Quality Hotel Lincoln Green
159 Lincoln Road
Phone: (64) 9 8387006
Fax: (64) 9 8374447
This winery, in the serene and beautiful Henderson Valley, is about half an hour west of downtown Auckland. Bookings are needed for groups (up to 20) for tasting. The wine store is well stocked and ready for your purchases, while tasting is permitted in the shop. There is also a café, which is only open Sunday. This is the place to come for Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Port and Sherry.
The Luckens Reserve is green open space, overlooking the Waipareira Bay to its east. The reserve is well-preserved by the local park council, and is used for a plethora of events. Concerts, open-air movie screenings and other entertaining events are held during summers at Luckens Reserve. On other days, the reserve is used by the local residents for walks, picnics and other leisurely activities.
With Unitec Marae - Te Noho Kotahitanga, renowned Māori artist - Lyonel Grant has successfully blended the traditional methods and contemporary techniques to build the Māori's meeting place known as Marae. The structure is replete with carvings made on stones and woods, which holds up the structure. The intricate weaving work decorating the area between poupou and the kakaho panels are created by talented fiber artists Judy Hohaia and Shona Tawhiao. Built as a community space, the Marae is used for ceremonies, celebrations and other cultural events throughout the year. Walk in to get a glimpse of the Māori tribes artistic and cultural inclinations.
The award-winning Olympic Park in New Lynn is primarily used by kids and athletes, as it comprises large sports fields and facilities. Situated at a short distance from the New Lynn train station, the park is also used by the residents of New Lynn for walks, picnics and other recreational and leisure activities. Open on all days, visit the park in the evening and watch the kids in action or relax with your family under the beautiful autumn trees.
Auckland Zoo has committed itself to improving the living quarters of New Zealand's largest collection of native and exotic animal species. Now you feel as though you are walking with the rare white rhinos on the Pridelands, swinging with the monkeys through the McDonald's Rain forest and almost swimming with the inhabitants of Hippo River. There are picnic facilities and a café. The zoo has many outreach and educational programs for both visitors and local groups and is available for corporate and private functions.
The old pumphouse, which pumped water from Western Springs to early Auckland residents is the focal point of this fascinating museum. The museum houses a magnificent working Beam Engine (one of only three in the world) and numerous vintage and veteran road vehicles and early Auckland buildings. Various displays feature agricultural, forestry, medical, dental, photographic and telecommunication technology. A display of historic airplanes, including the only Solent Mark IV flying boat in the world, is laid out at Site 2, reached by vintage tram.
Western Springs, known as Waiorea by Maori, began flowing when lava from Three Kings volcano filled the original stream bed 70,000 years ago. From the late 1870s, Western Springs was the main source of fresh water for Auckland. It was pumped across the city via a huge steam-powered beam engine which is now the centerpiece at neighboring MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology). The springs contain a series of freshwater lakes, filled by the still-active springs, which attract a wide range of waterfowl. There is an excellent, large playground in the westernmost corner, over the fence from Auckland Zoo.
Clean public toilets and a large shady picnic area add to this well-designed outdoor playground. Children of all ages are able to explore the sandpits, slides, swings and climbing frames. There is also a roundabout sure to make any parent dizzy. With up to 100 people easily accommodated, there is plenty of room for all. The area is well maintained by the Auckland City Council with cushioned groundcoverings under the play equipment, providing a safe, fun and free facility.
Lopdell House stands proudly on the ridge next to the Titirangi shops. Galleries on two levels show exhibitions of contemporary fine art and crafts, both local and international. This is also the public art gallery for Waitakere City, promoting seasons of New Zealand film, new music and performance, workshops and public forums, lectures, seminars and debates. The building also houses a theatre, a shop offering fine quality art and craft wares and Lopdell's Bar and Restaurant, with superb views of the Waitakere Ranges and Manukau Harbour, is on the top floor.
Alberton dates from 1863. Starting life as a farmhouse, it was expanded to 18 rooms with exotic towers and verandas on several levels. The estate once comprised extensive farmland, gardens and orchards making it self-sufficient. In its heyday Alberton was famous for balls, garden parties, music and hunting. The grand house contrasts with the attic servant quarters. Original furniture and antique household items remain and the garden contains fine mature trees and a fountain. Alberton is available for cocktail and garden parties, weddings and marquee functions.
This place offers more than your average winery. For a start, there is a function area for weddings, special occasions, and tour group functions. A large tasting area is available also, with groups of up to 45 catered for at once. Group tours are also on offer - by appointment (as with the tasting). They are only too happy to sell you some of the wide selection, which can be purchased at the wine shop.
The centre houses changing exhibits about the flora, fauna and history of the Ranges, as well as its role as a major water catchment area for Auckland city. It is also a great place to plan your trip to the area, with helpful staff and plenty of tourist information including maps of walking trails. A short walk from the Visitor Centre provides an expansive 360 degree view of the Waitakere Ranges, the South Pacific, the Tasman Sea and Auckland. Spectacular views can also be had from the decks surrounding the Centre.