Auckland to do and stay

Kia ora! Auckland is the usual gateway to wherever you come from and it’s easy to roam around the city. There’re so much to do in Auckland besides shopping down the streets in the CBD. Hop on board a ferry at the downtown port and soon, you’ll find yourself in amazing islands and towns.

Devonport is an example. Just 12mins away from Auckland, the town is easily accessible by frequent ferries. Here, you can easily hike up Mt Victoria in 15mins and be rewarded with the views across – Auckland.

There’re many restaurants and cafes lined up along the coast of Devonport. Enjoy brunch at one of these cosy spots and take in the beautiful sight of the sea. Take a stroll along the beach and head towards the naval museum – a proud historic monument with lots of stories to tell, especially when the it celebrates its 75th.

Don’t forget to take home some of these handmade dark chocolates – it’s so good that it has been listed on the map ‘to-do’.

Credits: newzealand tourism

Named the top island in the South Pacific and number four in the world, Waiheke island just has to be another getaway on the top list. Home to beautiful beaches and lands of vineyards, savour one of New Zealand’s best wines coupled with glamorous view. Waiheke island is just 35mins from Auckland by ferry.


After a long day, you just want somewhere pampering to rest your mind and soul. Crowne Plaza Auckland is a stroll away from the port to the islands and a central location to business and leisure needs. It’s just directly opposite to Skytower (shopping, casino, food) and sits practically above levels of shops and food outlets.

At first sight, the room looks pleasant and comforting. 2 plush beds sit in the oasis while equipped with the other amenities you require – minibar, entertainment and a deep soaking bathtub perfect to unwind!

Toned in calming earth colours, the double beds are cushioned with duvet and laid with 3 pillow choices to choose from – ensuring extra comfortable stay.

Still suffering from the jetlag? Good to know – Crowne Plaza Auckland has sleep advantage rooms that keep you away from noise and aromatherapy spray to keep you nice and cool.

Wake up to a fantastic breakfast, we meant it. From international choices to bakery at the Aria restaurant, you get to choose other choices such as salad, cold cuts and you can even DIY your very own fruit juice, all fresh from the blender.

The hotel has a gym and sauna for the workout needs.

For the shopaholics, you won’t be disappointed – the main strip ‘Queen St’ is just behind the hotel. Duty free shops and malls lined up along the street so you have almost everything you need.

In case you’re heading for some comfort food, burgerfuel is recommended for that quick bite. Do try the grass-fed beef patties soaked in beetroot and lots of sauce called the ‘bastard’, it can be messy sometimes.

Crowne Plaza Auckland

128 Albert St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Sy was a guest of Crowne Plaza Auckland.

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