Subject: Re: Auckland
Hi John

We'v been to Auckland about 5 times now and still look forward to visiting again next Feb. We don't usually have a full agenda while in Auckland. Our choice of accomodation is the Parnell Inn. They have website that you can check out ( It's right in the heart of Parnel, with many restaurants & boutiques across the street. The rooms are small though, but clean. The Link bus stops just outside which serves us very well.

We'v enjoyed the restaurants & atmosphere in Princess Wharf, rose garden (along St stephen's?), the scenic drive to Piha beach, devonport.

The Coromandel is also one of our favourites, so is Whitianga (a quiet town) about 3 hours drive from Auckland. If you plan to visit the Coromandel, I suggest an over night stay, at least.

Rotorua is a little too touristy for us. The heavy smell of sulphur doesn't agree with me either.

Have a good holiday. Irene Singapore