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Winter School Holidays


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"Mum, I'm Bored"

Unless you’re a skiing family, school holidays in winter can be a bit of a challenge. So why not be really different and bring the family to Auckland which offers hundreds of events and activities, plus museums, art galleries, funparks, adventures and a huge variety of shopping and dining opportunities.

Viaduct Auckland New Zealand

While the waterfront, especially the Wynyard Quarter, is probably the favourite with visitors, this school holiday season sees the return of the Aotea Centre Ice-skating - a hugely popular event for all ages. A must-do activity in the Auckland events calendar, this year’s Aotea Square Ice Rink is set to be the biggest yet! For the first time, Aotea Square Ice Rink will be complimented by a free Winter Lounge, courtesy of Auckland Live, which will be lit up in celebration of Matariki, the Maori New Year, as well as the beautiful installation Mountain of Light by Angus Muir Design.

Aotea Square Ice Rink

The Auckland Art Gallery is renowned for its international exhibitions - and this year is really special. The body - in all its complexity - will be explored in The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate, Auckland Art Gallery's major exhibition for 2017.

Beautiful, sensual and at times provocative, more than 100 artworks from the Tate, London, will tell the story of the nude and trace artists' captivation with the human body over the last two centuries. 

At the heart of the show is Auguste Rodin's 'The Kiss' which is traveling outside of Europe for the first time. Other key works include Picasso's Nude woman in a Red Chair (1932) and Bonnard's The Bath (1925).

Picasso's Nude woman in a Red Chair

After the ice-skating and the Art Gallery, it's probably time to eat - and Auckland's restaurants and cafes offer a huge range of choice, far too numerous to list here - But "Heart of the City" has this fun web page that will give you some great ideas to suit your taste and mood.

With the Lions Tour ending on 8 July, the pressure on accommodation will have slightly eased on city centre and waterfront serviced apartments, so the time to book is now!


Tourism is New Zealand's No. 1 Export Earner


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The total number of visitors to New Zealand has surpassed 3 million in the last financial year and that is likely to increase to 4 million within the next 10 years. Most of those visitors arrive through Auckland International Airport with several airlines starting up new services and destinations.

While new hotels are going up, there will still be pressure on visitor accommodation with some experts calling for government and council assistance to encourage more development.

Queenstown, the top tourist destination, can barely cope with accommodation demand and is experiencing ‘one-day fly-in-fly-out’ from tourists based in Auckland!

Most tourists spend a few days in Auckland before moving on to the many beautiful areas of this unique country.

Having secured their accommodation visitors will find plenty to do in the ‘City of Sails’ as Auckland is affectionately known. To freshen up after a 26 hour flight, and to get a birds-eye view of the city, there can be no better choice than a walk to the top of Rangitoto our tame volcano in the harbour – catch a ferry rather than attempting to swim!

You can also enjoy other delights of the Harbour and central city bars and restaurants from your central Auckland accommodation

 


Auckland is Building for the Future at Wynyard Quarter


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Tall cranes abound in New Zealand's international city, Auckland, still referred to by many as The City of Sails which sits on the edges of the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. Those tall cranes are busy constructing offices, shopping malls, hotels and apartment blocks - even a new theatre - mostly within the central part of the city.

Major development activity has been under way since 2011 at the Wynyard Quarter, a reclaimed area bordered on three sides by the inner harbour and the Viaduct Basin, a popular social entertainment venue. Wynyard Quarter is developing as a unique waterside community with its mix of business and commerce, residential and hotel accommodation, open spaces, bars, cafes and restaurants.

                             

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Summer is the time to visit Silo Park, venue for many of Auckland's outdoor events, with concerts, festivals, movies - or just the sheer fun of being there amongst the crowds enjoying the markets or strolling along beside the vessels tied up at the wharf.

If you're staying in an apartment around the Viaduct area  Wynyard Quarter is just a few minutes walk to the west.

 

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