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The Best Hotels In Auckland To Check Into In 2024

By Kathryn Steane

The exterior of SO/Auckland.

Let’s face it, when you’re taking a break where you stay can make or break your holiday. And, when it comes to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, we've got the best hotels in Auckland. From luxurious hotels with spectacular views to inner-city boutique gems and even a chocolate hotel, Urban List has slept in them all.

Whether you’re coming to Auckland for a holiday, or just need some time to get away from home and have a little retreat, these world-class accommodation options combine with premium services and facilities to set you up in the utmost luxury. From boutique to five-star luxury we've scoured the town for la crème de la crème. Without further ado, here are the best hotels in Auckland.

Te Arikinui Pullman Auckland Airport Hotel

37 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland

A room at the Pullman Auckland Airport Hotel right next to the international terminal.Image credit: Te Arikinui Pullman Auckland Airport Hotel | Supplied

A brand new, five-star hotel has opened at Auckland Airport and it’s set to turn what you thought you knew about airport hotels on its head. Overlooking the buzzing international terminal with spectacular runway views and out to the Manukau Heads, Te Arikinui Pullman Auckland is a fascinating place to spend a few hours, a day or a night.

The first five-star hotel in the Auckland Airport precinct, this architectural jewel in the crown exudes class from entering the soaring lobby to enjoying the carefully crafted cocktails in the bar overlooking the runway on the ninth floor. You can read our full review here.

The Details
Address: 37 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland, 2022
Price: $$$$ 

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voco Auckland City Centre

58 Albert Street, Auckland CBD 

A room at the voco auckland city centre hotel, one of the best hotels in auckland.Image credit: voco Auckland City Centre / Supplied

The CBD is home to a number of top hotels, including the brand-new voco Auckland City Centre. This state-of-the-art build—which sits in a prime position on the corner of Wyndham and Albert Streets—isn't shy on indulgence, with each of its more than 200 rooms boasting plush, sustainable bedding, hand-picked artworks, and perhaps our favourite feature yet—marble bathrooms, complete with eco-conscious rain showers and goodies from Antipodes.

If you can drag yourself away from the comfort of your room, stop by their ground-floor trattoria, Mozzarella & Co, for pizza, pasta, and cocktails and then head to New Zealand's highest rooftop bar, Bar Albert. You've also got trolley-master Culprit and Little Culprit on the same street.

The Details
Address: 58 Albert Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$$

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Sudima Auckland City

63-67 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD 

A Sudima hotel room suite, one of the best hotels in Auckland.Image credit: Sudima Auckland City / Supplied

There are so many reasons to love Sudima Auckland City, one of the city's newest hotels and located just a stone's throw from some of the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Most notably, Sudima is the first hotel group in the world to introduce the Hidden Disability Sunflower Scheme, where guests identifying as having a non-visible disability, impairment or access need can communicate their requirement for support discreetly with a sunflower lanyard, pin or bracelet—and we reckon that's pretty damn cool.

Amongst the many other reasons to love this stylish spot? The hugely popular and highly delicious plant-focused restaurant, East—an incredible Palm Springs-style rooftop bar Sunset—and all the modern, luxurious comforts you could need to make your stay in the city one to remember.

The Details
Address: 63-67 Nelson Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010 
Price: $$$

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The Hotel Britomart

29 Galway Street, Britomart, Auckland CBD 

The Rangihoua room with a welcoming open fire next to a courtyard.Image credit: The Hotel Britomart | Supplied

Fancy staying in one of the world's best new hotels? Then better book yourself into The Hotel Britomart, which even nabbed a spot on the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List (the only hotel in NZ to do so, and one of just two in Australasia).

From the unique brick-clad exterior to stylish timber-lined rooms complete with beautifully tiled bathrooms, hand-made ceramics, built-in couches and minibars stacked to the brim with local goodies, you'll certainly be living your best life when you stay here. Plus, you'll have the bragging rights of staying in New Zealand's first-ever Five Green Star hotel.

If you can pry yourself away from your room, be sure to make use of Britomart's amazing bars and eateries which include Kingi, Mr Morris, Café Hanoi, Ostro, Ghost Street, Caretaker and Miann—as well as the billion-dollar Commercial Bay development just a short stroll up the road.

The Details
Address: 29 Galway Street, Britomart, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$$

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Four Points By Sheraton Auckland

58-60 Queen Street, Auckland CBD 

The exterior of one of the best hotels in Auckland, the Four Points By Sheraton dominates the skyline with the Sky Tower in the distance.Image credit: Four Points By Sheraton Auckland / Supplied

Towering midway up Queen Street stands the Four Points By Sheraton Auckland. Built in 2017 and recently refurbished, this top-range hotel combines exceptional service with a spacious, modern fit-out (we especially love the large bathrooms).

In the same vicinity as Auckland Art Gallery, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and a myriad of other attractions, there's certainly no shortage of things to see and do throughout your stay. When it comes to eating out you're spoilt for choice with Tanuki's Cave just over the road, sweet treats from Daldang and Four Points' own Queen's Head Bar & Eatery, as well as Auckland's highest rooftop bar, The Churchill.

Named after a certain Winston Churchill (who was known as a bit of a gin expert), this luxurious spot serves up a dizzying range of gins along with next-level cocktails, shared platters and some seriously beaut views.

The Details
Address: 58-60 Queen Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010 
Price: $$

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A tile that says from sprawling five-star hotels to boutique offerings boasting industrial chic, Tamaki Makaurau has a wealth of world-class places to stay'.

The Convent Hotel

454 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 

An exposed brick wall in a room at the Convent Hotel.Image credit: The Convent Hotel / Supplied

Convent by name, convent by nature (well, sorta). This beautiful, 22-room converted nunnery in Grey Lynn is steeped in history (it was constructed back in 1922) and oozes character from every nook and cranny, making it by far one of the most unique—and in our opinion, memorable—hotels in Auckland.

Big thumbs up to the design crew for staying true to the building's original Spanish mission house-style architecture (think ornate ceilings, stucco arches and vast steel windows), which is tastefully offset by all the usual mod cons.

Plus, it's a nearby walk for vegan pastries at Maison des Lys, a drink or two at Pocket Bar or cheeky Uber ride to the respective entertainment havens of Ponsonby and K' Rd—though we wouldn't blame you for staying in, considering The Convent is also home to the incredibly delicious Italian-inspired eatery (and Urban List fave), Ada as well as a cute bar for pre and post snacking.

The Details
Address: 454 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021
Price: $$ 

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Pullman Hotel Auckland

 6 Princes Street, Auckland CBD 

Someone walks by the pool at The Pullman hotel in Auckland, one of the best hotels in Auckland.Image credit: Pullman Hotel Auckland / Supplied

If you're looking for a home away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the luxurious and newly refurbished Pullman Hotel is the one for you. The moment you approach the impressive lobby you'll be treated like royalty.

With modern and chic rooms, five-star service and amenities no wonder this is one of Auckland's best hotels. Book yourself into the dreamy Luxe Spa where the stresses and strains of the day will melt away at the hands of their talented massage therapists or with a dip in their indoor heated pool, sauna and spa.

If you're looking for food options, you're in luck as you're just minutes away from OnslowIma Cuisine, Vivace and Giapo for dessert alongside the hotel's own Tapestry helmed by Executive Chef Johnny Roullier.

The Details
Address:  6 Princes Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$

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Mövenpick Hotel Auckland

8 Customs Street, Britomart, Auckland CBD 

Two people dig into an epic chocolate fondue at Mövenpick hotel auckland, one of the best hotels in Auckland.Image credit: Mövenpick Hotel Auckland / Supplied

Eat your heart out, luxury ice cream brand Mövenpick has launched its very own hotel in Auckland. This sweet 207-room spot comes complete with a 24-hour in-room Sundae Service and a daily 'Chocolate Hour' where you can watch experts craft cupcakes, chocolate truffles and other treats. Guests can also enjoy the library and on-site and virtual gyms (should you, ya know, want to burn off some of that sugar).

But wait, there's more—Mövenpick also offers next-level Chocolate Fondue Platters available for hotel guests and visitors alike. Available every day from 12 – 8pm, expect a pot of decadent Mövenpick chocolate and a selection of fresh fruit, assorted nuts, biscuits, and marshmallows ready to be speared, dipped and enjoyed whilst perched at the top floor of the hotel at the Asian-fusion restaurant and bar BODA. There is a god. Reservations are essential, book here.

The Details
Address: 8 Customs Street, Britomart, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$

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Park Hyatt Auckland

99 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland CBD 

The executive room suite at Park Hyatt shows a bed with amazing views.Image credit: Park Hyatt Auckland / Supplied

The Park Hyatt Auckland, where to even begin? Let's start with the incredible location—smack bang in the middle of the Viaduct, in the spot where Emirates Team New Zealand previously had their base.

Those sweet waterfront views become something next level when enjoyed from the Park Hyatt's range of exquisite accommodation options, which include a new collection of speciality rooms such as the Presidential Suite (the largest hotel room of its kind in the country, weighing in at a whopping 370sqm and complete with sweeping city vistas, wrap-around balcony, internal courtyard, personal gym, full-service kitchen and our personal fave, a baby grand piano).

And these guys are legit experts in the field of food, with a myriad of world-class dining options for you to choose from without even leaving the hotel. Tuck into top Kiwi kai at the beautiful Onemata—indulge in afternoon tea at The Living Room—sink a tipple or two in the classy Captain's Bar—or grab your coffee and pastry fix at The Pantry. If you're looking for a staycation you'll be talking about for years to come, this is the spot.

The Details
Address: 99 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City CBD, 1010 
Price: $$$$

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Doubletree By Hilton

8 Hinau Road, Karaka, Auckland 

A beautiful blue pool with loungers with Doubletree by Hilton, Karaka in the backgroundImage credit: Doubletree By Hilton / Supplied

Striking the perfect balance between a staycation and a destination hotel is none other than Karaka’s Doubletree by Hilton. A quick flick off the motorway will land you in the arms of country-side understated luxury: tree-lined green pastures wrapped in rustic fencing, their very own beehives, and a gorgeous heated outdoor pool (27 degrees year-round, to be precise) dotted with sun loungers and perches.

Inside their intuitively designed rooms, expect seriously sleek monochrome and earthy interiors with an oh-so-subtle nod to the equestrian lifestyle. Back to ground floor, and you’re spoilt for foodie choices: get a bite of Aotearoa’s best at restaurant Ethereal, a tipple at one of Auckland’s best wine lists at the Horseshoe bar, and treat yourself to their scrumptious breakfast buffet the following morning.

Speaking of food, did you know that you’ll be greeted with a fresh-from-the-oven, signature chocolate cookie upon check-in? Talk about plush. 

The Details
Address: 8 Hinau Road, Karaka, Auckland 2113
Price: $$ 

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QT Hotel

4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD 

The new family room at the QT hotel.Image credit: QT Hotel / Supplied

Fans of QT will know that these guys bring a serious injection of fun and flair to each and every one of their sites, and Auckland's QT Hotel is no exception. You'll find this quirky gem in the heart of the city at 4 Viaduct Avenue, where a world of bold and striking aesthetics and rooms that eye the sparkling waters of the Waitematā await.

While you're here, it would be an absolute abomination not to enjoy a meal or two at Esther—from renowned chef Sean Connolly, serving drop-dead delish Mediterranean fare in the form of anchovy crostini, lamb with labneh, and baked Basque cheesecake, followed up with a couple of cheeky drinks at Rooftop At QT.

Perched six storeys above the Viaduct, this stunning space will have you living out your boujee dreams in style with mezze platters, espresso martinis and a rotating guest cocktail on tap.

The Details
Address: 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$$ 

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SO/ Auckland

Corner Of Customs East Street & Gore Street, Auckland CBD 

A boujee little room showing an open plan bathroom and bedroom at So/ Auckland, one of the best hotels in Auckland.Image credit: SO/Auckland / Supplied

One of Auckland's most talked-about hotels, SO/ Auckland is for those who want a spot of high fashion and whimsy in their urban home away from home. Every detail, from the high-quality, avant-garde furnishings to the giant lions straddling the entrance screams over-the-top luxury.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that this one is also situated within staggering distance of top Auckland eateries like Café Hanoi, Ebisu, BOSSI and Giapo, plus beloved watering hole, Caretaker, which is just across the road.

However don't forget that SO/ Auckland is also home to its own rooftop bar (HI-SO), French patisserie (Javalab), and seafood restaurant (Harbour Society). Oof.

The Details
Address: Corner of Customs East Street & Gore Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$$ 

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD 

The Luxury Marina View Room at Sofitel.Image credit: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel / Supplied

A fine dining restaurant, continental breakfasts, a relaxing spa with the finest massage therapists and luxurious rooms—Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour has it all. Offering a range of packages to ensure you get the best out of your Sofitel experience, this hotel makes it hard to find a reason to leave this sanctuary.

The range of rooms begins at Superior and goes all the way up to the Prestige Suite. Although these different forms of accommodation offer a little something different, they all have a consistent theme of elegance which creates an ambience of sophistication. Better yet, it’s all complemented by a view of the waterfront.

And you definitely won't go hungry, with the hotel home to an amazing seafood-inspired eatery called La Marée, which serves up incredible locally sourced kaimoana and produce with a French twist. And don't forget to check out Sabrage Champagne Bar, where you'll be treated to creative cocktails, artisan cheese boards and the freshest oysters.

The Details
Address: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$$ 

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Hotel Fitzroy Curated By Fable

43 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland  

The exterior of Hotel Fitzroy in Grey Lynn.Image credit: Hotel Fitzroy Curated By Fable / Supplied

The name of this one alone exudes luxury and prestige, wouldn't you agree? Hotel Fitzroy is certainly a fine place to staycation and oozes boujee with just 10 suites set across two buildings—the original villa, circa 1910 and a newer, more contemporary building right next door.

Both have been beautifully curated with the finest furnishings (and, wait for it—a complimentary mini-bar that's replenished DAILY), so you can spend your time here living like a legit Ponsonby prince, or princess.

There's no on-site restaurant but what there IS, are refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served in the hotel library each evening, two barista-made coffees a day, and an epic in-room breakfast service that will blow your mind (all complimentary).

However, if you're looking for more ways to fill your belly, the many bars and restaurants of Ponsonby are practically on your doorstep. And if after all that you're still not convinced how epic Hotel Fitzroy is, know that Taika Waititi has previously booked out the entire place for a week.

The Details
Address: 43 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021 
Price: $$$$ 

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Cordis Auckland

83 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD 

The lounge of the presidential suite at Cordis.Image credit: Cordis Auckland / Supplied

Taking the crown for New Zealand’s largest hotel, Auckland’s Cordis Hotel with its newly opened Pinnacle Tower proves that bigger really is better. The Pinnacle Tower takes your luxury staycation to new heights (quite literally—it’s seventeen storeys).

Formerly known as the Langham (and still part of the group) this hotel is just a five-minute walk from the bustle of Karangahape Road, which is home to some of the best eateries in Auckland—Pici, Bar Celeste, Candela, Apero, Madame George and Atelier to name but a few.

Too lazy for the short stroll? Not a problem, as Cordis just so happens to offer one of the city's most epic buffets over at Eight. Featuring a world of cuisines from Asian to Indian and beyond, we suggest wearing your baggiest pants. Extra points for their chocolate fountain and endless dessert options.

Special mention also goes to Cordis' swish NZ-themed bar, Our Land Is Alive as well as their next-level high teas, which are a highly sought-after experience. Premium hospitality and service is a given as this is one of the best hotels in Auckland but Cordis go the extra mile with their luxurious fit-out, Chandelier Room and of course, the Chuan Spa.

Offering spa treatments like massages and facials, Cordis Auckland is a favourite for people looking to completely zen out whilst getting pampered like royalty (who incidentally, often choose Cordis as their pied a terre in Auckland).

The Details
Address: 83 Symonds Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$

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Fable Auckland

58-60 Queen Street, Auckland CBD 

A gorgeous looking room at the Fable Auckland with plush furnishings and stylish decor.Image credit: Fable Auckland / Supplied

With its enviable position nestled right next door to Gucci and Louis Vuitton, it's clear you'll be getting the ultimate dose of luxury vibes at Auckland's hidden gem, Fable Auckland (nee Hotel Grand Windsor).

Within easy walking distance to many of Auckland's top eateries and bars (think Gochu, Ghost Street and Café Hanoi amongst others), you're ideally placed for the ultimate staycation right here in Auckland.

Plush carpets, first-class service and dreamy rooms that outshine many of the world's best, no wonder it's known as one of the best hotels in Auckland. Cooke’s exudes the same style and elegance present throughout this five-star hotel, and if you're keen to really up the ante, a champagne high tea here will take your luxe experience to the next level.

The Details
Address: 58-60 Queen Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$

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Hilton Auckland

Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland CBD 

A room overlooking the water at the Hilton Hotel.Image credit: Hilton Auckland / Supplied

The Hilton is an empire of luxury and class around the world and Auckland is no exception. The Hilton doesn’t only provide sleek, stylish rooms and suites but its location is what makes it truly magical. 

Located on Princes Wharf, it showcases breathtaking views of Auckland’s stunning waterfront. Along with the idyllic location, The Hilton is the prime place to be when it comes to exploring some of the top eateries in Auckland, with restaurants such as FISH, Botswana Butchery and new wine bar Somm a stone’s throw away.

In fact, Bellini Bar is known as one of the best bars in Auckland and guests of The Hilton are lucky to have this gem right in the lush lobby. With amenities that include an outdoor heated swimming pool, gym and modern meeting rooms as well as a range of packages to elevate your experience, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at The Hilton.

The Details
Address: Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010 
Price: $$$$

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Hotel DeBrett

2 High Street, Auckland CBD 

A view of a gorgeous split level room at Hotel DeBrett, one of the best hotels in Auckland.Image credit: Hotel DeBrett / Supplied

Hotel DeBrett is a luxury boutique hotel that embraces its smaller scale. Nestled on High Street it has a perfect set-up of eclectic furniture and stylish decorative details which exude Wes Andersen vibes.

Hotel DeBrett provides the comfort and intimacy that makes you feel like you’re at home but the attentive service such as complimentary breakfast makes you feel extra special. The relaxed environment also has DeBrett’s Kitchen and DeBrett Housebar which offer a similar vibe of quality over quantity.

The quirkiness and charming aura of the DeBrett empire has become an attraction for many locals in Auckland and is recognised as one of the best hotels in Auckland.

The Details
Address: 2 High Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$$

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The Grand By SkyCity

90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD 

A room at The Grand By SkyCity Hotel showing a comfortable living area with a luxury bedroom in the background.Image credit: The Grand By SkyCity / Supplied

In the heart of Auckland City, you’ll find the glamorous Grand By SkyCity. Starting from the luxurious lobby and spacious rooms, it’s clear that the Grand prioritises providing an upscale experience for their guests while keeping them constantly entertained.

Top sightseeing spots such as the Sky Tower are just seconds away from the hotel, which makes it a favourite for tourists. Guests will always have something to do, whether it’s dining at one of the nearby restaurants that have been consistently noted as some of the best in the city (CassiaDepot, MASU, Fed Deli and 1947 are all on the same street) or trying their luck at the SkyCity Casino.

Located in the middle of the CBD, their rooms are sleek and provide a killer view of Auckland City.

The Details
Address: 90 Federal Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010
Price: $$$$

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JW Marriott

22-26 Albert Street, Auckland CBD 

A render of the new rooms at JW Marriott.Image credit: JW Marriott / Supplied

The JW Marriott is Auckland's newest hotel, so new in fact that it's in the process of being completely renovated as part of a $25M refurbishment project. On its way to becoming Auckland's newest five-star hotel, the above render promises spacious rooms that are bathed in natural sunlight and seeks to encourage guests to rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit with its full suite of amenities. 

Currently, JW Marriott Hotel Auckland features 286 rooms offering brand new JW signature beds and smart TVs with Chromecast, 40 of which will be renovated to the new design by September 2023 and with reservations opening thereafter.

Following this, the hotel will continue its transformation journey with each floor being renovated one at a time. The completion date of all rooms is set for mid-2024, alongside a full renovation of the all-day dining restaurant, meeting rooms and lobby area, which has already undergone an initial renovation. Yes and yes.

The Details
Address: 22-26 Albert Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010 
Price: $$$

BOOK HERE

LyLo Auckland

54 Cook Street, Auckland CBD 

People enjoy the pod rooms at Auckland's budget hotel option LyLo.Image credit: LyLo Auckland / Supplied

Finally, if cheap and cheerful is more your vibe (and there ain't nothin' wrong with that), you're gonna love LyLo. This newly-opened spot on Cook Street in the CBD is revolutionising the world of budget accommodation with its private sleeping pods (available for as little as $55 a night), super cool shared spaces for work and play, and in-house eatery with burgers, $10 cocktails, and a giant shuffleboard.

However, if the idea of sleeping in a pod is a little too thrifty even for you, worry not—LyLo also has private double rooms with shared amenities and fully private ensuite rooms up for grabs. Don't forget to snap a selfie in front of the mural in the lobby, created by local artist Flox, before you leave.

The Details
Address: 54 Cook Street, Auckland City CBD, 1010 
Price: $$

BOOK HERE

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Main image credit: SO/Auckland / Supplied 

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