I couldn't agree more when I read about how Auckland is not attractive. We lived there until 1973 before moving to Brisbane but return several times a year to visit family and friends. We always stay at an inner city hotel. The last time we ventured down Queen St was about four years ago to look at Britomart Station. The entrance foyer was okay but the train departure area was horrible.
Queen St shops were of a high standard ranging from clothing to bookstores and department stores, now it has become a mess of cut price shops and tacky souvenir and tourist shops.
Queen St and the central city used to be a vibrant place. I know, I was in the police in the 60's when we used to walk the beat in and around the city so I saw and felt the atmosphere at all times of night and day.
Lance Eagle