Written on the 10 February 2011


AS the first country to start each day, New Zealand business gets a jump start on the rest of the world.

A business day covers the afternoon on the US west coast, much of Asia’s business day, the morning in Europe and is a few hours ahead of Australia. This offers considerable benefits in managing global workflows and transactions.

Auckland – a major centre in the Asia-Pacific region – is the best place to take advantage of New Zealand’s offer. Auckland has the physical and electronic infrastructure to move goods, services and people. Air and sea ports provide rapid connections to the world and utility services and telecommunications are of the highest standards and are cost competitive.

While visiting Auckland, the Hilton Auckland offers a chic and modern city hotel with a boutique feel. It is located 330 yards out to sea on the end of exclusive Princes Wharf and is surrounded by the waters of Waitemata Harbour. Not only is the location fantastic but it is a first class Hilton.

All the contemporary rooms at the Hilton Auckland hotel have decks or balconies. Step up to a deluxe room or suite for a spectacular harbour view. Guest rooms are crisp, modern and sophisticated, with clean lines and sleek minimal furniture. All the modern amenities are present, including high-speed internet access and state of the art Lavazza espresso maker.

The rooms have full-length windows and private terraces opening on to the bay and the view from the room is amazing. Auckland’s waterside location has fostered the locals’ love affair with the sea, earning this place the nickname ‘city of sails’ and there’s ample space on the balconies to sit and relax and watch the traffic of boats go past.

While there are lots of restaurants to choose from, White Restaurant at Hilton Auckland with its sleek modern decor and floor-to-ceiling windows is worth a visit. Not only does it offer harbour views but also a contemporary New Zealand cuisine based on the finest local produce.

Head chef Christiano De Martin has developed the home grown food philosophy which is based on sourcing the finest seasonal and local ingredients like eggplants, zucchini, capsicum together with the best New Zealand seafood, duck breast, eye fillet beef and lamb. The cooking style promotes the beautiful flavours of NZ – simple, fresh and unpretentious.

If you’re visiting Auckland on business, the Hilton Auckland hotel offers a fully set up business centre accessible 24 hours a day, an executive boardroom and meeting rooms for up to 400, all with wireless internet access and only a five-minutes-walk from Auckland’s business district.

The hotel is within minutes of the New Zealand National Maritime Museum and easy walking distance of Auckland attractions such as Sky City Tower, Viaduct Harbour, ferries, shopping and restaurants. Additional nearby points of interest are Auckland Domain and the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Only 10 minutes away is New Zealand’s oldest suburb and Auckland’s creative quarter famous for its art galleries, boutique cafes and an international line up of restaurants. The village character of Parnell’s historic buildings is the business home to many advertising agencies, architects, engineers, interior and fashion designers. Parnell is a competitively priced area with excellent parking space, an alternative relaxing and easy going business hub.

For business people wanting to start, buy or invest in a business venture, NZ is ranked as the easiest place in the world to start a business, according to the 2010 World Bank survey. Second only to Singapore for ease of doing business, there are few restrictions on establishing, owning and operating a business.

Mixing business and pleasure in Auckland is a great way to get the jump on the rest of the world. There are daily flights to Auckland from the Gold Coast with Jetstar, Pacific Blue and Air NZ.






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