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  • Mt Ruapehu Winter
    Mt Ruapehu Winter
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North Island Favorites

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Skiing in the North Island

    -On the North Island you have only Mt. Ruapehu and Mt. Taranaki for skiing, with Mt. Taranaki being somehow far off the main routes.Mt. Ruapehu is THE ski resort in the North Island. Here you see how much you have to pay for a lift pass: http://www.mtruapehu.com/winter/lift-passes/ For transportation from Auckland to the area you can check out...

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  • Honeymoon on the North Island in Winter

    My wife and I did our honeymoon to the North island in early September 3 years ago and we were torn the same way you are, had 10 days. Eventually. We chose to stay on the north island, rent a car and do the following loop: Auckland, Rotorua, Lake Taoupo, MarTINborough, and finally Wellington. We skipped the glow worms (but I hear they are kind of...

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  • Weather in Winter

    This is a forum answer to someone asking about Honeymooning in NZ during July.I was in New Zealand during July back in 1996 (sorry I know it is a while back) and the weather was stunning. That said I was in the North Island. Not sure about the South Island but Rotorua although being chilly will still be really great to visit in Winter all the usual...

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  • Not a bird, not a shoe polish, it is a...

    Kiwi immediately reminds us of the indigenous iconic bird of NZ. We also used to have a famous brand of shoe polish called "Kiwi".But there is a succulent and juicy green color fruit called "Kiwi". Interestingly, the Kiwi fruit is not native to NZ but originated from Southern China. It was first introduced in NZ around 1906.So visit a NZ kiwi fruit...

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  • Floating stones

    While joining a river fishing trip at Lake Taupo area, I discover to my surprise small well rounded stones that are light and actually float on water.They are pumice rocks which are volcanic origin.Was so impressed that I carry them home and once in awhile let them float in water.

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  • Black beach of New Plymouth

    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 or...

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  • Ostrich anyone?

    While it is expected to see cow and sheep farms, it was a nice surprise to see ostrich farms at the foothills of Mt. Taranaki.Have tasted tender ostrich meat before. Not sure if I can stomach an entire ostrich egg omelete nor care for ostrich feather pillow. Anyway, cows and sheep are not native to New Zealand. Ostriches are from Africa.

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  • Amazing park in downtown New Plymouth

    Pukekura Park is a 52 hectares garden park right in downtown New Plymouth. If is fun to stroll to view the amazing collection of native trees and ferns as well as a Japanese and Chinese garden. Great place to have a quick lunch.Quite a number of row boats on the pond to enter a world of natural wonder right in the middle of town.

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  • Driving up Mount Taranaki

    When arriving at New Plymouth in the western tip of North Island, this snow capped conical volcano Mt. Taranaki (formerly Mt. Egmont) dominates the landscape.Surprisingly it is an easy 10-15 minutes drive up to visitors center of this mountain for an amazing view of the sea and land below.Fortunately, this volcano is not active and looks benignly...

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  • Story of "One Hill Tree"

    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 125...

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  • Check time for daily eruption of geyser

    Was a bit surprised that the famous geyser, Lady Knox Geyser at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal wonderland outside of Rotorua is triggered to explode and spray at a fixed time daily for visitors. Soap solution is added to initiate this spurt. First the smoke, then the hot water and steam up to 20 meters high and up to an hour.It was disappointing that it did...

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  • Visa free?

    As a Malaysian, I did not need a visa to enter and could stay up to 3 months.Check based on your country from this website:http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/

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  • Fast changing weather

    Both North and South Islands are in the middle of the oceans and so are the mercy of changing winds and ocean currents. The weather can vary greatly from one location to another nearby location and from day to day. So keep an eye on the weather forecast. If poor weather, you can hang around the city and visit museums or go shopping. When weather is...

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  • The other side of the world (for me)

    When I arrived in North Island I felt somehow at home. The landscapes reminded me on Austria - but the language was 'wrong'. Some of the trees would not grow in Austria and we have a different style to build houses. Everyone I would take to North Island, I would take around the Island, to see the diversity of it. Wonderful landscape everywhere,...

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  • Exploring AUCKLAND on foot or bike

    The best way to see Auckland up close is by foot or bike. Auckland is linked by a network of council-maintained walkways and bike paths. Two of the best tours are the Coast-to-Coast Walkway, which crosses the isthmus from the Auckland waterfront to Onehunga and the 50 kilometre Bike Ride which circles the city.

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