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  • Auckland Museum and Domain

    Auckland Favorites

    The Wintergardens are located in the Auckland Domain, not far from Auckland Museum. The glass houses date back into the early twentieth century and although the plant collection is very modest, the place is free and makes a nice retreat if you're in the city centre. The "fernery" is a secluded 'bush' walk through native New Zealand forest (which we...

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  • Downtown Christchurch

    Christchurch Favorites

    - The city centre features a huge new steel sculpture, an oversized bunch of wheat, higher than the surrounding high-rise buildings. Its name is "Flour Power". (August/September 2008) The square at the corner of High and Colombo Streets is now called Stewart Plaza (in the strange attempt to make the centre more flash and posh and luxurious...),...

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  • Lake Wakatipu

    Queenstown Favorites

    Lake Wakatipu is the South Island’s second largest lake after Lake Te Anau. It is Z-shaped, has a total length of 77 kilometres, and covers 293 square kilometres. It is surrounded by steeply rising mountains. Ice-age glaciers carved it out. The deepest point is 378 metres. The lake has a natural rock dam, lying at Kingston at the southern end of...

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  • Parliament Buildings

    Wellington Favorites

    Parliament has been located in Wellington since 1865 when it was moved from Auckland - not the building obviously! The Beehive is one of New Zealand's icons though it's only the building that has the offices of the MPs and the Prime Minister.

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  • Visitor Information Centre

    Rotorua Favorites

    Most visitors to Rotorua will encounter this striking looking building on Fenchurch Street. The towns official tourist information office, you can find everything here from the standard array of information leaflets, to accommodation booking, tours and activities, shower facilities, luggage storage facilities, and a decent gift shop.

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  • The Octagon

    Dunedin Favorites

    The Octagon is the central "square" [actually and obviously an octagon] in the centre of the city. It is well laid out with a nice covered walkway alongside the road thru the middle. A variety of people hang out here, from students, to vagrants to diners and tourists. There are a few eateries around the perimeter, cafés and restaurants and...

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  • Te Papa Museum

    Wellington Region Favorites

    Go to Te Papa Museum. Opened in 1998, built on a site the size of 3 rugby fields (that's kiwi for you!), it has a total floor area of 36,000 square metres. Te Papa is the national museum of NZ, with many amazing New Zealand and International exhibits. Entry is free, except for special exhibitions. NZ Exhibitions include: Te Marae - the vibrancy of...

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  • Milford Sound, Fiordland.

    New Zealand Favorites

    Milford Sound is a place one should not miss when visiting the South Island of New Zealand. First, the road getting there is one of the most scenic I had driven at the time; you drive all times with beauties of nature surrounding you, the very rugged landscape, the glaciers, the waterfalls, the lakes you discover on the sometimes steep and...

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  • Otago

    South Island Favorites

    Cadrona Pass can be a fantastic driving expierience, but be aware, some parts are still gravel and hard to judge when driving to fast...but end of the year 2006 some adventure will have been taken out, all will be sealed road by then just driving is fun

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  • Taranaki

    North Island Favorites

    Facing the Tasman Sea on the north, west and south of Mount Taranaki, New Plymouth has easy access of beaches for sailing, swimming, surfing or sand castles. Was surprised by the black sand beaches. Apparently from some volcanic rock that produced small black specks that blacken the sand of the beach. Anyway, you cannot miss the beaches while in...

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  • Kelly Tarltons Underwater World

    Auckland Favorites

    For different view of Southern Hemisphere life, make a point of visiting Antarctica while you're in Auckland. At Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World you can meet King and Gentoo Penguins in a world of real snow and ice.

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  • Architecture

    Christchurch Favorites

    - This impressive stately building with its classical ornamentation is located right behind Christchurch Cathedral, and opposite the Press buidling and Cathedral Junction. It was designed in 1909 (and built from 1911 to 1913) to accommodate many of the Government Departments in Christchurch. It was used for this purpose for 70 years. Although it...

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  • Jetboat Rides

    Queenstown Favorites

    Although a little "touristy", I think most visitors to Queenstown should try out one of their famous Jetboat rides, because it offers its passengers a safe way to enjoy the sights offered by the various rivers in Queenstown, while still getting your adrenalin going. It was especially fun when your guide do a sudden "Hamilton Maneuver" when you...

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  • Internet Connections

    Wellington Favorites

    This was the most amazing machine I found! Here you can free up some memory space on your digital camera by a number of ways: Print digital photos from $1-45 NZD per print. Edit digital photos. Email your digital photos - $5 NZD total. Save digital photos to CD. Your own CD $5 NZD CD supplied $15 NZD Upload digital photos to...

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  • Te Whakarewarewa

    Rotorua Favorites

    You pay around £ 6 for adults ad £3 for kids to get into visit Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and after that you can explore Maori village, kiwi house, Frog pool, Maori concert etc for free. You don’t have to pay for individual events.

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  • Cable Car

    Wellington Region Favorites

    The Cable Car is one of Wellingtons oldest and most popular tourist attractions. The cable car journeys up under the motorway, through the three tunnels, past Kelburn Park and Victoria University and on to the top entrance of the city's Botanic Garden where various walks begin and where the Carter Observatory and Planetarium are located. The Cable...

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  • Canterbury

    South Island Favorites

    Otira Gorge has became more easier to travel.the old Road gone,a new Viaduct build,finish and opend last Autum. It is now a breeze driving through to the West Coast..thank god for that. but actually I will miss the old adventure drive..never knew how it would pan out around the bend..rocks fallen on the Road or right in front of the car.geh, never...

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  • Auckland

    North Island Favorites

    No, it is not about a tv drama series. One hill tree is popular historic landmark of Auckland on top of a small volcanic peak. There was a single tree next to a commemorative obelisk. The tree was attacked twice in the name of Maori struggle of their natural rights but fortunately survived the onslaught. Unfortunately after a damaging storm, the...

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  • Native New Zealand

    New Zealand Favorites

    New Zealand has some rather interesting natural landmarks as you will no doubt see as you travel around our fair land. In the South Island you can see everything from the split apple to the moeraki bolders in the round shaped area and the Pancake rocks at Punakaiki for a different formation completly. In the North there are some interesting...

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  • Mt Eden

    Auckland Favorites

    This is the extinct volcanic crater at Mt Eden. Besides being always pretty, grassy and green, since childhood I've always enjoyed the great view of Rangitoto (another volcano) and Auckland city and the harbour. I have very fond memories of this spot.

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  • Currency Exchange

    Christchurch Favorites

    Here's your view of the ANZ currency exchange, while comfortably ensconced on their couch. Yellow, orange, green - what a colour scheme... I guess you could call it 'funky' but those words aren't often used when describing banks!

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  • Rotorua Museum

    Rotorua Favorites

    Rotorua Museum of Art and History, Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa. Built at the beginning of the 20th Century, this building was originally the Bath House. New Zealand's history is very young, but this is one of the earlier gems. Of course the influence of the British settlers is apparent, this building is an architectural icon of New Zealand. The...

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  • Oriental Parade

    Wellington Region Favorites

    Stroll along Oriental Parade and people watch. Eat at Logan Brown, and Castros. Take a trip on the historic and gravity defying cable car to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Walk through the grounds of Victoria University, and marvel at the architecture of Hunter building. Promenade down Queen's Wharf on a summer's day. Have a beer in the sun at...

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  • Coromandel Region.

    New Zealand Favorites

    Stay at backpackers accomodation as it is of a good standard and you meet so many interesting people from many countries. The south island is spectacular.Join the postboat around the fjords.Walk on the Glaciers.Powerboat down the shotover river near Queenstown.Sample the varied foods from many countries. The Coromandel coast on the east of the...

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  • West Coast

    South Island Favorites

    through Arthur's Pass and the Otira Gorge Road, looks so benign, doens't it? But drive carefully and don't get distracted....drive on to the most charming small Town on the West Coast..Hokitika, its a lovely spot with charming People, good food and the Pounamu Factory, where you can buy all your gift for the loved ones at home. Pounamu is New...

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  • Parnell.

    Auckland Favorites

    New Zealand is a very young country therefore is not really reknown for it's old architecture. Some places in the South Island have some history, however Auckland has very few examples of old buildings. You can find a few in the Parnell area, and it's a very nice place to walk around. There are nice shops, in a village setting, old wooden...

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  • View from the top

    Christchurch Favorites

    Christchurch is a very flat city. You get a real sense of this from the air when you are on your way out. The city is squished up against the port hills with homes covering much of their lower slopes. There are two main beaches being Brighton and Sumner with Sumner by far the nicer of the two. There's also Taylor's Mistake over the hill from...

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  • Kapiti Coast

    Wellington Region Favorites

    4- WHEEL DRIVING is on of the craziest and scariest thing I've ever done in my life. I was at a friend's house on the Kapiti Coast, about 40 min. from Wellington and we went out for a day of 4-wheel driving with some of the other club members. It was a pretty muddy day and we couldn't really drive freely. We always got stucked somehow in the mud...

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  • National Parks

    New Zealand Favorites

    Orakei-Korako as it is known in Maori is not, as you may imagine by the name, a by-passed tourist attraction. Indeed, at $28 per head it's not cheap. The fee includes the ferry ride across the river which goes virtually on demand so there's no waiting. Rosemarie and I had expected much from our thermal experience and, as I later found out, Lonely...

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  • Harbour Bridge & Marina

    Auckland Favorites

    The bridge is one of Aucklands key features around the harbour area and is visible from many places given its size. It's 15 stories high and at just over 1km long the 2nd longest road bridge in NZ (Rakaia Bridge in the South Island is the longest). The Bridge, running between St Marys Bay and Northcote Point, was opened on 30th of May 1959 and...

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  • Bridge of Remembrance

    Christchurch Favorites

    The bridge of Remebrance is just that, a momument to all soldiers who went to war in the various theatres of war last centuary. This includes both World Wars won by the British with the help of our little island nation and our close neighbours, Australia. No matter what goes on in our world, the stupidity of some nations continues to confound...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Wellington Region Favorites

    The Botanical Gardens - a beautiful place, it has a superb collection of plants and in the spring the daffodils are amazing. A great place to spend an afternoon either picnicing or partaking of tea and scones in the tearooms.

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  • Taupo

    New Zealand Favorites

    Imagine a group of eccentric geriatrics sitting around in a small shed in the middle of a paddock with nothing better to do than fly. That should put you in the picture. These men of the air all have a sense of humour as noted during the pre-flight comments, "If you want to do loop-the-loops go with him, he can't fly straight"; you get the...

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  • Tamaki Drive

    Auckland Favorites

    Auckland is built on a narrow isthmus so is surrounded by water. As a consequence water sports are very popular here given the easy access to lots of great places. A view back to Auckland city from tamaki drive shows the expanse of water with lots of boats.

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  • Beautiful flowers

    Christchurch Favorites

    Floral Clock On reserve in Victoria Square south west of Town Hall adjoining amphitheatre Floral Clock presented to the citizens of Christchurch by Calder Mackay Co Ltd in 1953. Two bronze plaques set into wall at base This clock look tidy every single day

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  • Wellington Zoo

    Wellington Region Favorites

    Visit the Wellington Zoo. It is the oldest zoological park in New Zealand. Like most zoos worldwide the park has moved to create more humane environments for its animals. The giraffe is baby 'Rukiya' who was born in the Wellington Zoo in September.

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  • Sheep

    New Zealand Favorites

    Sheep can be found all over New Zealand and are a part of the New Zealand landscape. The make up a large part of our agricultural production. MAF provides some interesting statistics on sheep in New Zealand: "At June 1999 there were 45.2 million sheep in New Zealand - 12 sheep for every New Zealander. There are 17 000 commercial sheep and beef...

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  • Queen Street & Downtown

    Auckland Favorites

    Auckland now has a fine little pocket of restaurants around its waterfront and Viaduct Basin areas. Though not comparable to the great culinary capitals of the world, Auckland's restaurants may not number in the thousands, but the food is of a high quality and varied range. This area is also nice to walk aorund on a summer evening.

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  • Hagley Park

    Christchurch Favorites

    When the first settlers from England arrived at Lyttelton in 1850, they brought with them the gardening traditions of that country. It was just 13 years after their arrival that the initial plans were made to form the present Botanical Gardens. On 9th July 1863, the first tree was planted in the grounds to comemmorate the marriage of Prince Albert...

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  • Birdlife

    New Zealand Favorites

    Though we didn`t see a Kiwi, the Weka Birds could be encountered easily along the Heaphy Track. The light-brown, chicken-sized, fligtless birds are rather inquisitive. Even if you just sit in the open having a break, they often tend to come along and curiously inspect you and your equipment. Another species that was often encountered in pairs was...

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  • City Beaches

    Auckland Favorites

    Auckland has lots of nice beaches, and this is one of the more picturesque. Takapuna used to be the main commercial area of the North Shore, but now it has become a trendy and very nice looking place to live or shop. In this summertime view of the beach, the tide is in and the scene looks more like a lake shore than a beach!

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  • John Britten, son of Christchurch.

    Christchurch Favorites

    John Britten, inventor extraordinaire. Christchurch is the home of the Britten motorcyle. It has a revolutionary motor, quite different to the conventional and previous styles. This motorcycle goes very fast and blitzed all other makes in the Superbike class. Unfortunately John Britten died at an early age of cancer. His staff continue his...

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  • Skytower

    Auckland Favorites

    Auckland's Skytower is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the city. Auckland is a city that is based on its interaction with the water, and from the skytower, you can see just how busy of a port this is. From the casual sailor to the cruise ship, to the freighter, this port is on the go 24/7. I would definitely recommend heading up to...

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  • Port Hills

    Christchurch Favorites

    The Summit Road, drive it or bike it or take a bus then walk it. Breathtaking views over Christchurch City, the Southern Alps, Pegasus Bay, Lyttleton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula - often all from the same vantage point. Don't miss it.

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  • Hauraki Gulf

    Auckland Favorites

    PHOTO: BEV AT THE HELM OF NZL 40, AN AMERICA'S CUP YACHT BUILT FOR THE 1995 AMERICA'S CUP AND BOUGHT BY A GROUP IN AUCKLAND. THEY HAVE TWO BOATS NZL 40 & NZL 41, WHICH THEY RACE AND TAKE PEOPLE OUT WHO WOULD LIKE TO CREW AND GET THE FEEL OF AN ACTUAL AMERICA'S CUP YACHT IN ACTION. NZL 40 was on the port tack heading for the lighthouse at the...

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