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Cruising from Auckland to Sydney next spring and look8ng for hotel recommendations in both cities.  Not necessarily right at the cruise port or airport, more interested in good locations for sightseeing.  Also any must see items d be appreciated!  TIA

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Can't help with NZ, but I recently stayed at the Mantra 2 Bond Street in Sydney when I was down there for a concert at the Opera House. It was a great place to stay. Pricing was excellent and it's an easy stroll to Circular Quay (way less than 10 minutes) and the cruise terminal (assuming you are sailing into Overseas Passenger Terminal??). Was a nicely renovated 1 bedroom serviced apartment with a small kitchen which makes it great if you're staying a few days.

 

Hotel was 2 mins walk from Wynyard Train Station that can take you straight to the airport or can give you easy access to the rest of Sydney - and the hotel did a decent buffet breakfast in the foyer for about AUD$20 (plus happy hour drinks at night!) I couldn't fault it, and would definitely stay there for future visits. Very close to everything but without the harbourview price tag.

 

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Which port in Sydney The Rocks or White Bay?

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I would say it is into the OPT, would hazard a guess at an X cruise. Depending on what the OP wants to visit and how long, I would recommend the Meriton Apartments on King st near Wynyard, close enough to the pier and many of the attractions around Sydney as well as public transport.

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Hotels and apartments near Mascot are good as well, close to the train station for transport around but you can also get a shuttle to and from the airport which is really convenient.

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Thanks for all the ideas.  I’m not sure of the cruise ports, will check with Holland America.

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We always stay at the Amora Hotel (link below) when we travel to Sydney.  It's very conveniently located to most touristy things including the train station.  Despite what Sydneysiders will often say, we find the train network and safety in Sydney to be excellent.  When travelling it is always a great option in my mind to take public transport, not simply for the cost factor but to actually see the place the way the prople who live there do.  Just a suggestion, but we once spent an entire day travelling on the various ferrys out of Circular Quay, what a great way to spend a day!

https://www.amorahotels.com/hotels/amora-hotel-jamison-sydney?utm_source=google-local&utm_medium=organic

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I usually stay at Four Seasons in Sydney.  Horribly expensive but easy walk to/from ship, The Rocks,  Opera House and CBD. I'm able to walk everywhere.  

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In Auckland, depending on how much time you’re there, take advantage of how small North Island is and get out of the city. There are some great parts of NZ that are only a couple of hours drive away. 

For Sydney, if you’re on a budget you can get decent rates for the ibis or Novotel at Darling Harbour. Good location to be close to lots of things to do and places to eat. They are sister hotels and share facilities, the Novotel is the nicer of the two. If you can splurge a bit more on the other hand, the Four Seasons in The Rocks is lovely and particularly close to the OPT. 

 

Things to do - climb the Harbour Bridge, go for drinks at night at the Opera Bar, take a day tour to the Blue Mountains 

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We like the Stanford Plaza  in Auckland, but it can be a bit costly, the location is great though and only 5 mins walk to the dock.

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It’s been a long time but Rydges Auckland was always good. In Sydney the Holiday Inn at the Rocks, or Grace in York Street have been our “Go to” choices.

 

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I just checked and we are arriving at Whitebay.  Thanks again for the help.  

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My advice is to stay somewhere similar to what I mentioned, as you can get the ferry from white bay to King's wharf which is very close to Wynyard station. there are lots of options but I stand by the Meriton apartments for longer stays.

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Agree with Mic, longer stays serviced appartments win every time, shorter stays there are plenty of hotels around Wynyard or Kings wharf and get the ferry over to White Bay.

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Posted (edited)

We staying at Heritage Hotel in Auckland in December. Also have stayed at Hotel Grand Windsor.

 

 

Edited by icat2000

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If you're staying in Auckland three nights or more then I recommend the Auckland Waterfront Apartments which are actually on Princes Wharf. Lovely one bedroom apartments overlooking the harbour bridge.

 

Another good option is the Waldorf Stadium Apartment Hotel which is only a few blocks from the cruise wharves and close to a number of good restaurants.

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We only have one night in Auckland and two in Sydney😫. I don’t want my husband to forget who I am if I’m away too long!  

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11 hours ago, Moo1957 said:

We only have one night in Auckland and two in Sydney😫. I don’t want my husband to forget who I am if I’m away too long!  

I often wish that Mrs Gut would forget who I am, might save me some grief.

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Staying at Holiday Inn Potts Point/Kings Cross pre Majestic Princess in February.  Half the price of the Holiday Inns and equivalent hotels in CBD.   Only one stop past Town Hall station.  KX station is right there with the Holiday Inn.

 

I don't like risking driving up to Sydney on day of cruise or flight, with all the road closures happening on south coast, fires, crashes etc.

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1 hour ago, GUT2407 said:

I often wish that Mrs Gut would forget who I am, might save me some grief.

Maybe it is the forgetting that is why you are always in grief.

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48 minutes ago, NSWP said:

Staying at Holiday Inn Potts Point/Kings Cross pre Majestic Princess in February.  Half the price of the Holiday Inns and equivalent hotels in CBD.   Only one stop past Town Hall station.  KX station is right there with the Holiday Inn.

 

I don't like risking driving up to Sydney on day of cruise or flight, with all the road closures happening on south coast, fires, crashes etc.

Depending on the trip, we often stay the night before as well.

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1 hour ago, MicCanberra said:

Depending on the trip, we often stay the night before as well.

Yes, ease yourselves into cruise mode by a nice night down town.  Way to go.

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1 hour ago, NSWP said:

Yes, ease yourselves into cruise mode by a nice night down town.  Way to go.

It is more for flights but sometimes for cruises as well.

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4 hours ago, NSWP said:

Staying at Holiday Inn Potts Point/Kings Cross pre Majestic Princess in February.  Half the price of the Holiday Inns and equivalent hotels in CBD.   Only one stop past Town Hall station.  KX station is right there with the Holiday Inn.

 

I don't like risking driving up to Sydney on day of cruise or flight, with all the road closures happening on south coast, fires, crashes etc.

We go the night before, probably b3cause I once spent three days on the wrong end of the Freeway, and by going a day earlier I leave us with some semblance of a chance of finding a work around

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