Sometimes a staycation is just what you need. Close to home yet far from your everyday, it’s an easy way to recharge the batteries and enjoy some chilled holiday vibes without the big commitment.
Kiwi rugby legend, and our very own TripADeal New Zealand brand ambassador, Dan Carter just got back from a five-star staycation of his own at the Hilton Auckland with his wife Honor.
Just on the other side of town from their beautiful Auckland home, the couple found a glamorous oasis with all the trimmings of a long planned international adventure.
Living vicariously through Dan’s Instagram stories, we felt like we were right there with them.
Hilton Auckland is quite literally built on top of Waitemata Harbour. Talk about views! Think Manhattan Island meets the Venice canals. With endless views and over water accommodation, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a super yacht. The Deluxe Harbour View King rooms are elegantly designed with incredible taste and almost spacious enough to pack a scrum.
Just like Dan, TripADeal guests will be treated to a bottle of local red wine and chocolates on arrival, valet parking and late check out. Starting each day with daily breakfast before exploring everything Auckland has to offer, perhaps it’s time for a staycation of your own?
Where is it?
You can’t get much more waterfront than Hilton Auckland. Located at the end of Princes Wharf, it’s an easy 5-10 minute walk from the rooftop bars and restaurants of Viaduct Harbour, as well as downtown Auckland and the New Zealand Maritime Museum. The ferry over to beautiful Waiheke Island operates from the next wharf over if you fancy a day trip to the vines.
Is there a restaurant and bar?
Yes and yes. Bellini Bar is a perfect spot to kick off the evening with cocktails overlooking the harbour, followed by FISH restaurant, which has a top menu and epic terrace dining area.
Will I bump into Dan Carter?
You never know. Even though Dan’s just stayed, there’s every chance he might be back for Round 2. We certainly wouldn’t mind waking up to that view again and again…