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Waiheke Island

Visit Waiheke Island on a hop-on-hop-off bus, stop for wine-tastings (allow between $5-15 per 3 glass wine tastings), $65 includes return ferry ticket and limitless hop-on-hop-off bus for the day.

  • Most flexible and cost-effective way to experience the island’s best wineries, beaches, restaurants, and more
  • Explore at your own pace, stopping in 17 locations
  • Scenic 1.5 hour loop tour of the island
  • Commentary and local tips by on board island host
  • Return ferry to Waiheke Island from downtown Auckland

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Tips of how to get to the ferry (from Conference Convenor Selina).

Given the numbers interested in this trip, I’ve laid out options for those able to catch the 1pm ferry, and also for those who will catch the 2pm ferry (with me). 

Everyone needs to make their own way to the downtown wharf to catch the boat.  Some options include:

– walk: walk along Park Road, across the Grafton Bridge, turn left down Symonds street, past the Auckland Uni campus, until you hit Anzac Ave which turns into Customs Street.  Walk towards the water (straight ahead). Approx 35-45 mins brisk walk.

– bus: depart regularly from 2 Park Road, opposite the Auckland Hospital. Allow half an hour. 1 stage = $3.50. 

– uber: you might want to organise yourselves in Uber groups and share the cheaper fare (appox $8-10) and get there faster!

– Lime scooter – my personal favorite (7 mins!)

There will be bags to pack your lunch and go.  The ferry ride is 35mins and they have good NZ wines on board (Passage Rock).

Weather permitting, I am happy to form a walking bus.

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Sky Tower

The Sky Tower has stood tall at 328 meters as an icon of Auckland’s sky line for 20 years. It’s an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breath-taking views.

  • View the city from 220 metres high above street level.
  • Panoramic 360˚ views up to 80 kilometres in every direction.
  • Spot key landmarks, volcanoes and other historical locations within the greater Auckland area.
  • If dining with a view is what you’re after, then you’re spoilt for choice with three restaurants and cafes up the Sky Tower – Orbit 360˚ Dining revolving restaurant, the superbly chic and elegant The Sugar Club or relax with your coffee, cheese board or ice cream at the Sky Café.

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Auckland Museum

The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira is one of New Zealand’s most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, and military history.

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