The Hotel: VR Auckland Takapuna Oaks
Groupies can make a fully-serviced boutique apartment hotel their new home away from home at the five-star VR Auckland Takapuna Oaks. Located by the sea between Takapuna and Bayswater, the hotel is the ideal escape for couples only moments from Auckland CBD and Viaduct Harbour. Guests are provided with a return ferry ticket to explore the city with ease.
Travellers get acquainted with their One-Bedroom Apartment, an LCD television, laundry facilities and full kitchen. Cook up a storm in the comfort of the apartment or sample the local produce at the onsite Sunset Lounge Restaurant. During downtime, continue to soak up the views from the club lounge or sweat it out at the gym.
- Bed size/type: Queen-sized bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- $40 for an extra person per night, payable to the hotel directly
- Room features an en suite bathroom, full kitchen and laundry facilities
The Area: Takapuna, Auckland
Takapuna is a central, coastal suburb of North Shore City that got its name from a freshwater spring that flowed from the base of North Head into a swamp behind Cheltenham Beach. Nestled a short 15-minute drive north of Auckland CBD, Takapuna is a tranquil area that hosts a range of cafes and restaurants. Visitors can choose to take an early morning stroll along the beach or walk through Takapuna markets every Sunday morning with a variety of stalls laden with fresh local fruit and vegetables, flowers and knick-knacks.
Nature lovers can opt for a kayak ride on the tame waters of Lake Pupuke, or walk among the magnificent 400-year old kauri forests of Chatswood Reserve and Kauri Point Centennial Park. Culture buffs can spend late nights enjoying shows at Bruce Mason Centre or visit the studios of local painters, potters and artists placed along the Harbourside Explorer Trail.