Nick Steele, chief concierge at Heritage Auckland, Les Clef D’Or member, recommends his favourite places to dine, host, stay and explore in Auckland.
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t recommend our award-winning Hector’s Restaurant. We are known for our special dietary menu options in our banqueting and restaurant offerings and we are the first hotel to achieve New Zealand’s Vegan Society certification. My favourite dish is the paradise bowl with roasted beets, tofu and courgettes—a wonderful bowl of healthy goodness.
For spectacular seafood, you can’t miss Mikano, based at the Mechanics Bay heliport on the edge of the Auckland CBD. Mikano is one of Auckland’s most acclaimed seafood restaurants, with a complex menu of both bold and subtle flavours. As well as experiencing exquisite seafood, you’ll see wonderful views from the helicopter terminal over the harbour towards Devonport and Rangitoto Island.
We have a wide range of conference spaces at Heritage Auckland—from ballrooms to boardrooms, but it’s the World Champion’s Room that is my favourite. It was named for our famous guests at the time, the All Blacks, during the Rugby World Cup 2011. It’s an interesting space and can hold cocktails of up to 150 guests, boardroom-style of up to 30 and theatre style of up to 60.
Heritage Hotels are unique to New Zealand with real Kiwi service. We like to think we’re welcoming you into our home. We’re proud of the history of our building, which was the former home to the iconic Farmer’s department store. The hotel is also known for its resort-like facilities with a roof top pool, two gyms and tennis court. It’s just a block from the entertainment precinct, so it’s the perfect base for business or leisure travellers.
If you have time, my first pick of things to explore in the region is the West Coast beaches of Piha and Bethells Beach, as well as seeing the gannet colonies at Muriwai. It’s a short drive out of the city, with spectacular rainforest, wild coastline and the Waitakere Estate to stop in to for lunch or a high tea experience—a wonderful culmination of a day-trip from Auckland.
Our thanks to Nick and Heritage Auckland.