North Island Travel Guide

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Auckland Region

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Bay of Plenty

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Northland

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Waikato

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Taupo Region

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Hawkes Bay

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Manawatu/Wanganui

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Coromandel

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East Cape

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Wairarapa

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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

    4 out of 5 stars

    Auckland Restaurants

    Open 7 days, 8.00am till late. Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. Most people head for the Viaduct Basin and it's array of eateries. However it is rather expensive there, albeit nice and modern. I have known a while now about this place. Just a few steps from the Basin, and I think the best kept secret, is Waterfront Café. The food is superb, the service...

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Wellington

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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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  • Novotel Wellington Capital

    Wellington Hotels

    Novotel is conveniently located downtown with direct lift access to Lambton Quay, a shopping area....

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  • Fishermans Table

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Restaurants

    This restaurant has a perfect location - situated at the waterfront of Oriental Bay, only a short distance to Wellingtons city center, it has a splendid view of the bay and the harbour district. The restaurant is very popular among both locals and tourists. So it is highly recommended to reserve a table in advance. Service and quality were...

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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

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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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  • 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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Paihia

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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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Palmerston North

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: Couples

  • 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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Hamilton

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  • Gardens Cafe at Hamilton Gardens

    Hamilton Restaurants

    I'm only going to refer to the coffee. I ordered a Long Black, which traditionally is an espresso double shot with water added.I have to say what I got was the worst example of this I've had in a long time. There was absolutely no crema. The coffee looked and tasted dead and was little better than instant with water.I was bitterly disappointed. The...

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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 International Airport

    Hamilton Transportation

    Hamilton Airport claims International status with it's connecting flights to and from Austalia and some Pacific Islands. This is very handy for travellers south of Auckland, as it's less distance and very accessible. Hamilton Airport is the fourth busiest in the country and an important domestic airport with light aircraft and scheduled flights...

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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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  • The Castle Cafe.

    Tirau Restaurants

    Approaching Tirau from the south, you will see a big castle on a hill. Of course we don't have castles in New Zealand and this one is actually a cafe where you can stop for a cup of coffee and something to eat. Being a castle freak, I was intrigued enough to go up and have a look, but I didn't stop for food. There is a gift shop inside and the...

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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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Gisborne

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  • 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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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

  • Delightful dining

    Mount Maunganui Restaurants

    A new comer to the area, in 2012, this is a delightful addition to the Mount dining options. We were a group of eight and enjoyed sitting on a large round table so we could interact with everyone. We were near the fireplace, being summer it was not going. Before dinner we enjoyed a drink near the street, and the general feeling was one of happiness...

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Tongariro National Park

Rangitoto Island

  • Wreck Bay (Boulder Bay)

    Rangitoto Island Things to Do

    This is one of the lesser known walks on Rangitoto and is more uneven than the summit tracks. Boots or good walking shoes are needed. Your shoes will most likely bear the scars of this walk.The start of the track is on the road to the summit from Islington Bay beyond the junction to Yankee Wharf and took us about an hour each way with children. The...

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  • Summit climb

    Rangitoto Island Things to Do

    If you have a half day on Rangitoto, you must do the summit climb. It takes anywhere from 35 minutes (me) to an hour or more (most people) to get from the ferry terminal to the top. Once there, you will find benches on which to rest and eat your snack or lunch, and from where to admire the 360 degree views all around.Fullers Ferries also operate a...

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  • A bird in the hand at Rangitotos summit

    Rangitoto Island Favorites

    The summit of Rangitoto is a large plateau which has been boardwalked, with places to sit and relax after your climb. The view, of course, is superb, with views out to the Hauraki Gulf and beyond - from here you can see Great and Little Barrier Islands in the distance, nearer Waiheke island, Browns Island, Motutapu, and Auckland itself.All this I...

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Lake Taupo

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Napier Hotels
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Bay of Islands Hotels
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Gisborne Hotels
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Hamilton Hotels
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