Mar 3, 2020
If you haven’t sailed Waitematā Harbour, you haven’t visited Auckland. Book an outing for a sail on the city’s iconic waters aboard an actual America’s Cup Yacht. The Sky Tower isn’t just your average tourist viewing deck; it’s a city-center hub of activity offering everything from cafés to bungee jumping to aerial yoga. And as long as you’re heading up in the clouds: a scenic flight on a helicopter or seaplane will give you a bird’s-eye view of the city and its lush environs, with the unbeatable convenience (read: baller move) of taking off right from the harbour.
Auckland is eminently walkable, making shopping here a strolling, café-hopping joy. Iconic Queen Street and its cobblestoned laneways will meet your souvenir and luxe-label needs. Head to hip Ponsonby Road for local designers to help you stand out.
Multi-award-winning, globe-trotting chef Brent Martin returns home taking the reins of all the food at Park Hyatt Auckland. Onemata is set to take centre stage of the foodie city’s dining culture with its open kitchen showcasing the prep of sustainable dishes driven by the change in seasons and the fishermen’s catch. Fresh fare is also ripe for the picking at the open-concept, water-view The Living Room. Care for a tipple… or a dram? Captain’s Bar serves classic cocktails with that ever-important local twist.
Take the beautiful essence of New Zealand’s indigenous culture and mix it with international sophistication and intimate luxury: you get Park Hyatt Auckland, a seafront residence on Waitematā Harbour. The building is inspired by the Māori wharenui (house) and the exterior design is meant to evoke a Māori cloak—together, they welcome you into the beating heart of the country. You’ll find native totara pouwhenua (carvings) and custom tukutuku panels and rugs made from New Zealand wool throughout the property, including in the spacious guest rooms, which start at 506 square feet. The feeling of community is palpable, the sense of place inherent.
See more at travelandleisuresea.com/hyatt