North Island Off The Beaten Path

  • The little ferry across the river
    The little ferry across the river
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  • Taupiri Bay
    Taupiri Bay
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  • Mt & Lake Tarawera
    Mt & Lake Tarawera
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North Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Sightseeing

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    One of the nice little suburbs of Auckland is Mission Bay, with the beautiful water view and the nice park set against the beach, this is definitely worth the 10 minute drive from downtown. Sarah is sitting in front of the Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain, which opens in the springtime for a water and light show. Springtime officially starts on...

  • Wai-O-Tapu

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    This attraction consists of a serious of geothermal pools and bush walks and the infamous Lady Knox Geyser. They are located just south of Rotorua and are best reached by car. You should buy your ticket at the main location and then drive back to the geyser. The geyser goes off only once a day at 10.15am. The interesting thing about the Wai-o-Tapu...

  • West Coast Beaches

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Our local West Coast Beach is great for some fresh air, a walk along this beach is fantastic! Always popular for swimming, surfing, picnicking and fishing but not as crowded as other West Coast Beaches. Please have a respect for the sea as when the surfs up rips work very well so remember always swim between the flags! This rugged West Coast...

  • Skyline Gondola and Luge

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    Skyline Skyrides take you up 487m above sea level to a fun on Mt Ngongotaha which overlooks Rotorua, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding areas. There is a restaurant and bar at the top which of course has a spectacular view, and informal eating area and The Luge. This is a world first, 1km gravity ride on a 3 wheeled luge cart which of course has a...

  • Auckland Botanic Gardens

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    On the edge of the large Central Lawn area is the Potter Children’s Garden which is designed with the little ones in mind. There is a maze and an interactive walled garden with stories of the puriri tree and native wood pigeon. On the other side of the lawn is the Discovery centre, the rose garden and an area of beautiful camellias from both New...

  • Agrodome

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    The Agrodome is a 160 hectare working sheep and cattle farm which gives international visitors a real hands on live experience of farming. There is complete interaction with goats, cattle, sheep, deer and baby lambs. There are many performances throughout the day including sheep shearing and dog trials. It is a unique experience for city and...

  • Hauraki Gulf

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Update 24 July 2008 The ferry company operating the trip to Tiritiri Matangi has changed (and if only the name...) since I wrote my tip: It is no more the Kawau Cat Ferry but 360 Discovery - and it now costs NZ$ 66. Contact details for 360 Discovery at the end of the tip. Only one word is good enough to describe Tiritiri Matangi: Paradise! Once...

  • Rotorua Museum

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    The Rotorua Art & History Museum (Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa) has some nice exhibits and contains artifacts that display the cultural heritage of the Arawa tribe, who were the main pre-European inhabitants of Rotorua. If you don't interest to visit the exhibits, the charming museum building and its garden is also worth to take pictures.

  • Mt Eden

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    The Eden Garden is a privately operated garden open to the public on the slopes of Auckland's largest mainland volcano, Mt Eden. The garden occupies an abandoned quarry and was developed from 1964. Today it is full of pleasant walkways through shady groves of native and exotic trees. There is a nice cafe to refuel in. It costs NZ$5 to enter. The...

  • Auckland Zoological Park

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Auckland Zoo may not be particularly vast on a world scale, nor does it have the diverse range of animals of some world zoos, but it is one of my favourite ways to spend a day. The gardens are really pleasant to wander around and the enclosures are continually being upgraded to standards on a par with the world's best zoos. In February 2003, I saw...

  • Ponsonby.

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Western Park, Te Rimu Tahi, in the suburb of Ponsonby and near Freemans Bay, is one of Auckland's oldest parks. Opened, officially to the public, on 17 Nov 1879. It is a great place to sit in the sun and eat or read, but just to appreciate some grass and trees in the middle of the city.

  • No Exit Road: Kaiwaka Road (30km north...

    After having admired Australasia's highest viaduct over the Mohaka River, passed Lakes Tutira and Waikapiro on the way south from the East Cape we got a little frustrated, as we could not stop along the spectacular winding road south of Tutira to photograph the fantastic landscape (this was before the digital age where you just shoot from the...

  • Matarangi Beach

    After our road trip round the North Island we spent some relaxing days at Matarangi Beach on Coromandel peninsula. Matarangi offers more than 4 kilometers of beautiful white sandy beach were you can swim or simply lay down reading a book. If you want more activity you can go fishing, diving, hiking, sailing, water-skiing or play golf in a...

  • Wairere Falls, Matamata

    We never would have seen this waterfall, if I hadn't known VT-member kiwi. Pam, who lives in Matamata, guided us to this attraction which isn't mentioned in all the travelguides I've read about New Zealand. And it turned out to be one of the most impressive things we saw during this vacation.The water of a normally small river drops over the egde...

  • Raukawa Falls

    On its way from Tongariro National Park to Wanganui highway #4 follows the very scenic valley of the Mangawhero River. About 27 kilometers behind the small village Raetihi you should look out for the Raukawa Falls. The falls are located next to the road. From a lookout at the highway you have a splendid view over a green gorge where the river falls...

  • House in Taihape

    This little house in its fantastic colours was originally a railway workers house. Taihape is in the middle of the North Island and a junction stop for the trains which travelled from Auckland to Wellington.

  • Out of the way places

    There are many small country towns and out of the way places to see in New Zealand. Its worth visiting some to get a taste of local lifeThis turn -of -the -century cottage is in Norsewood near Dannevirke Southen Hawkes Bay

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