- About Heritage
If you’ve never been to Auckland, or haven’t been lately, now is the time to go. The Auckland Council’s plan to revitalise the CBD has led to significant change in the past few years and Queen St, the location of CityLife Auckland, is a major winner. More pedestrian friendly policies, and the development of award winning “shared street” spaces around Queen st have resulted in the CBD really coming to life, and the City Life Auckland is perfectly placed to take advantage of this newly vibrant, bustling area of great cafes, bars, restaurants, shops as well as other Auckland attractions.
Auckland’s waterfront, just down the end of the street, has not only also won major worldwide awards, but has given the city a style enjoyed by few other major cities in the world. The developments of the Viaduct and The Wynyard quarter balance the old with the new and cleverly combine the historical features of the area with the newer or rebuilt areas: imagine worn beams and railways lines, blue stone cobbles, quirky cafes sitting adjacent to a range of bars and local restaurants with the Waitemata harbour sparkling in the sun…. From the far end of the waterfront the city link bus or the tram can take you back to Queen St .
The new improved public transport also makes it simple to travel to other Auckland must-sees. Love fashion? In the CBD there’s the new Britomart quarter, where some of the city’s oldest buildings have been refurbished to create a cool european vibe, or the renowned High Street, both an easy walk from the hotel. But for less than $2 the Inner Link bus will take you to Newmarket or Ponsonby Road, where’s there’s ample shopping for guys or girls’ days out, but also cafés and top restaurants ranging from modern asian to degustation. For quick and inexpensive meals try one of Ponsonby’s best kept secrets (despite being described by The Lonely Planet as the city’s finest): the Ponsonby Food Court –a hint, it’s upstairs. The Inner Link runs at least every 15 minutes both ways from 6:30am to 11:00pm and thanks to the advances of GPS tracking each bus stop will tell you when the next one is due. Or if you feel like a little luxury Regency Cabs operate from right outside the hotel.
The CityLife Auckland is ideally located to access art, culture, action or the great outdoors. Just up the road from your Auckland CBD hotel is the Edge, a series of venues for plays, concerts, and world class productions, the City’s Art gallery, Toi o Tāmaki (reopened and stunning after three years of redevelopment) and of course in a big city there are big things to jump off. The Sky Tower features the sky jump and the sky walk, while the Auckland Harbour Bridge also has both bridge climb and bungy on offer.
The proximity of the hotel to the Waitemata Harbour and Ferry Terminal means easy access to a range of marine activities. Start with the Viaduct with the highly acclaimed Voyager NZ Maritime Museum, then follow that up with a sailing trip in a genuine America’s Cup yacht –an experience normally only available to elite yachties or billionaires –no previous experience necessary.
Then why not go further afield? Auckland is ringed by outlying islands, which are examples of some of the finest conservation practice in the world, including Tiritiri Matangi, which now houses some of the worlds rarest birds in a predator free sanctuary, and Rangitoto, the iconic volcanic cone which, being only 600 years old, shows the development of protected ecosystem as well stunning views right around the gulf and back towards Auckland from the top. Take a lunch and decent walking shoes to these islands, and a torch will allow you to explore the lava tunnels on Rangitoto. Waiheke Island on the other hand is more developed, offering different types of day trips. For a girls day out a wine tour is a great option, or for thrill seekers the ecozip adventure’s zip line gets visitors up and close with the countryside.
Getting provisions for your day out is as easy as going to one of the handy nearby supermarkets. Then at the end of a day head out to The Grove, The O’Connell St Bistro, Clooney, check out Auckland’s nightlife, or walk up to the casino. Just down the hill from the Casino and Sky Tower, Hectors Restaurant, in the Heritage Hotel, has a comprehensive menu featuring NZ’s fresh local meat products (including famous NZ lamb), but also is leading the way in the development of fine dining vegan and vegetarian options. Alternatively relax for the evening back at the CityLife with dinner at Zest, or enjoy the convenience of 24 hour room service.