I did this first 12 years ago and it is more or less the same - Wonderful!
The guides are great at encouraging people to do what they can. They are also informative about the glow-worms and the formation of the cave system.Related to:
Visit THE KIWI HOUSE.
This is a Otorohanga Zoological Society venue and is run to conserve nature and as a non-profit making venture.
This kiwihouse has been around for as long as I can remember. I'm sure they have improved and renovated the house, but this surely must be the flagship of kiwi displays in our history.
I'm sure it's situation is brought about by the nearby bush areas and possibly the hurt kiwis needing care.
With Waitomo caves in the general area, it can be co-ordinated with a visit there. I do hope you add it to your itinerary when travelling around NZ.
The Park and Souvenir shop are open every day of the year except Christmas Day, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
(June, July & August: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) .
Adults $12 NZD
Children 5 - 16yrs $4
Special rates for groups can be arranged prior to arrival.
Nocturnal kiwi displays
New Zealand's largest aviary
Rare native birds
Live tuataras - very special to see!!
Picnic facilitiesRelated to:
Visit the Hobbiton movie set.
Visit the town of Matamata where you can go on the popular Hobbiton Movie Set tour, Lord of the Rings.
Buy your tickets and catch the tour from the Matamata Information Office right in the centre of town.
This is a Must See for all Tolkien fans, and is enroute from Auckland to Rotorua.
9.30, 10.45, 12.00, 1.15, 2.30Related to:
- Theme Park Trips
The Hamilton Gardens
I admit it, I love flowers and I love to potter about in the Garden (when I am not living in the desert of Saudi Arabia!). The Hamilton Gardens is a special place to visit and it is free to enter.
What makes this place so special is the different themed gardens throughout the area, there are six of them in total to date.
The Chinese Scholars Garden
The Japanese Garden of Contemplation
The English Flower Garden
The American Modernist Garden
The Italian Renaissance Garden
In addition to these gardens a new Indian Garden is yet to be built. The Gardens are also home to the Hamilton East Cemetery and various walks all set on 58 hectares of land, so there is plenty to see and do here especially when there is a Garden show or even a fair on. It is also a popular spot to have a wedding.
More information and photography can be found in my Hamilton Travelogue.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Theme Park Trips
- Arts and Culture
Kayaking Lake Karapiro.
This is such a fun way to spend a few hours, and for just $20!!
We hired a sea kayak and paddled across the lake and up a river and discovered an Amazon-like environment. Really nice venue, and quite accessible.
If you phone and book the kayaks for the morning, around 10am (they open at 10am), when you return you can enjoy a lovely lunch at the Boatshed Café. Really nice little place.
THE BOATSHED CAFE & KAYAKS.Related to:
- Road Trip
Home to New Zealand's famous Pokeno Bacon. Pokeno Bacon cure their own bacon products onsite - with their own secret recipe, and have prided themselves on selling only the freshest country bacon, sausages and pork products, at real country prices. There's always a frying pan full of sausages to try and I can wholeheartedly recommend the "Pork and Garlic" variety. The main highway used to run through this town but the road has been moved and Pokeno is often overlooked.
Even if you're not partial to a banger the local cafe serves whopper sized ice creams in a cone, there are a couple of factory shops, mohair and lingerie and a cute little Post Office.....
Originally known by its maori name, Whangaroa, it was changed to the spelling of Whaingaroa so it couldn't be confused with the harbour of the same name in the Far North. Later again it was given the name Raglan and nowadays its known as 'Raglan By The Sea', as it is a coastal town with several beaches and a harbour. Amongst wax heads its known simply as "Raggers".
The population swells in summer as this is a popular holiday spot and a favourite hangout for surfies. Much to the disgust of a lot of the locals Raglan is suffering from the effects of creeping gentrification. It still retains some of its bohemian ambiance but now boasts up market eateries and a Cyber-Cafe. Tongue and Groove, a studiously hip dive with broken surfboards for tables, and Vinnie's, where Hawaiian transplant Colin Chung refuels spent surfers with such decidedly un-Kiwi fare as burritos and pizza.
There is lots to do, and a relaxing atmosphere. Raglan people are generally relaxed and friendly, with many resident artists, surfers, and musicians.
Kiwiana Capital - this is the place to see or find out about anything distinctly Kiwi. It is the best place for seeing the flightless bird in its own environment at the reknown Kiwi House and a 15 minute drive to Waitomo Caves for viewing glow worms or black water rafting.
The Novotel Tainui is the only 4 star hotel in Hamilton. Standard Rooms are available for about...more
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