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Auckland Domain
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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
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$263 per night from 1 Apr. to 2 Apr.

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 ...

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The Grand by SkyCity
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is NZ$220 per night from 1 Apr. to 2 Apr.

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Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
5 out of 5
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
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The price is NZ$224 per night from 28 Mar. to 29 Mar.

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Auckland Ferry Terminal, Viaduct Harbour and SkyCity Casino. Sky ...

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The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$263 per night from 1 Apr. to 2 Apr.
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SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
The price is NZ$220 per night from 1 Apr. to 2 Apr.
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Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
5 out of 5
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$224 per night from 28 Mar. to 29 Mar.
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Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
The price is NZ$212 per night from 28 Mar. to 29 Mar.
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The Quadrant Hotel & Suites
The Quadrant Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland
The price is NZ$94 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.
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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
4 out of 5
150 Anzac Avenue, Auckland
The price is NZ$143 per night from 2 Apr. to 3 Apr.
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Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences
4.5 out of 5
40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$189 per night from 22 Mar. to 23 Mar.
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Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$129 per night from 3 Mar. to 4 Mar.
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VR Queen Street - Hotel & Suites
VR Queen Street - Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
401 Queen Street, Auckland
The price is NZ$97 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.
VR Queen Street - Hotel & Suites
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