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A taxi from the airport into town will cost you between NZ$40 and NZ$75. Alternatively, the Airport Express shuttle bus leaves every 10 minutes and costs NZ$18. For travel around Auckland, pick up an AT HOP travel card, which can be used on trains, ferries and buses.
Get yourself in a good mood for your morning meetings by checking in at the Auckland Hilton. Waking up to those unbeatable harbour views is a great way to start the day and the central location makes it easy to get around. Skycity is a destination in itself. There are 20 restaurants, a 700-seat cinema, a casino and the high rise, high style Skycity Grand Hotel, which comes complete with a spa and a rooftop bar with views to die for. Rooms have all the mod cons to keep you comfortable while you work, including pillow menus, Bluetooth and Nespresso machines.
Merediths is a local favourite that marries classic techniques with adventurous flavour combinations. You will score bonus points with a table in the middle room where you can see the kitchen team work. Sometimes, when you kick back at the end of a long day, you want to keep it casual. Share plates, bold flavours and a cool craft beer to wash it down. If that sounds like your style, head to Tao in Newmarket. Although the dumplings are irresistibly morish, leave room for some other Northern Chinese classics, such as red curry-braised pork belly and Peking duck pancakes. Some places just nail it and the rooftop bar at the 100-year-old Fort Street Union pub is one of them. What’s not to love about a place that combines exposed timber beams and lush greenery, iced tea cocktails and a quality wine list, not to mention a range of beers and ciders on tap. Throw in a wood-fired pizza oven and you have a great night out.
Skip the morning gym session and take a stroll along the waterfront instead. From downtown Auckland, follow Tamaki Drive all the way to St Heliers Bay and soak up the magnificent harbour views along the way. One hour isn’t quite enough to enjoy a spot of wine tasting at Villa Maria but if you have a few hours to spare, you're good to go. There are around 100 vineyards located on the Auckland fringes but as one of New Zealand’s most celebrated wineries, Villa Maria is the pick of the bunch.
A weekend on Waiheke Island, famous for its vineyards and beaches, is a favourite getaway for Aucklanders. However, there are also closer islands to explore. If you have a free evening, try a sunset kayak tour of the uninhabited Rangitoto Island.