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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
41 Walkways: We are very spoiled in Auckland to have access to hundreds of walkways from City rambles to the 16km Coast to Coast hike at our disposal. To get the blood pumping here are our favourites: Tamaki Drive -- A beautiful waterfront walk from Quay St (by Princes Wharf) and continuing all the way to Mission Bay & St Heliers. This is a flat, paved walk and cycle pathway that follows the coastline, with the promise of a few lovely cafes in Mission Bay as reward. Approx 10km to St Heliers. Auckland Domain -- a short walk across Grafton Bridge from the Langham hotel, or take the Link bus from the City towards Parnell and get off at the Parnell Library. The Auckland Domain is the city's oldest park, and covers 75 hectares of central Auckland with duck ponds, rose gardens, the winter gardens, playing fields and paths that wind through the native bush on the park's perimeter. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is also found within the park. Food & Drink Auckland has hundreds of bars and restaurants to choose from for your dining pleasure. We suggest our favourites by suburb: PONSONBY (5 minutes by taxi from CBD) The Long Room (114 Ponsonby Rd) -- Heated courtyard for colder evenings, fabulous cocktails and a great bar menu. A nice change from the usual Ponsonby bar scene. Ponsonby Social Club (152 Ponsonby Rd) -- Very cool, warehouse style space. Excellent bar staff and service. Sale St (7 Sale St, Freemans Bay) -- the huge balcony is very enticing on a sunny afternoon, not to mention the 52 tap beers on offer. A good place to escape the Viaduct crowds. VIADUCT (walking distance from most hotels) Euro -- An old favourite serving delicious classics and seasonal specialities. Excellent wine list. Cowboys -- Loud and busy a few steps from the Sebel. Try the amazing Wagyu Burger! Monsoon Poon -- South-east Asian cuisine and a bar serving cocktails reminiscent of your last trip to Thailand! Chow -- Delicious, fresh Asian cuisine. Try the 2 for 1 Mondays deal after a big day at Karaka or go all out on the banquet menu. Yum. BRITOMART (5 minutes walk from Viaduct, a minute from Hyatt, Quadrant, Metropolis) Agents & Merchants (Roukai Ln) -- a classic wine bar with a delicious choice of tasty nibbles. Worth the walk! Smith Bar (Galway St) - A new addition to the Auckland scene. Racket (Ruakai Ln) -- next door to A&M, and sharing the covered laneway, this place has a late-night vibe Northern Steamship Co. (Quay St) -- From the Macs Brewery family, this bar is really an eclectic pub. There are a huge number of hotels in Auckland, from luxury on the waterfront to cost effective apartments and convenient motels. The following are our favourites based on location, service and star rating. If the casino is what you are after, try the Sky City complex with two hotels, numerous restaurants and of course, the Casino. If you like waterfront luxury, try the stunning Westin Lighter Quay, located on the inner marina just 10 minutes walk from the Viaduct and home of the famous Heavenly bed. Alternatively, the modern Hilton Auckland juts out on Princes Wharf with fabulous sea views on both sides and the fabulous Bellini Bar for sunset cocktails. The best apartment- style options are the Quay West and Sebel Suites, both within walking distance of the Viaduct, and the Metropolis Apartments, handily located on High St. New this year is the Hotel De Brett. Also right in the centre of town, this hotel is one of the oldest in Auckland, but has recently undergone a rather funky upgrade. The bar and restaurant here are very popular with the local crowd. Further from the waterfront but no less luxurious is the Langham, Auckland. Truly 5 star with service and facilities to match any high class hotel. Plus the home to Auckland's Chuan Spa. An experience in itself! If you want to really spoil yourself, ask about the amazing penthouses at Hilton Auckland, Stamford Plaza and the Hyatt Regency. Or book a stay at the exclusive Mollies, where your every wish and demand can be catered for. For further information contact Hospitality Coordinator Victoria Vela on email@example.com WHERE TO STAY 31st January Karaka Million 1st - 2nd February Premier Sale 3rd - 5th February Select Sale 7th - 8th February Festival Sale KARAKA WEEK SCHEDULE Photo courtesy Tourism New Zealand
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