Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019
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38 ESCAPE SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 T HE Maori name of Auckland is Tamaki Makaurau (Tamaki of a Thousand Lovers) and its ruling legend tells of a warrior princess so beautiful she had countless suitors. For Maori, the deeper meaning of the story is that Auckland was an alluring place, with rich fishing grounds, sleepy tidal inlets full of kaimoana (seafood) and fertile volcanic soils. Tamaki Makauraus strategic location on a narrow strip of land separating the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea also meant that, for nearly 700 years before the arrival of the Europeans, it was often fiercely contested. Aucklands beauty was also famously celebrated by the writer Rudyard Kipling, who visited the city as a young man in 1891 and described it: Last, loneliest, loveliest. A century on, New Zealands premier city still impresses the visitor. Here are 10 of its best things. 1 BEST DININGYoull want to don your coolest threads for a staycation at splendid SO/ Auckland, one of a clutch of premium Accor hotels with design input by big names (Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld,) and in this case, New Zealand fashion label World and Dutch firm Moooi. Located in the trendy Britomart quarter (hip restaurants, boutiques and a new underground train station) SO/ Auckland is a perfect base for exploring. Super comfy rooms (complete with a bath butler), a Michelin-starred chef and stylish staff make it hotel nirvana. so-auckland.com 2 BEST DININGAuckland is full of good eating places but the current best is a trifecta of the tried-andtrue. OConnell Street Bistro in its eponymous street in the CBD, The Grove in St Patricks Square and Baduzzi at North Wharf consistently deliver excellent dining experiences with service to match. Further afield on the Ponsonby Rd hospitality strip, Prego is an Auckland institution that encourages walk-ins. Snag a table on the coveted front patio if you can. oconnellstbistro.com baduzzi.co.nz thegroverestaurant.co.nz prego.co.nz 3 BEST SHOPPINGThe $NZ790 million ($732 million) Westfield shopping mall in the suburb of Newmarket is also the citys Best New Thing. The 4ha site, opening in stages since August, isnt your average mega-mall. Australian-based Scentre Group calls it a demonstration of what future malls in Australasia will look like, focusing on entertainment, dining, and on-site experiences. By the end of this year, Westfield Newmarket will have 230 stores, including a David Jones, and other Aussie names, an entertainment precinct, a fresh food marketplace and rooftop dining. Elsewhere in Newmarket, Teed St, Osborne St and Nuffield St are good for indie fashions and accessories, as are High St in Auckland There are 10 more reasons to love New Zea-lands biggest city, writes JOHN CORBETT In store helloworld.com.au13 14 15 4 DAY TICKET FOR THE PRICE OF 3* DISNEYLAND OFFERSEE BA CK PA GE FO R MO RE O FF ER S
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