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    Default Back from Auckland

    I have always flew out of Auckland by switching to the international airport terminal.

    So I spent, 2 nights in AKL, and I used the Overlander which was

    I was based in AKL CBD. Correct me but I found that the locals tended to stay at their own areas than to travel into the CBD. I found the supermarkets were far away and without my own vehicle nor a rental vehicle I just made do without it and pay high dollars for items. I knew there was one at Quay St and one at College Hill St, requiring a 15min bus ride. Since I was only there for 2 nights or really 1 night since I arrived into AKL in the evening I only wanted to get snack food to take back on the train back with me.

    Being Asian myself I found that there are more in AKL, I have friends of family who have said they thought they were in overseas when they spent some time in AKL. The ethnic of food was better.

    I find that Queens Street doesn't have as much corporate workers as Wellington. I presume people work outside the CBD and they have a more share of students, tourists and migrants.

    There wasn't a big thing of the Waterfront. They have the bars but it is not a afternoon family place for a run or a stroll. At night it was pretty much a alcohol scenery. I didn't put much focus on it but found it lacked of a real civic centre, Aotea Sq was being worked on, the museum and art gallery and public library tended to be not linked.

    Heaps of convenience stores, souvenir stores, and kebab shops but Queens Street doesn't really have a lot of night life. People tended to concentrate around the cheap areas and internet cafes.

    The cheapest place I found for a coke was $2 at McDonalds.

    Here are my questions about AKL.
    For those who are based in the CBD with no private motor vehicles, could you get a groceries for a fair price in the CBD and go back to your apartment and cook it up? Could you get a nice western lunch meal in the CBD - like a salad with lamb for approx $15 or a brunch for the same price like Eggs Benedict with bacon or salmon and toast. Ex. the coffee. Wellington you could get that for $12 at some places.

    I saw Pandora Bakery, we in Wellington tend to have tables where you can order a toasted panini and a coffee or a salad lunch with a coffee but in AKL appeared to be takeaways without eat in tables.

    I guess the bridge isn't a tourist stage as Sydney despite being the same designers I was told, being based in the CBD wasn't really accessible. I did see the Auckland Museum thou, not the Maritime Museum althou I am not a sea person and the $16 entry fee.

    I took a LINK bus around my $1.60 stopped at the museum and then walked down Parnell and went into Verne cafe for lunch the one next to Starbucks, the coffee was great but the $16 salad lunch was actually a entree instead with 5 slices of salmon with a sauce over and coriander leaves. Is that a salad? Coming from Wellington we are used to a $16 real salad with salmon as a lunch meal or add $4 with a coffee.

    Is there much to do in Auckland?
    On the train back home, I did see some grocery places near the train station, like supermarkets, Fruit World, Tai Ping but they are much further away from the CBD. Hence my thought that locals tended to stay in their own areas. The fellas after work hours in the CBD I found were mostly students or tourists. At the Asian eateries were mostly students I think. Good prices and more selection than Wellington thou

    I did see the Sky Tower but seen it before, and not into gambling. Did walk up to the the 1st or 2nd floor thou above ground.




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    I moved up fron Nelson in the 80s. I now hate the cbd I consider it a vile place and dont go there any more. I just get a horrible feeling I shouldn't be there.
    In the 80s I do admit to some good nights on the piss always ending up in Fort Street pissed as a chook.
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    I lived on Fort St for a few months, Spent thousands on Booze.....Got upto some wicked fun.

    Personally,apart from Alcohol, I seen no reason the visit the Auckland CBD, Overall I dislike the entire city so I'm only there for specific events, and I don't waste my time, Get in, Get boozed, Go see the Concert, Sleep, Get the hell out of there....

    Wellington has far more to offer in just about every respect.

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    For those who are based in the CBD with no private motor vehicles, could you get a groceries for a fair price in the CBD and go back to your apartment and cook it up?
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    I think they could rename the CBD of Auckland city to china town a lot of cities have a china town.
    Its mainly Asian faces or tourists you see there now the exception being the bars at night.
    I dont go there unless its absolutely essential and its in and straight out. Basically NZ lost the place.
    The place is still good for a stag do and I suppose a hens party.
    Its amazing how Potatoes give us chips,fries and Vodka.

    Get your s*** together every other vegetable.

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    Years ago I used to love the CBD in Auckland. That was 'way back when', IMHO it went downhill rapidly as malls and better shopping centres and services sprang up in the suburbs. Maybe we just didn't know where to look, but what I saw as we walked down from the theatre was sad.

    I would also like to know how people without their own transport shop for everyday items. Probably jump on a bus and head out as fast as they can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marnie View Post
    Years ago I used to love the CBD in Auckland. That was 'way back when', IMHO it went downhill rapidly as malls and better shopping centres and services sprang up in the suburbs. Maybe we just didn't know where to look, but what I saw as we walked down from the theatre was sad.

    I would also like to know how people without their own transport shop for everyday items. Probably jump on a bus and head out as fast as they can.

    Right on Marnie... we used to visit there with the kids in the 70's. We would park the car by the town hall and walk down the right hand side, then back up the left hand side with a detour for a late lunch at the Farmers (free bus there and back) Kids loved the day out. So did we!

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    Spent 6 months stuck in that Farmers building, Stripping her out so it could be turned into apartments.

    The Holmes crew came and filmed us craning down the sign but it never made it to TV, Which is fine by me as the mugs shoved the camera right in my face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    Right on Marnie... we used to visit there with the kids in the 70's. We would park the car by the town hall and walk down the right hand side, then back up the left hand side with a detour for a late lunch at the Farmers (free bus there and back) Kids loved the day out. So did we!

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    *sigh* I remember going there as a kid for lunch. Wasn't there a playground there as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_doe_nz View Post
    *sigh* I remember going there as a kid for lunch. Wasn't there a playground there as well?
    Yes, with pedal cars. And a tower that you could climb up a whole heap of stairs and get a fantastic view.

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