THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 ASB Classic
From 09/01 to 14/01
Money Prize: $ 508,360
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Location: ASB Tennis Arena – 1 Tennis Ln, Parnell, Auckland 1010
How to Get: By train the nearest stations are the Britomart Transport Centre and Grafton stations, both around a 20-25 minute walk to the ASB Tennis Arena. Auckland Coop Taxi’s have a dedicated taxi rank for drop off and pick up located in Tennis Lane for your convenience. The Asb Arena enjoys however a very Central position in Auckland just 1 km from shopping district of Queen Street. Airport is far less than 20 km.
Recent past winners: 2016 Roberto Bautista Agut – 2015 Jiri Vesely – 2014 John Isner – 2013/2012/2011 David Ferrer – 2010 John Isner
Top seeded players: Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Jack Sock (Usa) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – David Johnson (Usa) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg)
THE TOWN: Auckland is the most populous urban area in New Zeland. Auckland has a population of 1,495,000, which constitutes 32 percent of country’s population. In 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 3rd place in the world on its list. For Lonely Planet:”The greater Auckland region encompasses the city proper and the gorgeous surrounding towns and landscapes.
It’s rare that visitors restrict themselves solely to the city area. And why would you? There’s plenty to see and do right in the heart of the city, but travelling further afield opens the opportunities considerably. You can’t miss getting out onto the waters of the Haruki Gulf and exploring its many islands. One of the closest to the mainland is Waiheke Island, home to emerald waters and world-class wineries. Further north lies Goat Island Marine Reserve, a thriving and accessible aquatic ecosystem.
The natural delights on offer go beyond the area’s beautiful waters. Rainforests, thermal springs, sprawling parks and volcanic cones are just the start.”
TOP 3 PLACES TO VISIT:
- Tiriri Matangi Island
- Sky Tower
- Waiheke Island
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Kiwi Heritage Homestay. Perfect *** b&b rated 8.7 on Booking with high value for money . Good location at just 3 km from Tiriri Village. A family room with shared bathroom costs only 77$ per night with breakfast, wifi and parking included.
- Crowne Plaza Auckland. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Auckland Central Business Distrisct, very close to shopping paradise of Queen St. Rated 8.8 on Booking and nr.1o accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb queen rooms of 30 mq2 at just 162$ per night or 179$ with breakfast included. Fitness center, a spa, a longer bar and a restaurant are available for customers.
- Hotel DeBrett. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated at just some steps from Victoria Harbour and the Sky Tower. It offers free wifi and a fitness centre for customers. Onsite restaurant DeBretts KitChens is considered one of the best restaurant of whole New Zeland. Price for an unique designed 40 mq2 O’Connell Suite each one decorated with art works is 400$ with breakfast. Rated 9.3 on Booking and nr.1 accomodation on TripAdvisor.