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Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
SIGHTSEEING Fullers Cruises - enjoy Auckland from the water on one of Fullers’ harbour cruises. Visit Rangitoto, Auckland’s 600 year old volcanic island, and walk or train your way to the top through lush, native bush for amazing harbour views, or stay on-board and cruise your way around the Waitemata Harbour in comfort with full commentary from the knowledgeable crew. Waiheke Island - No trip to Auckland is complete without a visit to this stunning island, just 30 minutes by ferry from downtown. Hundreds of beaches, world-class wineries and acres of olive groves make this an enjoyable day trip from the City. Take one of the Winery Tours or make your own way and get lost on this little piece of paradise. Multiple superb dining experiences include Mudbrick Restaurant and Cable Bay Vineyard. Manukau Golf Club - A beautiful golf course located only minutes south of Auckland, and only 10 minutes from Karaka. Designed in 1932, the course is known for its park-like qualities. With 18 holes and over fifty bunkers Manukau provides a challenging test to all levels of players. Apart from the beautiful stands of trees all over the entire course, there is also an ample supply of water hazards provided by streams, newly constructed ponds and the spectacular Manukau Harbour. Green Fees from $55 www.manukaugolf.co.nz 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, or just stroll through the scenery, here are our favourites: Tamaki Drive - Abeautiful waterfront walk fromQuaySt (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 coast line, with the promise of a few lovely cafes in Mission Bay as reward.Approximately 7.5km to Mission Bay. Auckland Domain - A short walk across Grafton Bridge from the Langham hotel, or take the Link bus from the City to the Parnell Library. The Auckland Domain is the city’s oldest park and home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and covers 75 hectares of central Auckland with duck ponds, rose gardens and paths that wind through the native bush on the park’s perimeter. One Tree Hill & Cornwall Park - This 220 hectare park really captures the spirit of New Zealand. Allow yourself plenty of time to ramble through wide open spaces, mature olive groves, avenues of oak and kauri, and even past the sheep and cattle grazing in this inner city oasis. A uniquely Kiwi experience! FOOD & DRINK With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, these are some of our favourites: The Grove - Fine Dining, City. Reservations +64 9 368 4129. Supreme Winner Metro/Audi Restaurant of the Year Awards 2011. The Grove marries exquisite modern New Zealand cuisine and traditional French techniques, in a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. Located in the heart of Auckland, this top Auckland restaurant is charming, professional and friendly. Antoine’s - Fine Dining, Parnell. Reservations +64 9 379 8756. Antoine’s has been on the Auckland dining scene for over 35 years, offering traditional French cuisine in a warm and intimate setting, Antoine’s is so popular with return clients that Chef Tony Astle has created a ‘Nostalgia Menu’ based on all his most popular dishes over the years. Euro - Modern New Zealand, Princes Wharf. Reservations +64 9 309 9866. Another long-time favourite, Euro now boasts the longest bar in Auckland, along with its elegant home-style food and harbour-side setting. An extensive selection of New Zealand and international wines, and classic kiwi dishes make this hard to beat. The French Cafe - Modern French, City. Reservations +64 9 377 1911. Multiple winner of the Cuisine Best Restaurant award, The French Cafe is a staple for anyone looking for excellent service, fine cuisine, and an extensive wine list. Try the Chef ’s Tasting Menu (9 courses $145) for a gourmet extravaganza. Soul Bar & Bistro - Pacific-Rim, Viaduct. Reservations +64 9 356 7249. In the heart of the Viaduct Harbour, Soul is a regular in our Dining Guide. Take a seat on the huge patio under the shade of an umbrella, and enjoy the modern NZ fare, with a generous selection of fresh seafood choices. A good selection of local and international beer and wine to help you to while away the afternoon. Non Solo Pizza - Italian, Parnell. Reservations +64 9 379 5358. A relaxed, open-air courtyard accompanies a smarter dining room at this Parnell favourite. Authentic Italian antipasti and pizza are the highlights of the menu and it is a great place to sit back and relax on any night of the week. Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar - NZ Tapas & Raw Bar, SKYCITY. No reservations. A casual spot open for donuts and coffee in the morning right through to cocktail hour, with raw bar and tasty sharing plates. The food here is delicious with incredible service to match. Owned by Kiwi chef Al Brown, this is one not to be missed. Asian Eateries - New Zealand has a large, eclectic Asian population which fosters hundreds of delicious dining options. Some of the stars include Café Hanoi, a no-reservations restaurant serving delicious Vietnamese-style sharing plates with fresh and bold flavours; Industry Zen, a cool, contemporary Japanese option just off the Viaduct waterfront; Grand Harbour, a large, classic Chinese with the best yum cha in town; and Monsoon Poon, a fun and casual spot offering a fusion of South East Asian influences to satisfy all taste buds. WHERE TO STAY THERE is a wide range of accommodation options in Auckland, from serviced apartments to luxury hotels. If you enjoy 24 hour action then SKYCITY Hotels and Casino might be for you. With two hotels, numerous restaurants, and the 24 hour gaming floor, this is a busy central city option. Rooms from $172 per night. For water views, head to the Viaduct and the conveniently located Sebel Suites which has apartment-style accommodation located above the bars and restaurants. Rooms from $170 per night. Alternatively, the modern Hilton Auckland juts out 300m on Princes Wharf with sweeping sea views, the new restaurant Fish, and the elegant Bellini Bar for sunset cocktails. Rooms from $295 per night. Other apartment-style options are the fully serviced 4-star Quay West Suites (from $209 per night), the popular Waldorf Apartments (from $152 per night) and the enviably located Auckland Waterfront Apartments (from $300 per night), opposite the Hilton. For luxury within easy access to the motorway try The Langham (from $212 per night). Home to the best spa in Auckland with a fabulous outdoor pool and sundeck, this hotel offers traditional 5-star service. If you want to really spoil yourself, ask about the amazing penthouse at the Hilton Auckland, or book a stay at the exclusive boutique hotel Mollies in St Mary’s Bay. For further information on these and the myriad other options, or to make a booking, contact NZB Hospitality Co-ordinator Victoria Vela on firstname.lastname@example.org. Rangitoto KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW KARAKA 2012 35
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