Hotel DeBrett, Auckland, New Zealand
Located in the heart of Auckland's centre, the DeBrett was built in 1841 as Auckland's first hotel. It operated for over 118 years and survived two fires, the first in 1858 destroying the original building, which was subsequently rebuilt in 1925. Throughout its history, the House Bar has been the soul of the hotel and many Aucklanders hold fond memories of it.
Today, this iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complemented with an eclectic mix of furniture, fittings and artwork collected by one of the owners on her travels around New Zealand, and internationally. The famous House Bar has been meticulously restored as Auckland's premier meeting place. A private drawing room has been created for exclusive use by hotel guests complete with an Honesty Bar where you can retreat from the bustle of the glass roofed atrium and courtyard that forms the central focal point for guests, diners and locals to mingle.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
This is a two hour excursion offering the opportunity for you to participate in sailing these grand prix racing machines. Passengers become the crew and are encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action while sailing around the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
Indulge in a culinary exploration as you visit two of the city's most vibrant foodie locations: Britomart and the viaduct Harbour.
Known as the 'City of Sails', this tour is the perfect introduction to the city as you visit several points of cultural and scenic interest; including Mount Eden with its amazing 360 degree views of the city and the city's oldest park, Auckland Domain.
Tiritiri Matangi is a world-renowned bird sanctuary off the coast of Auckland. You will hike through the native bush on well formed tracks and boardwalks as your guide identifies fauna, bird species and birdsong, as well as many other points of interest along the way.
Enjoy Waiheke's award-winning wines and locally produced gourmet delights, along with gardens and galleries, music and poetry, native birds and bush walks.