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A day of indulgence in Auckland

by Sydney Bear, The Sebel Host | November 3, 2017

There is no better time than when you’re on holiday to treat yourself and your loved ones with a one-of-a-kind experience. Follow us as we detail four wonderful ways to spend a day in the city of Auckland. Get ready to be blown away in ways that you could never have imagined.

SIDART Restaurant

Auckland does not disappoint in the food and wine department. For a first-class fine dining experience on the north island, visit SIDART Restaurant. Head chef and owner Sid Saharawat is one of New Zealand’s most renowned chefs, best recognised for his innovative cooking and passion in the kitchen. Each plate in this Auckland establishment is meticulously crafted to please the eye and the palate.

If you’re visiting on a Tuesday, experience the SIDART “Test Kitchen”, where you will enjoy firsthand some of the new techniques, produce and flavours the chefs have been trialling for future menus.

For those wanting to get up close and personal and soak in some behind the scenes action, the ‘Chef’s Table’ option is an excellent choice. Diners are seated within the kitchen and enjoy a glass of bubbles while watching and interacting with the chefs in their element. Invite your closest friends and indulge in a seven-course menu of unique flavour combinations like scallop, chevre and leek or a dessert of passionfruit, yuzu, mandarin and basil.

Salt Cave Halotherapy & Wellness Centre

If you’re unsure of what to do in Auckland, visit this upmarket spa for a unique take on rest and relaxation. The Salt Cave Halotherapy & Wellness Centre is a man-made Himalayan rock salt cave, constructed to calm and revive. The services offered at the centre span from Vibrosaun Therapy and Salt Cave Halotherapy to traditional massage and beauty treatments.

The Salt Cave Halotherapy is known to clear your lungs of toxins and infections as well as improve quality of sleep and even anxiety disorders. The Vibrosaun Therapy on the other hand combines dry sauna heat with a vibrating bed which soothes sore muscles, relaxes, tones and encourages circulation. If these treatments seem too unusual, you can always opt for a massage and spa therapy such as a head massage, deep tissue massage, cupping massage, facials and more.

Auckland Seaplanes

Thinking of taking your holiday to new heights? Auckland Seaplanes offer four incredible scenic flights, all of which depart from Wynyard Wharf in central Auckland. With 360 degree views of the beautiful landscapes in and around Auckland, you’re bound to be impressed.

Choose from Rangitoto Island where you will soar over city skyscrapers and a volcano crater or opt for the Gulf Island Scenic tour to see incredible views of the Waiheke Island’s white sand beaches. For those looking for something a bit more exclusive, the fly and dine packages make for an unforgettable date night. Our personal favourite – go to the splendid island of Kawau and witness the azure waters of Vivian Bay over a 3 course meal.

Enjoy the thrill and excitement of taking off and landing on the coastline of Auckland during your next stay in New Zealand.

Cruise New Zealand

While your choices for things to do in Auckland are plentiful, taking a cruise across the Tasman Sea may just be the highlight of your holiday. If you’re looking for the perfect combination of luxury and comfort, set sail for the high seas this side of the equator with an Auckland Harbour Cruise.

Put your trust in the experienced crew, as you and your family and friends climb aboard a 55ft luxury catamaran aptly named the ‘MV Escape.’ Whether you’re after a casual cruise or want to celebrate a special occasion, the team can arrange a day that you will never forget. Sip local New Zealand wines as you devour a sumptuous meal and watch the sunset over the deck, a truly magical moment.

If chasing the sun and drinking Champagne sounds too mundane, the company also offers private fishing charters. Snapper and kahawai are just a few of the local catches you can expect to find in this part of the sea, as you’re guided by a professional fishing expert.


For those keen to treat themselves during their visit to this beautiful city in New Zealand, booking the right hotel is imperative. When it comes to premium accommodation, Auckland sure knows how to do it right. Stay at The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour and enjoy excellent service, lush amenities and exquisite harbour views.






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