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    the harbour at the Town Basin waterfront...
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    one of the Town basin buildings
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    by Kate-Me Written Dec 23, 2006

    Walks here are of 40 mins to a couple of hours duration.

    Beware of your belongings in the carpark again (though there is a security camera to deter thieves)

    Related to:
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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    by Kate-Me Written Dec 23, 2006

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    The Lion Man is Craig Busch, who keeps rare & endangered lions at his park about 10 mins out of Whangarei, called Zion Wildlife Gardens, after his lead lion (who also starred in the NZ movie The Lion, the witch & the Wardrobe about 2 years ago).

    Craig is doing a great job of conservation, and even if the entry to the park was $60 for the basic tour, we felt it was worth it because of this.
    Craig has also had his own tv show for several seasons, so this park is known around the world now, from South Africa to Australia, to Europe.

    We were lucky to be the only ones on the tour, so had a personal experience with the lady guide.

    one of the baby white tigers rare white lions
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Zoo

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    by Kate-Me Written Dec 4, 2006

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    The Kiwi house was good, once your eyes adjust to the darkness.

    There was also a Native Bird Recovery centre on the premises where you can see just a few cages of birds they have outside (more like pets these ones I think, which include a Tui bird called Woof Woof who is an amazing talker and even has a Kiwi accent "Want a swum?" and whistles "Pop goes the weasel" a lot of the time. Quite incredible, as this bird even speaks with a man's deeper voice.

    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Museum Visits

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    361 Western Hills Drive - State Highway 1, Whangarei, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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  • Avenue Heights Motel

    355 Western Hills Dr.,, Whangarei, New Zealand

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  • Kensington Lodge Motel

    85-87 Kamo Rd.,, Whangarei, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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    29 Kamo Rd.,, Whangarei, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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  • Kingswood Motor Inn

    260 Kamo Rd.,, Whangarei, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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  • Aaron Court Motel

    22 Wolfe St.,, Whangarei, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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  • Cheviot Park Motor Lodge

    Corner Western Hills Dr. & Cheviot St., Whangarei, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Flag Choice Motel Sierra

    26 Western Hills Dr.,, Whangarei, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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