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How to Spend 24 Hours in Auckland

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Updated: 7 June 2017
Given it’s New Zealand’s biggest city, one might look at the idea of spending 24 hours in Auckland with a hint of skepticism. Sure, you might not get to see all of the area’s vineyards, islands and beaches in such a short time span, but you can – and should – get the most out of its best-known attractions. Here’s a quick how-to guide to show you.

Early morning (7am–8am): Breakfast in town

Auckland’s foodie scene is quite a treat. If you happen to be in town over the weekend, La Cigale operates a downtown market on Saturdays, and its traditional Parnell event every Saturday and Sunday; both these options will provide you with plenty of ready-to-eat treats and a nice cup of coffee to match. For those who prefer a proper sit-down meal, some of the popular central-city breakfast/brunch spots include Remedy Coffee, The Store, Odettes Eatery, and the Federal Delicatessen.

La Cigale Market, Bistro and Cafe, 69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand, +64 9-366 9361

Remedy Coffee, 1 Wellesley St West, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, +64 9-377 1030

The Store, Galway St, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, +64 9-366 1864

Odettes Eatery, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, +64 9-309 0304

Federal Delicatessen, 86 Federal Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, +64 9-363 7184

Morning (9am–10am): Downtown exploration

Pick and choose from a few of your favourite inner-city attractions to do a bit of exploring. Queen Street, High Street, and the Britomart precinct are the best places to visit if you want to hit the shops bright and early. Up the hill on Victoria Street, you’ll find the iconic Sky Tower, where you can either relish a pleasant panorama of the city, or you can opt for a