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Early Morning thigs to do in Auckland

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Greetings all,

We will be landing in Auckland early in the morning @6.30 AM on the last Friday, in April, our flight comes in from Chicago.

Our Hotel check in is at 2 PM @ Grand Mercure.

Then our City Tour begins in the afternoon: Auckland City Tour showing:Sky Tower,Mt Eden,Tamaki Drive,Savage Point,Domain Parks,Mission Bay,All Blacks Experience.

Our question is -

What can we do from the time we land to check in?

Some options are: We can Uber to Hotel, check in the luggage and then walk around?

Or check in luggage and take Uber or any other Transport to see something else?

Awaiting ideas and suggestions please - Thanks in advance for your time.

Edited: 28 February 2024, 04:20
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Kia Ora Global Traveler,

Walking is your companion for early flights into Auckland. Take an Uber/taxi/shuttle to your hotel on Upper Queen Street. Store your bags, request an early checkin if possible. Then explore on foot. Easier to walk down Queen Street, as opposed to walking up to K Road.

Hopefully it's not a wet morning. But start at Albert Park, off Wellesley St East. Auckland Art Gallery is a great attraction on a wet day. Or there is the Gow Langsford art gallery on Lorne Street for modern art.

Continue down Queen Street as far as Quay Street which faces the Waitemata Harbour. To the east is Britomart, while west is the twin inner harbours - namely the Viaduct harbour/basin, and the footbridge alongside the moored super yachts takes pedestrians over to the Wynyard Quarter and Silo Park on the edge of Westhaven marina.

Auckland is known as the city of sails, because lots of Aucklanders have an affinity with boats of all types. The Wynyard Quarter was the former location of the America's Cup regattas. The Park Hyatt hotel now occupies one of the former AC headquarters.

The Explore Group who operate from the Viaduct inner harbour offer yacht cruises, ferry services, and private vessel charters. Lots of cafes face the inner harbours, and the Waitemata Harbour. Very pleasant spot to relax indoors and outdoors depending on weather conditions.

If you don't fancy walking back up Queen Street, there are frequent Link buses that ply Queen Street. Fares are cheap, but you would need to purchase an AT HOP card from Britomart train station, or the small information and ferry tickets kiosk at the Ferry Building, and nearest to the Devonport ferry terminal.

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i would suggest you check with your hotel to see if you can get an early check in. Walking around is a great way to get some fresh air and jet lag. So walking the viaduct is a good option.

do be aware that you are going to be feeling quite tired - your tour starts at 2pm nz and this is around 7pm in wisconsin (depending on daylight savings adjustments in both).

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Thanks, much appreciated.

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Thanks, much appreciated.

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