Cocktail recipes from the best bars in Auckland, New Zealand

July 9, 2020

With talk of a Trans-Tasman travel bubble still floating around – and looking promising – Aussies’ attention is split between their own magnificent backyard and the equally gorgeous landscapes and cities that await across the ditch. Auckland should be front-centre of that vision, with its big-city lifestyle, dynamic dining scene gorgeous harbour, and wine-filled Waiheke […]

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First Look: Inside the oyster-themed QT Auckland

July 6, 2020

Acclaimed Australian-born brand QT Hotels & Resorts has finally lifted the lid on QT Auckland, their first New Zealand property after a successful trans-Tasman debut with QT Queenstown and QT Wellington. Located in the city’s Viaduct Harbour, and set for a grand opening on 1st November 2020, the property is now accepting bookings and, from […]

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QT Hotels to open new property at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour

October 31, 2018

Following a very successful entry into New Zealand with properties in both Wellington and Queenstown, thematic hotel brand QT Hotels & Resorts has today announced the signing of QT Auckland. The property will be located at Viaduct Harbour and mark the 10th QT Hotel overall, introducing a unique hotel to the city with the brand’s […]

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Virgin Australia announce direct services between Newcastle and Auckland

July 19, 2018

Novocastrians are about to receive greater access to the vast beauty of New Zealand as Virgin Australia plan to be the first airline in 16 years to introduce direct services between Newcastle Airport and Auckland. Newcastle Airport will welcome the new routes during the peak holiday period from 22nd November 2018 to 17th February 2019, […]

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Review: AVANI Metropolis Residences adapts premium hospitality to social media in Auckland, New Zealand

March 27, 2018

The newly opened Avani Metropolis Residences in Auckland’s CBD marks a significant debut for the hotel and resort brand in this part of the world. Along with an even newer Australian property on the Gold Coast, the reputable Avani name has officially stepped onto the Trans-Tasman scene, looking to bolster Minor Hotels’ steadily growing portfolio […]

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Emirates announce new route from Dubai to Auckland via Bali

February 23, 2018

Emirates are set to introduce the only year-round flight between Bali and Auckland with a new service launching from 14th June 2018. Originating in Dubai, the new route adds to the airlines daily services to New Zealand, making that a total of three in addition to Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service between Dubai and Auckland, […]

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Naumi Hotels opens 193-room designer property near Auckland airport

February 15, 2018

Singapore-based design hotel group, Naumi Hotels, have just made their official debut in Australasia with the 193-room Naumi Auckland Airport property. With the playful addition just minutes from the international and domestic airports, the group are hoping to absorb and reflect a unique contemporary design that borrows from local culture, evident in the hotel’s central […]

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Keys to the City: How AVANI hotels are using their guest rooms to unlock local knowledge

December 20, 2017

“Local Knowledge” is often hard to grasp for tourists who may not have the time, capacity or even patience to plan their trip down to the finer details. It’s an increasingly difficult well of information to tap into as well, with the often ridiculous deluge of blogs (not the good kind) and Zomato/Yelp reviews dirtying […]

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An extra five flights will connect Auckland and Honolulu each week from 2018

September 19, 2017

Island time will soon be easier to reach for Kiwis, with an additional five non-stop weekly flights scheduled to connect Auckland and Honolulu from 21st March 2018. Hawaiian Airlines’ increased schedule will have flights depart Auckland at 11:55 pm five times weekly, Wednesday through Sunday, arriving in Honolulu at 9:45 a.m. on the same day. Flights […]

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A new wellness hotel is coming to New Zealand and Australia

August 4, 2017

A new hotel has will be opening up in Auckland, New Zealand, with a core focus on wellness travel. Even Hotels have partnered with Intercontinental Hotels and Pro-invest Group to expand beyond North America and into the capital cities across Australia and New Zealand, with the first launching in Auckland in 2020. “With more than […]

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts return to Australia in August

May 23, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is returning to Australia and New Zealand in late August for a run of dates. The show, which performs music from the ever-popular series of Nintendo video games backed by a full orchestra, now in its fourth season, is returning with an expanded program.

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Legendary composer Hans Zimmer is touring his classic soundtracks in Australia in less than three weeks

April 13, 2017

Legendary composer Hans Zimmer has won just about every award in the book – but he’s never performed in Australia. In less than three weeks, however, he’ll be changing that, with a massive arena show called Hand Zimmer Revealed, set to hit the capital cities, shortly after performing in California at the iconic Coachella Music […]

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Flight Review: Air New Zealand’s Economy Class Service from San Francisco to Auckland (NZ7)

February 23, 2017

Today we travel from San Francisco (SFO) to Auckland (AKL), on board Air New Zealand‘s economy 777 service. Flying out on a Friday night, I was surprised to see the plane not just full, but overbooked – which seems to lend to the argument that this route is increasing in its popularity as an alternative to […]

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Hotel Review: King Classic Room at the Langham in Auckland, New Zealand

August 11, 2016

There is a sense of comfort to the Langham Hotel in Auckland that hits you from the moment you walk into their lobby. It’s spacious, with plenty of sitting areas and a long check in counter. Those behind it couldn’t be more helpful and the process to get yourself to your room is a painless […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy to London with Air New Zealand – Leg One – Melbourne to Auckland (NZ124)

June 28, 2016

While most fly to London via Asia or the Middle East, Air New Zealand offer a service that take you via Auckland and Los Angeles. It’s a longer journey, but depending on the needs of your travel could end up being a better option. Our own Jennifer Quinlin recently flew from Melbourne to London on Air […]

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If you’re in Sydney or Melbourne, you could get your hands on $50 flights to New Zealand

June 10, 2016

This month, STA Travel are set to offer $50 flights to Auckland, New Zealand (only a few hours from Hobbiton, pictured) as part of a special “Flash Sale”. The only catch is that only 50 of the tickets are available, and you have to go in person to their stores to get your hands on […]

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Spotlight on Auckland, New Zealand: Where to eat and drink in the City of Sails

May 2, 2016

Located on the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is renowned as one of the major cities of the Oceania ecozone, an increasingly popular destination for those that use the city as a comfortable base for exploring the wider natural surrounds. The city is also a frequent stop for business travelers in the Southern Hemisphere, […]

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Flight Review: Air New Zealand – Sydney to Auckland (NZ104)

May 2, 2016

In today’s Flight review on AU Abroad, we take you on board Air New Zealand and one of their services from Sydney to Auckland (NZ104). This is an airline who has stayed ahead of many of their competitors, racking up awards just as fast as air miles and it’s all on the back of their […]

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Spotlight on Auckland: Where to eat and drink in the City of Sails (New Zealand)

May 1, 2016

Located on the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is renowned as one of the major cities of the Oceania ecozone, an increasingly popular destination for those that use the city as a comfortable base for exploring the wider natural surrounds. The city is also a frequent stop for business travelers in the Southern Hemisphere, […]

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What to do in Auckland, New Zealand: The Day Trip to Waiheke Island

April 28, 2016

Destination: Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand Origin: Auckland, New Zealand Travel Time (Each Way): About 40 Minutes Last month on AU Abroad we took you on a cruise through the Hauraki Gulf off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. This week we’re taking you to the region’s most populated island – Waiheke – […]

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Hotel Review: King Deluxe Room at Crowne Plaza Auckland (New Zealand)

April 11, 2016

Having stayed at numerous InterContinental Hotels across different cities, there’s a certain degree of trust I place in IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), and a high expectation that stems from consistency, cleanliness, and a distinctively premium feel. However, I’ve never stayed at a Crowne Plaza– a brand also handled by IHG – so wasn’t exactly sure […]

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Flight Review: Economy Class on LAN Airlines’ Dreamliner – Sydney to Auckland (LA800)

April 4, 2016

The 787-9 Dreamliner is commonly referred to as one of the best aircrafts possible for consumer travel right now, and luckily enough it features on the service LAN offers between Sydney and Santiago, with a stop in between for Auckland. I took a recent trip to Auckland to give this service a spin, made possible […]

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We spend a night cruising Auckland Harbour in New Zealand with Hauraki Blue Cruises

March 30, 2016

Today we want you to join us for the unique experience offered by Hauraki Blue Cruises, based out of Auckland: an overnight cruise that takes you through the islands just outside of Auckland Harbour. Their cruise ship is a sizable catamaran named Ipipiri (in fact, she is the largest cruise ship permanently based in New Zealand), […]

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Festival Review: Auckland City Limits – Western Springs (19.03.16)

March 23, 2016

After a worrying spat of cancelled festivals – Soulfest, Echo Fest and Westfest – it would have been understandable for the majority to approach the inaugural Auckland City Limits with caution. The reputation of Austin City Limits, one of the biggest and most loved music festivals in the history of music festivals, may have been […]

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A brief history of Auckland’s stylish High Street (New Zealand)

March 9, 2016

The old-world charm of Auckland’s High Street often puts the strip on the lips of travelers just returning from a New Zealand trip, championing the bespoke, the hip, and the craft that characterise the distinctive slice of the city’s cultural scene. It seems every city is now pushing it’s own “hipster” area in order to […]

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Photo Gallery and Live Review: Discovering the best NZ music at "The Others Way" Festival in Auckland

September 18, 2015

Pictured: Aldous Harding Earlier this month, I headed over to Auckland, New Zealand, to talk at the Going Global music conference. Coinciding with the event was Flying Out’s inaugural festival The Others Way (Friday 4th September), which showcased the best music from New Zealand across seven stages over six hours, with some 32 bands selling […]

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