Auckland Scene

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    I interviewed the Whitcoulls Santa…

    I stood on the intersection of Queen and Victoria Streets and had a chat with the 54-year old Santa who used to be known for his creepiness, but has now had an extreme makeover.

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    Auckland: overnighting on the harbour

    For a night away with a difference, book a cabin on the Hauraki Blue cruising cat, tootle around some of Auckland’s islands and anchor down for the night.

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    Shooting at Auckland Zoo

    Auckland Zoo is one of the best attractions the city has to offer. I hadn’t been in about a decade, so this week I took my camera (and a couple of kids) and this is what we did…

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    Tips for buffet eating: Eight at Langham Auckland

    Doing buffets well is a skill. Trying to avoid gluttony and experiencing it like a degustation takes discipline and a strategic approach. Here’s how to do it at Eight at the Langham…

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    Cool things to do on a girls weekend in Auckland

    I have whipped up my picks for the Top 10 best things to do in Auckland. It’d actually be good for girls and boys to be honest!

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    Cool ideas for Father’s Day (or his birthday!)

    Here are 6 quite different ideas for gifts for your dad for Father’s Day, or any other day for that matter…

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    Eat hearty French fare in Auckland

    The Pullman Hotel Auckland is offering a French menu until Bastille Day (July 14) and this is what you’ll get…

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    Waiheke Island: lunch at Cable Bay Vineyards

    Just 30 minutes by ferry from Auckland is Waiheke Island, laden with vineyards and edged in stunning beaches. Pop over for a day or stay as long as you like, but when you do drop in to Cable Bay for lunch…

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    Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter turns 1!

    The old tank farm on North Wharf turns 1 – Auckland’s newest urban playground. Quite literally, with the sand-covered playground for kids. But it’s also the new drinking and eating playground for inner city dwellers. Happy birthday Wynyard Quarter!

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    Sleep (legally) at Auckland airport

    If you’re on a red eye flight that checks in at Stupid-o’clock, then why not stay the night? I stayed at the Airport Novotel and LOVED being able to check my luggage in at 5am and come back to my room for brekky…