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Auckland Domain

Once the site of an active volcano, Auckland Domain is now home to a wealth of exotic plantlife, sculpture and a wide-ranging museum.

Referred to locally as The Domain, this 75-hectare space has been a public garden since 1860. Before this time, it had functioned as a Maori pa – a fortified settlement given over to the cultivation of crops and food storage – and, well before that, had been the site of an active volcano. Even in its current incarnation, the park is still benefitting from its volcanic past, with the rich, fertile soil encouraging the growth of exotic plantlife, and the natural amphitheatre creating a perfect space for sports.

As you wander through the park, you may stumble across the designated sculpture walk. This consists of eight permanent sculptures by New Zealand artists. The Wintergarden section of the park is home to a collection of marble sculptures donated by a local businessman in the 20s, plus a newer work by Chinese-New Zealand artist Guy Ngan.

Step indoors for a while with a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. This Greco-Roman style building houses numerous military exhibits, as the name suggests, but also deals with the area's natural history, the history of the Maori inhabitants, settlers and local crafts.

Follow this with a stroll over to the garden's beautiful glasshouse, which dates right back to the 1920s, for a look at the tropical and temperate plant displays, before settling down in the café by the pond for a leisurely lunch. This lake was originally formed by natural springs and used to provide water for the city. Nowadays, it provides a home for a large population of local ducks.

Autumn is a good time of year to visit the park, as this sees Auckland Domain host its annual arts festival, with performances in the areas of art, theatre, dance and music. Easily accessible by LINK and Explorer bus services, there is plenty of parking available near The Domain too.


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The Grand by SkyCity NZ$237
The Grand by SkyCity

The Grand by SkyCity

90 Federal Street, Auckland
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 12 minutes by foot.

    Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences NZ$170
    Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences

    Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences

    40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland and Sky Tower are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 6 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 29 minutes.

      Auckland Harbour Suites NZ$115
      Auckland Harbour Suites

      Auckland Harbour Suites

      16 Gore Street, Auckland
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Auckland Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of La Cigale Market at Britomart and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is only a 4-minute walk.

        Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group NZ$219
        Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

        Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

        83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland and Auckland City Hospital are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 15 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 16 minutes.

          SkyCity Hotel NZ$203
          SkyCity Hotel

          SkyCity Hotel

          Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sky City Casino, Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre and Queen Street Shopping District are also within 5 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 12 minutes by foot.

            Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments NZ$162
            Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments

            Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments

            40 Beach Road, Auckland
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Cigale Market at Britomart, University of Auckland, and Auckland Ferry Terminal. Queen Street Shopping District and Britomart Transport Centre are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 7 minutes by foot.

              Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel
              Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel

              Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel

              6-12 St Martins Lane, Auckland
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Newton, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Auckland Town Hall and University of Auckland. Sky Tower and Auckland Domain are also within 1 mi (2 km). Auckland Mt Eden Station is 17 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 18 minutes.

                Hilton Auckland NZ$231
                Hilton Auckland

                Hilton Auckland

                Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from New Zealand National Maritime Museum and Princes Wharf. Auckland Ferry Terminal and Viaduct Harbour are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 7 minutes by foot.