free shuttle bus to the Kelly Tarton Auqu.Fantasic views of the harbor and bridge.
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Tucson, AZ
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Ahhhh, more places to consider. Thanks so much. I love the way cc'ers can always be counted on.
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Central Coast NSW
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The Sebel is pretty nice...its in Central Auckland but right on the waterfront..in the area where the Americas Cup Yachts were, interesting cafes and bars, rooms are nice with washing machines! Since you are right on the harbour you can walk down to the Devonport Ferry which is well worth the visit as is Talingtons Penguin Exhibit...free tourist bus around the city too.
If I had a few days to spare I would take the tour to the Waitomo Caves to see the glow worms it will take all day but fantastic.

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#7
andyszabler
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I will stay in Auckland at some days, Auckland is best city by new Zealand and I would show to some hotels, some malls, parks, restaurants, and big shop. Auckland is the most beautiful city at the whole world.
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Gold Coast
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In December, as well as Parnell, we also stayed at waterfront, fully self contained, Takapuna Oaks Hotel, Bayswater, which provided free ferry tickets into the CBD.

http://www.aucklandtakapunaoaks.co.nz/

It was handy to have a car here, but the hotel did provide free shuttles into Takapuna and Devonport.
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Fred Olsen Black Watch - 2012 - The Baltic, with Norway. Dover to St. Petersburg, via Kiel Canal.
Celebrity Century - 2011 - Auckland to Sydney

CTMA Vacancier - 2011 - Montreal to Magdalen Islands. Amtrak - Toronto to New York
MSC - Poesia - 2010 - Kiel, Germany to NY. Amtrak NY to Niagara Falls, VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
MSC - Lirica - 2008 - Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale
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Rivers of Holland Cruise - 2003 - to Amsterdam
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Star Cruises - Superstar Leo - 2003 - Sydney to Darwin
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Naruik - 2002 - Bergen to Kirkenes
Angelina Lauro - 1971 - Sydney to Perth. Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney (Put me off cruising for 30 years!)

P & O - Chusan - 1970 - London to Brisbane, via Africa, India and Sri Lanka (Suez closed).
Chandris Lines - Queen Frederica - 1969 - Sydney to London, via Panama, New York and Rotterdam