Quality Suites Alexander Inn
21 Alpers Avenue
Phone: (64) 9 2812788
Fax: (64) 9 5245718
21 Alpers Avenue, Auckland, NZ, 1023
- Phone: (64) 9 2812788
- Fax: (64) 9 5245718
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.
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.
Get a dose of the flora and fauna of Auckland at Essex Reserve. Located in the Mount Eden, Essex Reserve is a place to go when you are visiting Auckland with your family. The lush greenery and calm surroundings will put you in a retrospective mood. There is a playground area here for the kids, so while you indulge in some relaxation, they can run about and create havoc without any restrictions. This one is surely for all nature lovers.
Located in the lush suburb of Epsom, the Alexander Park raceway is more commonly known as Alexander Park to the locals. It includes the Auckland Trotting Club and the New Zealand Trotting Hall of Fame. Once known for the quality of horse breeds and races, the mid 80's caused a slack in interest due to other forms of entertainment like casinos, lotteries, gaming cafes etc. Subsequently the management shifted its focus to other vistas. Besides its obvious equestrian connections, there is also a sports bar and conference facilities available for business events. One can enjoy a dinner whilst having a spectacular view of the night races. Check website for details on timings of events and races.
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.
If you're a racing fan, you must head to Ellerslie Racecourse to get a glimpse of all the action. This renowned racecourse is famous for its well-manicured gardens and lawns and hosts more than 25 races in a year. The Ellerslie Event Centre, a popular multi-purpose venue, is also located inside these grounds. So get out those fancy hats and get ready for a day at the races!
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!
Here's a great space to let the children stretch their legs and burn off some of that pent-up energy. Not only is there plenty of grass to run on, there's also a children's playground with all the usual swings, slides, seesaws, climbing equipment, and flying-fox. In the summertime the paddling pool within the park is a welcome oasis of cool, clean water. It is fully-fenced, with full—time supervision for swimmers, and is equipped with shade cover, seating, and flotation devices. It's also free! Explore Grey Lynn Park further, and discover the skateboard ramp, fitness trail, gardens and sculptures, sports fields and outdoor basketball/netball court. When summer is just around the corner, the park gears up for its famous Grey Lynn Park Festival.
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.
Sadly, the eponymous pine tree at the summit had to be removed following several attacks on its 105-year-old trunk. Known by Maori as Maungakiekie, or hill of the kiekie vine, One Tree Hill (elevation 183 meters, or 600 feet) is a 20,000-year-old scoria cone offering exquisite views over central Auckland and surrounding areas. Located in Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill was heavily fortified in Maori times and has the remains of extensive earthworks and terraces. The summit is accessible by car or walking track. Admission is free.
Multimedia, lasers and a planetarium are all part of the varied "edu-tainment" available at the Stardome Observatory, an addition to the observatory, which opened in 1967. The director is professional astronomer Ian Griffen, and after the show visitors can look through one of the observatory's telescopes at the stars (the biggest is 50 centimeters). A shop offers souvenir books, toys and posters. As well as entertaining shows, the observatory is home to research projects into asteroids. Check the web site for show schedules.