Here’s why guests should extend a two-day Auckland sojourn to a more leisurely experience of three to five days.
(1) Auckland is one of the world's great harbour cities…a virtual marine playground awaits.
Auckland is built on two sparkling harbours. Explore the 35 islands and sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf or take a short helicopter, seaplane or ferry ride and escape to Waiheke Island for world-class wine, art and spectacular beaches. Adventurous visitors to the city can sea kayak to the volcanic island of Rangitoto, or help sail an authentic America's Cup racing yacht.
(2) Auckland is the South Pacific's finest destination for travelling foodies.
Standout dining experiences include the sophistication of The Grove and The French Cafe, the bold culinary experimentation at Sidart, Cassia and Meredith's, and the rustic Kiwi ambience of Depot Eatery where craft beers are teamed with freshly shucked oysters and clams. Auckland's vibrant scene also includes chefs with experience in Michelin-starred restaurants in London, and along buzzing Ponsonby Rd, ex-Nobu and Jiro’s brother’s restaurant (familiar to those who have watched the documentary about the legendary sushi master) chef Takashi Shitamoto has recently opened the very fine Namo eatery.
(3) Auckland's wine scene ranks as one of the country's best.
West Auckland's Kumeu River Wines have been rated in the Top 100 Wines of 2015 by the prestigious international magazine Wine Spectator, and Bordeaux-style red wines from Waiheke Island's Te Motu, and Stonyridge are equally world famous. Arriving at the perfect cove at Man O'War Vineyard on Waiheke Island is best on a spectacular harbour-spanning floatplane flight from downtown Auckland, and their Valhalla Chardonnay is a fine example of Waiheke's surprising sub-tropical island terroir.
(4) Experience the best of both worlds while shopping in Auckland.
Sophisticated international brands including Prada, Dior and Tiffany & Co have all opened Auckland locations, and balancing this global focus are local designers imbued with a proudly New Zealand confidence and style. The classy women's apparel of Karen Walker has expanded to include jewellery, homeware, accessories and fragrance, and other New Zealand designers include World, Kate Sylvester, Knuefermann, Trelise Cooper and superb women's shoes from Kathryn Wilson. Men are also well catered for with urban cool outfits available from Zambesi, Crane Brothers, Working Style, Workshop, Gubb & Mackie, Huffer & Icebreaker. Auckland's key shopping precincts of Ponsonby and Britomart are very convenient to our property's central location.
(5) St Marys Residence offers the perfect combination of privacy, luxury and location.
Located in one of Auckland's most central, charming and fashionable neighbourhoods, St Marys Residence is the ultimate address from which to explore the city and the surrounding region. Accommodating up to six guests on an exclusive basis, the Residence is ideal for intimate sojourns for couples, friends and families, or celebrities, business people and VIPs travelling with their dedicated support staff.
Now is definitely the time to visit New Zealand and the vibrant city of Auckland. We look forward to welcoming guests from near and afar, and crafting a unique and bespoke experience for the modern day discerning traveller.