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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

New Zealand - Auckland City

New Zealand - Our first stop was in Auckland City where we had a lovely brunch at FISH restaurant located at Hilton Hotel with beautiful views of the waters on Princess Wharf. FISH restaurant is headed by celebrity chef Simon Gault. The food served was fresh, flavourful and the service staff were warm. It was a lovely dining experience overall! 



Next, we headed to the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki which is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15000 works. With amazing collection of different art pieces and works, we were greatly intrigued and fascinated. See http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/ for more info of the latest exhibitions and news. 



We also went shopping in Auckland city which was a bustling and busy shopping area. When we wanted to buy from DFS Galleria, we were shocked to be informed that we are unable to claim tax unless we are flying out of New Zealand from Auckland. Furthermore, after paying for your items, you are only allowed to collect them after you passed immigration at the airport.  Therefore, we only bought Louis Vuitton items from Queenstown at the end of our trip instead. 

We made dinner reservations at THE GRILL by Sean Connolly at SKYCITY Auckland where the food was simply amazing! There is free valet parking and the service was exceptional! The award winning restaurant was the Best New Restaurant of 2012 and the Supreme Winner Restaurant of the year. We ordered the Steak Tartare which was prepared at our table and it tasted heavenly! We also had the slow roasted lamb shoulder, red wine vinegar, and star anise gravy which we could not finish as the portion was huge!




At the end of the night, we checked into beautiful Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour where we had a spacious hotel suite to rest for the night. It is a beautiful modern hotel and contemporary furnishings. Magnifique! The great location of the hotel near SKYCITY Auckland allowed us to see the changing colours of the Auckland Tower! See http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-8577-sofitel-auckland-viaduct-harbour/index.shtml




♥ Lora Christelle Lim 
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