Auckland Asia Pacific Poker Tournaments
APPT Auckland is the newest addition to Season two of the APPT and if the success in Sydney is anything to go by, then the maiden Texas Holdem event in New Zealand is expected to be well supported by both locals and the top international stars of the poker circuit.
Season Two – 9-12 October 2008
SkyCity Auckland is a gaming and entertainment centre originally built for Harrah’s entertainment, famous for their Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City hotel-casino properties. It is located in the CBD and the hotel and casino forms part of the base of the iconic Sky Tower – the tallest free-standing structure in the whole of the southern hemisphere. It is Auckland’s sole casino and one of only two in New Zealand and boasts over 1600 gaming machines and 100 tables with an array of games but the facilities to enjoy are those dedicated to the high rollers – the Platinum and Pacific Rooms!
Corner Victoria & Federal Streets
Auckland, New Zealand
Tel: 0800 759 2489
Fax: +64 9 363 6010
The city is well serviced by a very efficient international airport, the Auckland International, situated in the southern suburb of Mangere and the cheapest way to get downtown is by Airbus – the adult fare is in the vicinity of $15.
Auckland is a city of sprawl – it is one of the most densely built-up areas in New Zealand – and it is difficult getting around as the New Zealand government has failed to invest in much needed public transport. The bus is the preferred method of inner city travel and there are adequate and regular services to popular destinations (every 10 – 15 minutes) but during peak hours traffic congestion becomes a real problem and delays of up to 20 minutes are not unheard of.
There is a somewhat limited train service featuring only three lines but they mainly service the suburban areas. Taxis are very expensive – expect to pay between $50 and $100 from the airport to the city, the equivalent one would pay to hire a car for the entire day!
Getting Out and About
For those poker players who are in need of a break from the tables there is plenty to see and do in and around Auckland including:
- The Sky jump– a cable base jump from the famed Sky Tower, 192m above the ground. It may just be perfect for those high stakes technicians who are in need of an added adrenaline rush!
- Head for Waiheke Island, home to some of the finest vineyards in Australasia and enjoy the tipple and the beaches
- Spend the day exploring Maori Culture in Auckland’s City and bush sites run by Potiki Adventures
- Stroll down Ponsonby Road, Auckland’s cafe district.