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North Island Things to Do

  • Queen Street & Downtown

    Auckland Things to Do

    Queen Street starts from Auckland Harbour and runs for nearly three kilometers in a virtual straight line. As the commercial as well as shopping hub area, there are a full range of shopping option the souvenir shops are mainly concentrated at the harbour end and there are a number of arcades and side streets with boutique stores and eateries

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  • Parliament Buildings & Beehive

    Wellington Things to Do

    Take a guided tour and learn about how New Zealand's government works. You'll see how laws are passed. Bills are introduced into the democratically elected House of Representatives, who then vote on them. When a Bill is passed, it then becomes an Act. New Zealand remains a constitutional monarchy, officially under the Queen, represented by the...

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  • Wai-O-Tapu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Even if you have been to Yellow stone park, here is still a must see wonder. The large area covered with various geothermal craters and hot springs and unlike in Yellow Stone, the color come from minerals instead of bacterias. NZ$32 an adult, well worth it.

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  • Marine Parade

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Napier Things to Do

    Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the sea front. The area is very nice. The fountain here, we only saw in the day time, but at night it is lit, I think in different colours. THE NEW NAPIER ARCH (1938) commemorates the rebuilding of the city, is not very new any more! There is a colonnade, with two smaller arches, the Veronica...

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  • Hole in the Rock

    Paihia Things to Do

    The 'Hole in the Rock', properly known as Piercy Island is a rocky island at the northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. This natural feature has been caused by years of water and wind erosion. It is a popular trip for visitors to the Bay of Islands and on calm days some boats will drive through it. The weather on the day I took the...

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  • Oneroa

    Waiheke Island Things to Do

    Every Saturday morning 8.00am - 1.00pm, the Island holds a community market at the RSA in Ostend. Lots of gifts, arts and crafts, second-hand goods, and even entertainment, organic produce, books, plants, jewellery. This is a popular activity on a Saturday morning, showing typical flair of a lot of Islanders. Experience the character of Waiheke...

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  • The Big Sheep Wool Gallery.

    Tirau Things to Do

    When it comes to big sheep, I'm reminded of the one on the outskirts of Goulburn in N.S.W. but this is certainly a worthy challenger. Situated right beside the tourist centre it offers all sorts of woollen items, even ones with possum fur mixed in.

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  • Climb the mount

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

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  • Beehive & Parliament Buildings

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    Free tours of Parliament Buildings operate every day, on the hour. Tour duration is 1hr. Weekdays commencing 10am, last tour 4pm; Saturdays and most public holidays commencing 10am, last tour 3pm; Sundays 12noon, last tour 3pm. Contact the tour desk, ground floor, Parliament House.

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  • Rotorua

    North Island Things to Do

    Just got back from NZ and Rotorua, I agree with the reply about the Sheep Shearing demo at the Agrodome being great. Just the Host's greeting to the crowd is a show in it's self. Take your video camera. Also spend some time in the Polynesian Spa, for $20 NZ you can soak in 7 pools of varying tempetures from 37 to 42 degrees with a view of the Lake....

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  • Cathedral Cove

    Coromandel Things to Do

    We had seen Cathedral Cove on many documentaries, so we had to see it for ourselves! Cathedral cove is only accessible by walking or boat and it is a MUST VISIT if you feel you can handle the walk. It is uphill and down dale, so you need to be reasonably fit without leg or knee problems. It is about 2hrs return, it seemed a lot longer than that...

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  • Waitakere Range Regional Park.

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Piha Beach is situated at the end of Piha Road going through dense native bush. Suddenly the road winds down to the coast. There are wonderful views over Piha Beach, divided through the huge 100 metres high Lion Rock. There is a track to the top with a splendid view over the coastline. Piha Beach is famous for the never ending swells of the...

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  • Ninety Mile Beach...

    Northland Things to Do

    The reason why rental companies do not allow you to drive on 90 Mile Beach (which is only 90km or 55 miles long) is simple: The cars are not insured. Often cars get stuck in the sand and have to be left behind. No emergency service is close enough to save the cars from the flood. Mobile phone coverage does not exist in most parts of the area. So...

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  • Hobbiton Movie Set

    Waikato Things to Do

    Waikato is the home to Matamata, the city where Peter Jackson created the Hobbiton Shire for his movie Lord of the Rings. It is located on a sheep farm just outside of the town, and tours are available to go visit the frame sets that have not been destroyed. There are still markers up where the sets once stood, and there are also story board...

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  • Skytower Complex and Casino

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Auckland Things to Do

    The Skytower dominates the Auckland skyline and provides a great reference point wherever you are in the city. The said building is the tallest tower (328 meters) in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a bit expensive but worth the cost for the great views. For the adventurous type of people, you can also either climb around or absail off the tower.

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  • Wellington Cable Car

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    With over 110 years of service to the City of Wellington, the Wellington Cable Car allows easy access for pedestrians between Lambton Quay (downtown Wellington) and the Botanic Garden and Kelburn lookout where great views can be enjoyed over Wellington. There are three intermediate stops which allow easy access to local residences and business...

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  • Te Puia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    A visit to the Pohutu Geyser is a must when staying in Rotorua.It is situated in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley.The largest of several geysers within the valley which erupts on average once or twice each hour and can reach heights of up to 30 meters.Pohutu Geyser is a complex spring which discharges water in a cyclic manner.It is believed that a...

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  • Te Mata Peak

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Napier Things to Do

    From Napier, head to Hastings, then Havelock North, and follow the signs to Te Mata Peak, about 30k's. The Peak, is 400 metres above sea level, and was named after a Maori Chief Ta Mata O Rongokako, a giant of a man, who, acccording to legend, had the misfortune to fall for the beautiful daughter of the Heretaunga chief. Amongst the challenges...

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  • Haruru Falls

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Paihia Things to Do

    They're not really high falls by any means, but they are in a horseshoe shape, which is evidently rare, Niagra Falls being cited as the only other horseshoe shaped falls known. Beware of your belongings in the carpark - there are serious danger signs, I guess because it's a bit of an out of the way, secluded place, without a view of the main road....

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  • Castle Pamela

    Tirau Things to Do

    Private collection of Dolls, Toys and Royal Albert China well displayed in this unique castle built to house these. Situated in a really nice spot overlooking lovely rolling farmland, not far from the centre of town. They have a nice large Cafe with nice food and drinks, including Devonshire Teas. The theme is regal and you can buy trinkets if you...

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  • Saltwater Hotpools

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    Hot Saltwater Pools I love to go here, especially at night, and soak in the naturally heated salt water pools. Set outdoors with lovely furns overhanging and of course the dominant presence of Mt Maunganui looming above, it's a really enjoyable experience. For people staying in either the apartments or the campground the pools are merely a few...

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  • Te Papa Museum

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    New Zealand's Te Papa Mueseum opened on the 14 February 1998. The Museum is located in Wellington the capital city. With waterfront views and a unique architectural design, Te Papa is one of the city's most visted attractions. Te Papa challenges the concept of what museums should be. Many of the exhibits celebrate & educate what it means to be a...

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  • Taupo

    North Island Things to Do

    I would not call it the number one jetboat experience in New Zealand - this clearly is the race through the narrow gorge of the Shotover River near Queenstown. Still the Huka Jet ride is a nice adventure, and they perform 360° spins and race at a speed of 80 km/h along the rocks as close as possible to make you scream. The main difference to the...

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  • Hot Water Beach

    Coromandel Things to Do

    "You really must go to Moko." Our host at Tairua said so on many more than one occasion. So, on our last full day we made the effort. Jenny (from Colonial Homestay) hit the nail on the head. It was worthwhile. This wonderful eclectic mix of art almost seems out of place in this dead end setting but it has become almost as large an attraction as Hot...

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  • Cornwall Park

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Make sure u visit one of the many volcanoes around Auckland....there aren't too many Cities around the world where suburbs and remnants of volcanoes intermingle... Maungkiekie (or One Tree Hill) is a cool place to see views of Auckland....u can drive all the way to the summit....and it's free!

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  • Bay of Islands.

    Northland Things to Do

    There are not many place left in the world these days where you can board a steam train AND go down the main street of the town. Not only that, this town's main street is also State Highway 1! The Kawakawa trains run every day of school holidays and public holidays and the weekends for the rest of the year. These trains are also the fore runner...

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  • Mt Eden

    Auckland Things to Do

    After seeing pictures of Mount Eden, I made sure I made the stop there - and Im so glad I did! Getting off at Mount Eden station I walked up one of the many walking trails. Even though I was exhusted after the walk (as well as dodging cattle and sheep), it was well worth it - what an awesome view of the city you get! Aswell as the view there is...

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  • Mt Victoria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    If Wellington is like San Francisco, then Mt Victoria is like Twin Peaks. It's the best place within the city to enjoy a panoramic overview of the harbour, the city centre, and the nearby suburbs. Incidentally, the slopes of this hill provided one of the settings for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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  • Te Whakarewarewa

    Rotorua Things to Do

    …or Whakarewarewa… or Whaka is one the most visited thermal areas in Rotorua. It is still a living Maori village in the middle of hot water pools, bubbling mud and mineral springs. After paying the entrance fee we entered the village through an archway and could join a guided tour (or stroll alone) along the several points of interest. The first...

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  • Cape Kidnappers.

    5 out of 5 stars

    Napier Things to Do

    There are a lot of coastal wineries next to Cape Kidnappers, Elephant Hill, Clearview, Te Awanga Estate, and Beach House Winery. There's a good range from modest to not so, we had a fantastic day cycling around them (rent bikes from www.winecycles.co.nz) after our Gannet Safari. Very flat, easy ride no problem for us "mature" cyclists!

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  • Russell

    Paihia Things to Do

    Across the bay from Paihia is the town of Russell. It was originally called Kororareka and was the first Europesan settlement in the area. The local Mâori people very soon realised that there was valuable trade to be had with the European and American ships and the town flourished but, as a place without laws, soon earned teh nickname 'Hellhole of...

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  • Tirau Information Centre.

    Tirau Things to Do

    Tirau Information Centre built (1998) to look like a dog. This is no ordinary dog, but the traditional sheep dog that helped develop the area in years gone bye. At night his eyes and nose are lit with small lights. You can find very nice, clean toilets here at the Information Office, for your convenience, open 9am - 5pm daily. A great place to stop...

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  • Wellington Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    Wellington zoo increasingly focuses on 'preserving and breeding endangered animals', which is why they house a very special resident, the famous kiwi. The birds live in a dark walk-through area and if you stick around long enough you will see them foraging for food and perhaps hear their shrill call (and jump a mile!). The Kiwi's literally roam...

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  • Driving Creek Railway

    Coromandel Things to Do

    One thing you can't fail to notice here and there are embankments made of empty bottles. The rumour around is that Barry drank most of them and the paintwork reading "Barry's" emblazoned across a couple of hundred bottles embedded in one probably reflects that . The railway employs around a dozen people these days. It zig-zags up the slopes at...

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  • Waiheke Island

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Your visit to Waiheke has to start with one of the ferries. Most people will take Fuller’s(www.fullers.co.nz), from the Harbour Building, but there is another company sailing to the island, called Subritzky (www.subritzky.co.nz), which has also vehicle ferries. Enjoy the view on Auckland’s skyline, suburbs and a couple of small islands in the...

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  • Hawkes Bay

    5 out of 5 stars

    North Island Things to Do

    When disaster struck on 3 February 1931 in Napier and Hastings 258 people died, and the twin-cities were destroyed by the worst earthquake in New Zealand's (human) history, measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale, followed by devastating fires. (More about earthquakes and disasters on my introduction page to the North Island.) But both cities rose like...

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  • Waipoua Forest

    Northland Things to Do

    As you head north from Dargaville you will drive through this magnificent Kauri Forest full of Ferns, rare New Zealand flora and fauna, colossal Kauri Trees, nocturnal kiwi [don't expect to spot one!], all set amongst beautiful rainforest. As you enter the park, take the turn to the Forest Lookout which was once a fire lookout and offers a...

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  • Auckland Museum and Domain

    Auckland Things to Do

    This is Auckland's premiere site. Make sure to reserve plenty of time for this great museum. It is really 3 museums in one site. A Maori/NZ cultural museum, a natural history museum and a war museum. Each museum has its own floor. The museum has no entrance fee but Maori Cultural shows (3 performances in a day) charges $25 NZD for adults. Admission...

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  • Wellington Botanic Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    Wellington Botanic Gardens is lcoated in 25ha of unique landscape. It has protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, set with great views over Wellington city. Classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, it is also an Historic Places Trust...

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  • Skyline Gondola & Luge

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Take a leisurely uphill Gondola ride and enjoy the extensive views of Rotorua, the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top, the thrill of the Luge, our relaxing buffet and grill restaurant, beautiful nature walks and exciting adventure activities all await you.

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  • Pania of the Reef statue

    Napier Things to Do

    I actually stumbled unwittingly upon this bronze in the seaside park though I have to admit I did suspect it had some significance. Now considered one of New Zealand's national treasures, the statue was erected in 1954 to commemorate the Maori legend of the sea maiden who captured the heart of the chief's son but the sea people kept calling her and...

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  • Dolphin Adventure

    Paihia Things to Do

    The following day, I went aboard a King's boat that took us on an awesome tour of the Bay of Islands. Paihia, the beach town I?ve grown to love these past few days, is situated in the Bay of Islands. To start the day, the captain took us to see some dolphins. The tour offered a swim with them, but since there were a few young ones on the pack we...

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  • Cable Car

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions. The journey begins at Lambton Quay, in the heart of the city. The cable car runs past the university and Kelburn Park to the top of the Botanic Gardens where the Cable Car Museum, Carter Observatory and the Planetarium are to be found. The views span out over the harbour from the Hutt Valley to...

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  • Hahei Beach

    Coromandel Things to Do

    To reach Cathedral Cove you have to first go through Hahei Beach and then climb up the headland to get to the carpark. This section of the Coast is a popular area, accessible from the Stone Steps Wharf at Ferry Landing and from the highway. The offshore islands provide protection for the beaches around Hahei. The waters offshore and the islands...

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  • Auckland Zoo.

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    The Auckland Zoo has certainly cleaned up its act over the years and the animals are now exhibited in more humane conditions. The day of the cage has gone replaced with enclosures called Pridelands, Primate Rainforest, Hippo River, Native Bird Avery, The Beach .....its very well set up and one of my favourite places to visit. Make a day of it,...

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