If you’re anything like me, you savour the opportunity to get away and enjoy the finer things in life, to indulge in a touch of style and embrace a luxury home away from home.
And where better to revel in opulent indulgences, leisurely pursuits, and vibrant vitality than in Auckland?
Auckland remains one of my most treasured cities for a staycation, nestled against the stunning backdrop of the harbour, there’s nothing I love more than to venture out and enjoy what the City of Sails has to offer; including Auckland’s culinary scene. Standing as a true example of sophistication, I always appreciate the rustic and heartfelt experiences, such as the Farmers’ Market in Matakana, along with the inner-city restaurants that boast high-end cuisine. I’ve always found that diverse, fresh and seasonal ingredients are key in this delicious city.
During my last trip to Auckland, I found myself searching for unique and contemporary dishes, and Harbour Society delivered. Located in Auckland’s bustling CBD, I was delighted with contemporary reimagined flavours, and loved seeing the commitment to sustainability and seasonality. If you’re someone who prefers a touch of European flair to your delicacies, the Javalab Café is a Parisian-inspired Cafe in the heart of the city;
I myself indulged in the classic decadent pastries, accompanied by fresh brews that filled the room.
I’ve been to many large metropolitan cities, and I can promise, not all of them boast natural wonders and outdoor retreats on their doorstep, but Auckland shines as an exception.
In less than an hour from the Auckland CBD, I found myself transported to another world, gazing upon the untamed beauty of the Piha region’s rugged beaches. These dramatic coastlines, adorned with black sands, promise exhilarating surf and scenic strolls through unspoiled landscapes – and even offer abseiling, if you’re seeking a true expedition. As a novice adventurer, I preferred to keep my feet on the ground, but found that a spectacular picnic spot is never far away, and the cuisine found at the Surf Club rather delectable.
I was also lucky enough to experience the dormant volcanic marvel that is Rangitoto Island, which stands as an iconic backdrop to Auckland’s harbour and after a trek to the peak for panoramic views, I watched a kayak tour paddle into the sunset as I ferried back to my luxurious accommodation.
After a day well spent, I was able to retreat into my haven of tranquillity; the oasis that delivers uninterrupted vistas of the Waitemata Harbour and a sense of true relaxation, the SO/ Auckland Hotel. An elegant custodian of the urban design quarter, where an ambiance of contemporary luxury seamlessly melds with cosmopolitan charisma, I was treated to a designer sanctuary complete with state-of-the-art technologies, sumptuous bedding, and, to my excitement, a complimentary alcohol-free minibar, which I wholeheartedly took advantage of while enjoying the surrounds of the city.
Not one to miss out on a spot of nightlife, I ventured up to the Hi-So, the SO/ Auckland’s rooftop bar where I indulged in only the most elegant of cocktails as I methodically planned my next-day whale-watching odyssey and Auckland City adventure.
Back to the plush comfort of my room, my day was complete and my spirits high.
Auckland really does have the perfect mix of experiences; be sure to make the most of them when you visit.
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