Ideal hotel digs for the playful traveller in Auckland

New Zealand is famous for the scads of fine hotels and lodges it secludes across its two islands; there are great places to lay one’s head everywhere, it seems – except Auckland. That looks set to change – for the more playful and youthful traveller – with the recent arrival of M Social Auckland (; from £150). Set at the edge of Princes Wharf, with plum skyline and harbour-island views, the hotel has ideal digs in the form of its Harbour and Ocean suites, all on the ninth floor or higher, and perfectly configured for living/working/entertaining. That the hotel is just a 500m stroll to Britomart, Auckland’s nexus of sublime eating, is a bonus.

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