Aarangi Motel

1 Melanesia Road, Kohimarama, Mission Bay, Auckland, 1005, New Zealand
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Day tours from Auckland

by Jim_Eliason

I'll be visiting Auckland in September and am interested in doing a day tour out of the city, potentionally to Rotorua. However I noticed all the formal day tours seem rather expensive (>$200 USD). Is there a cheaper tour company someone can suggest? Are there other transportation options (other than the obvious rental car)?

Re: Day tours from Auckland

by Kakapo2

Flying is no option price-wise as the cheapest flights I have seen in a week in September is $ 168 return, and you would have to get to the airports which is another cost and waste of time.

So you could consider a trip on a public bus, for example InterCity. I checked how much a seat would cost on 23 Sept. The cheapest option would be NZ$ 10 for a trip that departs at AKL Sky City at 9.30am. You just have to book in advance to get the lowest possible fare.

The attractions in Rotorua are rather wide-spread, so you cannot get there just walking around. But there is rather a cheap shuttle service to the attractions close to the city, for example Whakarewarewa, the Agrodome, the Zorb, etc.

If you check the travel packages and find out if $ 220 is really expensive you have to check out the attractions that are included. The entry fees for some of the attractions are rather steep, so at the end those $ 220 could still be a good deal even if you would get InterCity bus trips for next to nothing. And of course, as the bus trips take 4 hours each way there would not be a real lot of time left to get to all the places. With depending on public transportation in Rotorua you really waste a lot of time.

That is why I would still recommend to rent a car ;-) But again: Calculating the rental cost, the petrol, plus the entry fees you might not end up saving a lot of money compared to a stressless organised bus tour. Some of the budget rental companies even charge extra if you return the car after hours.

Travel Tips for Auckland

Bungy Jumping from Skytower

by Bernd_L

I don't know if I should classify this as a sports tip or as plain madness. But there really are people who jump down from the Skytower.

Unlike normal Bungy Jumping however it is no free fall because the jumper is fixed between to steal cables. This way banging against the tower is avoided. But I guess the surge of adrenalin is the same.

Take control of a plane over Auckland!

by worldkiwi

At North Shore Aerodrome in Dairy Flat (on the rural fringe of Auckland's North Shore), you can pay NZ$75 for a 30 minute flight over the coast. During the flight you can even take control of the plane and try a bit of piloting!
This is also the place to go if you want to fly Great Barrier Airlines to Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Hollywood Theatre

by keeweechic

The old Hollywood Theatre opened in 1915 and is still operational today. NZ film pioneer Rudall Hayward used the theatre for his productions. For 10 years the Hollywood Theatre screened the Rocky Horror Picture show every Friday and Saturday night and set the record for the longest movie run in NZ history. The last screening was in 1988. The Theatre continues to operate to this day.

Mexican Food

by fachd about Little Mexico Cantina

We decided to have dinner close to our hotel. After a few block walk we found this delightful little restaurant at Wellesley Street. We thought we were at Mexico that was our first impressions. It was decorated with authentic taste. We ordered our drink plus our meal. The drinks we had Stella Artoise and glass of Tequila Sunrise followed by Chicken Tostada and Vegetarian Burritos. The service was quick and the food taste were good but not excellent. The bill came to $63.50.

Sky Jump

by jag17

For all you thrill seekers, consider the Sky Jump in Auckland. I personally had no desire to even consider this madness, but my friend couldn't wait! Although, once strapped to the platform she did have a, "hell no" moment! They gave her the 3-2-1 jump countdown, and she stayed firmly planted where she was. She took a deep breath, and was able to take the plunge the second time around. I snapped away on the camera as she sailed the 630' in 16 seconds down to meet me. Wow!


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