Quality Hotel Parnell
20 Gladstone Road
Phone: (64) 9 3033789
Fax: (64) 9 3773309
20 Gladstone Road Parnell, Auckland, NZ, 1052
- Phone: (64) 9 3033789
- Fax: (64) 9 3773309
Parnell open-air pool is an institution on the Auckland waterfront. Tucked at the base of Parnell's hills, just on the lagoon by the Waitemata Harbour, the views are splendid. The pool is a popular destination due to its Olympic size, easy access and low cost. The water is clean and salty! Parnell is a popular training pool, as well as good clean fun for a broad range of people appreciating a pleasant outdoor swim whilst taking in a view of Auckland's splendid scenery.
Bike Central is the result of the vision of an ardent cyclist, Paul Sumich, who combined his passion with business. Bike Central provides a range of services beginning from bike repairing, selling bike accessories and even giving bike on rents. Besides this, the place offers a relaxed atmosphere where one can grab a bite, drink coffee and also access the internet as the Central is completely WiFi enabled. All in all, Bike Central is a great place to spend a day in the city.
Everyone wants to go scuba diving sometime. There is something about the mysterious deep blue sea that fascinates us all. Well, here's your opportunity. Lessons start in the pool, continue into the ocean, and finish with a scuba weekend at the beautiful marine reserve of Goat Island, north of Auckland. If you can't commit to weeks or months of lessons, don't worry. All it takes to learn to dive is two weekends or five week-day nights. While training, all gear is provided except mask and snorkel.
At 328 meters, the Sky Tower is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere and the views from the top are spectacular. A few Plexiglas blocks allow the courageous to stand and look directly down to the street. There are snack bars and a revolving restaurant up the tower. If you want adventure you can even base-jump by wire off the Sky Tower!
With a stadium in the inner-city suburbs, this club is ideally located. Only members can use the facilities during the week, except on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons, which are "open days"-where anyone is invited to come along for a bash. These sessions go for three hours and your name is called out as your turn comes up. Names go up and down a ladder, and a champion of the night is eventually found. Table tennis is a game anyone can have a go at, and here is a place that welcomes everyone.
Just down the waterfront road east of Auckland central is an opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Former Olympic rowing gold medalist Ian Ferguson has established a kayaking rental and instruction center on the waterfront. The people at Ferg's are as friendly and helpful as can be. The kayak selection is phenomenal and the possibilities for kayaking are fantastic! The cost is very reasonable too. They also have a café.
One of Auckland's most famous historic buildings, the Tepid Baths was taken over and renovated two years ago by the YMCA to great effect. They now offer a comprehensive swim school and fitness centre on the premises, with classes varying from aqua-aerobics to yoga and everything in between. Monthly memberships can be purchased. There is also a small cafe and beauty salon on the premises.
SailingNZ offer a number of options for those wishing to get out onto the Waitemata Harbour. 'Learn to sail' courses run for all ages from intermediate age school children through to adults. Corporate and group sailing packages are managed as well as casual cruising for visitors to Auckland. Courses introduce basic sailing and boat handling skills, seamanship, safety, weather and knot-tying. Casual trips explore the harbor with an experienced skipper.
This 24-meter maxi yacht, formerly known as the "Phantom of the Straits" offers year round crewed charter sailing. Ninety minute harbor cruises, day trips and six month blue-water ocean voyages can be accommodated. Formerly raced around the world by great New Zealand sailor Sir Peter Blake, this vessel offers guests the opportunity to participate in sailing within their own comfort and experience range. Children are accommodated.
One of the larger scoria cones in the Auckland volcanic field, Mt. Eden (196 meters) has three craters with extensive storage, defensive and habitation earthen remains. Known by Maori as Maungawhau, or hill of the whau tree, Mt. Eden is the principal trig station for Auckland surveys. Accessible by both road and path, Mt Eden offers extensive views out over Auckland into the Hauraki Gulf and beyond. Have a bus drop you off at the mountain, or take a ten to 15 minute stroll from the train station. Nearby is the Government House, where the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's annual Summer Matinee Concert takes place.
Devonport's Depot Artspace takes art very seriously, as something to treasure, as a quality that is innately human. In order to foster the growth of this natural creative energy that is part of all of us, the Artspace includes many satellite galleries like The Small Dog, Startspace, Outerspace, Kerr Street Artspace & Satellite Gallery. So put a little culture in your life and visit Depot Artspace.
Underwater passageways allow you to observe a huge variety of sea life in gigantic tanks. Large sharks, gliding stingrays and many species of fish found in New Zealand waters, are above and beside you as the moving floor carries you along. Feeding time is especially exciting. Antarctic Encounter features live penguins and a recreation of life on the great southern continent. Allow up to two hours to fully appreciate these combined attractions. There is also a cafe and gift shop.