THE BEST WAY TO AUCKLAND
From LAX, Air New Zealand and Qantas offer nonstop service. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,538.
To call these numbers from the U.S., dial 011 (international dialing code) 64 (New Zealand’s country code), the regional code (9) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Boat Shed, P.O. Box 560, Oneroa, Waiheke Island; 372-3242, www.boatshed. Chic, nautically themed, luxury boutique hotel is centrally located to explore the wineries of Waiheke Island. Private decks, all-day private dining; 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland. Doubles from $470 to $556, depending on season.
Great Ponsonby Art Hotel, 30 Ponsonby Terrace, Ponsonby; www.greatpons.co.nz. Charming 1890s villa has been converted into an art-filled bed-and-breakfast. Friendly proprietors, hearty breakfasts, two-minute walk to vibrant Ponsonby neighborhood, home of cafes, galleries and shops. Doubles from $175.
Westin Auckland Lighter Quay: 21 Viaduct Harbour Ave.; 909-9000, www.starwood.com.Stylish downtown hotel is on the edge of Viaduct Harbour, offering marina views and a central location. Advance booking rate for doubles starts at $200 per night.
WHERE TO EAT
Mudbrick Winery & Restaurant, 126 Church Bay Road, Oneroa, Waiheke; 372-9050, www.mudbrick. Provence-style restaurant sits on a hilltop, offering diners a panoramic view of grapevines and the sea. Lamb, veal, sirloin and a smattering of seafood. Entrees from $28.
Sky Tower, Victoria and Federal streets, Auckland, 1010; 363-6000, www.skycity. Watch the city revolve at your feet when you dine at the Orbit, one of two restaurants at the top of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower. Entrees start at $12.
Harbourside Seafood Bar & Grill, Ferry Building, 99 Quay St., Auckland, 1010; 307-0486, www.harboursiderestaurant.co.nz. Known for its seafood, including such offerings as John Dory, poached flatfish and seafood risotto. Entrees from $23.
TO LEARN MORE
Tourism New Zealand, (310) 395-7480, www.newzealand.com