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Always Perfect Auckland

Posted by on Feb 9, 2011 | 2 comments

Always Perfect Auckland

After 4 nights in a row sleeping on airplanes, I arrived in Auckland from Guam feeling like I’d been hit by a truck.

I was exhausted and in the early stages of what promised to be a very nasty cold. Luckily, I’d already had the foresight to schedule the remedy – a morning at the spa! Thanks to my daily deal e-mails from Auckland’s “Grab One” (the NZ version of Groupon), I’d gotten a steal on a massage and Japanese Stone Spa treatment at a spa only two blocks from my rental apartment. Since I couldn’t pick up the keys to the apartment until 2pm and I landed at 9am, I scheduled the spa appointment for 11am.

It was exactly what I needed and highly preferable to sitting around miserable for 3 hours waiting for the apartment guy. After a few hours at the spa, I was feeling almost human again.

I had just enough time to run by the grocery store for a few essentials (i.e. wine…and some food) before heading to the apartment.

Altitude Sky Deck Apartment Auckland New Zealand

A hot tub view of downtown Auckland from the apartment’s terrace

When I arrived at the Altitude building on Kingston Street – just steps from the Sky Tower – the rental agent was waiting at the door. In an attempt to re-create my splendid 9 days in Auckland a few months back, I’d rented the same fabulous apartment – the Altitude Sky Deck.

The apartment was exactly as I’d remembered it and the minute I stepped out onto that enormous balcony with sweeping views of all of sunny downtown Auckland I was feeling a million times better. It was good to be home.

It was also good to have a real bed again. And a kitchen. And free, unlimited wifi. And a washer and dryer…oh, how I needed a washer and dryer.

And most importantly, I was thrilled to finally see the sun again after a solid week of rain. I spent the afternoon catching up on work, doing laundry and cooking myself dinner and even managed to stay conscious long enough to enjoy a sunset dip in the hot tub before crashing out for the night.

I slept for – I kid you not – 14 hours straight. I guess I needed it.

The good news was I was feeling quite a bit better after a good night of sleep. It was another gorgeous day so I decided to get in touch with one of the friends Shannon and I had made on our summer trip to Auckland. Andrew and Carl were two of the group of four we hung out with on our last night in Auckland in August. Andrew and I had kept in touch via Facebook so I sent him a quick message to see if he was around and wanted to meet up.

Viaduct Harbour Auckland New Zealand

Rubber ducky in the Viaduct – just in case you didn’t believe me!

He was game and suggested a new place in the Viaduct on the waterfront. I met Andrew and Carl around 7pm that night and we spent a fun evening bar hopping around the neighborhood.

For some reason there was a giant yellow rubber ducky floating in the harbor which (as you can imagine) was the source of endless amusement after a few cocktails. My evening catching up with the guys was a great time but a not so gentle reminder that I do not have the stamina to hang with Kiwis.

I gave in around midnight but I think they could have kept going for hours – despite having to be at work in the morning! God bless the Kiwis.

I spent the next two days enjoying the views from the apartment, catching up on sleep, watching crazy people jump of the Sky Tower every few minutes and making plans for my next stop in Rarotonga.

It was a glorious 4 days in Auckland and I am starting to think of that Sky Deck apartment as my second home (if only!). There is no doubt in my mind I’ll be renting it again before too long.

Next stop, the Cook Islands! Come on sunshine, you owe me one!!

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    2 Comments

    1. 4-19-2016

      Well, I’m going there on last week of September for 19 days in New Zealand. How should I arrange the location to visit? Where I should go for my birthday in July?

      • Jenny
        4-21-2016

        19 days in New Zealand will be amazing! That’s lots of time to see the North and South Island -Auckland, Queenstown and the Bay of Islands are three of my favorite destinations but this is a good travel guide: http://www.newzealand.com/us/destinations/. As for July, Greece is lovely that time of year!

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