We are planning a trip down to Auckland at the begining of next month to do a bit of shopping and exploring. Since Eric wants to get some snowboarding in at the new snowplanet place at Silverdale we are looking for accommodation on the North Shore probably a small 1 bed motel room or similar. Can anybody recomend something in that Vacinity? Can be further towards the city if necessary.

Also, I have been trying to figure out where is good to do some shopping, clothes, shoes for us and children (would like to have the childrens feet measured, like they do in Clarkes as not available here in Whangarei), good toy stores (do they have anything like Early Learning Centre here?)

I have heard St Lukes mentioned in conversations and I think it is on the North Shore, can anyone tell me where, also how big is it, is it anything like meadowhall or is it better/worse, what shops does it have?

If we went into central Auckland, what streets should we aim for, for a good shopping experience?

Any other suggestions/help/advice/assistance would be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance