- About Heritage
If you’ve never been to Auckland, or haven’t been lately, now is the time to go. Auckland’s downtown has undergone significant change in the past few years, and it shows. Auckland has never looked better and the handy CBD location of the Heritage makes it, of all the Auckland city hotels, one of the best to take advantage of the new improved city and the vibrant city attractions Auckland enjoys.
Auckland’s waterfront development has not only 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 as part of a cohesive masterplan from Waterfront Auckland. Like the Heritage Hotel itself, this waterfront development cleverly combines 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… and it starts within an easy downhill walk of less than a kilometre from the hotel. From the far end of the waterfront the city link bus or the tram can take you back towards the new look, pedestrian friendly Queen St and the new award winning “shared street” spaces leading on to it.
The new improved public transport also makes it simple to travel to other Auckland must-sees. Love fashion? Well in the CBD there’s the new Britomart quarter, or the renowned High Street. But for less than $2 the Inner Link bus, which stops just up the road from the hotel, 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 just feel like a little luxury Corporate Cabs operate from right outside the hotel.
Auckland’s CBD is ideally geographically located to access art, culture, action or the great outdoors. Within the CBD 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, a short walk from the Heritage Hotel, 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 at 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 world’s 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 maybe a torch 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 trips 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, walk up to the casino, or experience the best right back at the Heritage Auckland Hotel. Hectors Restaurant 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. As an in-house guest you can sample this award winning fare in the restaurant…or order it as room service 24 hours a day.