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Bay of Plenty

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Waikato

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Coromandel

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Taupo Region

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Auckland

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  • 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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  • SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

    Auckland Hotels

    The rooms and hotel in general were nicer than expected, and service was good. While this hotel may...

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  • Waterfront Café

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Auckland Restaurants

    Sarah and I needed an excuse to come visit Auckland, and there was just such a reason when Kiwi decided to throw a mid-winter VT meeting. Her choice for the restaurant was the Waterfront Cafe, which is considered the most reasonably priced restaurant in a high price region of Auckland called the Viaduct Basin. The evening was very exciting,...

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Wellington

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Rotorua

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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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  • Silver Fern Resort Rotorua

    Rotorua Hotels

    We (3 of us) spent 5 weeks in Australia and New Zealand. The Silver Fern was by far the nicest...

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  • 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...

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Napier

See all 187 Napier Tips
  • 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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  • Scenic Hotel Te Pania

    Napier Hotels

    very nice staff...very hospitable and friendly...got some complimentary pens....strategically placed...

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  • french tourist beating

    Napier Warnings and Dangers

    today two French tourists were attacked whilst in their camper in NapierThe man was badly beaten by a Maori man and woman, he was whipped with a pistolNZ is not a safe placebe very careful see my other warningsthis is 20th Oct 2013

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Waiheke Island

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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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  • Delamore Lodge

    Waiheke Island Hotels

    83 Delamore Drive, PO Box 572, Waiheke Island, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Fullers Waiheke Ferry

    Waiheke Island Transportation

    Frequent ferries connect the island of Waiheke with downtown Auckland. I caught one of these ferries, operated by "Fullers", for a daytrip to the island during my visit to Auckland in March 2006. The following information is correct as at that time: Ferry times Ferries leave for Waiheke Island approximately hourly during the day from Auckland's...

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Paihia

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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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  • Cook's Lookout Motel

    Paihia Hotels

    My husband and I stayed here for four nights, and were really looking forward to our trip....

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  • Open air, cold beer and hot pizza

    Paihia Restaurants

    I believe this place may have changed names or at least goes by an alternative than you'll find on Google. Old name was Vinnies Fish & Chips Takeaway but when I was there, the signboard said "Slice".Regardless, the street views are the same, the ambiance is the same and location is the same. It has a few tables on the sidewalk, but the doors open...

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Whangarei

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  • Quirky museum for all ages

    Whangarei Things to Do

    If you think that Clock Museum sounds really dull...visit Claphams Clocks. It is great fun, even if you never gave clocks one thought. The friendly staff will show you around and demonstrate the most amazing movements. You will never look at clocks the same way again!It is for all ages and all levels of clock appreciation. Make sure you have at...

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  • Lupton Lodge

    Whangarei Hotels

    555 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Waste of time

    Whangarei Restaurants

    The only good thing about this cafe was the location. I ordered the Mondo's breakfast asking for no mushrooms specifying I'm allergic, surprise surprise there was mushrooms. When I asked that it go back to the kitchen the server rolled his eyes and pushed mushrooms off with his fork leaving mushroom sauce and juice all over the rest of the food....

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Tirau

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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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  • Poppys Cafe.

    Tirau Restaurants

    Poppys (sic) Cafe in Tirau bakes it's own cakes and scones. There are delicious quiches and pies. The coffee is great and the prices what one would expect. Service can be a little slow and you might have to get up to get your own sugar!

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  • The Merchant of Tirau

    Tirau Shopping

    This may not be a shop for travellers, but it could be. Especially if you are looking for some cuisine from home. There is a very interesting array of wine here and lots of other goodies to go with it, both from New Zealand and overseas. Almost a delicatessen. I spent a lot of time just looking and pondering. Now I can go back and buy from time to...

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Hamilton

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  • Plenty of atmosphere and great food

    Hamilton Restaurants

    So popular it can be busy busy at lunch time, so I recommend arriving before midday.Parking can be hard if you leave it later.The overall experience is very much an experience. Very enjoyable ambience, so important when eating a nice meal. Great coffee and teas too !! I had the Bacon and Feta and other stuff, Quesadilla. It was outstanding, nice...

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  • Novotel Tainui Hamilton

    Hamilton Hotels

    The Novotel Tainui is the only 4 star hotel in Hamilton. Standard Rooms are available for about...

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  • Hamilton Zoo

    Hamilton Things to Do

    Hamilton Zoo is compact and interesting, and you can get quite close to the animals. It's beneficial to buy a Zoo Guide so you can better manage your visit. This zoo is in many global programmes to help with the survival of endangered species. It's not a huge zoo on the global scale, but is very close to the city, has interesting animals and is...

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Palmerston North

  • Square Edge

    Palmerston North Things to Do

    Square Edge, is a building on the south side of Palmerston North Square.It Houses various shops, restaurants, ethnic places, clinics for various modialities, and also rehearsal and performance space for musical events.Well worth a wander round, some of the restaurants were very good when I lived there.

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  • Legends Motel

    Palmerston North Hotels

    We were looking for a place for one night as we are not stopping in Palmerston North - just...

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  • Palmerston North Square

    Palmerston North Things to Do

    The square in Palmerston North, which is right in the centre of the city, origionally housed the railway station. Originally part of the Papaioea clearing, The Square is a seven-hectare park of lawn, trees, lakes, fountains, and gardens in the centre of the city. It is the city's original park and also the centrepoint from whence the city's main...

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Mount Maunganui

  • 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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  • Harbour City Motor Inn

    Mount Maunganui Hotels

    50 Wharf Street, Tauranga, 3110, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Posh breakfast but overpriced

    Mount Maunganui Restaurants

    On the main village strip this place is always banged out, even at 8am when we went on Easter Monday. Where a 15% surcharge awaits. Making it very pricey at $23 for egg benedict. But it's a nice place with seats out the front and a roofed courtyard out the back.Anya had pancakes which were crumblingAnd my eggs benedict was very good but a little...

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Waitomo Caves

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  • Black Water Rafting Co. Waitomo

    Waitomo Caves Things to Do

    There are a few caves in the area, some offering calm boat rides down glow-worm-lit caves. There are dry caving trips that test your mettle. Then there's Black Water Rafting's trips, that combine abseiling through a small hole in the ground, a pitch-black zip line, and a 15-foot jump into shockingly cold water. While you get a chance to tube under...

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  • Waitomo Caves Hotel

    Waitomo Caves Hotels

    Waitomo Caves Village, RD7, Otorohanga, North Island, 9999, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Glowworms - what a sigh!

    Waitomo Caves Things to Do

    There are many cave formation in Waitomo area. The world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.

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Wanganui

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Gisborne

See all 41 Gisborne Tips
  • Tairawhiti Museum well worth a visit

    Gisborne Things to Do

    I was really impressed with the Tairawhiti Museum. The exhibits are so well set out and presented. It is small, yet extensive, you wander from room to room to explore and discover.The museum holds your interest as you read and learn about this area and culture. Plenty of Maori culture here to learn about and very impressive items on display.The...

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  • Bella Vista Motel

    Gisborne Hotels

    511-513 Gladstone Road, Gisborne, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • One of the Main Haunts for Gisbornites

    Gisborne Nightlife

    The "Irish" as people refer to it is a bit of an institution in my mind. Whereas other bars and clubs have gone, The Irish has always been there. Every teenage growing up in Gisborne has been here at one time or another, drinking and dancing with their friends (myself included. In fact, loads of my friends have been waters/watresses behind the...

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Upper Hutt

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  • Decent Steak

    Upper Hutt Restaurants

    Longhorn Steakhouse and Bar is a nice little place at the bottom of Main St. You can pop in for a beer or two if you want, or alternatively you can sit down and have a meal as well.Steak is the specialty and it is served in decent volumes, although there is also bar food if you just want a nibble while you drink.Nice option.

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  • Great little cafe near the library

    Upper Hutt Restaurants

    Nice little kid friendly cafe just across from the library. Top quality cafe food with an Italian theme at reasonable prices.Pizza, pasta and gelato are their specialities, although I tend to go for the all day breakfast when I visit. Recommended.

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  • Stonegrill Steak

    Upper Hutt Restaurants

    7 Bar is for the most part a pub, however it does have a restaurant section, and I really enjoyed the stonegrill steaks.It is quite seldom these days that I get out for a drink, however this time my wife and I went out to have a meal there. A decent sized steak can be had for $20 with sides, and drinks are never too expensive. Worth visiting if you...

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