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Discovery: A Signature Experience

Explore the Auckland Waterfront by Bicycle. Our custom Grand Mercure cycles allow you to discover the city in style.

Available exclusively to hotel guests, you can book your bicycle and follow routes designed by our Concierge.

Bicycles can be reserved prior to your stay or on arrival with our Concierge team.

Culture: A Brief History of Auckland – Tāmaki-makau-rau

Tāmaki Makau Rau (translated as ‘Tamaki-the bride sought by a hundred suitors’), now known as Auckland, was first settled by Māori people around 1350. Auckland was a strategic location with its two harbours providing access to the sea on both the west and east coasts. It also had fertile soils which facilitated horticulture and the two harbours provided plentiful kai moana (seafood).

Today, Auckland is the world’s largest Polynesian city and one of the great cities of the Pacific. Aucklanders come from all corners of the world – around 56% of its residents are of European descent, 11% are Maori, 13% are of Pacific Island descent and there is a growing Asian population.
Auckland is now defined by its vibrant melting pot of cultures. And with this diversity reflected in our cuisine, festivals, art and music, your experience here becomes all the more exciting. From the first Māori waka (canoes) and colonial ships, Auckland has attracted people of many cultures from far and wide.

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Grand Mercure Auckland ☆☆☆☆☆address

8 Customs Street East, 1010 Auckland
New Zealand
Tel: (+64)9/3778920


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